12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Katra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Patnitop
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagsunath Temple, and then take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala online holiday planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Dharamsala is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dalhousie: Chamba (Khajjiar Lake & Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Norwood Paramdham, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, and admire the natural beauty at Rock Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dalhousie trip planning tool .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Dalhousie in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Katra.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chamba
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Khajjiar Lake ©
Khajjiar Lake
Chamera Lake ©
Chamera Lake

2
nights
Katra

Katra ©
Located at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra serves as a base for the great pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dera Baba Banda, make a trip to Bhairo Baba Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaishno Devi.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Katra journey website .

You can drive from Dalhousie to Katra in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Patnitop.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites Tours
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Vaishno Devi ©
Vaishno Devi
Helicopter Tours
Bhairo Baba Temple ©
Bhairo Baba Temple

2
nights
Patnitop

Patnitop ©
Once a vacation destination of royalty, Patnitop remains a popular holiday spot thanks to its cool weather, especially appreciated during hot summers.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): work some fitness into your day at PatniTop Circular Road, then fly down the slopes at Patni Top, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sanasar Lake. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chenani-Nashri Tunnel and then don't miss a visit to Naag Mandir.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Patnitop day trip tool .

You can drive from Katra to Patnitop in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Patnitop

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Nathatop ©
Nathatop
Sanasar Lake ©
Sanasar Lake
Naag Mandir ©
Naag Mandir

2
nights
Amritsar

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.
When in Amritsar, make a side trip to see Rangla Punjab Haveli in Jalandhar, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, stop by India House, get engrossed in the history at The Partition Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amritsar driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Patnitop to Amritsar by car takes about 7 hours. In October in Amritsar, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Rangla Punjab Haveli
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Durgiana Temple ©
Durgiana Temple

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