How to Plan a Trip to Shimla and Manali?

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How to Plan a Trip to Shimla and Manali?

Every year thousands of tourists check out the best places to visit in Himachal to draw the maximum joy from their holidays. And without any doubt Shimla, Kullu and Manali are the most popular tourist destinations of himachal. And whoever does so has a bucket full of questions and doubts within them. Sometimes they make mistakes in estimating the cost of the trip, or they might not know about the places to stay here. There are several further questions that the tourists wonder about. So, to make all your problems sorted regarding the Shimla Manali tour plan, we have included all the answers for you in this Shimla kullu manali tour guide. Follow the given tips to enjoy your Shimla Manali Trip.

How to Arrive?

Arrival is the primary concern because you won’t decide the arrival place in India as soon as you do not know the proper gateway. So, there are many gateways or cities to reach Shimla, kullu Manali. But the most preferred routes are Delhi and Chandigarh. Delhi is considered as it has good connectivity and Chandigarh because it is the closest city to Shimla & Kullu Manali, having an international airport.

So, it depends upon your shimla manali tour budget and the mode of transport you want to opt for. Moreover, if you’re planning your trip by road then you can take the Himalayan Expressway from Delhi to complete your road trip. If you’re going to reach faster, the flight is a great option. But roadways are highly preferred as they are cheap and give you breathtaking scenarios in between.

How Many Days to Spend in Shimla & Kullu Manali?

While planning a trip to Shimla and Kullu Manali, the first thing a tourist thinks about is the number of days they will spend with friends and family. After this, only they can further decide the itinerary. In my opinion, a 7 to 8 days trip to Shimla and Kullu Manali will be perfect for a satisfying holiday. These days you will be adequately able to explore the entire Shimla & kullu Manali and the significant places over there.

8 Day Tour Itinerary for Shimla and Manali Tour

A trip should be full of enjoyment and memories, so this eight-day Shimla Manali trip will help you enjoy and collect thousands of memories from your trip.

Day 1: Delhi to Shimla

The Delhi to Shimla road trip will take around 8 hours to reach our destination. You will reach Shimla by witnessing the beautiful mountains, valleys, and rivers on the way. The other half of the day can be used to visit tourist places near shimla such as Ridge, Mall Road, Church, Lakkar Bazaar. For the night stay and dinner, you can book a hotel.

Day 2: Local Sightseeing in Shimla

Local Sightseeing in Shimla

Now, spend the second day exploring the local places at Shimla. You can start with Jakhu Temple, Museum, and other famous temples in Shimla. For half of the day, you can decide on a trip to Kufri.

Day 3: Shimla to Narkanda & Hatu Peak

For the third day, you can plan two trips to Shimla itself. You can either visit Hatu Peak via Narkanda or get back to Shimla by the end of the day. Or you can also go for Chail via Kufri and get back to Shimla. The choice is yours though the Narkanda trip will be worth it and also you can spend the night in Narkanda.

Day4: Shimla to Manali

Day four will remain a bust since you will be travelling from Shimla to Manali. You can enjoy the beautiful views on the way for which you must choose the route of Jalori Pass. By the end of the day, you will reach Manali and can take a rest for the next day’s adventure.

Day 5: Local Sightseeing in Manali

Local Sightseeing in Manali

Book your day 3 to explore the local places in Manali such as Hadimba Devi Temple, Mall Road, Vashisth Hot Water Spring, Manu Temple, Local Monastery, etc. You can enjoy some sports and other exciting activities such as trekking and hiking.

Day 6: Trip to Solang Valley/Rohtang Pass

Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass are the most beautiful places in Manali where you can spend a lovely day enjoying sports and other activities. You can even spend the night at Solang Valley, which will be more satisfying during snowfall in Manali.

Day 7: Manali to Naggar Castle via Jagatsukh

The other places you must include for the rest of your days are Naggar Castle and Jagatsukh. You can travel to Jagatsukh and return to Naggar Castle for a stay. Also, the Art Gallery and the Krishna Temple are must-visit places you shouldn’t be deprived of.

Day 8: Naggar Castle to Delhi

The eighth day will be the final day of the trip. After breakfast, checkout from Naggar Castle and start your journey to Delhi. On the way via Manali, you can have lunch in Between and continue your journey.

Where to Stay in Shimla and Manali?

Shimla and Manali are full of hotels, resorts, and other accommodation options. You need to choose them wisely to prevent yourself from spending much on bookings. So, try to avoid Mall Road and the Ridge since they pace with the most expensive hotels and rooms. For Manali, you can go to Old Manali for cheap hotels. Also, do not forget to make a pre-booking through online mode, in this way you will be able to save a lot.

Where to Eat in Manali?


The next major thing that one needs to decide is eating in Manali. If you have good places to go, you will get the best delicacies of Shimla and Manali and the healthiest food. So, below are some of the places that you can visit to eat:

  • Johnson’s: This place is located near the Circuit House in Manali, where you will find a variety of local delicacies of Manali.
  • Sher-e-Punjab: This is a good place to taste the Punjabi delicacies.
  • IL Forno: This restaurant is in Manali, famous for the delicious Pizzas. 
  • Chopsticks: If you are a Chinese food lover, this restaurant at Mall Road is just for you.
  • Grozy: This restaurant is the best one to provide you with the best quality food and is located at the start of the Mall Road Shops.


Therefore, Shimla Manali is a beautiful tour package, and to make it memorable good planning and a proper Package are required. The planning mentioned above will help you enjoy and collect thousands of memories from your trip. But if you want more such pl, you must book a Shimla Manali Tour package from Roaming Routes.

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