8 days in Shimla, Manali & Chandigarh Itinerary

8 days in Shimla, Manali & Chandigarh Itinerary

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8 days in Shimla, Manali & Chandigarh Itinerary

Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
days
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Scandal Point, make a trip to The Ridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shimla Christ Church, and finally make a trip to The Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore and take pictures at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Annandale, and finally explore and take pictures at Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Shimla tour planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Shimla is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

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Annandale ©
Annandale
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

3
days
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, fun & games, winter sports, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Beas River, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, admire the sheer force of Jogini waterfall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Manu Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manali trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chandigarh.

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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Naggar Castle ©
Naggar Castle

2
days
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through The Rock Garden of Chandigarh and then admire the natural beauty at Chandigarh Rose Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Nada Sahib, then browse the different shops at Elante mall, then explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Panjab University.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chandigarh trip builder.

You can drive from Manali to Chandigarh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Chandigarh Rose Garden ©
Chandigarh Rose Garden

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