20 days in Shimla, Kullu & Manali Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Himachal Pradesh travel planner
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Shimla
— 15 nights
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Kullu
— 2 nights
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Manali
— 2 nights
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Shimla — 15 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shimla: Tara Devi Temple (in Taradevi), Krol Ka Tibba (in Salogra) and Grave of Barog (in Barog). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Mall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and stroll around Annandale Ground.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shimla tour itinerary planning tool.

Chandigarh to Shimla is an approximately 2.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kullu.
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Kullu — 2 nights

Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bijli Mahadev Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahadevi Tirth. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gauri Shankar Temple and then trek along Hampta.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Kullu travel route website.

Drive from Shimla to Kullu in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manali.
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Manali — 2 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Change things up with a short trip to Naggar Castle in Naggar (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manali tour planner.

Drive from Kullu to Manali in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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