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When you talk to us about North India, the first thing that comes to our mind is the majestic Himalayas covered in snow! What better place to be in for the mountains than Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is a state in the Himalayas of India that shares its eastern border with Tibet in China and is bordered by the states of Punjab, J&K, and Uttarakhand. Although the state seems little on the map, it has a staggering amount of geographic and cultural variety. The lower parts of Himachal are typical hilly locations bordering the plains, with similar populations and cultures. However, when you go farther north, you come across breathtaking vistas, frigid deserts with rainshadow zones, and communities with more ties to Tibet than India.
The route is as follows: Delhi > McLeod Ganj > Bir > Billing > Jalori Pass > Kasol > Manali > Solang Valley
Join us for an 11-day adventure on the Himachal Tour, filled with fun and memories! Read to know more.
Day 1: An Overnight Journey from Delhi to McLeod Ganj
Day 2: Sightseeing in McLeod Ganj
Day 3: Drive from McLeod Ganj to Bir
Day 4: Paragliding in Billing
Day 5: Trek To Jalori Pass and Sirolsar Lake
Day 6: River Rafting and Drive From Jibhi To Kasol
Day 7: Kasol Sightseeing Day
Day 8: Kasol to Manali
Day 9: Manali Local Sightseeing
Day 10: Solang Valley Sightseeing
Day 11: Reach Delhi to mark the end of the adventure
Stay Not Applicable
Meals Not Included
The team will be introduced, and a briefing on the tour will follow.
Then, we'll go on an overnight trip to McLeod Ganj, a bustling town located in Himachal Pradesh and renowned for its lively Tibetan culture.
Mcleod Ganj, also recognised as Little Lhasa, is a lovely town close to upper Dharamsala that is well-known for being the residence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Tibet. This town, which is surrounded by gorgeous hills and verdant vegetation, benefits from a strong Tibetan impact on its culture as a result of the concentration of Tibetans. A lot of people visit Mcleodganj all year round due to one of the most captivating vistas in the whole state of Himachal Pradesh. Here are a few of India's most illustrious and spiritually significant monasteries, including the Dalai Lama's residence, Tsuglagkhang, and Namgyal Monastery.
When we get to McLeod Ganj, we'll check into our hotel rooms and take some rest. After that, we'll go for a local sightseeing trip, during which we'll stop at the Bhagsunnag waterfall, the Tibetan Market, and a few cafes. We'll have a music/disco night, food, cake, a bonfire, and other things in the evening. After dinner, spend the night at McLeod Ganj.
Distance: 72 Kilometers
Time: 3 Hours
We will check out of our hotel after an early-morning breakfast and travel to Bir.
In the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the village of Bir is situated to the west of Joginder Nagar Valley. Bir, known as the "Paragliding Capital of India," is renowned for being a centre for meditation, spiritual research, and ecotourism. Bir also has a Tibetan refugee community that includes several Buddhist monasteries and a sizable stupa. While Bir village serves as the landing area for paragliders, Billing serves as the launch location.
The Dharamshala Stadium, the highest fully operational international cricket ground in the world, is another place on our list. It's located at a height of 4,780 feet. We then proceed to our destination for the day, i.e Bir.
Travellers may browse Bir's variety of cafés during their free time in the afternoon. Followed by Dinner and a night in Bir.
Distance: 138 Kilometers
Time: 6 Hours
Before returning to Bir, we'll check out of our Bir hotels after an early morning meal and travel to Billing, which serves as the paragliding takeoff and landing location.
After the paragliding lesson at Bir Billing, we proceed to Jibhi.
Jibhi is situated in the Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh, between beautiful green trees and a range of colorful mountains. This location is worth visiting because of the thick pine trees, peaceful freshwater lakes, and spotless temples. After seeing this location, you won't want to leave since you will be enchanted.
We'll arrive in Jibhi and check into our hotel in the evening. Travellers are encouraged to visit Cafe Hopping and tour the Local Market during their free time for the remainder of the day.
A meal will be given before staying the night at Jibhi.
