12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  9​h
1
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Shimla
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
4
Kutch
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chennai

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, winter sports, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manali online trip itinerary planner .

Chennai to Manali is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

3
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Explore Shimla's surroundings by going to Tara Devi Temple (in Taradevi) and Mohan Shakti Heritage Park (in Solan). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Mall, deepen your understanding at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, have some family-friendly fun at SkyJumper Trampoline Park - Shimla, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Shimla trip website .

Traveling by car from Manali to Shimla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, Tara Devi Temple
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Mall ©
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge

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.
On the 26th (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, then admire the natural beauty at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally stop by India House. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, then admire the striking features of Akal Takht, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Amritsar online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Amritsar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Amritsar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Kutch.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Spas Tours
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

1
night
Kutch

Kutch ©
Home to India's largest salt marsh, Kutch lies on a flat tortoise-shaped piece of land at the India-Pakistan border.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, explore the world behind art at Shrujan Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Anchorwala Ahinsha Dham.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kutch journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Amritsar to Kutch. In September, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kutch

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shrujan Museum ©
Shrujan Museum
Kandla Port ©
Kandla Port

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