12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dalhousie
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Temple, then make a trip to The Mall, then examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, and finally walk around Annandale Ground. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Scandal Point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, then make a trip to The Ridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Jakhoo Hill.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shimla trip planning site .

New Delhi to Shimla is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Manali Picnic Spot and Camps and Himvalley Manali Amusement & Culture Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Beas River, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ghatotkach Tree Templ.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali trip planner .

Getting from Shimla to Manali by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

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 14th (Tue): make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalai Lama Temple Complex, pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mata Brajeshwari Devi, then make a trip to Chamunda Devi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jawalamukhi Devi Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dharamsala trip planning tool .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mata Brajeshwari Devi, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Aghanjar Mahadev Temple ©
Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Dainkund Peak and Khajjiar Lake will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dalhousie: Chamba (Bhalei Mata Temple & Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Chamera Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, identify plant and animal life at Panjpulla, and steep yourself in history at Subhash Baoli.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dalhousie, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Dalhousie takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 19th (Sun), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then admire the natural beauty at Jallianwala Bagh, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tarn Taran Sahib.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Amritsar travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Amritsar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Amritsar, expect temperatures between 46°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

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Food Tours
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh

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