16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Train + Taxi:  40​h
1
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dalhousie
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  56​h
End: Chennai

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 20th (Sat), make a trip to The Mall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, and then admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shimla trip planner .

Chennai to Shimla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanuman Temple
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hidimba Devi Temple and Manu Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Solang Valley and Vashisht Baths. Step out of Manali to go to Naggar and see Naggar Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Rani Nallah, take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gayatri Temple, and stroll through Solang Nullah.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manali trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Naggar Castle
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River

3
nights
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 Bhagshunath Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of St. John and Bhagsunath Temple. When in Dharamsala, make a side trip to see Kangra Fort in Kangra, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, and explore the activities along Dal Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala trip planner .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kangra
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley

3
nights
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 29th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, identify plant and animal life at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rock Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Norwood Paramdham, contemplate the long history of Subhash Baoli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Raghunath Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Panjpulla.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dalhousie trip maker app .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Dalhousie in 2.5 hours. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Raghunath Temple, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Khajji Nag Temple
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Raghunath Temple ©
Raghunath Temple

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