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Itineries

Proposed Itineraries

Heritage Walk - Walking tour of the City

Minimum Time required: 2 Days
Activities: City drive and Walking tour

Day 01: Arrive Shimla

Arrive at The hotel. Evening at leisure. O/N Hotel

Day 02: Shimla- Walking tour

After breakfast we begin the heritage walk with the English speaking guide.This walk includes the walking tour of the City which includes the visits to The heritage buildings which were built during the British period and still are known for it Their elegant architecture. For example: Ellerslie ( Himachal Pradesh Sectriate building), The Vice Regal Lodge, State Museum, Gorton Castle, The Railway Board Building, Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre, Scandal Point, The Combermere Bridge. The Evening is free to explore the Biggest Shopping Plaza of the north – The Mall. O/N Hotel

Cost Per person will be available at the travel desk/- (Minimum Two Pax )

Cost Includes:

Exclusive vehicle for pickup and drop.
English speaking professional guide
Mineral water bottles with chocolates, cookies, canned juice and seasonal fruits.
Entry Charges

Excludes:

Personal Expenses
Lunch
Tips to guide

Yoga, Heritage Walk & countryside drive

Minimum Time required: 3 Days Activities: Plain walk, 4 sessions of Yoga, countryside drive

Day 01: Arrive Shimla

Arrive at The hotel. Evening at leisure. O/N Hotel

Day 02: Shimla- Yoga session and Heritage Walk

We start early morning and after freshening up we start the yoga session in the presence of with theYoga Instructor for two hours practicing the Paranayama, Asna and the different kriyas of yoga. After breakfast the day is set for the Heritage walk of the City. In the evening again a session of yoga for two hours to relax your body, mind and soul.

Day 03: Shimla- Yoga session and Heritage Walk

We Follow the same schedule in the morning and practice few more breathing and meditation exercises with the yoga Instructor and after breakfast the day is set for a countryside drive on the outskirts of Shimla preferable to Kufri and Chail. Lunch at Chail and move back in time for one more session of Yoga in the evening. O/N Hotel

Cost Per person will be available at the travel desk (Minimum four Pax )

Cost Includes:

Exclusive vehicle for pickup and drop including the excursion to Kufri and Chail.
English speaking professional guide for two days
Mineral water bottles with chocolates, cookies, canned juice and seasonal fruits.
Yoga Instructor for two days and four sessions
Entry Charges

Excludes:

Personal Expenses
Lunch
Tips to guide

Be Adventurous and Sporty
Features: White water Rafting with Golfing at Naldehra

Minimum Time required:3 Days
Activities: White water rafting, countryside drive, Golfing and city tour.

Day 01: Arrive Shimla

Arrive at The hotel. Evening at leisure. O/N Hotel

Day 02: Shimla- Tattapani- Naldehra-Shimla

After breakfast we drive from the hotel to Sunni, a distance of 46 km and start rafting from Chabba to Tattapani, a strech of 12 km. For two hours one is going down the river, challenging the rapids of the aggressive Satluj., After rafting we have evening tea and snacks at Tata paani and drive towards Naldehra and enjoying the golf for the rest of the day at Naldehra. O/N Hotel.

Day 03: Shimla-Temple Tour

After breakfast we drive to see the temples. Sankat Mochan,and Tara Devi temple are dedicated to Godess Tara.They are at a distance of 12 km from Woodville..We spend half the day sightseeing and the rest of the day

free. O/N Hotel
Cost Per person will be available at the travel desk (Minimum two Pax)

Cost Includes:

Sightseeing and excursion by Toyota innova for both days
English speaking professional guide for two days
Mineral water bottles with chocolates,cookies and fresh fruits
Equipments and entry at the Naldehra Golf Course
White water rafting at Tattapani

Excludes:

Personal Expenses
Lunch
Tips to guide

For Nature Lovers
Bird watching, Golfing and Nature walks

Minimum Time required: 3 Days
Activities: White water rafting, countryside drive, Golfing and city tour.

