Dharamshala, Manali and Shimla

Visit the home of H.H.Dalai Lama, go hiking, cafe hopping or simply do nothing and relax in these scenic resort towns.

The best of Himachal covering the most famous and important places- Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala- better known as the Golden Triangle of Himachal.

Dharamshala- Also known as “India’s Little Tibet” , Dharamshala is a beautiful town in the western part of Himachal nestled around the Dauladhar mountain range. It is the home of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama because of which a lot of Tibetans and Buddhist live around Dharamshala and walking on the streets you’ll feel like you have been transported to Tibet. Visit the monastery of His Holiness here, walk on the Mall, hike to Bhagsu Nag temple and Dharamkot, go boating on Dal Lake, visit the Norbulingka centre to understand culture and see handicrafts of Tibetans. If you have a day in hand then you can also do the Triund trek with an overnight camping.

Manali- one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country which has things for people from all walks of life; adventure activities, relaxing environs, cafes and culture. Drive to Sissu via the Atal Tunnel or visit the famous Hidimba temple, hike to Jogni waterfall or explore ancient Naggar Castle. 

Shimla- a town full of British history and will take you back to the good old days. Here you can enjoy a ride on the toy train, operating since the British rule. Go for a stroll down  the Mall where you can indulge in some shopping, visit the historic Viceregal Lodge which is now a museum, take the ropeway to Jakhu temple, explore nearby hill stations like Kufri and Chail and sit and enjoy a wonderful time with your family over a meal  around the Ridge.

You can do this trip all year round. 

Places Covered

Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, H.H Temple, Dharamkot, Atal Tunnel, Solang Valley, Vashisht, Hidimba and Manu Temple, Old Manali and New Manali, Naggar, Chail, Kufri, Jakhu Temple and The Ridge, Vice Regal Lodge

Best time to Visit

All year round




Breakfast and Dinner

Local experienced driver

Local coordinator


Day Plan

Travel Time

Day 1

Chandigarh to Dharamshala and rest

6-7 hrs

Day 2

Local sightseeing- His Holiness Temple, Mall Road, Dharamkot, Market

4-5 hrs

Day 3

Local sightseeing- Dal Lake, Karmapa Temple

4-5 hrs

Day 4

Dharamshala to Manali via Mandi

8-9 hrs

Day 5

Local sightseeing- Hidimba, Manu Temple, Mall Road

3-4 hrs

Day 6

Local Sightseeing- Solang Valley, Rohang (If permits are available), Vashisth

4-5 hrs

Day 7

Manali to Shimla via Naggar (Castle and Art Gallery)

7-8 hrs

Day 8

Local Sightseeing- Mall Road, Ridge, Jhakhu Temple, Viceregal Lodge

4-5 hrs

Day 9

Drive to Chail and Kufri and back

3-4 hrs

Day 10

Shimla to Chandigarh- trip ends today

4-5 hrs


Day 1 – Chandigarh to Dharamshala (6-7 hrs)

Get picked up from the airport or train station in Chandigarh today and drive to Dharamshala. Dharamshala is a small town in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, home to the his holiness the Dalai Lama and has become to centre for Tibetan Buddhism hosting people from all over the world for teachings and meditations. Reach Dharamshala and rest today. You can go and explore the market place in the evening if you are upto it.

Day 2 – In Dharamshala and Mcleodganj – H.H Dalai Lama Temple, Mcleodganj market, Bhagsu Nag temple and waterfall and Dharamkot (4-5 hrs)

Its a busy day today with lots of sightseeing and a small hike to the Bhagsu Nag waterfall. Start off your day with visiting the Namgyal monastery more popularly known as the  H.H Dalai Lama temple. You can spend some time there and sit to meditate if you’d like or go and turn the prayer wheels as a form of meditation. From here its mostly exploring on foot as your car cannot go to all the places. Visit the Bhagsu Nag temple and the hike to the nearby waterfall. The Hindu temple is dedicated to the snake god Bhagsu Nag and houses a fresh water seeing open to devotees and visitors to take a dip in. A quick 20 min hike from the temple takes you the Bhagsu Nag waterfall. Next you can visit the Mcleodganj market and have lunch in one of the many cafes. Enjoy some local Tibetan cuisine or indulge in some great continental food. The market place is Mcleodganj is buzzing and there are ample of places to shop for souvenirs and gifts.  End the day in the beautiful village of Dharamkot. Dharamkot is a village above Mcleodganj and more popular as the starting point for the Triund Trek. You can head to the village and walk around the local trails, observe the local architecture and enjoy some spectacular views of the Kangra Valley below.

Day 3 – In Dharamshala – Dal Lake, Karma Temple and Norbulingka Institute (4-5 hrs)

This morning we head to Dal Lake (named after the famous Dal Lake in Kashmir). The lake is a mid altitude lake in the village of Tota Rani. The lake is surrounded by majestic Deodhar Trees and rugged mountains. There is a famous Shiva Temple on the bank of the lake, making it a sacred spot for locals. Our next stop for the day is the Karmapa temple, belonging to the Kagyu sect of Buddhism. The temple specialises in tantric meditation, tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Visitors can take part in the prayers on Wednesdays and Saturdays if they like.  The last place to visit today would be the Norbulingka institute, founded in 1995 it is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. Norbulingka is dedicated to handing down tradition and restoring standards by providing training, education and employment for Tibetans. Norbulingka produces high quality, traditionally crafted art objects, as well as clothing and home furnishings. Free guided tours of the institute are available to visitors every day except Sunday. Workshop are also offered for those wishing to study Tibetan arts. All proceeds from all Norbulingka’s projects go directly back into the institute to further our endeavors to preserve Tibetan culture.

