Himachal Pradesh has always been one of the most popular travel destinations for travelers and tourists. Here in this article we have reserved the day of the week for you so that you can get the most out of your trip.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Himachal Pradesh is an attractive place made up of small hill towns, each with its own unique charm. While Himachal Pradesh has much to offer in terms of scenic beauty, culture and tourist attractions, the three princely states – Dalhousie, Chamba and Dharamshala – should be considered when visiting the state.
Day 1: Drive from Delhi to Dalhousie (575 km / approx. 11 hours).
Dalhousie is a picturesque mountain town nestled between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. A naturally serene beauty with adrenaline pumping activities, traditional crafts and ideal year-round weather, Dalhousie is a must visit Himachal Pradesh.
Day 2: Local tourism and souvenir shopping in Dalhousie
Things to see when visiting Dalhousie:
Dankund Summit– Dankund Peak is the highest peak of Dandkundi and one of the most popular destinations in the city. The trek starts near Gandhi Chowk and takes about 1-2 hours.
St. John’s Church– St. John’s Church is a beautiful Protestant church that reflects the architecture of the Victorian era. The church houses a rich collection of books, rare photographs, and historical artifacts that serve as a sanctuary for avid travelers. This religious and historically significant place will mesmerize you with its magic and beauty.
Tibetan market– Any visit to Dalhousie would be incomplete without a visit to the city’s fine shopping. One of Dalhousie’s most popular shopping spots, the Tibetan Market features a stunning collection of handmade handicrafts – including everything from rugs and jackets to whimsical Tibetan jewellery. The elaborate processing of each product becomes not only a great shopping experience, but also a great cultural experience.
Day 3: Depart Dalhousie for Chamba (53 km / approx. 1 hour 45 minutes)
Located on the banks of the Ravi River, Chamba is a beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Reminiscent of the British Empire, the city has strengthened in a way that best blends the old world and the modern.
Visit the Church of Scotland and relax on the first day
It is one of the oldest churches in Himachal Pradesh. It took more than 6 years to build this 120 year old church! The Indo-Scottish architectural style of this place really stands out and the Scottish monk who oversaw the construction, Dr. M. Its size is attributed to Clymont. People come here from far and wide to offer their prayers and witness the magical beauty of the place.
Day 4: Visit the famous places around Chamba
Khajiyar Lake – Lake Khajiyar is the most popular tourist destination known as Mini Switzerland of India. Nestled in lush green Deodar forests, this stunning lake offers breathtaking views of Mount Kailash. The surrounding area has lush green areas where adventure activities such as zorbing, paragliding and horseback riding take place and is a fantastic picnic spot.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary– Home to the exotic flora and fauna of Himachal Pradesh, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-see. Enjoy an exciting jungle safari and spot the abundance of magnificent bird species such as leopards, bears, baboons and jackals as well as black-headed jays, blackbirds and jays. This sanctuary is a truly serene place and paradise for travelers who love nature and wildlife.
Manimahesh Lake – Located near the Manimahesh Kailash peak in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, Lake Mahimahesh is a religiously sacred lake. The lake is an important pilgrimage center and is visited by tourists for the famous „Manimahesh Yatra” in the months of August and September.
Day 5: Drive from Chamba to Dharamshala (130 km / approx. 4.5 hours)
Known as the little Lhasa of India, the beautiful city of Dharamshala is situated on the beautiful land of Kangra valley. With thick cedars, culturally and historically significant monasteries and snow-capped peaks, Dharamshala has grown in popularity over the years. The city is the essence of peace as it was the sacred abode of the exiled Tibetan monk Dalai Lama.
Go to Bhagsu Falls
In front of the religiously important Bhagasunath Temple is the Bhagsu Falls, a stunning waterfall where you can see the water falling from a height of around 30 feet. A great place for rejuvenation, the falls are a breathtaking sight and provide the perfect natural setting for spending quality time with loved ones.
Day 6: Local Sightseeing in Dharamshala
Start your day at Namgyal Math – Embark on a spiritual journey to this holy monastery where the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is taken as his abode. The monastery is considered to be the largest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet. Prayer meetings, singing sessions and scriptures are sure to bring you back to life.
Other beautiful places to see in Dharamshala
Dal Lake– Dal Lake, one of the most popular destinations in Dharamshala, is a beautiful lake with boating, trekking and fishing opportunities. Located on McLeod Ganj Naddi Road, the lake is a tranquil destination with panoramic hill views. Travelers can pray at the Shiva Temple on the shore of the lake.
Trind Hill – If you love adventure, then Trind Hill is the place for you. Located near Dharamshala, Triund Hill is a beautiful hill station in the majestic Himalayas that offers a retreat. This place is perfect for enjoying the natural scenery or going on a hike that adds to the excitement.
Day 7: Leave for your journey from Dharamshala to Delhi (470 km / about 10 hours)
In the morning you will check out from the hotel and drive to Delhi, bid farewell to the beautiful state of Himachal and see you soon for your next adventure.
These three enchanted places of Himachal Pradesh allow you to experience natural beauty, cultural management items and the true essence of the place. This 7-day itinerary will take you to the best areas of the place and ensure a relaxing holiday. Pack your bags today and visit this beautiful place!