12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Shimla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Leh
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h
4
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chennai

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, then appreciate the views at Solang Valley, then take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram Temple.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manali driving holiday planner.

Chennai to Manali is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ram Temple
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

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 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Ridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, make a trip to The Mall, then admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and finally admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shimla trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Manali to Shimla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Mall ©
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge

6
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 Alchi Monastary in Alchi, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 26th (Fri) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Leh sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shimla to Leh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Leh

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alchi Monastary
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Magnetic Hill ©
Magnetic Hill
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

2
nights
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 28th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Chandigarh Rose Garden, explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, then examine the collection at Museum Maison Jeanneret, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Panjab University, ponder the world of politics at Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Elante mall.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chandigarh trip maker tool .

Fly from Leh to Chandigarh in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Nature Shopping
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The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Capitol Complex Tourist Centre ©
Capitol Complex Tourist Centre

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