8 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

8 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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8 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla driving holiday planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Shimla is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time 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

4
nights
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, take in the awesome beauty at Keylong, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, and appreciate the views at Solang Valley.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 10th (Thu), gain insight at Norbulingka Institute, admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, then admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagsunath Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dharamsala driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill

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