8 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

8 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

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8 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Manali
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Nainital
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Mussoorie
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

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: deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagsunath Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dharamsala online travel route planner .

Ahmedabad to Dharamsala is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Monument Rani Jhansi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, don't miss a visit to The Ridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and finally make a trip to The Mall.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shimla online vacation builder .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Shimla in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

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

few
hours
Manali

Manali
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, winter sports, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, cruise along Rohtang Pass, admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manali road trip planning site .

Drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): snap pictures at Ram Jhula, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, and then snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rishikesh online travel route planner .

Fly from Manali to Rishikesh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Haridwar
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

1
night
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll around Eco Cave Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naina Devi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, and finally explore the activities along Nainital Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nainital road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rishikesh to Nainital in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naina Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Eco Cave Gardens ©
Eco Cave Gardens

1
night
Mussoorie

Mussoorie ©
The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Lal Tibba, then get outside with The Real Adventure Sports - Sky Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kempty Falls, and finally walk around Company Garden.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mussoorie visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nainital to Mussoorie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kempty Falls ©
Kempty Falls
Lal Tibba ©
Lal Tibba
Company Garden ©
Company Garden

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