18 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

18 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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18 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

Cincinnati
Fly:  36​h
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kasauli
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
Kullu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Manali
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
Cincinnati

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dalhousie: Chamba (Khajjiar Lake & Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, make a trip to Sach Pass, and identify plant and animal life at Panjpulla.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dalhousie online itinerary creator.

Cincinnati, USA to Dalhousie is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Dalhousie is 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

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Chamba
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Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake
Khajjiar Lake

2
days
Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalai Lama Temple Complex, and then admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Dal Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsu Naag Temple, and finally admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Dalhousie to Dharamsala in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shimla.

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Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute
Bhagsu Waterfall

2
days
Shimla

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, don't miss a visit to The Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at Shimla Christ Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to The Ridge. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Annandale, then don't miss a visit to Scandal Point, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimla vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Dharamsala to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kasauli.

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Annandale
The Mall
Jakhu Temple

2
days
Kasauli

Developed during the British colonial era, the small hill station of Kasauli remains mostly known for its connection to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god.
On the 1st (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Sunset Point, then stroll through Gilbert Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manki Point, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhima Devi Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Craignano, then contemplate the long history of Gurka Fort, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Monkey Point.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kasauli itinerary builder.

You can drive from Shimla to Kasauli in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Kasauli

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bhima Devi Temple, Craignano
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Manki Point
Sunset Point
Christ Church

2
days
Kullu

On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagatipatt Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raghunathjee Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bijli Mahadev Temple, and then appreciate the views at Tirthan Valley.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kullu trip planner.

Getting from Kasauli to Kullu by car takes about 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Kullu

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Tirthan Valley
Hot Water Spring
Bijli Mahadev Temple

3
days
Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Beas River, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gayatri Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Naggar Castle.

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Drive from Kullu to Manali in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

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Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple
Naggar Castle

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