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The Hills are Calling - A Self Drive Expedition

Drive the route which is a treasure-trove for the religiously-inclined and the mountainous terrain would make this journey perfect for thrill-seekers.

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Drive the route which is a treasure-trove for the religiously-inclined and the mountainous terrain would make this journey perfect for thrill-seekers.


-   Chandigarh (1N) - Manali (3N) - DharamShala (2N) - Barot (2N) - Shimla (2N) - Chandigarh (2N)


-   3 Stars
Meals -   Daily Breakfast Buffet


-   Chandigarh -Shimla | Self Drive Vehicle


-   Shimla -Barot | Self Drive Vehicle


-   Barot -Dharam Shala | Self Drive Vehicle


-   Dharam Shala -Manali | Self Drive Vehicle


-   Manali -Chandigarh | Self Drive Vehicle


-   Transfers from Chandigarh - Included
Transfers from Shimla - Included
Transfers from Barot - Included
Transfers from Dharam Shala - Included
Transfers from Manali - Included
Transfers from Chandigarh - Included


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-   Don't think twice just pick your bag pack & hit the road. Explore the unexplored because this is the chance to feel freedom.

-   This time explore Manali like never before. Go out of your comfort zone & Let the adventure began.

-   Go into the woods & get lost in the local culture & cuisine.

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Day 1:

Arrival in Chandigarh-

  • On arrival at the airport/railway station in Chandigarh, you will be transferred to your hotel, where your rental car will be delivered to you
  • Check in to the hotel and freshen up.
  • Later proceed to visit Sukhna Lake.
  • Later in the evening, drive to Sukhna Lake, an inseparable part of Chandigarh City.
  • It is an artificial lake at the foothills of the Shivalik Range. It is a great picnic spot and also the venue for many festive celebrations 
  • For the water-sport enthusiasts, boating, rowing, sculling, sailing, kayaking, water surfing and skiing can be enjoyed throughout the year.
  • The lake is also a sanctuary for exotic migratory birds
  • Overnight stay in Chandigarh.

Day 2:


  • Visit the Rock Garden, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, and Open Hand Monument.
  • Today after breakfast, start your drive by visiting the Rock Garden, brainchild and work of Nek Chand, and also the city's prime attraction. 
  • Chandigarh is also home to Asia's largest rose garden, the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden.
  • Le Corbusier's Open Hand Monument is a spot you should visit after sunset: the hoisted hand symbol looks attractive when all its lights and decorations are switched on.
  • Driving enthusiasts will appreciate Chandigarh's open roads and well-planned streets, a welcome chaos from virtually every other place in India.

Day 3:

Chandigarh to Shimla-

  • Drive from the hotel in Chandigarh to the hotel in Shimla.
  • After breakfast, head out on NH 5; it's the sole highway that gets you directly to Shimla.
  • On the way to Shimla, you will pass Yadavindra Gardens, also known as Pinjore Gardens.  
  • However, Giani Dhaba at Dharampur (50 km further) is a better pit-stop and quite a popular one too.
  • A left turn at Dharampur will take you to the little hilly town of Kasauli. If you take this 10 km detour, make sure to swing by the Kasauli Brewery and visit the beautiful New England Church.
  • Another highlight on the NH5 is the Timber Trail Resort.
  • The resort allows visitors to take a trolley ride to the gorgeous mountain range that runs alongside all the way to Shimla.
  • Located a little before Shimla is the Tara Devi Mandir, a 5 km detour from NH 5. 
  • NH5 is a most convenient highway to drive on, though trucks can be a bit of a nuisance on hilly sections. We advise extreme caution, especially in the face of state buses - their sure-footed driving is often borderline dangerous.

