8 days in Uttarakhand Itinerary

8 days in Uttarakhand Itinerary

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8 days in Uttarakhand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Nainital
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Mussoorie
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Eco Cave Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Snow View Point, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nainital Lake. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, admire nature's wide array of creatures at High Altitude Zoo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bhimtal Lake.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Nainital trip itinerary planner .

New Delhi to Nainital is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Nainital

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bhimtal Lake
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Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Eco Cave Gardens ©
Eco Cave Gardens

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rishikesh: Haridwar (Har ki Pauri, Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Lakshman Jhula, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rishikesh online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nainital to Rishikesh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Rishikesh

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Haridwar
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri

3
nights
Mussoorie

Mussoorie ©
The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Lal Tibba, then shop like a local with A Prakash and Co, then contemplate the long history of Gun Hill, and finally stroll through Company Garden. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Camel's Back Road and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kempty Falls.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mussoorie tour planner.

Drive from Rishikesh to Mussoorie in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mussoorie

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Kempty Falls ©
Kempty Falls
Lal Tibba ©
Lal Tibba
Company Garden ©
Company Garden

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