12 days in Dharamsala, Manali & Shimla Itinerary

12 days in Dharamsala, Manali & Shimla Itinerary

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12 days in Dharamsala, Manali & Shimla Itinerary

Start: Mysuru (Mysore)
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Shimla
— 5 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + bus + foot + train:  10​h 15​min
End: Mysuru (Mysore)

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Tibetan Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dharamsala: Kangra (Mata Brajeshwari Devi & Kangra Fort). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, don't miss a visit to Chamunda Devi Temple, get great views at Naddi View Point, and pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dharamsala online route maker .

Mysuru (Mysore) to Dharamsala is an approximately 11-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kangra, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
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Kangra Fort ©
Kangra Fort
Spas
Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jogini Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Go for a jaunt from Manali to Naggar to see Tripura Sundari Temple about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bhrigu Lake, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery, and admire the sheer force of Zana Falls.

Before you visit Manali, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Manali takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tripura Sundari Temple
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Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

5
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Explore hidden gems such as Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex and Shimla Heritage Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shimla: Mohan Shakti Heritage Park (in Solan), Naldehra Golf Course (in Naldehra) and Tara Devi Temple (in Taradevi). There's still lots to do: stroll around Annandale Ground, appreciate the views at The Glen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jakhoo Hill, and see the interesting displays at Himachal State Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manali to Shimla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naldehra Golf Course, Tara Devi Temple, Mohan Shakti Heritage Park
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Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex ©
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple

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