8 days in Ladakh & Shimla Itinerary

8 days in Ladakh & Shimla Itinerary

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8 days in Ladakh & Shimla Itinerary

Darjeeling
taxi + Fly:  15​h 30​min
Leh
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Shimla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
Darjeeling

4
days
Leh

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Spend the 25th (Tue) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, admire the striking features of Leh Royal Palace, and take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh vacation planner.

Darjeeling to Leh is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shimla.

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Thiksey Monastery
Hall of Fame

2
days
Shimla

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Mall, admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, and then don't miss a visit to The Ridge. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, then don't miss a visit to Scandal Point, then delve into the lush surroundings at Kiala Forest, and finally admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shimla trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Leh to Shimla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Jakhu Temple
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge

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