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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jakhu Temple and Kali Bari Temple. Get in touch with nature at Naldehra Golf Course and Kufri Fun World. Explore Shimla's surroundings by going to Mohan Shakti Heritage Park (in Solan), Himalayan Nature Park (in Kufri) and Craignano (in Mashobra). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Temple, brush up on your military savvy at Army Herritage Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Mall.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Shimla. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Craignano, Himalayan Nature Park, Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, Naldehra Golf Course
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World

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 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagsunath Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Tibetan Museum, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, and finally admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dharamsala journey planning website .

Getting from Shimla to Dharamsala by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kangra Fort, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple

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