Day 4 – Dharamshala to Manali via Mandi (8-9 hrs)

Today we head to Manali, Himachal’s resort town. Head for Manali after breakfast as its a long drive. On the way stop on the Kullu Manali highway for some traditional shawl shopping if you’d like. Reach Manali and rest in the evening.

Day 5 – In Manali – visit Hidimba and Manu temple, Old Manali, Vashisht and Mall road today

Start your day after breakfast and first visit the famous Hidimba temple also known as Dhungri temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. Surrounding the temple are the Dhungri forests which are also a nature sanctuary. Next we head to Manu temple which is a walk from the Old Manali bridge as that is the drop off point, due to lack of parking on the Old Manali road. The temple dedicated to sage Manu, is where Manali gets its name from. It has superb views of the original Old Manali village and a must visit for everyone.  After your visit to the temple you can walk down Old Manali road and do some souvenir shopping, stop by for lunch in one of the many cafes lining the street. Post lunch you head to Vashisht temple, famous for its sulphur hot springs believed to have healing properties. From Vashisht is a small hike to Jogni waterfall. The hike is a beautiful walk through the forest leading to magical glimpses of the waterfall. You can hear the water roaring from a distance as you start your hike. The last stop for the day is on Mall Road, where you can again indulge in some shopping and stop by one of its many restart aunts for dinner. Head back to your hotel after dinner.

Day 6 – In Manali – Visit Atal Tunnel and Solang Valley

leave after a leisure breakfast to Atal Tunnel – the worlds longest tunnel above 10000 ft.  Visit the tunnel and cross over. to Khoksar where you can stop at a cup of tea and some mountain maggi. On your way back you will Solang Valley and go up on the ropeway or even indulge in some paragliding and other adventure activities. If you haven’t done so yesterday, on your way back visit the village of Vashisht and its famous hot springs. If time permits, you can even attempt to hike to the popular Jogni waterfall from the village. Tomorrow we head to Shimla.

Day 7 – Manali to Shimla via Naggar (7-8 hrs)

We head to Shimla today, but on your way we make a quick stop at Naggar Castle, as medieval monument in Naggar town nestled between Kullu and Manali.  Naggar used to be the ancient seat of the King of Kullu, but is now run as a heritage hotel and tourist monument. A little ahead of the castle is Roerich Art Galley, which used to be the habitation of world famous Russian artist Nicholas Roerich and his family. The place is now turned into an exhibition space by a joint venture between the Russian and Himachal Pradesh governments. It is visited by most people who come to Naggar and is an inspirational space for budding artists to see Roerich’s work on Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti Valley. You can chose to have lunch in Naggar village before heading to Shimla. Reach Shimla and rest this evening.

Day 8 – In Shimla – Mall Road, Ridge, Jhakhu Temple, Viceregal Lodge (4-5 hrs)

Leave for Shimla town after a leisure breakfast. You can take the day easy today and explore the town on foot as vehicles are not allowed on Mall Road. Visit the famous and most photographed, ridge in Shimla. You can even visit Vice Regal lodge ( formerly known as Rashtrapati Niwas) and the botanical gardens.  It houses some of the most ancient articles and photographs going back to the times of the British rule in India.Next we visit the famous Jakhu temple by ropeway. Dedicated to lord Hanuman the temple is a very famous tourist point and a must see. As your day comes to an end, you can indulge in shopping on Mall Road for local handicraft and stop by a cafe for some dinner.

Day 9 – In Shimla – Chail and Kufri (3-4 hrs)

Leave for Chail this morning and on your way make a stop at Kufri. Kufri is famous for its Amusement park which has the world highest go-kart track, if you are with children then there is a good chance you might end up spending the entire day these. Chini bungalow which is famous for its statues and architecture and the Kufri zoo are some of the main attractions. You can spend your day in Kufri before heading for Chail. Chail is a quieter place known for its famous cricket ground, Chail Palace and for its bird sanctuary. Chail Palace has been turned into a heritage hotel by the government and is a worth visit place if you are into British architecture.

Day 10 – Shimla to Chandigarh drop (4-5 hrs)

Head back to Chandigarh this morning after breakfast and catch your flight back home. Trip ends today.


*Breakfast and Dinner

*Transport and experienced local driver for 10 days as per the plan

*Stay at the list of hotels shared as per the plan on twin sharing basis

*Driver to act as a basic guide

*All expenses for the driver are paid for, including all tolls, fuel, meals and accommodation

*Local coordinator in Kaza and Manali



*5% GST

*Lunch, snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)

*Any kind of insurance/ emergency  and evacuation cost

*Local Guide

*Bus ticket cost/Monument Entry fee/Cost of permits