12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
1
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Katra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
End: Mumbai

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Digamber Jain Temple, then admire the striking features of Akal Takht, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at The Famous Amritsari Papar Warian, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Amritsar trip planner.

Mumbai to Amritsar is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mumbai in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Amritsar: temperatures range from 46°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Katra.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Spas Tours
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Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib ©
Spas & Wellness
Food Tours

2
nights
Katra

Katra ©
Located at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra serves as a base for the great pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Baba Dhansar, then steep yourself in history at Shivkhori, and then don't miss a visit to Bhairo Baba Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Kol Kandoli Mata Mandir, make a trip to Agar Jitoo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Deva Mayi Maa Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Katra journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Amritsar to Katra takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reasi District, Udhampur, Kol Kandoli Mata Mandir
Highlights from your plan
Bhairo Baba Temple ©
Bhairo Baba Temple
Agar Jitoo ©
Agar Jitoo

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 31st (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raghunath Temple, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garam Sadak, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rock Garden, and finally admire the striking features of Rang Mahal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dalhousie trip planning tool .

Getting from Katra to Dalhousie by car takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Raghunath Temple
Highlights from your plan
Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
St. Patrick's Church ©
St. Patrick's Church

3
nights
Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kangra Valley and Tushita Meditation Centre. Go for a jaunt from Dharamsala to Kangra to see Mata Brajeshwari Devi about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Chamunda Devi Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dharamsala route planning website .

Drive from Dalhousie to Dharamsala in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mata Brajeshwari Devi
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Gyuto Monastery ©
Gyuto Monastery

2
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Panjab University, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chandigarh Rose Garden, then make a trip to Christ The King Cathedral, and finally browse the different shops at Elante mall. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Nada Sahib, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chandigarh trip planning site .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Chandigarh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Gurudwara Nada Sahib
Highlights from your plan
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Spas & Wellness
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake

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