7 days in Dharamsala, Dalhousie & Shimla Itinerary

7 days in Dharamsala, Dalhousie & Shimla Itinerary

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7 days in Dharamsala, Dalhousie & Shimla Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Shimla
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
End: Chandigarh

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Dharamsala is known for nature, historic sites, spas, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: gain insight at Norbulingka Institute, explore the activities along Dal Lake, admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala sightseeing planner .

Chandigarh to Dharamsala is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Spas
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Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

2
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 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Rock Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, and then identify plant and animal life at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Church and then explore the activities along Chamera Lake.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dalhousie online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Dalhousie takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake ©
Chamera Lake
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 15th (Sun), gain insight at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, then admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, then don't miss a visit to Scandal Point, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): stroll around Annandale Ground, don't miss a visit to The Mall, pause for some photo ops at Monument Rani Jhansi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, and finally make a trip to The Ridge.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimla route planner .

You can drive from Dalhousie to Shimla in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

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