45 days in Shimla District, Manali & Kashmir Itinerary

45 days in Shimla District, Manali & Kashmir Itinerary

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45 days in Shimla District, Manali & Kashmir Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Shimla
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Hatkoti
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kotgarh
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Manali
— 10 nights
Drive:  8​h
5
Anantnag
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Pulwama District
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Sonamarg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Pahalgam
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Srinagar
— 11 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Ahmedabad


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8
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Get some historical perspective at Jakhu Temple and Dorje Drak Monastery. Get outdoors at Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary and Himalayan Nature Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Shoghi (Hanuman Temple & Kali Temple) and Naldehra Golf Course (in Naldehra). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Mall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hotel Hot Spring Therme & Spa, examine the collection at Prantika, and admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla trip planner .

Ahmedabad to Shimla is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hatkoti.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shoghi, Himalayan Nature Park, Pabbar Valley, Naldehra Golf Course, Tara Devi Temple
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple

1
night
Hatkoti

Hatkoti ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hatkeshwari Mata Temple Complex and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Giriganga.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hatkoti trip builder site .

Drive from Shimla to Hatkoti in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kotgarh.

Things to do in Hatkoti

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Giriganga ©
Giriganga

1
night
Kotgarh

Kotgarh ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Tanni Jubbar Lake and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kotgarh using our trip planner.

You can drive from Hatkoti to Kotgarh in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Manali.

Things to do in Kotgarh

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tanni Jubbar Lake
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St Mary's Church ©
St Mary's Church

10
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Get some historical perspective at Hidimba Devi Temple and Anjani Mahadev. Step out of the city life by going to Solang Valley and Beas River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manali: Harinder Mountain (in Manikaran) and Naggar (Naggar Castle & Chanderkhani Pass). Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable drive along Hampta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manikaran Gurudwara, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manali day trip tool .

You can drive from Kotgarh to Manali in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Anantnag.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Naggar, Van Vihar National Park, Rohtang Pass, Harinder Mountain, Ram Temple
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

2
nights
Anantnag

Anantnag ©
Anantnag /ə'nʌntna:g/ or /-nɑːg/ ; ''; "Countless springs") is a city and a municipality, capital of the Anantnag district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.EtymologyThe name Anantnag is derived from the Sanskrit term NH 44 (former name NH 1A before renumbering of all national highways)(India)|NH 44renumbering]] (former name NH 1A before renumbering of all national highways). Amarnath Cave and Martand Sun Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Mattan Temple and Aishmuqam Shrine. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Baisaran, take in the spiritual surroundings of Surya Temple at Martand, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Kokernag.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Anantnag attractions planner .

Getting from Manali to Anantnag by car takes about 14.5 hours. May in Anantnag sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pulwama District.

Things to do in Anantnag

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Baisaran
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Amarnath Cave ©
Amarnath Cave
Martand Sun Temple ©
Martand Sun Temple
Baisaran ©
Baisaran

2
nights
Pulwama District

Pulwama District ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Avantiswami Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Aharbal Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Huda Complex, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Avantishwar Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tarsar Lake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pulwama District day trip planning website .

Drive from Anantnag to Pulwama District in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Pulwama District are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sonamarg.

Things to do in Pulwama District

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Aharbal Waterfall ©
Aharbal Waterfall
Avantiswami Temple ©
Avantiswami Temple
Tarsar Lake ©
Tarsar Lake

3
nights
Sonamarg

Sonamarg ©
Glacial peaks of the Himalayas are accessible via Sonamarg, a hill station with stunning views.
Get outdoors at Thajiwas Glacier and Krishnasar Lake. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Gangabal Lake, get outside with Zojila Pass, and take some stellar pictures from Nichinai Pass.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sonamarg vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pulwama District to Sonamarg takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pahalgam.

Things to do in Sonamarg

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Gangabal Lake ©
Gangabal Lake
Gadsar Lake ©
Gadsar Lake
Krishnasar Lake ©
Krishnasar Lake

4
nights
Pahalgam

Pahalgam ©
Across the landscape of alpine peaks, conifer forests, and mountain lakes that surrounds Pahalgam lie a number of sites of spiritual importance, and a great biodiversity of wildlife.
Take a break from the city and head to Betaab Valley and Aru Valley. Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Pahalgam Golf Course, explore the activities along Tulian Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Kashmir Valley, and delve into the lush surroundings at Dabyan Valley.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pahalgam online trip builder .

Drive from Sonamarg to Pahalgam in 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pahalgam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Srinagar.

Things to do in Pahalgam

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Betaab Valley ©
Betaab Valley
Aru Valley ©
Aru Valley
Kashmir Valley ©
Kashmir Valley

11
nights
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pari Mahal and Hazratbal. Popular historic sites such as Khir Bhawani Temple and Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Gulmarg (Gulmarg Golf Course, Imambara Goom, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Dal Lake, admire the natural beauty at Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, admire the verdant scenery at Doodhpathri, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Srinagar trip site .

You can drive from Pahalgam to Srinagar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Srinagar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gulmarg, Doodhpathri
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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Sonamarg ©
Sonamarg
Pari Mahal ©
Pari Mahal

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