13 days in Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh Itinerary

13 days in Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh Itinerary

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13 days in Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h
1
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Dalhousie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Chamba
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 30​min
4
Chail
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Chandigarh
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Family-friendly places like Jawalamukhi Devi Temple and Aghanjar Mahadev Temple will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Dharamsala to Kangra to see Mata Brajeshwari Devi about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, stop by Kushi Boutique, and don't miss a visit to Chamunda Devi Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala tour planner .

New Delhi to Dharamsala is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Mata Brajeshwari Devi
Highlights from your plan
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Mata Brajeshwari Devi ©
Mata Brajeshwari Devi

1
night
Dalhousie

Dalhousie ©
Set over a number of hills, the quiet town of Dalhousie was established by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, then trek along Garam Sadak, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rock Garden.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dalhousie travel route planner .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Dalhousie in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chamba.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Rock Garden ©
Rock Garden

1
night
Chamba

Chamba ©
Beloved for its temples, palaces, and jatras (or fairs), Chamba represents an enchanting destination with plenty of things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Laxmi Narayan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chamunda Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vajreshwari Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Khajjiar Lake.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamba travel planner .

Drive from Dalhousie to Chamba in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Chail.

Things to do in Chamba

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Laxmi Narayan Temple ©
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Khajjiar Lake ©
Khajjiar Lake
Chamunda Devi Temple ©
Chamunda Devi Temple

1
day
Chail

Chail ©
Once the summer capital of the former princely state of Patiala, Chail stands today as a scenic hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stoned Kumbh Shiv Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, then make a trip to Maharaja's Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Ka Tibba.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chail attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Chamba to Chail takes 11 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Chail

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kali Ka Tibba ©
Kali Ka Tibba
Maharaja's Palace ©
Maharaja's Palace
Stoned Kumbh Shiv Temple ©
Stoned Kumbh Shiv Temple

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, and finally stroll around Annandale Ground. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at SkyJumper Trampoline Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then don't miss a visit to The Ridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dorje Drak Monastery.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimla trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chail to Shimla by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, then take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gayatri Temple, find something for the whole family at Himvalley Manali Amusement & Culture Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manali trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

3
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Government Museum and Art Gallery, then explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Nada Sahib, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Pinjore Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Chandigarh Rose Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kansa Devi Temple, then stroll around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Elante mall.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chandigarh trip builder website .

You can drive from Manali to Chandigarh in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Panchkula, Pinjore Gardens, Harmandir Sahib
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Kansa Devi Temple ©
Kansa Devi Temple
Gurudwara Nada Sahib ©
Gurudwara Nada Sahib

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