HIMACHAL WITH THE TAJ MAHAL

TOUR DURATION – 11 DAYS

03 NIGHTS MANALI / 03 NIGHTS SHIMLA / 02 NIGHTS DELHI / 02 NIGHTS AGRA 

 

  ITINERARY

DAY 01: CHANDIGARH / KULLU – MANALI 

Upon arrival at Chandigarh or Bhuntar Airport (near Kullu), you will receive assistance. Afterward, you will proceed to Manali, where you will be transferred to hotel/resort. After settling in, you’ll have free time to enjoy leisure activities at the Manali Resort.

To reach Manali, Chandigarh Airport and Railway Station, approximately 280 kilometers or a 6 to 7-hour drive time, serve as the nearest major transportation hub. However, Bhuntar Domestic Airport near Kullu, located just around 55 kilometers or a 1 to 2-hour drive time, serves as the nearest airport. 

Manali, a Himalayan gem, cradled in the picturesque Beas River valley, gifts the world its natural wonders. This enchanting enclave, with its cool climate and snow-capped peaks, boasts hilly slopes and a misty, fairytale ambiance draped in lush green hues. Renowned as India’s honeymoon capital, it’s a paradise for nature enthusiasts, offering captivating vistas, babbling streams, and the fragrant embrace of pine forests. Manali caters to diverse travel interests—families seeking to bond, couples seeking serenity, solo travelers in search of solitude, and adventurous groups of friends. Discover a lifetime of cherished experiences in this beautiful resort town.

DAY 02: MANALI

After breakfast, embark on a day of sightseeing in and around Manali. Explore the local attractions and take in the beauty of the region. In the evening, enjoy your leisure time at The Mall.

DAY 03: MANALI IN AND AROUND     

After breakfast, embark on a day of exploration in the stunning hill town, nestled amidst picturesque valleys and peaks. 

Solang Valley, a mere 14 km from town, is known as the ‘Adventure Playground of Manali.’ It offers year-round excitement, with skiing and snowboarding in the winter and thrilling activities like paragliding, zorbing, and horse riding in the summer. Don’t miss the Solang Ropeway, providing panoramic Himalayan views. Not far away, Rohtang Pass, approximately 50 km from town, entices adventurers with towering peaks and glaciers, creating a snowy playground for activities like sledging and snowball fights during winters. The journey to Rohtang is an adventure itself, with winding roads unveiling breathtaking vistas along the way.

DAY 04: MANALI – KULLU / SHIMLA

After breakfast, depart for Shimla, passing through the enchanting Kullu Valley. Upon your arrival in Shimla, transfer to hotel/resort to freshen up and enjoy leisure time. 

Kullu Valley, cradled by the Beas River, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, majestic hills adorned with pine and deodar forests, and extensive apple orchards. Nestled between the Pir Panjal and Great Himalayan Ranges, it has become a popular destination for ski touring enthusiasts. With lush green mountains, perennial waterfalls, and babbling streams, the valley’s charm captivates all who visit this splendid place.

DAY 05: SHIMLA

After breakfast, embark for the exploration the beautiful hill city of for Shimla. 

Shimla, a natural wonderland with misty forests and snow-capped peaks, blends cool hills with colonial architecture. Explore its heritage on Viceregal Lodge Road, featuring historic gems like the Viceregal Lodge and Gaiety Theatre. The Ridge Road offers panoramic beauty, colonial architecture, and a serene atmosphere. Admire Christ Church’s neo-Gothic splendor, meander through Mall Road’s colonial buildings with shops and cafes, embark on heritage walks to uncover Shimla’s rich heritage.

DAY 06: SHIMLA IN AND AROUND

After breakfast, explore Shimla’s picturesque surroundings.  

Discover the charms of this hill city nestled amidst scenic hill resorts, from the breathtaking Green Valley to enchanting Kufri, situated around 2500 meters above sea level, just 16 km from Shimla. Kufri is a winter wonderland, perfect for skiing and tobogganing on its snow-capped slopes.

DAY 07: SHIMLA – CHANDIGARH / DELHI     

After breakfast, continue your journey to Delhi. If time allows, make an en-route stop to explore Chandigarh. Upon arrival at Delhi, you’ll later be transferred to hotel/resort.

