29 days in Himachal Pradesh & Pakistan Itinerary

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Dharamsala, India
— 5 nights
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Hunza, Pakistan
— 2 nights
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Sangla, India
— 2 nights
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Kaza, India
— 2 nights
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Kullu, India
— 4 nights
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Manali, India
— 7 nights
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Shimla, India
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Dharamsala, India — 5 nights

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Bring the kids along to Kangra Fort and Jawala Ji Temple Shaktipeeth. Take a break from the city and head to Kangra Valley and Triund Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Dharamsala side-trips: Kangra (Kareri Lake & Mata Brajeshwari Devi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyuto Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial, make a trip to Chamunda Devi Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala online tour itinerary maker.

Chennai to Dharamsala is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hunza.
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Hunza, Pakistan — 2 nights

A tour of Hunza lets you discover a mountainous valley surrounded by massive snowcapped Himalayan peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Baltit Fort and then appreciate the views at Hunza Valley.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hunza itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dharamsala to Hunza. The time zone difference when traveling from Dharamsala to Hunza is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sangla.
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Sangla, India — 2 nights

Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Dwar Sangla, then take in the awesome beauty at Chitkul, and then wander the streets of Rakcham.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sangla trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hunza to Sangla. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kaza.
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Kaza, India — 2 nights

The town of Kaza, Kaze or Kaja is the subdivisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas of India. On the 2nd (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pin Valley National Park.

Before you visit Kaza, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Sangla to Kaza by car takes about 6 hours. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kullu.
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Kullu, India — 4 nights

Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Popular historic sites such as Bijli Mahadev Temple and Lord Ramchandra Temple are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Tirthan Valley and Great Himalayan National Park. Step out of Kullu to go to Mandi and see Prashar Lake, which is approximately 3 hours away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Spring, hike along Chandrakhani Pass, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raghunathjee Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kullu tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kaza to Kullu takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manali.
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Manali, India — 7 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manu Temple and Naggar Castle will appeal to history buffs. Bring the kids along to Jogini Waterfall and Zana Falls. Step out of Manali to go to Kullu and see Hampta, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at International Roerich Memorial Trust, take some stellar pictures from Gulaba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rani Nallah, and contemplate the waterfront views at Beas Kund.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Manali trip builder site.

Getting from Kullu to Manali by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Shimla.
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Shimla, India — 6 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Escape the urban bustle at Kufri Ski Resort and Shaily Peak. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tara Devi Temple and Kali Bari Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Shimla side-trips: Chail (Maharaja's Palace, Kali Ka Tibba, &more) and Mohan Shakti Heritage Park (in Solan). There's lots more to do: stroll around Annandale Ground, make a trip to Scandal Point, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hotel Hot Spring Therme & Spa, and go for a walk through Shimla Heritage Walk.

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You can drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (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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Pakistan travel guide

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Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.
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