12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + taxi:  4​h
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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

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 29th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, then take in the awesome beauty at Kufri Fun World, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at SkyJumper Trampoline Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, then don't miss a visit to The Ridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to The Mall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla online driving holiday planner .

Ahmedabad to Shimla is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
SkyJumper Trampoline Park - Shimla ©
SkyJumper Trampoline Park - Shimla

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, winter sports, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, and take some stellar pictures from Gulaba.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manali trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Shimla to Manali by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Solang Nullah ©
Solang Nullah

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 4th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalai Lama Temple Complex, and then take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, then admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and then explore the activities along Dal Lake.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley

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 6th (Mon): hike along Ganji Pahari, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak, and then get great views at Upper Bakrota. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, then steep yourself in history at Subhash Baoli, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dalhousie trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Dalhousie takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Upper Bakrota
Highlights from your plan
Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake ©
Chamera Lake
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tarn Taran Sahib, then make a trip to Guru Nanak Dev University, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mandir Mata Lal Devi, make a trip to Khalsa College, steep yourself in history at Gobindgarh Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Akal Takht.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Amritsar tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Dalhousie to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Amritsar can reach 46°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree ©
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh

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