8 days in Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

8 days in Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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8 days in Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Nainital
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: New Delhi

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hours
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Jama Masjid Mosque and then identify plant and animal life at Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Nainital trip itinerary tool .

New Delhi to Nainital is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary ©
Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Jama Masjid Mosque ©
Jama Masjid Mosque

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, then take in the dramatic scenery at Neer Garh Waterfall, Rishikesh, then admire the sheer force of Patna Waterfalls, and finally Head underground at Vashishta Gufa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sivananda Ashram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunjapuri Devi Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nainital to Rishikesh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Triveni Ghat Sri Saneeshwara Navagraha Temple
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Vashishta Gufa ©
Vashishta Gufa
Patna Waterfalls ©
Patna Waterfalls
Neer Garh Waterfall, Rishikesh ©
Neer Garh Waterfall, Rishikesh

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Manali to Haripur to see The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Bhrigu Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Friendship Peak, identify plant and animal life at Rani Nallah, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Anjani Mahadev.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manali road trip tool .

Getting from Rishikesh to Manali by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm
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Beas Kund ©
Beas Kund
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 20th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jakhoo Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, then stroll around Annandale Ground, and finally go for a walk through Shimla Heritage Walk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimla trip tool .

You can drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Jakhoo Hill ©
Jakhoo Hill
Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
Shimla Heritage Walk ©
Shimla Heritage Walk

1
night
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tushita Meditation Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dharamsala trip planner .

You can drive from Shimla to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
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Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Gyuto Monastery ©
Gyuto Monastery

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