8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Chandigarh
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Dalhousie
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Pune

1
night
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Gurudwara Nada Sahib, take in nature's colorful creations at Pinjore Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Museum Maison Jeanneret. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kansa Devi Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Christ The King Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chandigarh trip planning website .

Pune to Chandigarh is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Shimla.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Panchkula, Pinjore Gardens
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Pinjore Gardens ©
Pinjore Gardens
Kansa Devi Temple ©
Kansa Devi Temple
Gurudwara Nada Sahib ©
Gurudwara Nada Sahib

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Annandale Ground, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, then don't miss a visit to The Mall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and finally admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, learn about all things military at Army Herritage Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tara Devi Temple, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Himalayan Bird Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shimla driving holiday planner.

Getting from Chandigarh to Shimla by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tara Devi Temple
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Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Manu Market, then appreciate the views at Solang Valley, then admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manali trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Tours
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

1
night
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsechokling Gompa, get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Museums Spas
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Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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 18th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Rang Mahal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raghunath Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dalhousie road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Dalhousie takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Raghunath Temple
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Rang Mahal ©
Rang Mahal
Raghunath Temple ©
Raghunath Temple

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