9 days in Manali, Shimla & Dharamsala Itinerary

9 days in Manali, Shimla & Dharamsala Itinerary

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9 days in Manali, Shimla & Dharamsala Itinerary

Start: Manali
1
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
End: Manali

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
When in Manali, make a side trip to see Naggar Castle in Naggar, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Beas River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, take a memorable drive along Rohtang Pass, and take some stellar pictures from Gulaba.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manali holiday maker website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Manali. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Naggar Castle, Rohtang Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World, then explore and take pictures at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and finally admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Mall, have some family-friendly fun at SkyJumper Trampoline Park, then admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, and finally don't miss a visit to The Ridge.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimla sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Manali to Shimla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tara Devi Temple
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Mall ©
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge

2
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): admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagsunath Temple. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala trip planner.

You can drive from Shimla to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

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