9 days in Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala Itinerary

9 days in Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala Itinerary

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Shimla
— 1 night
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Manali
— 4 nights
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Dharamsala
— 3 nights
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Shimla

— 1 night

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 3rd (Sat), examine the collection at Prantika, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, and then relax and rejuvenate at Akasa Spa @ Hotel Willow Banks. On your second day here, examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, then make a trip to The Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument Rani Jhansi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shimla trip planning site.

New Delhi to Shimla is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Manali

— 4 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Hidimba Devi Temple and Siyali Mahadev Temple will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at International Roerich Memorial Trust and Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art. Get out of town with these interesting Manali side-trips: Naggar (Naggar Castle & Tripura Sundari Temple). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, explore the activities along Beas River, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, and fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manali trip planning app.

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Dharamsala

— 3 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Norbulingka Institute and Maximus Mall. Shop till you drop at Thankas and Gifts and Naam Art Gallery. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Holistic Massage Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dharamsala online visit planner.

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip