12 days in New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh Itinerary

12 days in New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh Itinerary

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12 days in New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
New Delhi
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Shimla
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
5
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
On the 31st (Sat), make a trip to Humayun's Tomb, head outdoors with Kalindi Kunj, and then wander the streets of Hauz Khas Village. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of India Gate and then take in nature's colorful creations at Swaminarayan Akshardham.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planning tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to New Delhi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to New Delhi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, things will get a bit cooler in New Delhi: highs are around 34°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Akshardham ©
Akshardham
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
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 2nd (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex, and then take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, then explore the activities along Dal Lake, and finally admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala trip builder website .

Fly from New Delhi to Dharamsala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Spas
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Spas & Wellness

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 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Beas River, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Van Vihar National Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali trip planner.

Drive from Dharamsala to Manali in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Van Vihar National Park
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

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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 6th (Fri): play a few rounds at Naldehra Golf Course, admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, and then don't miss a visit to The Ridge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Mall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, meet the residents at Himalayan Bird Park, then admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, then admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and finally make a trip to Jakhoo Hill.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimla itinerary site .

You can drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Shimla

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naldehra Golf Course
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Naldehra Golf Course ©
Naldehra Golf Course
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

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nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Chandigarh Rose Garden, see the interesting displays at Government Museum and Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kansa Devi Temple, and finally make a trip to Gurudwara Nada Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Sukhna Lake and then stroll through The Rock Garden of Chandigarh.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chandigarh vacation website .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Chandigarh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Panchkula
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Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Kansa Devi Temple ©
Kansa Devi Temple
Gurudwara Nada Sahib ©
Gurudwara Nada Sahib

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