40 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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Fly to Jammu, Taxi to Dalhousie
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Dalhousie
— 3 nights
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Dharamsala
— 7 nights
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Kangra
— 4 nights
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Solan
— 3 nights
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Shimla
— 8 nights
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Manali
— 7 nights
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Kaza
— 1 night
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Kullu
— 6 nights
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Dalhousie — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dalhousie: Chamba (Khajjiar Lake & Bhalei Mata Temple). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak, admire the natural beauty at Rock Garden, explore the activities along Chamera Lake, and walk around Beeji's Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dalhousie travel route builder website.

Mumbai to Dalhousie is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dharamsala.
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Dharamsala — 7 nights

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Go for a jaunt from Dharamsala to Palampur to see Dorzong Monastic Institute about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: gain insight at Norbulingka Institute, explore the activities along Dal Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Of Himalayan Arts.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Dharamsala takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kangra.
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Kangra — 4 nights

Kangra is a city and a municipal council in Kangra district now in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Explore Kangra's surroundings by going to Baijnath Temple (in Baijnath) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Bir). Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Dhauladhar National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kangra Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mata Brajeshwari Devi, take in the history at Chinmay Tapovan, and delve into the distant past at Shri Kangra Jain Shwetambar Teerth.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kangra, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dharamsala to Kangra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Solan.
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Solan — 3 nights

Solan is the district headquarters of Solan district (created on 1 September 1972) in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Solan: Shree BhavBhavesvar Mahadev (in Dharampur) and Kasauli (Kasauli Nature Walks By Vanita & Gilbert Trail). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sholoni Devi Temple, and steep yourself in history at Bon Monastery.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Solan trip tool.

You can drive from Kangra to Solan in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shimla.
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Shimla — 8 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Go for a jaunt from Shimla to Taradevi to see Tara Devi Temple about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Mall, admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Shimla day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Solan to Shimla takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Manali.
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Manali — 7 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manali: Naggar (The Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute & Naggar Castle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Manali day trip website.

Drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kaza.
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Kaza — 1 night

The town of Kaza, Kaze or Kaja is the subdivisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas of India. On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Komick Village and then appreciate the views at Spiti Valley.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaza online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manali to Kaza takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kullu.
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Kullu — 6 nights

Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Venture out of the city with trips to Basheshwar Mahadev Temple (in Bajaura) and Lord Ramchandra Temple (in Manikaran). There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Tirthan Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagannathi Temple, and make a trip to Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kullu day trip tool.

You can drive from Kaza to Kullu in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Himachal Pradesh travel guide

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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.
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