18 days in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

18 days in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

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18 days in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
1
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
train:  6​h
2
Shimla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Narkanda
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Khajjiar
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Amritsar
— 2 nights
End: Amritsar

2
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Timber Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Nada Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kansa Devi Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally walk around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Chandigarh journey site .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Shimla.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Panchkula
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Timber Trail ©
Timber Trail
Gurudwara Nada Sahib ©
Gurudwara Nada Sahib
Kansa Devi Temple ©
Kansa Devi Temple

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nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Take a break from the city and head to Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary and Kufri Fun World. Jakhu Temple and Hanuman Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimla: Tara Devi Temple (in Taradevi) and Himalayan Nature Park (in Kufri). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimla online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Chandigarh to Shimla by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Narkanda.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tara Devi Temple, Himalayan Nature Park, Hanuman Temple
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

1
night
Narkanda

Narkanda ©
Narkanda is a town and a nagar panchayat in Shimla district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Hatu Peak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hatu Mata Temple, and then relax in the rural setting at Stokes Farm.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Narkanda road trip planning tool .

Getting from Shimla to Narkanda by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Narkanda

Historic Sites
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Hatu Mata Temple ©
Hatu Mata Temple
Hatu Peak ©
Hatu Peak

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Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Step out of the city life by going to Beas River and Solang Valley. Get some cultural insight at Hidimba Devi Temple and Anjani Mahadev. Step out of Manali with an excursion to Naggar Castle in Naggar--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Rani Nallah, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gayatri Temple, and take a memorable drive along Rohtang Pass.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manali visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Narkanda to Manali takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rohtang Pass, Naggar Castle
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Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple, and then take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mata Brajeshwari Devi, explore the ancient world of Ambika Devi Temple, steep yourself in history at Kangra Fort, then get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalachakra Temple.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala trip builder app .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Khajjiar.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kangra, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple

few
hours
Khajjiar

Khajjiar
To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Khajjiar online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Khajjiar takes 4 hours. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Khajjiar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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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.
On the 15th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Panjpulla and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dalhousie trip builder tool .

Getting from Khajjiar to Dalhousie by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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nights
Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Gobindgarh Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Digamber Jain Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, and finally admire the striking features of Akal Takht. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mandir Mata Lal Devi.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amritsar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Amritsar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Amritsar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Durgiana Temple ©
Durgiana Temple
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree ©
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree

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