12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Shimla
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Chandigarh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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.
On the 7th (Mon), stop by India House and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mandir Mata Lal Devi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, then get engrossed in the history at The Partition Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally make a trip to Akal Takht.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Amritsar day trip app .

Mumbai to Amritsar is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Amritsar, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Amritsar

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Food Tours
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht

2
nights
Dalhousie

Dalhousie ©
Set over a number of hills, the quiet town of Dalhousie was established by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort town.
On the 9th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak and then look for all kinds of wild species at Panjpulla. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Rock Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dalhousie trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Amritsar to Dalhousie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake ©
Chamera Lake
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

1
night
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, then admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jawalamukhi Devi Temple. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex, and finally admire all the interesting features of HPCA Stadium.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala day trip planner .

Getting from Dalhousie to Dharamsala by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Go for a jaunt from Manali to Naggar to see Naggar Castle about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Beas River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manali trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Dharamsala to Manali by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naggar Castle, Rohtang Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, then don't miss a visit to The Mall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Ridge, admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and finally have some family-friendly fun at SkyJumper Trampoline Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Shimla trip site .

Drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

1
night
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chandigarh day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Shimla to Chandigarh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Panjab University ©
Panjab University

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