12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
1
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Haridwar
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Manali
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Bring the kids along to Chowpatty Beach and KidZania Mumbai. Step out of Mumbai to go to Navi Mumbai and see ISKCON, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Marine Drive, appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link, and contemplate the long history of Khotachiwadi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mumbai road trip app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Mumbai. December in Mumbai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Mumbai

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

ISKCON
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Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach
KidZania Mumbai ©
KidZania Mumbai

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the views from Lakshman Jhula, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Rishikesh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Triveni Ghat Sri Saneeshwara Navagraha Temple
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat

2
nights
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, don't miss a visit to Birla Ghat, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daksheshwar Mahadev, don't miss a visit to Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar Haridwar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mansa Devi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaishno Devi Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chandi Devi Temple.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Haridwar online route planner .

Drive from Rishikesh to Haridwar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple

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 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankat Mochan Temple, make a trip to The Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, then examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, and finally stroll around Annandale Ground. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at SkyJumper Trampoline Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Craignano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shimla trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Haridwar to Shimla in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Shimla sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Craignano
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Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
SkyJumper Trampoline Park - Shimla ©
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 enjoy Manali Picnic Spot and Camps and Himvalley Manali Amusement & Culture Park. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, and explore the activities along Beas River.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manali trip planner .

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River
Vashisht Baths
Vashisht Baths

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