8 days in Shimla & Kullu District Itinerary

8 days in Shimla & Kullu District Itinerary

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8 days in Shimla & Kullu District Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Manikaran
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Jaipur

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Let the collections at Prantika and Annandale Army Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Jakhu Temple and Christ Church. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, pause for some photo ops at Monument Rani Jhansi, brush up on your military savvy at Army Herritage Museum, and see the interesting displays at Himachal State Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Shimla vacation planner .

Jaipur to Shimla is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Jaipur in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Shimla: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

3
nights
Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Shop till you drop at Manu Market and Sync Internet Lounge. International Roerich Memorial Trust and Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Manali to Naggar to see Naggar Castle about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manali trip planner.

Getting from Shimla to Manali by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manikaran.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naggar Castle
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Spas & Wellness
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Beas River ©
Beas River

1
night
Manikaran

Manikaran
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Harinder Mountain and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manikaran planner .

Getting from Manali to Manikaran by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manikaran

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara

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