15 days in India Itinerary

15 days in India Itinerary

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15 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h
1
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Manali
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Shimla
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Haridwar
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Rishikesh
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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 14th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalai Lama Temple Complex and then take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, then take an in-depth tour of Tibetan Museum, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala online travel route planner .

New Delhi to Dharamsala is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Spas
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Bhagsunath Temple ©
Bhagsunath Temple

5
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Escape the urban bustle at Rani Nala and Solang-Nullah. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art and Hidimba Devi Temple. Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, and explore the historical opulence of Naggar Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manali day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Manali in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Van Vihar National Park, Naggar Castle
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River

3
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Escape the urban bustle at Naldehra Golf Course and Himalayan Nature Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Mall, stroll through Annandale, pause for some serene contemplation at Shimla Christ Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shimla itinerary planning site .

Drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Haridwar.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Naldehra Golf Course, Himalayan Nature Park
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Himalayan Nature Park ©
Himalayan Nature Park
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
On the 25th (Sun), make a trip to Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar Haridwar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mansa Devi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Haridwar sightseeing website .

You can drive from Shimla to Haridwar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Haridwar

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

3
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Visit Badrinath Temple and Ram Jhula for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat and The Beatles Ashram. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swarg Ashram, and explore the fascinating underground world of Vashishta Gufa.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rishikesh trip planner .

Rishikesh is very close to Haridwar. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Raghunath Temple
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River Rafting & Tubing
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat

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