Chandigarh, a masterpiece of 20th-century urban planning by the renowned French architect-planner Le Corbusier, boasts some of his most exceptional architectural creations. It has set modern architectural and city planning standards across India and is known for its captivating landscaping, characterized by clean, cubical forms and meticulous attention to proportion, scale, and detail.

DAY 08: DELHI 

After breakfast, immerse yourself in Delhi’s rich heritage and culture with a unique blend of Walking and Car Tours. Explore the authentic Delhi, designed by those who know it best.  

Discover Delhi, India’s captivating capital, nestled along the Yamuna River. This ancient city, rich in history, boasts a blend of rich Indo-Islamic architecturula heritage, inspiring museums, lively performing arts, and bustling markets. Explore Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Qutub Complex, the splendid Humayun’s Tomb, and the iconic Red Fort (Lal Qila). Dive into the enchanting heritage of Shahjahanabad, Delhi’s walled city, with its rich history, architecture, and cuisine steeped in Urdu and Persian literature. Don’t miss the iconic Jama Masjid. Later, explore New Delhi, the former capital of British India.

DAY 09: DELHI – AGRA

After breakfast, we will drive to the “Indian heritage city Agra.” Upon arriving in Agra, we will embark on a journey of sightseeing and visits. 

Nestled on the serene banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is a global treasure, alluring millions each year to witness the iconic Taj Mahal and explore its historical riches. Known for Mughal architectural mastery, Agra boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Immerse yourself in a tapestry of history, architectural marvels, and artistic heritage, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. Agra is a must-visit destination. 

Embark on a heritage journey in Agra, beginning with the iconic Taj Mahal, a world wonder and emblem of India’s rich history. Celebrated as the “Jewel of Islamic Architecture,” it represents the zenith of Mughal design and was honored as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Then, explore the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, which witnessed significant Mughal events, and marvel at the red sandstone beauty known as the “Qila-i-Akbari.” Conclude your day tour with a visit to the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, a Mughal masterpiece from Emperor Jahangir’s era. Housing the cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas and Asmat Begum, parents of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, it’s often dubbed the ‘Baby Taj Mahal’ for inspiring the Taj’s grandeur.

DAY 10: AGRA IN AND AROUND

Begin your day with a captivating sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a moment of awe and inspiration. Following this breathtaking experience, return to your hotel or resort to rejuvenate and prepare for a day filled with exploration in and around the enchanting city of Agra. 

Indulge in the timeless beauty of Sikandra Tomb, where Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s revered rulers, rests eternally. This magnificent mausoleum stands as a testament to his visionary aesthetics, adorned with an enchanting garden lovingly crafted by his son, Emperor Jahangir. 

Embark on a captivating journey to Fatehpur Sikri, just a 40-minute drive from the heart of Agra city, known as the “City of Victory.” This UNESCO World Heritage site, conceived by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, serves as an embodiment of Indo-Islamic architectural brilliance. This historic city briefly served as the capital of the Mughal Empire, leaving an indelible mark on Indian urban design with its majestic Mughal architectural style and grand gateways.

DAY 11: AGRA / DELHI 

After breakfast, transfer to Agra Airport or continuing your drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International Airport. 

Delhi International Airport, situated approximately 210 kilometers away, can be reached comfortably in just 3-4 hours by road travel.

Embark on an enthralling 11-day journey through our ‘Himachal with the Taj Mahal Itinerary,’ weaving through Manali, Shimla, Delhi, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri — each a treasure trove of incredible natural beauty and rich history. Across centuries, this region has borne witness to the reign of illustrious dynasties, from the Delhi Sultanate to the mighty Mughals. Their tales of heroism and romance resonate through grand monuments, timeless witnesses to a regal golden era. These visionary rulers have left an indelible mark on the Indo-Islamic cultural heritage from the twelfth to the twentieth century. This tour offers a profound glimpse into the panoramic natural beauty and India’s ancient and medieval history—a captivating journey through nature, Indo-British and Indo-Islamic art and architectural heritage. Explore UNESCO-listed monuments, captivating British architecture, and picturesque hill towns. These cities and towns promise a mesmerizing, Halal-friendly travel experience, resonating with history and capturing breathtaking beauty at every turn.