12 days in Golden Triangle (India), Shimla & Manali Itinerary

12 days in Golden Triangle (India), Shimla & Manali Itinerary

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12 days in Golden Triangle (India), Shimla & Manali Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
4
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Manali
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Colombo

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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, steep yourself in history at India Gate, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi day trip planning site .

Norwich, UK to New Delhi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Norwich to New Delhi is 5 hours. When traveling from Norwich in February, plan for warmer days in New Delhi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, and then admire the landmark architecture of Jahangir Mahal. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife SoS Bear Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Rajrani Souvenirs, and then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Agra trip website .

Getting from New Delhi to Agra by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

2
nights
Jaipur

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
On the 16th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Pachouli. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deer Park, Ashok Vihar, Jaipur.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jaipur trip tool .

Drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours Wildlife Museums
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

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 18th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Monument Rani Jhansi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then don't miss a visit to The Mall, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shimla day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Jaipur to Shimla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, then appreciate the views at Solang Valley, then explore the activities along Beas River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Keylong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manali trip planning website .

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

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