15 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

15 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

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Dharamsala
— 2 nights
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Kullu
— 1 night
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Manali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shimla
— 1 night
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Mussoorie
— 2 nights
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Rishikesh
— 2 nights
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Nainital
— 1 night
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Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Norbulingka Institute and Kangra Valley. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dharamsala, use our trip itinerary maker.

New Delhi to Dharamsala is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kullu.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature · Parks · Spas

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Kullu

Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara Monastery and then appreciate the views at Tirthan Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Naggar Castle and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Spring.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kullu trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Dharamsala to Kullu in 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Kullu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Bring the kids along to Solang Valley and Jogini Waterfall. Take a break from Manali with a short trip to Hampta in Kullu, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get great views at Gulaba, and explore the activities along Beas River.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manali tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kullu to Manali takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Shimla

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to The Ridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, make a trip to The Mall, then gain insight at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and finally admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shimla, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites

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Mussoorie

Queen of Hill Stations

The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tibetan Buddhist Temple, stroll through Gun Hill, then head outdoors with Camel's Back Road, and finally make a trip to Lal Tibba. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shedup Choepelling Temple, stroll around Company Garden, and then admire the sheer force of Kempty Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mussoorie day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Mussoorie takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rishikesh

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mussoorie to Rishikesh takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nainital.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

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Nainital

The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goddess Naina Devi, explore the activities along Nainital Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Eco Cave Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naina Devi Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nainital driving holiday planning website.

You can fly from Rishikesh to Nainital in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Himachal Pradesh travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
Home to the majestic western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh ranks among the world's top mountaineering destinations. Tourism in Himachal Pradesh draws adventurers from far and wide to climb, raft, paraglide, hike, and ski their way across the picture-perfect river valleys and snow-covered mountain slopes. Those looking for something less strenuous can tour Himachal Pradesh's charming hill stations, where the holiday atmosphere lasts all year. To travel through this mountainous region the old-fashioned way, consider one of the state's narrow-gauge railways, which include the World Heritage-listed Kalka-Shimla train line.

Uttarakhand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
Land of Gods
Called the "Land of Gods" thanks to its many temples and notable pilgrimage sites, Uttarakhand appeals to tourists interested in taking a spiritual journey through an awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape. A comprehensive Uttarakhand tour encompasses everything from colonial-era hill stations and thriving cities, to protected wildlife areas and holiday towns with every amenity under the sun. Many come to discover the dramatic mountainous terrain dotted with sacred lakes and rivers--featuring prominently in the great epics "Mahabharata" and "Ramayana--while others take a trip to Uttarakhand for a chance to spot snow leopards and Bengal tigers.