12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
Kasauli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kullu
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
New Delhi

2
days
Kasauli

Developed during the British colonial era, the small hill station of Kasauli remains mostly known for its connection to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manki Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gilbert Trail, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sunset Point. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Craignano, steep yourself in history at Gurka Fort, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monkey Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kasauli vacation trip planner.

Shimla to Kasauli is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Kasauli

Sightseeing Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Craignano
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Sunset Point
Christ Church
Manki Point

3
days
Shimla

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Shimla is known for sightseeing, nature, historic sites, golf, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: play a few rounds at Naldehra Golf Course, admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, and don't miss a visit to Scandal Point.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Shimla travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kasauli to Shimla takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Sightseeing Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Naldehra Golf Course
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The Ridge
Naldehra Golf Course
Shimla Heritage Walk

2
days
Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally explore the activities along Beas River. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Van Vihar National Park.

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Getting from Shimla to Manali by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kullu.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Sightseeing
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Beas River
Spas & Wellness
Hidimba Devi Temple

2
days
Kullu

On the 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagatipatt Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bijli Mahadev Temple, and then appreciate the views at Tirthan Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahadevi Tirth, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Spring.

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You can drive from Manali to Kullu in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Kullu

Parks Nature Sightseeing
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Tirthan Valley
Hot Water Spring
Bijli Mahadev Temple

2
days
Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalai Lama Temple Complex. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute, pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial, then explore the activities along Dal Lake, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by car from Kullu to Dharamsala takes 6 hours. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Sightseeing
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Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall
Kangra Valley

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