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Historical Tour, Kangra fort &Rock cut temple from Dharmasla

1. Historical Tour, Kangra fort &Rock cut temple from Dharmasla

Your guide meets you at your hotel in Mcleodgang/Dharamshala to begin your tour to Kangra, heading first to Masroor Rock Cut Temple.On the way, you'll pass the Kangra Valley and a local village, where you can get a glimpse of the natural beauty of the area and daily activities of the local people. The Masroor Rock Cut Temple complex is dedicated to Rama, Laxmana, and Sita, gods from the time of Mahabharata whose stone images are worshiped by Hindu devotees who come from around the world. The temple complex is built on a water pond and situated on a hill with panoramic views of the terrain beyond, including the snowy peaks of the Dhauladhar Range. The Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. The fort of Kangra resisted Akbar’s siege in 1615. However, Akbar’s son Jehangir successfully subdued the fort in 1620, forcing the submission of the Raja of Chamba, “the greatest of all the rajas in the region. Brajreshwari Devi Temple,A legend says that after Goddess Sati sacrificed herself in the honor of Lord Shiva in her Fathers Yagya. Shiva took her body on his shoulder and started Tandav. In order to stop him from destroying the world Lord Vishnu divided the body of Sati into 51 parts with his Chakra. The left breast of Sati fell at this spot, thus making it a Shakti Peeth.The original temple was built by the Pandavas at the time of Mahabharatha. Explore the local market in Kangra for some time to browse local goods that make great gifts and souvenirs. When your tour ends, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Private 6 hrs Mcleodganj & Dharamshala City Tour

2. Private 6 hrs Mcleodganj & Dharamshala City Tour

Your Guide/driver will meet you at hotel as per scheduled time. Later on get ready for city sightseeing. Visit following Places. Naddi Village is a beautiful spot in the serene setting of Himachal and is the abode of beauty. At an altitude of 7152 ft. from the sea level this amazing village is a well-known place for its trekking experiences and is visited by thousands of travellers every year. Bhagsu Nag Temple;Popular for a waterfall and an ancient temple, tourists need to trek to reach the waterfall. St. John in the Wilderness is a Church of North India church dedicated to John the Baptist built in 1852, located near Dharamshala. Dal Lake; One such natural wonder is the famous Dal Lake that has become as popular in Dharamshala as the primitive and infamous Dal Lake of Kashmir. Dalai Lama Temple Complex. This place, also called "Little Lhasa of Tibet" in Upper Dharamshala is known world-wide, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides here. The main temple is where He gives teachings several times a year. Mcleodganj Market ,McLeodganj is famous for its culture, crafts, etc. and tourists flock in from different parts of the world to experience it and be a part of it. Norbulingka believes in the preservation and continuation of Tibetan art through self-sustaining means. Under the guidance of talented masters, we endow artists and craftspeople with ancestral knowledge, providing jobs to a community of over 300 Tibetans. We invite visitors to come and explore our beautiful campus and witness firsthand the splendor of Tibetan art. The Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries and specializes in the study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. It was founded in Tibet in 1474 by the main disciple of the first Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup. The smallest tea region of India, Dharamshala has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens across the Kangra Valley. It is known for its good quality tea

