8 days in Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

8 days in Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

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8 days in Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Khajjiar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Ahmedabad

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shimla: Hanuman Temple (in Shoghi) and Tara Devi Temple (in Taradevi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, take in the awesome beauty at Kufri Fun World, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shimla vacation 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. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, you will find days in Shimla are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tara Devi Temple, Hanuman Temple
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 29th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, then explore the activities along Beas River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Rohtang Pass.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali road trip website .

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Khajjiar.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

1
night
Khajjiar

Khajjiar ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Khajji Nag Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khajji Nag Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Devi Temple, and finally explore the activities along Khajjiar Lake.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Khajjiar visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Manali to Khajjiar with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Khajjiar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chamba
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Khajji Nag Temple ©
Khajji Nag Temple
Khajjiar Lake ©
Khajjiar Lake
Khajji Nag Temple ©
Khajji Nag Temple

1
night
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall and then gain insight at Norbulingka Institute.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Khajjiar to Dharamsala. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature
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Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Akal Takht, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Amritsar driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Dharamsala to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Amritsar are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Parks Historic Sites
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht

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