Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges

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Highlights

Have you ever wanted to admire the majestic Himalayan Ranges but don't want to trek to see it?  Then this trip is for you.  I have decided to make this Himalayan ranges road trip a colourful one by coinciding with Holi Festival.  Holi Festival also known as Festival of Colours is a celebration of love, forgiving, victory over evil, and all things good.  Before starting the road trip let's visit the Taj Mahal, widely considered as the most beautiful building in the world and also a symbol of love.  As such I believe this trip will be especially memorable.  So come join me in this memorable trip.

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaView of Himalayan Ranges from Manali

Highlights
- Visit Taj Mahal, a UNESCO site recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India, a winner of the New7Wonders of the World
- Celebrate Holi Festival also known as Festival of Love and Festival of Colours
- Visit another UNESCO site for its outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation, Great Himalayan National Park
- Explore Kullu Valley, this valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills
- Explore Manali nicknamed the “Valley of Gods” and "Switzerland of Asia"
- Visit Solang Valley, a resort town, jumping point for paragliding, rafting, and many other sports
- Visit Kasol nicknamed the "Mini Israel of India" and "Little Amsterdam"

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaColourful celebration of Holi Festival

Holi Festival, also known as "festival of colours" or the "festival of love". The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.   It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) in Mar.  Let's join in the fun and get colourful.

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaKasol Village in the evening

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaParvati Village River

Kasol, nicknamed the Mini Israel of India due to strong Jewish history and heritage found here.  Also, the 'Little Amsterdam’ as it is flanked by hippies from everywhere.  Kasol village is also famous for its hot springs.  We will visit Kasol Market, explore cafes, restaurants, and the local food are the few of things we can try.  After this, sit on the banks of river Parvati and enjoy the calmness around. 

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaGreat Himalayan National Park

Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), is one of India's national parks, is located in Kullu region. UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for its outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation. 

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaView of Himalayan from Old Manali 

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaAnother sunset view of Himalayan from Manali 

Manali was barely inhabited by people and the unending natural beauty, rightfully earned it the nickname of “Valley of Gods”.  Within Manali the Old Manali, has an exotic charm; not foreign, not entirely Indian. It is as if you have crossed into another country. Old Manali has somehow chiseled out a world of its own guarded by Manalsu River. The village is as idle as a fairy tale but at the same time a bridge away from the modern world.  We will wander around the old village and experience its charms.

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaSolang Valley

Solang Valley is a resort town nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, gondolo ride of 1.3km that rise up 500m, and hiking around.  Let's try some of the activities.

Let's hop on to a colourful and lovely road trip to the Himalayan Ranges starting at Delhi, IndiaTaj Mahal

The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess who died giving birth to their 14th child.  The imperial court documenting Shah Jahan's grief after the death of his wife tells the love story, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly from Singapore to New Delhi, transfer to Agra, overnight at Agra.
Day 2 Visit Taj Mahal and nearby Red Fort if we have time, leave for Delhi.  Overnight at Delhi.
The traffic in Delhi can be very bad no matter what time of the week or day and therefore be prepared to be stucked in Delhi's traffic.
Day 3 Leave Delhi for Chandigarh, visit Rock Gardens and Sukhna Lake.  Overnight at Chandigarh.
Day 4 Leave Chandigarh for Manali, overnight at Manali.
Day 5 Celebrate Holi Festival and visit Hadimba Devi Temple.  Overnight at Manali.
Day 6 Celebrate Holi Festival and try some of the activities in Solang Valley.  Overnight at Manali.
Day 7 Leave Manali for Kullu Valley, then Kasol.  Overnight at Kasol.
Day 8 Leave Kasol for Delhi Airport
Day 9 Arrive in Singapore

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!