11 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

11 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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11 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Shimla
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Chennai

3
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shimla Christ Church and Kotkhai Palace. When in Shimla, make a side trip to see Naldehra Golf Course in Naldehra, approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Annandale, admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, and admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex.

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Chennai to Shimla is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Naldehra Golf Course
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The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Hidimba Devi Temple and Naggar Castle will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siyali Mahadev Temple, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manali road trip planner .

Getting from Shimla to Manali by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ram Temple, Van Vihar National Park, Naggar Castle
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Naggar Castle ©
Naggar Castle
Manu Temple ©
Manu Temple

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Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dalai Lama Temple Complex and St. John in the Wilderness Church. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dharamsala online attractions planner .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Dalai Lama Temple Complex ©
Dalai Lama Temple Complex
Church of St. John ©
Church of St. John

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