Guided Kora Circuit & Walking Tour Around McLeod Ganj

3. Guided Kora Circuit & Walking Tour Around McLeod Ganj

Your Guide will meet you at Main square of McLeod Ganj market. Your walking tour will start from McLeod Ganj Market towards Dalai lama complex.Mcleodganj is home to spirituality, Himalayan experiences, adventures, and for sightseeing. It is not only famous for its scenic beauty, but the place is also known for Tibetan culture and shopping here would be the best opportunity. Grab this deal and head for an amazing guided walking tour. Tsuglag Khang, also known as Dalai Lama's Temple complex, is the home for His Holiness Dalai Lama. It is among the world renowned religious centers and is thronged by Buddhist pilgrims throughout the year. Tsuglagkhang Monastery is beautifully built structure. This is more like a temple along with being a residential complex for His Holiness and his followers. Kora walk in Dharamshala, one of the greatest Tibetan settlements in India. In this Online Experience, I will take you on this Tibetan holy walk around the Dalai Lama's residence and monastery situated on a hill above the town of Dharamshala. Here, we will meet some locals, as well as monks and nuns from the monastery, and walk and chant the holy mantras with them. McLeodganj is famous for its culture, crafts, etc. and tourists flock in from different parts of the world to experience it and be a part of it. The shopping experience in McLeodganj is worth remembering, provided you know how to bargain and purchase the local items of the place such as Tibetan mats and carpets. Your Guide will assist you for shopping activities. Here you tour ends with unforgettable memories.

Guided Village walk with Stories in Dharamsala

4. Guided Village walk with Stories in Dharamsala

Meet your guide at meeting point (Naddi main Square).McLeod Ganj is beautiful tourist town with lots of tourism activities. But if some one likes to explore some real local life and culture, you need to go to a village outside of town. This hike is set amidst the beautiful backdrop of the snow-clad Dhauladhar range (part of Himalayas) and offers one of the best views you can get in the region. Our guide will be with you through out the hike, ensuring plenty of stops along the way for refueling and for engaging conversations. With dense forests of deodar and pine, this hike presents a wonderful trail to meander through. Nearby snowline, a mountain river stream along side and crispy cool mountain breeze add to the beauty. During the hike you will get a chance to visit a village home, have face to face interaction with family, understand their daily routine, lifestyle and culture. Also you will have ample opportunities for nice photography with Nature and locals. After spending quality time in the lap of nature and Dhauladhar ranges, your guide will drive you back to the meeting point.

Dharamshala: Full Day Customizable City Sightseeing Tour

5. Dharamshala: Full Day Customizable City Sightseeing Tour

Take control of your Dharamshala sightseeing as you experience one of India's most vibrant cities for a full day. With so many places to visit in the city, choose a personalized experience that is aligned with your interests. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel and explore the best the city has to offer with your friendly guide, who will be happy to customize the itinerary. Explore the Tsuglagkhang Complex featuring the Dalai Lama Temple, a monastery, and much more. Enjoy a short trek to the Bhagsunag waterfall and you will see a small eatery on the hilltop named "Shiva Cafe" where you can enjoy a jolt of brew along with salted snacks and snap pictures there with your friends or family. Also, Dal Lake and Naddi viewpoints in Dharamshala offer some of the most magnificent and spectacular views of nature. For art and history lovers, there’s the Tibet Museum and The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. Alo, snap a picture in front of the iconic St. John in the Wilderness. For something uniquely Dharamshala, visit Tushita, a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism, or the Aghanjar Mahadev. You can visit Dharamshala Cricket Stadium as it is famous for IPL cricket matches. If you are looking for shopping, pay a visit to the Tibetan Mini Market for unique antiques and souvenirs. At sunset, relax on Naddi Road. Dharamshala has something for everyone, so come prepared for a full day of sightseeing. Visit as many locations as you want and spend as much time as you need to explore them.

Dharamshala Dalhousie Tour from Amritsar

6. Dharamshala Dalhousie Tour from Amritsar

Day 01: Amritsar - Dalhousie We will receive you from Amritsar hotel/ airport and your drive starts for Dalhousie which is around 200 km and you need minimum 4 to 5 hours to reach there. Dalhousie is the most famous tourists place in Himachal Pradesh famous for the colonial era, churches, and snow capped mountains. Evening visit the Famous churches and some Scottish architecture famous in Dalhousie. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 02: Dalhousie - Khajjiar-Dalhousie After breakfast you will head towards the popular place of Khajjiar which is located on the distance of 1 hour. This natural place is also known for its pristine beauty green grass land and big mountains and pine trees in the back drop. Also visit the sathdhara falls, Panchpula where five streams of water connect with each other and the Ajit singh smarak. Return back to your hotel in Dalhousie. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 03: Dalhousie - Dharamshala This day after breakfast your will be driven towards for Dharamshala which is 120 km and it takes three and half hour to reach as you are driving down to the mountain ranges. Dharamshala is a world famous town known for its Buddhist culture, monasteries and Buddhist temples. In the evening stroll through the monasteries and Dharamshala stadium. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 04: Dharamshala In the morning visit the Bhagsunath temple and Bhagsunath Lake which is the ancient stops of this town. Then after you will head to Mc leodganj where you will visit Dalai lama house and monasteries, Dal lake and tibbet market famous for shopping. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 05: Dharamshala-Amritsar After the healthy breakfast you will be driven back to Amritsar which is 210 kilometer from Dharamshala. Upon reaching Amritsar we will drop you to your hotel/ airport.

