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What better place to celebrate Chinese New Year but be immersed in the land boasting stunningly rich greenery and charming lakes against the backdrop of majestic snow clad mountains beyond comparison. Feast on the surrounding natural beauty, scenic and mighty Himalayas mountains; be smitten by this exotic paradise, forgetting your daily grind in this magical moment!! 

You need only to take 4.5 days' leave

(Most photo credit to Nelson Tan)

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Let us take you to experience this bewitching hill resort in northern India with something unique to offer.  

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Shimla - the timeless beauty holding magic in the air!  

Hailed as The Queen of Hills, Shimla is one of India's most popular hill resort, buzzing with happy flow of vacationers full of echoes of its past role as summer capital of British Raj, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh. It nestles charmingly in the Himalayan foothills and remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903 with the toy train route listed as a UNESCO site. An architectural paradise, flaunting many splendid colonial architecture buildings. It is also a town known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar with market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

We can also try out ice skating in this Asia's oldest and South Asia's only natural outdoor ice skating rink with the size of 5 tennis court! 

Every year, The ice-skating carnival is celebrated in Shimla with extreme pomp and grandeur. A large number of enthusiastic skaters take an active part in the Shimla ice-skating carnival. Large number of foreigners participates in the carnival 

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Solang Valley - delightful natural beauty  

This valley offers a beautiful view of glaciers and snow capped mountains. A perfect place for skiing since the valley has fine ski slopes. In winter, the valley becomes a skiing paradise with children of all ages slipping and sliding over the fresh white snow. When snow melts in the summer, skiing is replaced by parachuting, zorbing, and horse riding. For snow lovers, the best time to visit Solang Valley is between the months of December to February. 

Optional activities recommended   
- Skiing 
· Paragliding  
· Snow scooter fun-rides.

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district.  The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr meaning "lake" in the local language.

The highest point in the surrounding region, Kufri has a Himalayan wild life zoo which hosts rare antelopes, felines and birds including the Himalayan monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. During winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular ski track.

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kullu valley, the valley of God, a place removed from the frenzy of our world, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the picturesque towns of Kullu and Manali known for its amazing hills and the various temples and sight-seeing locations drawing huge number of visitors each year. Surrounded by deodar and pine forests, located between the lower and the greater Himalayan ranges as well as the inner Himalayan ranges of the Pir Panjal. Kullu-manali is one of the topmost tourist places in Himachal Pradesh 

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Old Manali - a fairy land of quaint ambience  
Walking through a bridge over gushing Manalsu River which is a gateway to another world known as the Old Manali. The village has an exotic charm; not foreign, not entirely Indian. It is as if you have crossed into another country with a bit of Asia Switzerland feel. 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 it is exposed to the comfort of today’s world. Two sides of the same coin exist side by side in the village. We have the idyllic village and the locals on one side and the fast growing tourist population and guest houses on the other side. Both are unique in their own way and each has their own distinct space. This is also a fruit town where you could find some local produce

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Fun theme park

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Agra is renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal, a monument of love and imagination that represent India to the world.  It was the chosen city of the Mughal emperors during the early years. The founder of the dynasty, Babur, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the River Yamuna. Here, Akbar, his grandson, raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort. Within its walls, Jehangir built rose-red palaces, courts and gardens. Shahjahan embellished it with marbled mosques, palaces and pavilions of gem-inlaid white marble.  

Other attractions in Delhi includes: Red Fort, spice market, Buddha tooth relic, and museum which is worth going, etc.

Switzerland of India for CNY - 9 Days! starting at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

BRIEF ITINERARY  (possible to bring forward to 27th Jan)

28th Jan meet at Changi Airport for 8:25am flight to Delhi, proceed to Shimla 
29th Jan Explore Shimla and Kufri 
30th Jan Head to Manali  
31th Jan Explore Old Manali Head out to Solang Valley ski slopes 
1st Feb   Manali and Solang Valley ski slopes  
2nd Feb   Manali to Kulu Valley 
3rd Feb   Manali to Delhi  
4th Feb  Delhi to Agra  
5th Feb  Delhi sightsee and depart  

Tours ends but memories continues…!! 

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Include: 
- Airport 2 way transfer 
- Twin/Triple room    
- Buffet breakfast and dinner  
- Dedicated driver for entire trip 
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary 
- Snowboarding or Ski lesson 
- Driver allowances, toll and parking 

Exclude:  
- Air ticket and visa  
- Travel insurance  
- All lunches  
- Tips for guides  
- Optional paragliding at SGD60  
- Entrance fee to Taj Mahal, Himalayas National Park (Total around SGD30)
 

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Flight Details (https://book.airindia.in/itd/itd)  

28 Jan (Sat)   SIN/DEL   0825hrs/1135hrs       AI381   
5 Feb (Sun)   DEL/SIN   2315hrs /0720hrs +1  AI380  - Arrive SG next morning
(Book only upon our confirmation)  
 

As is CNY, air ticket might just keep going up as date nears, so lets' secure ourselves best air tickets prices as quickly as possible. Current fare is slightly under SGD600 

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Price:   
- SGD 857 for 12 people  
- SGD 870 for 10 people  
- SGD 965 for 8 people
 

Please make deposit transfer of $300 to confirm your participation. We will be collecting the balance of SGD557 by 15 Dec.  
Payment Detail:  DBS Current A/C: 054-905-362-7

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Contact Dawn Yin Jun at 97719515 or email dawngogogo@gmail.com for itinerary and flight details
W Group Pte Ltd (TA02135)

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