12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Srinagar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gulmarg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pahalgam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Geneva

1
night
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, and then explore the activities along Nigeen Lake. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Chashme Shahi Gardens, delve into the distant past at Pari Mahal, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Nishat Garden.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Srinagar holiday planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Srinagar is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Geneva to Srinagar. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in August since evenings lows in Srinagar dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gulmarg.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill
Nishat Garden ©
Nishat Garden

2
nights
Gulmarg

Gulmarg ©
A popular skiing destination and a hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg features one of the highest gondolas in the world, reaching 3,979 m (13,054 ft) and offering fantastic scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Rani Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Outer Circle Walk, and then take in the awesome beauty at Apharwat Peak.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gulmarg road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Srinagar to Gulmarg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gulmarg can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pahalgam.

Things to do in Gulmarg

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Apharwat Peak ©
Apharwat Peak
Outer Circle Walk ©
Outer Circle Walk
Rani Temple ©
Rani Temple

2
nights
Pahalgam

Pahalgam ©
Across the landscape of alpine peaks, conifer forests, and mountain lakes that surrounds Pahalgam lie a number of sites of spiritual importance, and a great biodiversity of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the views at Betaab Valley and then make a trip to Chandanwari. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Baisaran, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tulian Lake, and then admire the verdant scenery at Aru Valley.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pahalgam road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Gulmarg to Pahalgam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Pahalgam can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Pahalgam

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Baisaran
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Betaab Valley ©
Betaab Valley
Aru Valley ©
Aru Valley
Chandanwari ©
Chandanwari

4
nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Hemis Monastery in Hemis, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Leh road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pahalgam to Leh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hemis Monastery
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

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