Dharamsala: 2-Day Guided Triund Trek from Bhagsunag

7. Dharamsala: 2-Day Guided Triund Trek from Bhagsunag

The trek starts from the Bhagsunag Temple which is 11 km from Dharamsala. From the Temple, you will follow a steep trail that leads to the Bhagsunag Waterfall. From there, the trail becomes more strenuous as you begin to climb up to Triund. The ascent to Triund is steep and rocky and it is marked with red and white paint. The trek on the first day takes about 4 hours, depending on your pace. Once you reach the Karthani also known as base of Triund, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, as well as a sense of accomplishment for completing the trek. If the weather and forest department permits, you can enjoy a campfire session and dinner around the fire before retiring to your tent for the night at Karthani camp. After a filling breakfast, take a leisurely hike from Karthani to the Triund Top. The one-hour trek will offer stunning sunrise views and the opportunity to explore the area once you reach the top. After taking in the breathtaking vistas, begin your descent towards Bhagsunag, passing through picturesque forests and mountain landscapes.

Guided Walk, India's Own Mini Tibet at Mcleodganj

8. Guided Walk, India's Own Mini Tibet at Mcleodganj

Meet your Guide at Main Square of Mcloedganj market. Visit Following places. The Kalachakra temple is located inside the Thekchen Choumlling temple complex in Mcleodganj in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh in India. The temple complex also houses the Namgyal monastery, the private chambers of his Holiness the Dalai Lama and the famous Tsuglakhang temple. Tsuglag Khang, also known as Dalai Lama's Temple complex, is the home for His Holiness Dalai Lama. It is among the world renowned religious centers and is thronged by Buddhist pilgrims throughout the year. Tsuglagkhang Monastery is beautifully built structure. This is more like a temple along with being a residential complex for His Holiness and his followers. The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) is a Tibetan library in Dharamshala, India. The library was founded by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama on 11 June 1970, and is considered one of the most important libraries and institutions of Tibetan works in the world. The Tibet Museum is the official museum of the Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Information and International Relations and is located near the main temple of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tsuglag Khang, in the Dharamshala suburb of McLeod Ganj. Nechung Monastery is considered as the seat of the State Oracle and protector-deity of His Holiness Dalai Lama and Tibet. It has a great importance in Tibetan history and Buddhist religion. Nechung has acted as spiritual guide to the Tibetan Government since the 18th century. The physical medium is called Nechung Kuten. When the medium enters into a trance-like state, the protector-deity takes possession of his body and gives advice and predictions to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan leaders in exile. Men-Tsee-Khang, also known as Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, is a charitable institution based in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India. The institute was founded by the 13th Dalai Lama, in Lhasa in 1916. In the aftermath of the Chinese occupation of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama came to India where he re-established the institution in 1961.

