8 days in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

8 days in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

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Shimla
— 1 night
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Manali
— 2 nights
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Rupnagar
— 1 night
Drive
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Amritsar
— 1 night
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Dharamsala
— 1 night
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Leh
— 1 night
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Shimla — 1 night

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Himalayan Nature Park, take in the pleasant sights at Shimla Heritage Walk, then take in the awesome beauty at Jakhoo Hill, and finally examine the collection at Johnnie's Wax Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Monument Rani Jhansi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tara Devi Temple, and finally stop by Sankat Mochan Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shimla itinerary maker site.

Chandigarh to Shimla is an approximately 2.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ghatotkach Tree Templ, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siyali Mahadev Temple, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anjani Mahadev, and finally see some colorful creatures with Riding Solo. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm, take an in-depth tour of International Roerich Memorial Trust, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tripura Sundari Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Raghunath Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gayatri Temple.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manali journey site.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rupnagar.
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Rupnagar — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Ropar Wetland (Ropar Lake), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Parivar Vichhora Sahib, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Sadabarat, and finally explore the activities along Sirhind Canal.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rupnagar online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manali to Rupnagar in 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amritsar.
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Amritsar — 1 night

A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, admire the striking features of Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib, then see the interesting displays at Central Sikh Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Digamber Jain Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amritsar road trip site.

Getting from Rupnagar to Amritsar by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Amritsar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple, explore the world behind art at Gu Chu Sum Movement Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tushita Meditation Centre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuglag Khang.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Dharamsala day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amritsar to Dharamsala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Leh.
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Leh — 1 night

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
On the 27th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on Kamzang Journeys, examine the collection at Old Raku House, explore the world behind art at Textile Museum of Ladakh, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Leh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dharamsala to Leh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can 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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Punjab travel guide

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A region of five rivers rich in history and diverse in tradition, Punjab offers everything from Indus Valley archaeological sites to modern, French-designed city architecture and sports festivals. Tourism in Punjab revolves around heritage walks, battle sites, and great Sikh architecture, such as holy shrines, royal Punjabi palaces, and ancient forts. A highlight of any Punjab itinerary, the daily ceremonial lowering of the flag at the border with Pakistan reminds those who watch it of the awkward political divide in the region. Spread out over an alluvial plane with many rivers, and enjoying a subtropical climate, Punjab is dotted with traditional agricultural towns, many of which sit just a stone's throw from ancient Buddhist and Hindu archeological sites. Punjabi cuisine includes regional twists on several Indian classics, including samosas, butter chicken, and tandoori chicken.
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Jammu and Kashmir travel guide

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India's northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir boasts many notable temples, yet the region's claim to fame remains its natural splendor. A tour of Jammu and Kashmir takes you across a mountainous landscape at the foothills of the Lesser Himalaya, with abundant skiing and hiking opportunities. Despite its natural appeal and a wealth of cultural attractions, this border area remains off most tourists' itineraries because of enduring tensions between India and Pakistan. The few foreign visitors who make it here usually head to Ladakh, a trekkers' paradise that's also considered one of northern India's safest places.
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