Day 4:


  • Visit Chadwick Falls and Jakhu Temple.
  • After breakfast, drive to Chadwick Falls, located behind the National Institute of Advanced Research.
  • The waterfall is inside a dense forest and can be reached only via a trek through the jungle.
  • Next, head to the famous Jakhu Temple, popular for its massive statue of Lord Hanuman, the largest of its kind in the world.
  • The temple also offers a scenic view of all of Shimla. 
  • The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Shimla.
  • Take the evening to scout the Mall Road, Shimla's iconic shopping walkway

Day 5:

Shimla to Barot-

  • Drive from hotel in Shimla to hotel in Barot.
  • After breakfast, make an early exit from Shimla to escape the city traffic.
  • You will take NH 205 until Ghaghas, and then switch to NH 154.
  • Pit-stops on this route are few and far between, so carry snacks along.
  • The diversion for Barot on NH 154 is 40 km from the river crossing and is easy to miss. Kamal Bhojanalay is the landmark you need to look out to spot the turn for Barot.
  • Barot itself is another 25 km section of winding roads after the turn.
  • Once you reach the village, check-in to the hotel.

Day 6:


  • After breakfast, explore Barot on foot.
  • Trek around the banks of the Uhl River and explore the surrounding hills.
  • Trout-fishing is quite popular here; you can even get the locals to teach you how to fish in the river.

Day 7:

Barot to Dharamshala-

  • Drive from the hotel in Barot to the hotel in Dharamshala via NH154.
  • Depart from Barot and head back on NH 154 towards Dharamshala.
  • En route to Dharamshala, just 30 km down NH 154, is Bir Billing, popular for paragliding and adventure sports activities.
  • It's a must-go spot for those looking for an adrenaline rush.
  • The next stop that comes is Baijnath, just 12 km away.  
  • About 15 km further, look out for a river crossing to the left which will take you to Dharamshala.
  • However, follow the road straight ahead and you will reach Tashijong Monastery, an ornate shrine that is home to Tibetan refugees that offers splendid views of the Kangra Valley.
  • The monastery also has a Tibetan restaurant and a handicraft outlet selling Tibetan craftwork.
  • Work your way back to the river crossing to reach Dharamshala, about two hours from Tashijong.

Day 8:


  • Explore various attractions in Dharamshala.
  • After breakfast, start off with the Bhagsunag Waterfall as it is most scenic in the morning.
  • Entry to the waterfall is via the Bhagsunag temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. You need to hike for another 800 m from there.
  • The view of the valley from the waterfall is worth the hike, though.
  • Next, visit the St. John's in the Wilderness Church.  
  • The road between Bhagsunag and St. John's in the Wilderness goes to Tushita Meditation Centre.
  • On the way back to Dharamshala, visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex, the Buddhist hub of Dharamshala and home to the Dalai Lama.
  • You will find all the popular restaurants in McLeod Ganj between St. John in the Wilderness and the Tsuglagkhang Complex.
  • Nick's Italian Kitchen for Italian food, Norling for momos, Khaana Nirvana for affordable, vegan food and Moonpeak Thali for Himachali thali are the ones you should definitely try out.

Day 9:

Dharamshala to Manali-

  • Drive from the hotel in Dharamshala to the hotel in Manali.
  • This drive is long and thus, we recommend that you leave early.
  • Trace your way back to Mandi on NH 154, cross the Beas River and take a left on to NH 3.
  • Hereon, the turquoise-blue Beas will be a constant partner all the way till Manali.
  • While heading towards Manali, you will pass Dhakpo Shedrupling, a Buddhist monastery nestled in the hills alongside NH 3. It is both a school and place of refuge for Tibetans.​​​​​​
  • Importantly, it is easily the best place to step back and admire the scenic route you are on. Manali is another 33 km from here.

