12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
1
Chandigarh
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

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 see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chandigarh trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chandigarh. You will leave for Shimla on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

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 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, don't miss a visit to The Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankat Mochan Temple, then admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and finally walk around Annandale Ground.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shimla trip builder app .

Getting from Chandigarh to Shimla by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Manali Picnic Spot and Camps and Pandoh Dam. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River and get in on the family fun at Himvalley Manali Amusement & Culture Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manali trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Manali Picnic Spot and Camps ©
Manali Picnic Spot and Camps
Pandoh Dam ©
Pandoh Dam

1
night
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 1st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dharamsala trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Manali to Dharamsala takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Subhash Baoli and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dalhousie trip builder app .

Getting from Dharamsala to Dalhousie by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Subhash Baoli ©
Subhash Baoli

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 4th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, admire the striking features of Akal Takht, take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tarn Taran Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then don't miss a visit to Jallianwala Bagh, and then contemplate the long history of Gobindgarh Fort.

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You can drive from Dalhousie to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Amritsar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib
Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib ©
Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree ©
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree

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