Day 01: Arrive Shimla

Arrive at The hotel. Evening at leisure. O/N Hotel

Day 02: Shimla- Shimla Catchment Sanctuary- Naldehra

We Get up early morning before sunset and drive to the Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary for bird watching, this sanctuary has different species of the birds, if fortunate we may see, Chakor, Kalij Pheasant, Black and Brown Partridge, Thrushes, Himalayan Magpie, Bulbul, Wood Peckers, Peacock, Paradise fly catchers, Jungle Fowl, Golden and Black headed Orioles, , Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays, Purple Sunbirds, Green Barbets and Mynahs.Quite a treat. We go back to the hotel after breakfast and drive to Naldehra for Golfing. O/N Hotel

Day 03: Shimla- Shimla Catchment Sanctuary- Walking Tour

Again Bird watching in The Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary and a walk to see the old pumping station from where the water used to be pumped through the steam pumps,back in the day. A wilderness walk where many animal species can be spotted. Evening free. O/N Hotel

Cost Per person will be available at the travel desk/- (Minimum two Pax)

Cost Includes:

Sightseeing and excursion by Toyota innova for both days
English speaking professional guide for two days
Mineral water bottles with Packed Lunch on day 03
Catchment Sanctuary Permits
Equipments and entry at the Naldehra Golf Course

Excludes:

Personal Expenses
Lunch on day 02
Tips to guide

Farm Tour

Visiting the traditional village, Nature walk, small hike near the village, day activities

Minimum Time required: 3 Days

Activities: traditional village visit, Nature walk, hike, studying the anthropology

Day 01: Arrive Shimla

Arrive at The hotel. Evening at leisure. O/N Hotel

Day 02: Shimla- Traditional Village Visit

After breakfast we drive to a local village to experience the lifestyle and living of the people residing in the area. We spend one complete day seeing the activities, the local villagers working in the fields, looking after their Orchards, vegetables, and grains.it is an experience in itself,the simplicity of it all.. Then we commence to have a traditional village lunch at a traditional home and we make you a part of this exercise for one day. O/N Hotel

Day 03: Shimla- Nature walk

After breakfast we start with the nature walk so have a hearty breakfast.. O/N Hotel

Cost Per person will be available at the travel desk/- (Minimum two Pax)

Cost Includes:

Sightseeing and excursion by Toyota innova for both days
English speaking professional guide for two days
Mineral water bottles with hot Lunch on Day 02 and Packed Lunch on day 03

Excludes:

Personal Expenses
Tips to guide

Biking Adventure

Mountain Biking, Nature drive, Heritage Walk

Minimum Time required: 3 Days

Activities: Mountain Biking, Nature drive, Heritage Walk

Day 01: Arrive Shimla

Arrive at The hotel. Evening at leisure. O/N Hotel

Day 02: Shimla- Heritage walk

After breakfast from the hotel the heritage walk with the English speaking heritage guide, this walk includes the walking tour of the City which includes the visit to The heritage building which were built during the British period and still are known for it elegant architecture. For example: Ellerslie ( Himachal Pradesh Sectriate building), The Vice Regal Lodge, State Museum, Gorton Castle, The Railway Board Building, Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre, Scandal Point, The Combermere Bridge. Evening free to explore the Biggest Shopping Plaza of the north. O/N Hotel
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Day 03: Shimla-Mountain Biking

After breakfast from the hotel the heritage walk with the English speaking heritage guide, this walk includes the walking tour of the City which includes the visit to The heritage building which were built during the British period and still are known for it elegant architecture. For example: Ellerslie ( Himachal Pradesh Sectriate building), The Vice Regal Lodge, State Museum, Gorton Castle, The Railway Board Building, Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre, Scandal Point, The Combermere Bridge. Evening free to explore the Biggest Shopping Plaza of the north. O/N Hotel After breakfast drive from the hotel to the out skirts of the city and start the mountain biking from Mehli to Ashwani Pul is downhill and cautious paddling required after Ashwani pul the road starts ascending till junga and after Junga is the level paddling and later uphill till Mundaghat. You have two options from Mundaghat either continue paddling on a level road of you can be picked up by a supporting vehicle till hotel. O/N Hotel