Trek Distance: 9 Kilometers
Time: 5 Hours
We'll leave for a walk to Jalori Pass after an early-morning meal. The journey takes you to the 360-degree viewpoint, where you can see the whole valley and the Pir Panjal mountains of the Himalayas in amazing detail.
We will also stop at the picturesque Sirolsar Lake, a high-altitude lake tucked away among alpine trees. On the outside of the lake, a little walking path is bordered by tall, dense trees. There is a modest Buddha Nagini shrine on the lake's one side. The god is worshipped and given ghee by the followers. Supposedly, Budhi Nagin herself resided in a golden castle at the lake's bottom and dwelt in a very deep lake.
A 5-kilometre one-way hike takes roughly two hours to complete from Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake.
We will then descend and make our way back to our hotel, where we will relax for a while.
We will eat supper in the evening and then spend the night at Jibhi.
Distance: 83 Kilometers
Time: 3 Hours
After a leisurely breakfast in the early morning, we will check out of our accommodation and visit the glistening Jibhi waterfall.
We'll partake in some River Rafting while travelling to Kasol.
After that, we'll go to Kasol, a small hamlet in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu area famous for its crystal-clear river streams and verdant woodlands.
When we get to Kasol, we'll check into the hotel. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure, however, tourists are encouraged to go cafe hopping and visit Kasol's local market, which is constantly overflowing with gorgeous handicrafts and vibrant clothing.
Dinner will be given in the evening, and then you'll spend the night in Kasol.
A charming tiny Himachal village called Kasol is located beside the Parvati River. Kasol, a prominent tourist destination that is quickly gaining notoriety as a major centre for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers, is sometimes referred to as the "Amsterdam of India." One of the greatest spots in the nation to simply relax and take in the scenery of snow-covered mountains, pine trees, and babbling rivers is Kasol, which is located 23 kilometres from Bhuntar and near the holy town of Manikaran.
Kasol is home to a sizable Israeli population, as seen by the abundance of Israeli food available and the Hebrew-written street signs.
We will go for a sightseeing trip after an early-morning breakfast, stopping at the Manikaran Temple and Manikaran Gurudwara, both of which are of the utmost religious significance. Along with that, we'll go to Manikaran's hot springs, which the locals hold in the highest regard.
Following that, we'll climb to Chalal, a little settlement with stunning views of the entire Parvati Valley.
We will then have dinner and spent the night in Kasol in the evening.
Distance: 75 Kilometers
Time: 2 Hours
We will leave the hotel after an early breakfast and drive to Manali, where we will be spending the night. Backpackers love the scenic village because it combines isolation and adventure. We will check into our reserved hotel rooms as soon as we arrive in Manali. The visitors are suggested to explore the Manali Mall Road during their free time in the afternoon.
We will return to our hotel in the evening to celebrate the night with some groovy music, delectable snacks, a bonfire, and cake. After dinner, spend the night in Manali.
With its snow-capped peaks and located in the Himachal Pradesh district, it is a well-liked honeymoon resort. Manali, which is regarded as the twin town of Kullu, has earned the moniker ‘Valley of the Gods’ thanks to its scenic beauty, history, and culture.
After a leisurely breakfast in the early morning, we will go for a local sightseeing tour of Manali. We will stop at the Hadimba Shrine, a 500-year-old cave temple.
After that, we'll go to the hot springs and Vashisht Temple, both of which are said to have therapeutic qualities.
We'll return to our hotel in the evening. The remaining hours of the day are free.
The evening is spent in Manali, followed by dinner.
Distance: 13 Kilometers
Time: 1 Hour
A captivating snow-covered nirvana close to Manali, Solang Valley, commonly referred to as the "snow spot," is situated between Solang town and Beas Kund. It is located at an elevation of 8,500 feet above sea level and offers a breathtaking panorama of stunning glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks.
We will go to Solang Valley, an adventurers' paradise, after an early-morning meal. When we reach Solang valley, visitors may partake in sports like ziplining, skiing, zorbing, paragliding, ATV tours, and more. (on their dime). We shall return to Manali after adventure sports.
We'll take the bus back to Delhi in the evening and travel there throughout the next night.