Amritsar: Dharamshala and Dalhousie 6-Day Private Tour

9. Amritsar: Dharamshala and Dalhousie 6-Day Private Tour

Day 1 : Amritsar Airport or Railway Station. Upon arrival at Amritsar Airport/Station, Our Executive will meet you on exit Gate and take you to your pre booked hotel in Amritsar. Check in at Hotel. later Post lunch start your tour with blessings of Golden Temple in Amritsar and then visit Wagah border, Witness the Retreat Ceremony at Waga Border. Evening is free for individual activities like shopping etc. Return to hotel. Day 2 : Amritsar – Dharamshala (205 Kms Time taken 4 hours) This morning after early breakfast check out from Amritsar Hotel and Visit Later visit Jalianwala Bagh where on April 13., 1919 British and Gorkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed forbidden gathering killing hundreds of Civilians and then proceed to Dharamshala, Upon arrival check in to your pre booked hotel.(Lunch at hotel or restaurant on your own) Late rafter some rest proceed for sightseeing of Dharamshala visiting: St. John wilderness Church and Mcleodganj Market etc. and back to hotel in evening. Day 3 : Dharamshala This morning after early breakfast leave hotel and Visit, Dalai Lama Temple, naddi view point, Dal lake ,Bhagshu Nag temple and waterfall, Norbulingka Institute ,Gyuto monastery and Tea Garden. Evening back to hotel. Day 4: Day 04: Dharmshala-Dalhousie Sightseeing - Dalhousie (125 Kms- 03 H) After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Dalhousie, On arrival at Dalhousie check in at hotel and after fresh up visit Dalhousie sightseeing like Jandhrighat Palace, Subhash Bowli, Bara Pathar, Panjphulla, Subhash Chownk, GPO Dalhousie, Satdhara and Old Churches,In the evening drive back to hotel. Day 5: Dalhouise – Khajjiar – Dalhousie: After breakfast drive to sightseeing of Khajjiar, Khajjiar known as mini Switzerland of India. Dalhousie surrounded by varied vegetation - pines, dodders, oaks and flowering rhododendron. You can do Adventure activities in Khajjiar like horse riding , zorbing, Nature walk suggestive here in between the trees, also visit Khajji Naag Temple there. In the evening drive back to hotel. Day 6: Dalhousie – Amritsar: (210 KM | 05 Hrs) After breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Amritsar.Our driver will drop you at Amritsar Railway station/airport as per your scheduled flight or train.

Guided Andretta Artists' VIllage Tour

10. Guided Andretta Artists' VIllage Tour

Our guide or driver will come to pick up you from hotel as per scheduled time and proceed for Andretta Artists' VIllage Tour. The tour will start with a presentation about the history of the estate and a brief description about how tea is grown, manufactured, sorted and tasted. This is followed by a walk around the plantation with a tour guide, who will provide information on how the bushes are grown and looked after. You can learn about plucking and try your hand at plucking 'two leaves and a bud'.This is followed by the factory visit, where you will be able to learn the process of tea manufacturing with explanations of the withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting processes and interact with the workers.Lastly, experience a Tea Tasting session where you can discover the different flavours, appearance and aroma of various grades of tea manufactured at factory, throughout the season. After having deep knowledge about kangra tea,lets proceed towards Andretta village.Andretta is a village and an artists' colony in Himachal Pradesh. The artists' colony was established in the 1920s, when Irish theatre artiste and environmentalist, Norah Richards, shifted here from Lahore.Near Palampur in the Kangra District, with Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas as a backdrop, Andretta over the years has attracted many noted artists, theatre practitioners, painters and more recently potter's. First we will visit Sardar Sobha Singh art gallery, a well-known contemporary painter, started his painting career in Andretta.At the art gallery, one can see a range of original works of the artist as well as some of his personal belongings. Let's proceed further towards Norah Richard's House - Andretta artists colony was started some 75 years ago by an Irish woman named Norah Richards, who acquired the land from the District Commissioner of Kangra in 1935. Norah Richards, a dramatist and environmentalist lived in Andretta from the mid 30's, through the time of partition until her death in 1971. Finally visit, Andretta Pottery and Craft Society - This is a working art pottery making attractive earthenware with rangoli style slip designs. The pottery offers 3 month classes for students. Also attached to the pottery is a Terracotta Museum. While the main collection in this museum is the work of local village potters from the neighbouring parts, the museum also has a house collection of pottery from around the globe including several works from Mexico, England and Holland. Here it comes to an end after having cultural and historical knowledge. Your driver will drop you at a hotel.

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