10 days in Northeast India, Punjab & Katra Itinerary

10 days in Northeast India, Punjab & Katra Itinerary

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10 days in Northeast India, Punjab & Katra Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Guwahati
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shillong
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cherrapunjee
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Katra
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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hours
Guwahati

Guwahati ©
A place to engage with the culture of the northeast, Guwahati represents the largest city in the region, and acts as a stepping stone for wider explorations.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umananda Temple, steep yourself in history at Kamakhya Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Guwahati online road trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Guwahati is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, Guwahati is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Shillong.

Things to do in Guwahati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kamakhya Temple ©
Kamakhya Temple
Umananda Temple ©
Umananda Temple
Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple ©
Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple

3
nights
Shillong

Shillong ©
Established as the capital of Assam by the British, the hill station of Shillong today serves as the capital of Meghalaya, created in 1972.
Shillong is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, explore the striking landscape at Laitlum Canyons, take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Church, and make a trip to Meghalaya’s Mawlynnong.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Shillong trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Guwahati to Shillong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cherrapunjee.

Things to do in Shillong

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Umiam Lake ©
Umiam Lake
Elephant Falls ©
Elephant Falls

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Cherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Mawsmai Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Nohsngithiang (Seven Sisters) Falls, then Head underground at Arwah Cave, and finally don't miss a visit to Ka Kper Syiem Sohra. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Nohkalikai Falls and then take in the views from Double Decker Living Root Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherrapunjee holiday planner .

You can drive from Shillong to Cherrapunjee in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Cherrapunjee

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Double Decker Living Root Bridge ©
Double Decker Living Root Bridge
Mawsmai Cave ©
Mawsmai Cave
Nohkalikai Falls ©
Nohkalikai Falls

2
nights
Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, admire the striking features of Akal Takht, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, then make a trip to Jallianwala Bagh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mandir Mata Lal Devi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Partition Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then make a trip to Gobindgarh Fort.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Amritsar trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Cherrapunjee to Amritsar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Amritsar sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Katra.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Durgiana Temple ©
Durgiana Temple

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nights
Katra

Located at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra serves as a base for the great pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then make a trip to Kol Kandoli Mata Mandir.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Katra travel route planner.

You can drive from Amritsar to Katra in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Katra

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baba Dhansar, Kol Kandoli Mata Mandir
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Baba Dhansar ©
Baba Dhansar

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