11 days in India Itinerary

11 days in India Itinerary

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11 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chandigarh
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Dharamsala
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
On the 2nd (Wed), make a trip to Gurudwara Nada Sahib and then stroll around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Christ The King Cathedral, examine the collection at Museum Maison Jeanneret, then explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Government Museum and Art Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chandigarh day trip site .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Chandigarh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Shimla.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Gurudwara Nada Sahib
Highlights from your plan
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Government Museum and Art Gallery ©
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, don't miss a visit to The Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then don't miss a visit to The Ridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dorje Drak Monastery.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shimla online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Chandigarh to Shimla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Mall ©
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, winter sports, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Goshal fall, contemplate the waterfront views at Bhrigu Lake, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manali vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

1
day
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 8th (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, then explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bundlamata Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dharamsala online route planner .

Getting from Manali to Dharamsala by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Bundlamata Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Janam Asthaan Shri Guru Amardas JI, pause for some photo ops at Serai Amanat Khan, then make a trip to Jallianwala Bagh, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib, admire the landmark architecture of Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai, then admire the striking features of Akal Takht, then look for gifts at India House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durgiana Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amritsar route planner.

Drive from Dharamsala to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai ©
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

2
nights
New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Iron Pillar of Delhi, admire the landmark architecture of Qutub Minar, then don't miss a visit to India Gate, and finally steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the New Delhi road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in New Delhi sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
India Gate ©
India Gate

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