12 days in Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

12 days in Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

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12 days in Himachal Pradesh & Amritsar Itinerary

Start: Surat
train + taxi:  25​h
1
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Dalhousie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Amritsar
— 2 nights
train:  27​h
End: Surat

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 (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then make a trip to The Mall, and finally admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Ridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then appreciate the history behind Monument Rani Jhansi, and finally admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Shimla day trip planner .

Surat to Shimla is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Siyali Mahadev Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, and finally take a memorable drive along Rohtang Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Manu Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and then take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths.

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Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Rohtang Pass ©
Rohtang Pass

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute, explore the activities along Dal Lake, then admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at Kushi Boutique and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dharamsala trip planning website .

Getting from Manali to Dharamsala by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

1
night
Dalhousie

Dalhousie ©
Set over a number of hills, the quiet town of Dalhousie was established by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church and then take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dalhousie tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Dalhousie takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

2
nights
Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
On the 5th (Tue), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Akal Takht, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amritsar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Amritsar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Amritsar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Durgiana Temple ©
Durgiana Temple
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
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