Cost Per person will be available at the travel desk/- (Minimum two Pax)

Cost Includes:

Sightseeing and excursion by Toyota Innova.
English speaking professional guide for two days
Mineral water bottles with hot Lunch on Day 03
Entry Charges

Excludes:

Personal Expenses
Lunch on Day 02
Tips to guide

Hikes

Trek-1:Mashobra Valleyn Hike Proposed Itineraries
Hiking around the Shimla hills

Minimum Time required: 2 Days
Activities: Long drives , bird watching, ,picnics, photography,long walks and climbs(optional)

Day 01: Arrive Shimla

Arrive at The hotel. Evening at leisure. O/N Hotel
Day 02.For those interested in getting the real feel of the mountains , we recommend at least two hikes if you have time.If time is a constraint, then you can choose from the hiking options below.The hike trails require a full days dedication.Ideally, after a hearty breakfast you can leave the hotel with the guide and a picnic basket.You will only be back around sunset and all too happy to just relax and have a sundowner.We recommend The Mashobra Valley Trek 1 or Trek 2.

Day 03:After the previous day's hike some may want to rest.The day can be spent relaxing and for lunch we can pack a picnic lunch and instead of the trekking route we can drive you to one of the more secluded spots close by.Craignano with its lush green rolling hills and meadows is ideal.The drive is just half an hour away and on the way one can procure local juices, jams and pickles as well..The other alternative for those who would rather take the hike is the Tara Devi Trek.It is a relatively relaxed hike and alternatively one can go by car to the temple and do the hike on the downward trail, or even start late afternoon to reach in time at the top to enjoy the spectacular sunset.

Note:


Ideally the treks are recommended for the traveler with time on his hands so you can trek one day, relax the next day and manage at least three fruitful hikes.

Cost Per person will be available at the travel desk/- (Minimum Two Pax )

Cost Includes:

Exclusive vehicle for pickup and drop.
English speaking professional guide
Mineral water bottles with chocklates, cookies, canned juice and seasonal fruits.
Entry Charges

Excludes:

Personal Expenses
Lunch
Tips to guide

Trek options:

Mahobra valley hike

There are two start-options - one can walk down from Charabara to Mashobra Bazaar (30 to 40 minutes) or drive down to the Bazaar (20 minutes) and then start the hike.

Through woods of Himalayan Cedar and Spruce, the path to Seepur takes a steady dip down the valley. Past fields and orchards and wood and slate houses one arrives at the glade of Seepur - which the vicerene Lady Lytton called a "tea-cup shaped valley" and was popular for midnight picnics in the days of the Raj. Several slim streams fed by fresh-water springs nurture the soft grass of Seepur.

Folklore(Ancient tales )

The glade is held sacred to the local deity, Seep who 'visits' the spot at select times of year. Shaded by colossal Cedars, a delightful little temple built in the local style with stone and wood, rests on an edge. Smaller shrines merging with the woods are also there. This is the site of an annual fair held over the second weekend of April - and is a time for local matchmaking.

From Seepur the decline eases out to the tiny village of Shali, which holds a dozen charmingly rustic structures - and is probably named in honour of the facing peak. .. The view on the facing hill has terraced fields and age-old villages. Along the narrow path, the only sounds one is likely to hear are of one's own breathing and the crunch of boots over scattered cones. The silence only punctuated by the song of a Himalayan Thrush or Barbet.

After Shali comes the home of the deity Seep at Deothi. Local legend has it that the deity was brought with the erstwhile rulers of the Koti state - in whose former territories the hike lies - when they migrated here from Kutlehar, which lies north-west. The temple was first established in the village of Nehra. This tract was then ruled by mavis, local strongmen who wished to share in the worship of Seep. When this was refused, the mavis started desecrating the temple. 'Speaking' through his worshippers, Seep declared that he wanted to move from Nehra and a day would come when a long line of ants would march through the village and where they finally circled a mound, was where he wished to reside. The ants came and circled a mound in what is now the village of Deothi - and where Seep was ceremoniously installed. The identity of this local deity has steadily been merged with that of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Styled as a tall gabled mushroom and belonging to an architectural genre unique to this part of the world, Seep's temple rests at the edge of a small spur and is surrounded by other structures that 'belong' to him - a storehouse, a pavilion and a room for folk musicians

