11 days in Manali, Kullu & Uttarakhand Itinerary

11 days in Manali, Kullu & Uttarakhand Itinerary

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11 days in Manali, Kullu & Uttarakhand Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + taxi:  26​h
1
Manali
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kullu
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Kedarnath
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Badrinath
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Joshimath
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
6
Nainital
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Haridwar
— 1 night
8
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
day
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Manali road trip planning site .

New York City, USA to Manali is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from New York City to Manali. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Kullu.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

1
night
Kullu

Kullu ©
Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Tirthan Valley.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kullu online trip builder .

Getting from Manali to Kullu by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kedarnath.

Things to do in Kullu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tirthan Valley ©
Tirthan Valley
Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara Monastery ©

1
day
Kedarnath

Kedarnath ©
Kedarnath is a town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. On the 21st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, pause for some photo ops at Shankaracharya Samadhi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kedarnath Mandir.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kedarnath attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Kullu to Kedarnath with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Badrinath.

Things to do in Kedarnath

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Kedarnath Mandir ©
Kedarnath Mandir
Shankaracharya Samadhi ©
Shankaracharya Samadhi

1
night
Badrinath

Badrinath ©
Badrinath is a holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. On the 22nd (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Vasudhara Falls and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Badrinath Ji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Badrinath route maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kedarnath to Badrinath. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Joshimath.

Things to do in Badrinath

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Vasudhara Falls ©
Vasudhara Falls
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple

1
night
Joshimath

Joshimath ©
Jyotirmath, also known as Joshimath is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Gorson Bugyal, head outdoors with Auli, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joshimath.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Joshimath trip app .

Traveling by car from Badrinath to Joshimath takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nainital.

Things to do in Joshimath

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Chamoli, Gorson Bugyal
Highlights from your plan
Auli ©
Auli
Gorson Bugyal ©
Gorson Bugyal
Joshimath ©
Joshimath

1
day
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 24th (Mon): meet the residents at High Altitude Zoo, then take some stellar pictures from Snow View Point, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, and finally explore the activities along Nainital Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nainital, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Joshimath to Nainital by car takes about 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Haridwar.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
High Altitude Zoo ©
High Altitude Zoo

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, and then admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Haridwar trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Nainital to Haridwar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula, snap pictures at Ram Jhula, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rishikesh trip itinerary planning site .

Rishikesh is just a short distance from Haridwar. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula

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