At nine in the morning, we'll arrive in Delhi. We bid adieu to the team and the group and return to our hometown.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- Volvo tickets from Delhi to Mcleodganj and Manali to Delhi.
- Transportation in Tempo Traveler during sightseeing.
- Meal Plan: MAPI Plan (Total 16 Meals - 1 Meal on Day 2 (Dinner ) + 2 Meals from Day 3 to Day 9 (Breakfast and Dinner) & 1 Meal on Day 10 (Breakfast).
- Accommodation for 8 nights - 1 Night in Hotel at Mcleodganj, 1 Night in Hotel at Bir, 2 Nights in Hotel at Jibhi, 2 Nights in Hotel at Kasol, 2 Nights in Hotel at Manali.
- Complimentary 2+2 - Veg & Non-Veg Snacks for New Year Celebration.
- Complimentary Cake for Christmas & New Year Celebration.
- Paragliding session.
- Music and Bonfire for Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
- The trip Captain will be present at all times during the tour.
- Trek Guide for Jalori Pass.
- All kinds of Permits.
- Driver Allowance.
- Toll Taxes and Parking Charges.
- 5% GST
- Early check-in at the hotel.
- Any additional expenses of personal nature.
- Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.
- Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
- Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.
- Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
- Any entry fees for the museum, park, Jeep safari, or anything else adventure activities.
- Travel Insurance.
- Anything which is not included in the inclusion.
- Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
- Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
THINGS TO CARRY
- Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay.
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.
- 1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.
- 1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from the rain.
- 1 Down Jacket / Main Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry an insulated jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.
- 1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when traveling to cold regions.
- Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors, especially in the mountains. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.
- 3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.
- Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.
- Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.
- Quick-dry towel: A quick-dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.
- Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands.
- Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.
- Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.
- Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.
- Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+): To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.
- Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.
- Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.
- Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, and medication for headaches, nausea, etc is necessary.
- Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, and driver's License.
- Travel Laundry Bag: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in the bag and keep them separate from your dry clothes.
- Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.
Policy and Terms
|Intimation Period||Cancellation Fee|
|30 days or more||10% of Invoice amount|
|29-15 days||50% of the Invoice amount|
|0- 14 days||100 % of the total invoice amount|
*Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
**Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.
- Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.
- You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!
- The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.
- We are not responsible for the cancellation of a trip due to flight cancellation, train cancellation or delay in flights.
Q: I have booked the trip when will I get further updates regarding the trip?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), and Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all further updates.
Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trip is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priorities at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders always accompany the team, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who attend most of our treks.
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek/trip on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same.
Q: When is the off-season in Himachal?
A: The off-season in Himachal starts in March and lasts until April. It is recommended as the best time to go if you have young children or elderly family members.
Q: Can you travel solo in Himachal?
A: Himachal may be enjoyed by both men and women who travel alone. The locals are really helpful and kind. All year long, visitors are appreciated and welcomed.
Q: How to Reach Himachal?
A: All forms of transportation are readily available in Himachal Pradesh, and there are regular services to several of its larger neighbouring states, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and J&K. By Air: The closest airport to Himachal Pradesh is Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, which is located around 357 kilometres away. This is the only choice if you are travelling to Himachal from abroad. A domestic airport is located in Kullu, 23 kilometres from Himachal. By Rail: The closest railroad station to Himachal is Kalka, which is located around 90 kilometres away. There are no railroad tracks in the state since it has steep slopes. The main Himachal Pradesh attractions are accessible to tourists via Indian Railways. By Road: All main cities in Himachal are connected by a good road system. Himachal is 240 kilometres from Dehradun, 151 km from Ambala, and 343 km from New Delhi through Chandigarh.
Q: What are the local foods of Himachal to try?
A: When you visit Himachal, be sure to sample Madra (found in Kangra and Chamba), Dhaam (found in Chamba and Manali), Tudkiya Bhath (in Chamba), Bhey (Chha Ghost), Siddu (in Kullu), Babru (in Shimla), Aktori (Kullu Trout Fish), Mittha (in Kaale Channe ka Khatta), and many Tibetan delicacies.