Himanchal with Vaishno Devi Darshan
Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Places Covered: Amritsar – Dharamsala – Dalhousie – Katra – Vaishno Devi – Jammu
Day 01: Arrive Amritsar
Arrive Amritsar, Check inn Hotel, After Fresh-up drive to visit Indo- Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening beating the Retreat ceremony.Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervor rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous, overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Amritsar Local- Dharamsala
After breakfast Start your half day city tour with the blessings of Golden Temple- the most Important Sikh shrine which is also called Mecca for the Sikhs is a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs. Then visit Jallianwala Bagh- where, on April 13, 1919, British and Gurkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed forbidden gathering, killing. Later transfer to Dharamshala. Overnight stay at Dharamshala.
Day 03: Dharamsala- Local
Morning after fresh-up go for Full day local sightseeing, visit The Dalai Lama resides (Cholangkhang). At the start of Mcleodganj is a small bazaar filled with variety of Tibetan handicrafts and artefacts. At the end of the spur lies the Namgyal Monastery. The external wall is surrounded by rows of prayer wheels. With in the monastery are large idols of Buddha The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. Rest of the time leisure for individual activities, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Dharamsala- Dalhousie
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Dalhousie. Arrive at Dalhousie and check into the hotel. Visit the Mall which is the main shopping area. Browse through shops at the Tibetan market for souvenirs. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 5: Dalhousie Sightseeing
After breakfast take a sightseeing trip. Visit St. John’s Church, dating back to 1882. Drive to Jhandri Ghat, and then visit Subhash Baoli. Drive onwards to the scenic town of Khajjir. Visit the Khajjir Nag temple dating back to the 12th century A.D. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Dalhousie to Katra
morning drive to katra. Evening free to explore the destination. Overnight stay at katra.
Day 07: Katra- Vaishno Devi Darshan- Katra
Early morning trek to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine (12 kms), Ponies can also be arranged by
Self for the trek return back to Katra late in evening/night, Mata Vaishno Devi temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, and Indian Spiritual tradition has propounded four Purusharth (objectives) of a human life.
These being Dharm (Righteousness), Arth (Material Pursuits), Kaam (Contentment) and Moksh (Enlightenment). Shri Mata Vaishno Devi is Believed to grant all the four boons to those who visit Her Holy Shrine. She is considered to fulfill anything and everything that a person wishes for in life, in a righteous way. It is an experience of all that no one goes Empty handed from Her Great Pilgrimage, takes her blessing. Overnight Stay at Katra.
Day 08: Katra Dep
Morning after breakfast drive to Sanasar, picturesque cup shaped meadow, which is surrounded by coniferous trees. An ideal travel destination.
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