16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Jammu City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Katra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Dalhousie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Haridwar
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
Rishikesh
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: New Delhi


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2
nights
Jammu City

Jammu City ©
Standing on the banks of the Tawi River, Jammu City enjoys popularity as the winter capital of Kashmir.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Amar Mahal Museum and Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ranbireshwar Temple, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Raghunath Bazaar. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Bahu Fort, admire the natural beauty at Bagh-e-Bahu, and then appreciate the views at Suru Valley.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jammu City holiday planner.

Mumbai to Jammu City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. While traveling from Mumbai, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Jammu City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Katra.

Things to do in Jammu City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bahu Fort, Suru Valley
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Ranbireshwar Temple ©
Ranbireshwar Temple
Suru Valley ©
Suru Valley
Bagh-e-Bahu ©
Bagh-e-Bahu

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nau Devi Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Katra visit planning tool .

Drive from Jammu City to Katra in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Katra

Tours Historic Sites
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Helicopter Tours

1
night
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 7th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Panjpulla, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Dalhousie travel route planner .

You can drive from Katra to Dalhousie in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
St. Patrick's Church ©
St. Patrick's Church

1
night
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 8th (Sat), deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dalhousie to Dharamsala in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

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: admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, and get great views at Gulaba.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali travel route website .

Drive from Dharamsala to Manali in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

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 13th (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amritsar trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Manali to Amritsar takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. February in Amritsar sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in Amritsar

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll around Swami Vivekanand Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chandi Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mansa Devi Temple.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Haridwar online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Amritsar to Haridwar in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Mansa Devi Temple ©
Mansa Devi Temple

3
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ram Jhula, snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rishikesh trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Haridwar to Rishikesh in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Lakshman Jhula ©
Lakshman Jhula

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