15 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

15 days in Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Himachal Pradesh itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Manali
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shimla
— 1 night
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Manali

— 5 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: Hampta (in Kullu) and Harinder Mountain (in Manikaran). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, explore the activities along Beas Kund, and take some stellar pictures from Gulaba.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manali tour itinerary maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Manali is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Dharamsala

— 3 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Dharamsala is known for nature, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala online route planner.

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature · Parks · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, then browse the different shops at Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza, and finally steep yourself in history at Subhash Baoli. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Sach Pass.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Dalhousie trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Dalhousie takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Shimla

— 1 night

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Kufri Fun World, then make a trip to The Mall, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, walk around Annandale Ground, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, then make a trip to The Ridge, and finally deepen your understanding at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Shimla trip builder website.

Getting from Dalhousie to Shimla by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

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.