12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Aurangabad
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Aurangabad

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 6th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimla trip itinerary builder website .

Aurangabad to Shimla is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

#Historic Sites
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The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Ridge ©
The Ridge

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kids will enjoy Pandoh Dam and Rani Nala. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Beas River, admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple, and hit the slopes at Solang-Nullah.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manali online route planner .

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Manali

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Van Vihar National Park ©
Van Vihar National Park
Solang-Nullah ©
Solang-Nullah

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.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Khajjiar Lake and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Norwood Paramdham, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dalhousie trip maker site .

You can drive from Manali to Dalhousie in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Dharamsala is known for nature, historic sites, spas, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, appreciate the history behind Dharamsala War Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala planner .

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Dharamsala takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley

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