31 days in Himachal Pradesh & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

31 days in Himachal Pradesh & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

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Shimla
— 4 nights
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Manali
— 6 nights
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Dharamsala
— 4 nights
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Jammu City
— 3 nights
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Leh
— 6 nights
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Gulmarg
— 3 nights
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Srinagar
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Shimla

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex and Shimla Heritage Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimla: Grave of Barog (in Barog), Solan (Jatoli Shiv Temple, Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, &more) and Tara Devi Temple (in Taradevi). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankat Mochan Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Jakhoo Hill, and see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla journey builder website.

Bengaluru to Shimla is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Riding Solo and Bhrigu Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manali: Kullu (Raghunathjee Temple, Jagatipatt Temple, &more), Naggar (Tripura Sundari Temple & Chanderkhani Pass) and Jaggannath Temple (in Bhuntar). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take some stellar pictures from Gulaba, look for all kinds of wild species at Manali Sanctuary, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple.

Plan trip to Manali with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jawalamukhi Devi Temple and Holistic Massage Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dharamsala: Kangra (Mata Brajeshwari Devi & Indrahar Pass), Palampur (Dorzong Monastic Institute, Palampur Tea Gardens, &more) and Baijnath Temple (in Baijnath). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guna Devi Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Nechung Monastery, make a trip to Chamunda Devi Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dharamsala trip planner.

Drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jammu City.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Jammu City

City of Temples

Standing on the banks of the Tawi River, Jammu City enjoys popularity as the winter capital of Kashmir.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nau Devi Temple and Maasharda Holidays Private Limited. Explore Jammu City's surroundings by going to Kol Kandoli Mata Mandir (in Nagrota) and Udhampur (Agar Jitoo, ISKCON Udhampur, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e-Bahu, browse the different shops at Wave Mall Jammu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bawey Wali Mata Temple, and steep yourself in history at Akhnoor Fort.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jammu City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Jammu City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Jammu City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Jammu City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Leh

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shanti Stupa and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Leh side-trips: Hemis Monastery (in Hemis) and Monastero Tak Thok (in Sakti). Spend the 20th (Sat) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Stakna Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Sindhu Ghat, and admire the landmark architecture of Leh Royal Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Leh trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Jammu City to Leh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gulmarg.

Things to do in Leh

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Gulmarg

A popular skiing destination and a hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg features one of the highest gondolas in the world, reaching 3,979 m (13,054 ft) and offering fantastic scenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Apharwat Peak and Baba Reshi Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Outer Circle Walk, take some stellar pictures from Khilanmarg, tee off at Gulmarg Golf Course, and explore the activities along Alpather Lake.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gulmarg trip builder app.

Fly from Leh to Gulmarg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for Srinagar.

Things to do in Gulmarg

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Tours

Side Trip

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Srinagar

Kashmiri Venice

The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Pari Mahal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Srinagar: Nilnag Lake (in Badgam) and Avantiswami Temple (in Awantipora). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Khir Bhawani Temple, admire the natural beauty at Chashme Shahi Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Yousmarg.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Srinagar sightseeing planner.

Getting from Gulmarg to Srinagar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Srinagar sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

Jammu and Kashmir travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Gardens
India's northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir boasts many notable temples, yet the region's claim to fame remains its natural splendor. A tour of Jammu and Kashmir takes you across a mountainous landscape at the foothills of the Lesser Himalaya, with abundant skiing and hiking opportunities. Despite its natural appeal and a wealth of cultural attractions, this border area remains off most tourists' itineraries because of enduring tensions between India and Pakistan. The few foreign visitors who make it here usually head to Ladakh, a trekkers' paradise that's also considered one of northern India's safest places.