Cameo appearances of pomegranate trees and tumbling streams that come close to becoming waterfalls, fresh water springs embellished with utilitarian stonework and a little bridge mark the passage to Mulkoti. Walls of shale and quartzite, now reduced to rubble, hold the remains of the little fort of the Raja of Koti where, centuries ago, the Koti rulers first established themselves. Today only the wooden gate and its brass knockers evoke the memory of their stay. The temple harks back to those days and is held in veneration as the seat of several local deities.

Half an hour's climb from Mulkoti lies the village of Kanda and past this the path crosses the hamlets of Kanda, Ghayabo and Kaneer. The stretch is through terraced fields of assorted vegetables, corn and wheat. Blossom draped or fruit-laden orchards of apples, plums, apricots and peaches offset the fields

At Kanda, one can take some time to see some local craftsmanship - and even supplement the meal with fresh fruits and salads selected from the fields and orchards.
After Kaneer begins the sharp hour-long ascent to the century-old 'Dak bungalow', a rest house for travelers. The forests become more primeval and the Deodars, ferns and lichens seem to hold their secrets closer. With luck on ones side, one may encounter pheasants and several other birds and even deer, martens and flying squirrels. The area also has leopards, bears and snakes - but the possibility of sighting one is remote.

Trek-2 The Mashobra Valley Trek II

Circling the retreat

The hike begins from Charabara and ascends to the helipad located on an adjacent hillock. The initial path till the helipad is along a tarmac road that winds past the Punjab Raj Bhavan, a vestige from the days when Shimla was also the summer capital of Punjab. From the helipad, that commands a 360-degree view of Shimla and the Himalayan ranges, a footpath penetrates the surrounding forests and descends on to the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road, completed in 1853 by enterprising British engineers as an access route to Tibet. A short stroll along this ancient road, lined by apple orchards on one side, culminates at the school for handicapped children, a landmark from where the loop back towards the hotel begins. Here, in season, one can indulge in a frenzied apple-picking session that the various apple trees growing wild all around the school offer.

The trail continues along a vintage cart track that once belonged to the Commissioner for the Hill States, a British officer whose> residence was converted into the Presidential Retreat, the traditional summer vacation destination of the President of India. The path meanders till the Presidential Retreat through dense Oak groves that shade a rich undergrowth of ferns and a plethora of wild flowers. From the Retreat, a tarmac road leading back to Charabara offers magnificent views of the eternal snow-capped Great Himalayan Range and the Shali peak.

Hiking the Catchment sanctuary

Charabara is surrounded on three sides by the magnificent Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary, a 125 year old sanctuary that was established by the British as a reserved forest. The sanctuary was the initial source of water for Shimla, the water pumped to Shimla town through a series of steam pumps, reputed to be the first of their kind in the country. Today this pristine and undisturbed forest stretches across an area of 12 square kilometres and is considered by many as one of the wealthiest storehouses of Himalayan flora. This extremely dense forest is also the habitat for a vast variety of fauna, the most prominent being the Leopard. Although a sighting of a leopard is very rare, regular reports of droppings prove the existence of a large population within the sanctuary. The Himalayan Black Bear and the Brown Bear, Barking Deer, Goral, Jackal, Indian Red Fox, Striped Hyena and the Yellow-Throated Martin are some of the species of wildlife> that thrive in the undisturbed forests of the sanctuary. A wide variety of bird and pheasant species can also be spotted, some of the more prominent ones being the Cheer, Koklas and Khaleej pheasants, the Himalayan Pied Woodpecker, the Great Himalayan Barbet and some sparklingly colorful minivets

Cedars, Firs, Pines and Oaks jostle each other for space and the canopy-density at places prevents even the sunlight from peeping through to the forest floor., a perky Barking Deer too might flash past in gay abandon.

