Shimla, Kullu, and Manali are the three most
popular tourist destinations of Indian state Himachal Pradesh.
Among these three, Shimla is the largest city of this state and also serves as the state
capital. Surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and dense green forests, the city
is one of the most loved hill stations of the nation. During the British period, Shimla
served as the summer capital of the British rulers. Other than some beautiful tourist
attractions, the city now has the UNESCO world heritage Mountain Railways of India- the Kalka-Shimla
Railway. Kullu is a beautiful pine-clad valley located
in Himachal Pradesh which is famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountain
Range. It is the capital town of the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.
Manali is another beautiful town of the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. From here you
can get a stunning view of snow-covered Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Mountain ranges. The
town also has lush green forests and some gushing blue streams.
Here is a tour guide of these three beautiful locations of Himachal Pradesh.
Start your tour from Shimla. Best time to Visit Shimla
The best time to visit Shimla is from November to June.
How to Reach Shimla can be reached both by train or air.
The nearest railway station of Shimla is Kalka which is around 85Km away from the town. From
Kalka, you can go to Shimla either by car or can avail the famous Kalka-Shimla narrow
gauge toy train. The Kalka-Shimla toy train route passes mostly
through the mountains and is well-known for the scenic views of the surrounding mountains
and valleys. This route passes through a total of 102 tunnels and it takes almost 5 hours
to reach Shimla from Kalka. The nearest major airport of Shimla is Chandigarh.
The distance of Shimla from Chandigarh is around 114 km and it will take almost 4 hours
to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by road. Day-1
On day-1 of your tour first, go to visit Tara Devi Temple. This is a 250 years old temple.
The main deity here is Tibetan Buddhist Goddess Tara. The temple is located on the Tara Parvat
and you will get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys from the courtyard of
this Temple. Next, go to visit Sankat Mochan Temple. It
is approximately 5 km away from Shimla city center. This tranquil temple is surrounded
by a forest of beautiful pine and oak trees. This temple houses three deities Lord Rama,
Lord Shiva, and Lord Hanuman. Nowadays, it is one of the most famous tourist attractions
near Shimla. From Sankat Mochan Temple go to visit Shimla
Kali Bari. It is a popular tourist attraction in the city. This beautiful temple was constructed
in the year 1845 and the main deity here is Goddess Kali.
From Kali Bari temple go to visit famous Shimla Mall. Shimla Mall road is the main street
in Shimla and is the most happing place in the town. You will find all the government
offices, post office, banks everything here. Other than the offices, there are numerous
big and small stores located here. You will find mainly woolen garments, books, and handicraft
items here. Enjoy some shopping here. There are also some road-side wool shops.
If you love knitting you may buy wools from here at a very reasonable price.
The upper level of the Mall road is known as the ridge which is a big open area. We
went there at the time of sunset and observed a spectacular sunset from there.
After sun-down, we came down to Mall road and went to a famous café at Shimla Mall
road. Your Shimla tour will be incomplete unless you taste the delicious cookies, cakes
or hot chocolates from here. We had cheesecakes and hot chocolates which taste heavenly.
Day-2 On day2 morning, we had our breakfast in a
road-side eatery. The stall sells momo and Magee noodles cooked with lots of veggies.
We had Magee and that was delicious. After breakfast start your journey towards
Jakhoo Temple. The temple is located on top of Jakhoo hill. It is an ancient temple dedicated
to Lord Hanuman. According to the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman rested here for sometimes while
he was searching for Sanjivani Booti to revive Lakshman. Every year a festival held here
during Dussera. A giant 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman was established here in the
year 2010. You can reach the hilltop by taxi, horse or
ropeway. From Jakhoo hill, move towards Kufri. On your
way first, stop at the green valley. Green valley is a stunning mountain valley famous
for its breath-taking views of the surrounding pine and deodar forest over vast hilly lands.
After spending some time at Green Valley start your journey towards Kufri. Enjoy the scenic
beauty of the pine-clad valleys on your way. Due to this overwhelming beauty, the road
to Kufri needs a special mention here. The car parking space of Kufri is a little
ahead of the viewpoints and fun world. At the car parking space, you can enjoy a photo-shoot
sitting on the back of a Yak. From the car parking space to the sightseeing
point horse ride is available. Charges are Rs 500 per person. You have to pay a road
tax of Rs20 here. At the entrance of Kufri viewpoints, there
is a small market having stalls of local hand-made products and local fast food.