Day 10:


  • Explore Old Manali with a visit to the Manu Temple and Hadimba Temple.
  • Explore local Manali during your first day at the hill station, mostly Old Manali.
  • The Manu Temple located in Old Manali is the sole temple in the world dedicated to the sage.
  • The more prominent shrine in Old Manali is the 500-plus-year-old Hadimba Temple. 
  • You have the rest of the evening to explore the hip spots of Old Manali, like the Manali Club House.
  • The club has a restaurant, gaming zones and even organizes zip-lining across the Manalsu river.
  • Most of Manali's popular restaurants are also located in Old Manali, including Johnson's Cafe, the Lazy Dog Lounge, and Il Forno. The latter is particularly well-known for its authentic Italian food.

Day 11:

Excursion to Solang Valley-

  • A chauffeur will take you to Solang Valley for some fun in the snow.
  • It is located to the north of Manali and is a famous spot for skiing.
  • In the summer, when the snow melts, zorbing and paragliding become the chief adventure activities here.
  • Later, head back to Manali.
  • Note: All the adventure activities at Solang Valley are at your own cost.

Day 12:

Manali to Chandigarh-

  • Drive from the hotel in Manali to the hotel in Chandigarh.
  • Depart from Manali via NH 3 and NH 154. 
  • You will be familiar with the way back until Ghaghas.
  • From Ghaghas, take a right towards Bilaspur.
  • Drive towards Rupnagar via NH 205 and stay on the highway until Kurali.
  • A left at Kurali will lead you towards Chandigarh.
  • This highway is standard, smooth and relatively traffic-free.
  • Once you reach Chandigarh, check-in to your hotel and settle in for the evening.

Day 13:


  • Enjoy your breakfast in the morning at the hotel.
  • After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the car rental agency, handover the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!
See Detailed Itinerary
Any City to Chandigarh - No Transport
Chandigarh to Shimla - Exclusive Private Vehicle | Self Drive Vehicle
Shimla to Barot - Exclusive Private Vehicle | Self Drive Vehicle
Barot to Dharam Shala - Exclusive Private Vehicle | Self Drive Vehicle
Dharam Shala to Manali - Exclusive Private Vehicle | Self Drive Vehicle
Manali to Chandigarh - Exclusive Private Vehicle | Self Drive Vehicle
Chandigarh to Any City - No Transport
Chandigarh - Non A/C Sedan
Dharam Shala - Non A/C Sedan
Chandigarh - Non A/C Sedan
Manali - Non A/C Sedan
Barot - Non A/C Sedan
Shimla - Non A/C Sedan
Chandigarh - Self Drive Vehicle
Shimla - Self Drive Vehicle
Barot - Self Drive Vehicle
Dharam Shala - Self Drive Vehicle
Manali - Self Drive Vehicle
Chandigarh - Self Drive Vehicle
Any City - Not Included

Daily Breakfast Buffet


  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Chandigarh, 2 nights in Shimla, 2 nights in Barot, 2 nights in Dharamshala, 3 nights in Manali, 1 night in Chandigarh
  • Transfers: Full-size Sedan- Honda City or Similar. 
  • Sightseeing: Full-size Sedan- Honda City or Similar. 
  • Meals: Daily Breakfast

Other Inclusions-

  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The car as per your package selected.
  • Travel Insurance Up to Age of 70

Package Cost (INR)-

Categories Full-Size Sedan - Honda City or similar MPV - Innova Crysta or similar SUV - Toyota Fortuner or similar

Luxury Sedan - Mercedes C-class or similar

ECONOMY 53,260 59,260 70,260 1,19,260
STANDARD 61,260 68,260 79,260 1,29,260


Things to Carry-

  • Travel light, try to stay under 45 l(20 kg).
  • Driving license
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Water
  • Music
  • Tissue box
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small tool kit
  • Warm clothes

  • Any transport to/from New Delhi. Your tour price starts ex New Delhi.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, Any entry charges of optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Parking, fuel, and tolls not included.
  • Cost of petrol/diesel for the vehicle provided.
  • The client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Any items/services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
  • Car insurance

To be confirmed at the time of booking.

To be confirmed at the time of booking.

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