12 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

12 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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12 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Dalhousie
— 3 nights
subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h
New Delhi

4
days
Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, sightseeing, fun & games, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Beas River, admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple, and take in the dramatic scenery at Jana Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manali holiday planner.

New Delhi to Manali is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

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Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple
Naggar Castle

1
day
Shimla

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the striking features of Jakhu Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, and then don't miss a visit to The Mall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimla trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manali to Shimla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dharamsala.

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The Mall
Jakhu Temple
Viceregal Lodge

3
days
Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Dharamsala is known for nature, historic sites, sightseeing, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute, contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsu Naag Temple, and admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Shimla to Dharamsala by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Sightseeing
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Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute
Bhagsu Waterfall

2
days
Dalhousie

Set over a number of hills, the quiet town of Dalhousie was established by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Khajjiar Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Sach Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Subhash Baoli, identify plant and animal life at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, and then explore the activities along Chamera Lake.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dalhousie vacation trip planner.

Getting from Dharamsala to Dalhousie by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Wildlife Areas

Side Trip

Chamba
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Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake
Khajjiar Lake

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