Beyond this zone, you will find the Telescope point. From here you can get a closer look
at the Himalayan mountain ranges using the telescope. There is a guide who will explain
every detail to you. Other than viewing telescope you can take
photos sitting on a Yak’s back. If you are an adventure sports lover then
you can enjoy archery at this point. Beyond this, there is a local village. Enjoy
a walk around this village and have a glimpse of the local life here.
Next, go to visit Kufri Fun World. Kufri fun world is an amusement park where you will
have numerous fun and adventure activities for both kids and adults.
Other than these activities, there are some good eateries inside Fun world where you can
enjoy snacks and a cup of hot tea. The package cost for all the adventure activities
in Kufri is between Rs 200 and Rs 300 After completing your activities in the Kufri
fun world go to visit Himalayan Nature Park or Kufri Zoo. Enjoy quality time here.
From the zoo go to visit the local market at Kufri- Chini Bazar. Here you will find
many small wooden handcrafted products which you may collect as a souvenir.
After that return to Shimla town and go to visit the famous Shimla Lakkar Bazar. This
market sells mainly wooden handicraft products and is located adjacent to the famous Shimla
Ridge. Next, go to the Ridge. You can avail lift
to go to the Ridge from Lakkar bazar. This is the heart of this beautiful hilly town
and the place offers breath-taking views of surrounding mountains. This place also houses
some notable shops and buildings. From Ridge go to visit the famous Shimla Christ
church. It is the second oldest church in North India and was built in the neo-Gothic
style in the year 1857. In the evening, the church is lightened up and looks like a magnificent
castle. In Shimla, you will have a shared or reserved
taxi for a sightseeing tour. The cab fare for a day-long sightseeing tour will cost
around Rs1500 per day. Day-3
On day-3 morning start your journey to Kullu from Shimla. We went to Kullu from Shimla
by shared car which charged Rs1200 per person. The distance of Kullu from Shimla is around
208 km and it will take almost 5-6 hours to reach Kullu from Shimla without any break.
On our way to Kullu, we visited some of the tourist attractions of the place. And in our
case, it took almost 8 hours to reach Kullu from Shimla.
First, we visited Sundernagar Lake. It is a beautiful man-made lake on the way
to Kullu built using the waters of Beas and Sutlej River.
Next, visit the Pandoh dam. The dam was built in the year 1977 to generate hydroelectric
power for the area. From there go to visit the famous Hanogi Mata
Temple of Kullu. Located on a hilltop this tiny temple is dedicated to Mata Hanogi and
is famous for its picturesque backdrop. Next, we visited Jhiri Nature Park. The entry
fee to this park is Rs 20 per person. It is the place where you can enjoy paragliding
and river rafting. Paragliding will cost around Rs 3500 per head and River Rafting will cost
Rs 600 per head. If you are an adventure sports lover then this is a must-visit place for
you. There is also bus service available from Shimla
to Kullu. If you wish you can avail buses to reach Kullu from Shimla.
Day-4 On the 4th day of your tour go to local sightseeing
in Kullu. First, go to visit the Kullu Vaishno Devi
temple. Located on the banks of River Beas, Vaishno Devi Temple of Kullu is a Hindu shrine
dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The temple is famous for its calm and quiet environment.
Next visit the Kullu Shawl industry. Kullu is famous for its colorful woolen shawl. It
is worthy to visit one of the shawl industries while you are in Kullu.
From there go to visit Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery. This is a Buddhist shrine situated
on the banks of river Beas. Surrounded by beautiful Himalayan Mountains this monastery
lies on top of the list of most visited places in Kullu. The monastery complex is very neat
and clean. There is also an open-air café inside the
monastery. Sitting here you can enjoy the freshness of nature.
From there go to visit Basheshwar Mahadev temple. This majestic temple was built during
the 9th century AD and was made in a pyramid style. It is located on the banks of River
Beas and Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati are the main deities here. Currently, the
temple is popular for its serene environment. Next visit Raghunath Temple. Located at a
height of 2056 meters above the sea level, this beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord
Rama. From there go to visit Jagannath Mata Temple.
Built approximately 1500 years ago, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhuwaneshwari, the
sister of Lord Vishnu. The temple was built in the Pahari style.
After visiting this temple, we enjoyed a walk around the Manali fruit market.
In the afternoon take a bus or car from Kullu and start your journey towards Manali. We
took a bus from Kullu to go to Manali. The bus fare was Rs 70 per person.
