Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla
Delhi, the capital of India is surrounded by Uttar Pradesh and Haryana on three sides, straddling the river Yamuna. Several monuments are there like The Qutb Minar and Humayun's Tomb both World Heritage Sites; the Mughal citadel Red Fort, India's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, the British-built India Gate and the planned and green area of British New Delhi, now holding political and bureaucratic residences, the Indian Parliament and President's House.
The city of Chandigarh, in northwest India, is located on the fringes of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. Administratively, Chandigarh is the capital for both the states of Punjab and Haryana. It is the main hub from which tourists travel to the Kullu-Manali region. For travellers its main importance is that it serves as a gateway to the hills of Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla, also known as Simla, is a tourism paradise located in the midst of Himalayan cedars and pines. Known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. The erstwhile summer capital of the British features dense woodlands, apple orchards and beautiful landscapes. Capitalising on grand old testimonies, colonial characteristics, peace-loving environment and adventure opportunities, Shimla welcomes tourists from around the world.
Manali offers much in terms of natural beauty such as panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, flower gardens and orchards with green and red apples; places such as Solang Valley known as a winter sports location; the Nehru Kund, which is a clear water spring; the Kothi Village, offering views of a deep gorge through which River Beas flows; and the Rahalla Falls. Manali is a haven for adventure sports enthusiasts like skiing, paragliding, trekking, river rafting and fishing.
Rohtang Pass (3979 m) is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan.