8 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

8 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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Fly
1
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive
2
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
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Shimla

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): gain insight at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and then don't miss a visit to The Mall. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 don't miss a visit to The Ridge.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimla travel itinerary planner.

Ahmedabad to Shimla is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, expect nights in Shimla to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites

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Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, identify plant and animal life at Manali Sanctuary, hit the slopes at Solang Nullah, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Siyali Mahadev Temple.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manali tour planner.

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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nights
Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, then deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manali to Dharamsala takes 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature · Parks · Spas

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.