12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + subway + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Haridwar
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Chandigarh
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
5
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Amritsar
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  11​h 30​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort.

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Manchester, UK to Agra is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Agra is 5 hours. When traveling from Manchester in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Agra: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Haridwar.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Haridwar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Agra to Haridwar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 25th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rishikesh trip app .

Traveling by car from Haridwar to Rishikesh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Triveni Ghat
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat

1
night
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum Maison Jeanneret, contemplate the waterfront views at Sukhna Lake, then stroll around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, and finally examine the collection at Government Museum and Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chandigarh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rishikesh to Chandigarh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Chandigarh, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Shimla.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Government Museum and Art Gallery ©
Government Museum and Art Gallery

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 27th (Fri), don't miss a visit to The Ridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dorje Drak Monastery, then make a trip to The Mall, and finally admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shimla trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Chandigarh to Shimla in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Shimla are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Shimla

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

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, then explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute, and finally make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bundlamata Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala journey planner.

Drive from Shimla to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough 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
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Serai Amanat Khan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then don't miss a visit to Akal Takht, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai, and finally look for gifts at India House.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Amritsar online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Dharamsala to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Amritsar are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Spas Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

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