10 days in Shimla, Chandigarh & Amritsar Itinerary

10 days in Shimla, Chandigarh & Amritsar Itinerary

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10 days in Shimla, Chandigarh & Amritsar Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Shimla
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h
2
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Amritsar
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

4
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Family-friendly places like Mohan Shakti Heritage Park and Sankat Mochan Temple will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, meet the residents at Himalayan Bird Park, and appreciate the history behind Monument Rani Jhansi.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shimla trip planning app .

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. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, you will find days in Shimla are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mohan Shakti Heritage Park
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground

2
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Nada Sahib, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Pinjore Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kansa Devi Temple, then meet the residents at ChhattBir Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Urban Theka.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chandigarh online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Shimla to Chandigarh by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Panchkula, Pinjore Gardens
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Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Pinjore Gardens ©
Pinjore Gardens
Gurudwara Nada Sahib ©
Gurudwara Nada Sahib

3
nights
Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Bring the kids along to Rangla Punjab Haveli and Tarn Taran Sahib. Step out of Amritsar with an excursion to Wonderland Theme Park in Jalandhar--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, look for gifts at India House, take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Amritsar trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Chandigarh to Amritsar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Chandigarh in December, plan for little chillier nights in Amritsar, with lows around 6°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Jalandhar
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Rangla Punjab Haveli ©
Rangla Punjab Haveli
Wonderland Theme Park ©
Wonderland Theme Park

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