8 days in Shimla & Dharamsala Itinerary

8 days in Shimla & Dharamsala Itinerary

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8 days in Shimla & Dharamsala Itinerary

Start: Shimla
1
Shimla
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Shimla

4
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kids will enjoy Annandale Ground and Mohan Shakti Heritage Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Shimla: Naldehra Golf Course (in Naldehra), Craignano (in Mashobra) and Himalayan Nature Park (in Kufri). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, and admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shimla day trip tool .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Golf

Side Trips

Craignano, Mahamai Temple, Himalayan Nature Park, Naldehra Golf Course, Mohan Shakti Heritage Park
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Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge
Naldehra Golf Course ©
Naldehra Golf Course
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple

3
nights
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 (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Chamunda Devi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mata Brajeshwari Devi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex, and finally admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dharamsala trip planning site .

You can drive from Shimla to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Mata Brajeshwari Devi
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Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple ©
Chamunda Devi Temple
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute

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