Trek-3 The Shali Tibba Hike

(Single Day)

The Shali Tibba (2867m) is the highest peak in the vicinity of Shimla. It is a magnificent isolated pinnacle with a Kali temple on the top. The ascent up to Shali is an ancient trail through dense pine forests and rolling alpine pastures. It is a steep and steady climb to the often mist enveloped peak. The peak commands an unforgettable view of endless snow covered ranges along with the Sutlej valley and the densely forested hills of Shimla, Fagu and Narkanda. For the avid photographer and nature lover, this one-day trek offers the experience of a lifetime.

Trek–4 SHIMLA (2205 m)- MASHOBRA - KHATNOL (1850 m)...45 km

Travel in a jeep/car/bus till khatnol via Baldhea along a fascinating dirt track to Gulshaini, a tiny hamlet (1250 m) situated at the base of the peak. From Gulshaini it is a steady climb along a rough road till Khatnol, an isolated village perched amidst rolling fields. Here we start the ascent.
KHATNOL - SHALI TIBBA (2867m)...5 km.

There is a Halt at the Khatnol Forest Rest House for a well-deserved break then begins the climb to Shali after a short rest. The landscape changes dramatically as we follow the ancient trail towards the peak. It is a three-hour climb at a leisurely pace with ample time to stand and stare at the surrounding magnificence and the imposing peak looming ahead. The final climb is a tough one and is amply rewarded by the breathtaking view from the top.

SHALI TIBBA - KHATNOL-SHIMLA

You must visit the historic temple and start the surprisingly quick descent down to Khatnol. Reach Shimla by late evening for a well-deserved and satisfying sleep with the memories of climbing the highest peak of the Shimla hills.

Trek -5 SHIMLA-CHAIL WEEKEND TREK

Quick Route Guide: Shimla-Chhota Shimla-Kasumpti-Mehali-Kawalag-Ashwin Pul-Junga-Paidala Bridge-Junedghat-Chail Chail

Chail is hiker's paradise. Chail was the summer capital of Maharaja of Patiala, the area is spread over three hills. One has the village of Chail, the other has the Snow View mansion and the third one has the Palace cum hotel of Chail.

Total Time: 8-9 hours for ~ 30 kms. at an unhurried (but not leisurely) pace including normal stopovers for rest and food.

Trek -6 The Taradevi Trail

A distance of 11 Kms from Shimla on the National Highway, is Taradevi. Three trails lead up to the temple from the road head. Rich in flora and fauna this is a moderate hike for about three hours, through a dense forest, and you reach the high point 1832mts for excellent views of Shimla town. Alternatively one can go by car/bus to the temple and do the hike on the downward trail, or even start late afternoon to reach in time at the top to enjoy the spectacular sunset

Craignano

After mashobra comes craignano.. This is a leisurely one hour walk from Craignano to the Fruit Research Station. Craignano was initially a beautiful Italian villa built by Chevalier Peliti, a baker to the Viceroys who had named the villa on his own estate in Italy. The property is situated on the top of an isolated and well-wooded hill and from the house and grounds is obtained a magnificent view of the country on all sides with the snow-clad mountains in the distance on the north and east. A broad cedar-shaded trail, criss-crossed by tiny streams, loops around the Craignano hillock. One ends the walk with a look around the Fruit Research Centre - pioneering apple research in the state and also the site where the first apple tree in the country was planted in 1887 by Mr. Coutts, an ardent gardener and a tailor to the Viceroys. The grounds of the Research Centre also hold a fine botanical garden that boasts of some extremely rare trees, including the Maidenhair, the Chinese Fir, the English Oak and the Japanese Spruce. One can even quench ones thirst with some fresh apple juice that is manufactured by the research centre itself.

Another trail from Charabara to Catchment Sanctuary

A pleasant one hour, four kilometer walk from Wildflower Hall, skirting the Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary. The trail loops astride the Mahasu ridge through the lush green forest reserve and is suitable for both the elderly and children on account of its gentle gradient. This tiny trail is carpeted with wild strawberries right through, is a wonderful introduction to the flora of the Himalayas and offers some great views.