13 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

13 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Himachal Pradesh trip planner
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Shimla
— 1 night
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Mandi
— 1 night
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Manali
— 3 nights
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Dharamsala
— 1 night
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Dalhousie
— 2 nights
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Shimla — 1 night

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 21st (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge and then don't miss a visit to The Mall.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shimla route maker website.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Shimla is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Mandi.
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Mandi — 1 night

Mandi, ', formerly known as Mandav Nagar, also known as Sahor''' (Tibetan: Zahor), is a major town and a municipal council in Mandi District in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Your day by day itinerary now includes Prashar Lake. On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Prashar Lake and then explore the activities along Rewalsar Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mandi journey planner.

Drive from Shimla to Mandi in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manali.
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Manali — 3 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kids will enjoy Hidimba Devi Temple and Vashisht Baths. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Solang Nullah.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manali day trip site.

Drive from Mandi to Manali in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Dharamsala.
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Dharamsala — 1 night

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): gain insight at Norbulingka Institute.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manali to Dharamsala takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dalhousie.
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Dalhousie — 2 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dainkund Peak and Khajjiar Lake. Change things up with a short trip to Chamera Dam in Chamba (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dalhousie online visit planner.

Getting from Dharamsala to Dalhousie by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Himachal Pradesh travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
Home to the majestic western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh ranks among the world's top mountaineering destinations. Tourism in Himachal Pradesh draws adventurers from far and wide to climb, raft, paraglide, hike, and ski their way across the picture-perfect river valleys and snow-covered mountain slopes. Those looking for something less strenuous can tour Himachal Pradesh's charming hill stations, where the holiday atmosphere lasts all year. To travel through this mountainous region the old-fashioned way, consider one of the state's narrow-gauge railways, which include the World Heritage-listed Kalka-Shimla train line.

Mandi District travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites · Valleys
Mandi District seduces visitors with natural scenery and cultural richness. A diverse Mandi District itinerary offers plenty of choices for culture-oriented visitors and outdoor adventurers alike. The town itself is the gateway to famous valleys that offer picturesque trekking experiences. Lush land and verdant hills surround blue lakes, some of which are places of high spiritual importance. Natural sulfur springs attract tourists with their healing properties, while charming villages dotted with apple orchards offer a quiet escape from the city bustle. Serene hillside temples of the town of Sundernagar, 24 km (15 mi) south-west of Mandi, remain a major tourists draw. Make sure to leave room in your luggage for local handicrafts, particularly for silver jewelry.

Kullu District travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Valleys · Bodies of Water
On your trip to Kulu District, combine sightseeing with outdoor adventures in the scenic surrounds. Set against the backdrop of towering peaks, forested hills, and green valleys, Kulu District is famous for its Hindu temples, traditional Sikh villages, superb trekking, and river rafting. Spread out along the riverbanks, the quiet town of Kulu serves as a gateway to the popular destination of Manali. If you're up for adventure, try hiking, mountaineering, or paragliding over the Himalayan hills and glaciers. To understand the local legends and traditions, visit ancient temples during festivities and small villages, such as Kasol and Malana. Make sure to leave room in your luggage for traditional shawls, thangka paintings, and jewelry you'll find at the markets.