Manali is approximately 42 km away from Kullu and it will take around 2 hours to reach Manali
from Kullu. Due to bad weather and time constraint, we
were not able to visit the famous hot spring at Manikaran. If you are visiting this place
then please do visit the famous hot spring at Manikaran. It is really beautiful.
Day-5 On the 5th morning go for a sightseeing tour
around Manali. Here, local cab fare for a day-long sightseeing tour is around Rs 1500.
First, go to visit Gulaba. Gulaba is a picturesque village around Manali and on the way to Rohtang
pass. The village is now a popular tourist attraction of Manali which is famous for natural
beauty. We experience little snowfall here. Horse riding facility is also available at
this point. Enjoy a walk around this beautiful snow-covered valley here.
Next, go to Solang valley. Solang Valley is a side valley on the way to Rohtang Pass from
Manali. The place is popular for different adventure sports activities. You can enjoy
Paragliding, Skating, and zorbing here. From Solang valley go to visit Kothi. Kothi
is a scenic village located at the bottom of Rohtang pass on the Lahul-Spiti-Leh highway.
This is now a popular tourist spot and a must-visit for people who love photography.
Due to heavy snow, we were unable to visit Rohtang pass. We returned from Kothi and next
went to Him Valley Park. This is an amusement park at Manali. The entry fee to the park
is Rs 200 per person. In this park, you will find many rides and boating. Other than these
activities, here you can enjoy the magic show performed by local magicians. The most attractive
part here is the folk dance performance of the local dancers. We enjoyed that show a
lot. From HimValley Park go to visit the last destination
of the day Nehru Kund. It is a beautiful natural spring that originated from Bhrigu Lake. The
spring is famous for its breath-taking surroundings and pure cold water.
Day-6 On day 6 morning, first, go to Hamta Pass.
Hamta pass is a corridor between Chandra valley of Lahul and Kullu Valley. We went to the
point where the famous Hamta Pass trek begins. This place is covered with high altitude grassland
and as per our expectation, the beauty of this place is surreal. We faced little snowfall
here. We waited at a tea stall till the snowfall subsided and then we walked around the snow-covered
mountain slopes for a while. We enjoyed this place a lot.
From Hamta pass go to Pandu ropa. It is a small grassland at the bottom of the hill.
There is a small stream that passes through this grassland. The place is surrounded by
pine-covered mountains. It is a beautiful campsite where you may stay for the night.
From Pandu Ropa go to Vashisht Bath. It is a natural hot spring. The water of this hot
spring is believed to have medicinal values. There is a temple beside this hot spring.
The surrounding of the place needs a special mention.
Next Visit Manu temple. This famous temple is dedicated to Sage Manu. The temple is located
on Beas river valley near Manali. The place is well known for scenic beauty. You can spend
some quality time observing the beautiful surroundings of this place.
From Manu temple go to the most popular tourist destination of Manali, Hidimba Devi Temple.
At the entrance of this temple, you will find some local hand-made woolen garments
shop. If you wish you can purchase some woolens from here.
This temple is located inside the beautiful cedar forest locally known as Dhungiri Van
Vihar. This unique temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of second Pandav Bhima,
who was a famous figure of epic Mahabharata. Besides this temple, there is another temple
dedicated to Goddess Hidimba’s son Ghatotkacha. At the end of this temple complex, you can
enjoy Yak ride or can even take a picture sitting on a Yak’s back.
Next, go to visit Manali Van Vihar. Van Vihar is a nature park located in Manali. The park
is surrounded by long deodar trees. Enjoy a walk around the calm and quiet paths of
this park. If you wish you can do boating here. The
entry fee to this park is Rs50 per person. Next, go to Manali Monastery. This Monastery
is located near Manali Mall and is famous for its serene environment.
In the evening walk around the famous Manali Mall and enjoy some shopping.
Day-7 On day-7 morning, we visited Manali Mall and
purchased some woolen garments from there. After that, we took a bus from Manali and
start our journey towards Chandigarh for departure. The Volvo fare from Manali to Chandigarh is
Rs 1150 and the non-Volvo bus fare is Rs 540. It will take almost 10 hours to reach Chandigarh
from Manali. Where to stay
At Shimla, we stayed at Hotel Angan Regency, which is located near Mall road. The room
tariff was around Rs1700 per day. At Manali, we stayed at Hotel Thakur where the room charge
was around Rs 900. Both of these are OYO hotels. We will share the online booking links in
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