12 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

12 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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12 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

New Delhi
taxi + Fly + subway:  4​h
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Chamba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Manali
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Shimla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
New Delhi

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, then identify plant and animal life at Panjpulla, and then take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza, steep yourself in history at Subhash Baoli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dalhousie vacation trip planner.

New Delhi to Dalhousie is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Chamba.

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Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake
St. John's Church

1
day
Chamba

Beloved for its temples, palaces, and jatras (or fairs), Chamba represents an enchanting destination with plenty of things to do.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the activities along Khajjiar Lake and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Chamba vacation trip planner.

Getting from Dalhousie to Chamba by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dharamsala.

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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Khajjiar Lake

1
day
Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalai Lama Temple Complex and then take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dharamsala itinerary builder.

You can drive from Chamba to Dharamsala in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manali.

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Triund Hill
Dalai Lama Temple Complex

5
days
Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Get outdoors at Beas River and Vashisht Baths. Take a break from Manali with a short trip to Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu, about 1 hour away. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple, identify plant and animal life at Rani Nala, and take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini waterfall.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Manali takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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Great Himalayan National Park
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Beas River
Great Himalayan National Park
Solang-Nullah

2
days
Shimla

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 21st (Sat), trek along Shimla Heritage Walk, then make a trip to The Ridge, then admire the striking features of Jakhu Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, and then play a few rounds at Naldehra Golf Course.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shimla sightseeing planner.

Drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Outdoors Golf Trails

Side Trip

Naldehra Golf Course
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Shimla Heritage Walk
Naldehra Golf Course
Jakhu Temple

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