- Hill station, P - Plantation, C - Tier I City, M - Metro / Mini-Metro
- Chandigarh is the best access point for this itinerary. Chandigarh (Gets daily flights from New Delhi and
is a major railhead 30 kms South of Chandigarh. Delhi is an International Airport
and gets flights and trains from all over India. However ease of access makes
Chandigarh more suitable then Delhi.
Delhi - Chandigarh - 260 kms (5
Chandigarh - Shimla - 120 kms (3 hours)
Shimla - Manali - 260 kms (7 hours)
Manali - Palampur - 200 kms (5-6 hours)
Palampur - Dharamsala - 35 kms (1 hour)
Dharamsala - Mcloedgunj - 10 kms (30 minutes)
Dharamsala - Dalhousie - 140 kms (5 hours)
Dalhousie - Amritsar - 180 kms (upto 5 hours)
Amritsar - Chandigarh - 240 kms (upto 5 hours)
Amritsar - Delhi - 450 kms (upto 9-10 hours)
Itinerary (This is an indicative itinerary, Sequence of the activities
can be customised as per season and guest preferences)
Day 1 - Proceed from Delhi / Chandigarh and Reach
Shimla. Relax for rest of the day.
Day 2: Full Day sightseeing various
view points around Shimla (Mashobra, Naldehra, Kufri, Shilon Bagh and Chail) including
Golf Course at Naldehra, High altitude Zoo at Kufri and Chail Palace at Chail.
Day 3 - Start Early for Manali (260 kms via Arki-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu). Rest for the remainder of the day.
4 - Proceed for Half day sightseeing for
Rohtang (50 kms). Visit Local Temples (Hadimba Temple, Vashisht hot water springs)
in the Afternoon.
Day 5 - Visit Kullu region and Manikaran hot
springs during the day. Visit Tibetan market and shopping areas around the Mall
Day 6 - Proceed to Palampur (200 kms - 5 hours). Visit
Tea Plantation Estates, Chamundadevi Temple. Overnight in Dharamsala / Palampur
7 - Sightseeing in Dharamsala and Palampur.
Day 8: - Proceed to Dalhousie. Visit few local sightseeing spots
(Churches, Barkota Hills, Kalatop view points etc.) and shops in the evening.
Day 9 - Full Day sightseeing to Khajjiar (22 kms), Chamba(50 kms from Dalhousie
same route as Khajjiar).
Day 10 - Reach Amritsar by afternoon. Visit Golden
temple and visit Wagah border for the evening Parade.
Day 11 -
Proceed for Chandigarh / Delhi.
* An additional
night at the end or at the beginning can be considered at Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is India's first planned city and now alongwith Mohali and
Panchkula a major IT and ITES hub. Tourists visit Rock Garden, Sohna Lake
* For those who'd not want to stay in a city in transit may opt for Nalagarh
/ Siswan Jungle Lodge / Timber
Trail Parwanoo instead of Chandigarh. Some of the other transit
accommodations are listed here.
* Guests looking for less touristy / crowded stays may prefer to stay around
Shimla destinations such as Chail / Naldehra / Kufri / Fagu etc instead of
* Choice between Palampur / Dharamsala and Mcleodgunj depends on weather (Mcleodgunj
is cooler in Summer being higher but Palampur / Dharamsala has a less
extreme Winter weather), Feel (Palampur has a plantation feel) and Space (Dharamsala
and Palampur has resort like stays where as most Mcloedgunj hotels are more
like city hotels).