16 days in India & Kathmandu Itinerary

16 days in India & Kathmandu Itinerary

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16 days in India & Kathmandu Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Manali, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Shimla, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Mussoorie, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Nainital, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai, India

2
nights
Manali, India

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manali vacation planning site .

Mumbai to Manali is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

2
nights
Shimla, India

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monument Rani Jhansi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, make a trip to The Ridge, then admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and finally gain insight at Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to The Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dorje Drak Monastery, then take in the awesome beauty at Kufri Fun World, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Craignano.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shimla itinerary planner .

Drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Craignano
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Mall ©
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge

2
nights
Mussoorie, India

Mussoorie ©
The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
Change things up with a short trip to Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Dehradun (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kempty Falls, trek along Camel's Back Road, don't miss a visit to Lal Tibba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santura Devi Temple.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mussoorie journey builder site .

You can drive from Shimla to Mussoorie in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tibetan Buddhist Temple
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Kempty Falls ©
Kempty Falls
SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre ©
SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre
Lal Tibba ©
Lal Tibba

2
nights
Nainital, India

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, get to know the resident critters at High Altitude Zoo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bhimtal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Snow View Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Eco Cave Gardens, and then explore the activities along Nainital Lake.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nainital road trip website .

Drive from Mussoorie to Nainital in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bhimtal Lake, Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Bhimtal Lake ©
Bhimtal Lake

4
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Tourist Link Treks and Expedition has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kathmandu vacation planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nainital to Kathmandu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Climbing Tours
Helicopter Tours
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple

2
nights
Darjeeling, India

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 24th (Sun): get great views at Tiger Hill, then don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then experience rural life at Happy Valley Tea Estate.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Darjeeling online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Kathmandu to Darjeeling takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kathmandu in November: high temperatures in Darjeeling hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

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