15 days in Northeast India, Darjeeling & Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

15 days in Northeast India, Darjeeling & Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

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15 days in Northeast India, Darjeeling & Himachal Pradesh Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Gangtok
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Darjeeling
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Cherrapunjee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kamrup Metropolitan District
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Tawang
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
6
Tabo
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Manali
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
Gangtok

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through MG Marg.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gangtok trip maker .

Bengaluru to Gangtok is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ranka Monastery ©
Ranka Monastery
Enchey Monastery ©
Enchey Monastery
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

1
night
Darjeeling

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, then gain insight at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Guru Sakya Monastery.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling attractions planner .

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Darjeeling can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cherrapunjee.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

2
nights
Cherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Mawkdok Dympep Valley, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nohkalikai Falls, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nongsawlia Church. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Wah Kaba Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Daiñthlen Falls, and then snap pictures at Double Decker Living Root Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cherrapunjee online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Darjeeling to Cherrapunjee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kamrup Metropolitan District.

Things to do in Cherrapunjee

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nohkalikai Falls ©
Nohkalikai Falls
Mawkdok Dympep Valley ©
Mawkdok Dympep Valley
Daiñthlen Falls ©
Daiñthlen Falls

1
night
Kamrup Metropolitan District

Kamrup Metropolitan District ©
Kamrup Metropolitan or Guwahati Metropolitan is one of the 35 districts in Assam state in north-eastern India. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Guwahati, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugratara Temple, take in the exciting artwork at The Maati Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Umananda Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kamakhya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kamrup Metropolitan District trip planner .

Drive from Cherrapunjee to Kamrup Metropolitan District in 2.5 hours. In January in Kamrup Metropolitan District, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tawang.

Things to do in Kamrup Metropolitan District

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Umananda Temple ©
Umananda Temple
Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple ©
Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple
Kamakhya Temple ©
Kamakhya Temple

2
nights
Tawang

Tawang ©
A strong sense of Buddhist spirituality and dramatic mountain scenery combine to create a memorable atmosphere in Tawang, a Himalayan town best known as the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama.
Visiting Sela Pass and Bum La Pass will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tawang Buddhist Monastery and Taktsang Gompa. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Jaswant Garh War Memorial, admire the landmark architecture of Gorsam Chorten, take in the dramatic scenery at Nuranang Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Gorichen Peak.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tawang visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Kamrup Metropolitan District to Tawang takes 14 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Tabo.

Things to do in Tawang

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bum La Pass ©
Bum La Pass
Tawang Buddhist Monastery ©
Tawang Buddhist Monastery
Jaswant Garh War Memorial ©
Jaswant Garh War Memorial

1
night
Tabo

Tabo ©
Tabo is a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh, India. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tabo Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Golden Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chogskhor Monastery, then view the masterpieces at The Chamber of Picture Treasures (Z'al-ma), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tabo trip planner .

You can drive from Tawang to Tabo in 63.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Tabo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tabo Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Chogskhor Monastery ©
Chogskhor Monastery
Tabo Monastery ©
Tabo Monastery
Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple ©
Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple

1
night
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the activities along Beas River, and finally admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anjani Mahadev, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Keylong, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamula Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Manali trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Tabo to Manali in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

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 31st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagshunath Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsechokling Gompa, then get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Kangra Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mata Brajeshwari Devi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala itinerary tool .

Getting from Manali to Dharamsala by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trips

Kangra, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Kangra Fort ©
Kangra Fort
Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum

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