16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Chandigarh
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sangla
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
3
Shimla
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Palampur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Katra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
9
Srinagar
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
10
Pahalgam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Sonamarg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
12
Kargil
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
13
Nubra Valley
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
14
Leh
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Jaipur

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Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Rock Garden of Chandigarh and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sukhna Lake.

Find out how to plan Chandigarh trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Jaipur to Chandigarh is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Nature
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Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh

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day
Sangla

Sangla ©
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take a stroll through Rakcham and then don't miss a visit to Chhitkul.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Sangla attractions site .

You can drive from Chandigarh to Sangla in 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Sangla

Neighborhoods
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Rakcham ©
Rakcham

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Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to The Mall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, and finally don't miss a visit to The Ridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shimla trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sangla to Shimla in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, then explore the activities along Beas River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Manu Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally explore the historical opulence of Naggar Castle.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manali trip maker .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Palampur.

Things to do in Manali

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Naggar Castle
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River

1
night
Palampur

Palampur ©
Palampur is a green hill station and a municipal council in the Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Andretta Artists' VIllage, take in the exciting artwork at Sobha Singh Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashi Jong Buddhist Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Neugal Khad, and finally admire the natural beauty at Saurabh Van Vihar.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Palampur trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Manali to Palampur takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Palampur

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Saurabh Van Vihar ©
Saurabh Van Vihar
Tashi Jong Buddhist Monastery ©
Tashi Jong Buddhist Monastery
Sobha Singh Art Gallery ©
Sobha Singh Art Gallery

1
night
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 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dharamsala trip planning app .

You can drive from Palampur to Dharamsala in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Katra.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Spas
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Katra

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deva Mayi Maa Temple, then make a trip to Baba Dhansar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple, and finally make a trip to Agar Jitoo.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Katra route builder site .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Katra in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Udhampur, Baba Dhansar
Highlights from your plan
Baba Dhansar ©
Baba Dhansar
Agar Jitoo ©
Agar Jitoo

1
night
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 26th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, then see the interesting displays at Central Sikh Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally stop by Raunak Punjabi Jutti.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Amritsar online travel route planner .

Getting from Katra to Amritsar by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Amritsar

Museums Parks Shopping
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Central Sikh Museum ©
Central Sikh Museum
Raunak Punjabi Jutti ©
Raunak Punjabi Jutti

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night
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pari Mahal, contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nigeen Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Srinagar online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Amritsar to Srinagar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Amritsar in September: high temperatures in Srinagar hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Pahalgam.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nigeen Lake ©
Nigeen Lake
Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Pari Mahal ©
Pari Mahal

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night
Pahalgam

Pahalgam ©
Across the landscape of alpine peaks, conifer forests, and mountain lakes that surrounds Pahalgam lie a number of sites of spiritual importance, and a great biodiversity of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Chandanwari, tee off at Pahalgam Golf Course, and then admire the verdant scenery at Betaab Valley.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pahalgam route maker .

Drive from Srinagar to Pahalgam in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sonamarg.

Things to do in Pahalgam

Golf Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pahalgam Golf Course ©
Pahalgam Golf Course
Betaab Valley ©
Betaab Valley
Chandanwari ©
Chandanwari

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night
Sonamarg

Sonamarg
Glacial peaks of the Himalayas are accessible via Sonamarg, a hill station with stunning views.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): cruise along Zojila Pass, appreciate the views at Baltal Valley, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Thajiwas Glacier.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sonamarg trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Pahalgam to Sonamarg in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kargil.

Things to do in Sonamarg

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zojila Pass
Zojila Pass

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Kargil

Kargil ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the activities along Karste River, then appreciate the views at Suru Valley, and then pause for some photo ops at Drass War Memorial.

For maps and other tourist information, read Kargil trip planner.

You can drive from Sonamarg to Kargil in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Kargil

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Suru Valley
Highlights from your plan
Dras War Memorial ©
Dras War Memorial

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Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley ©
A trip to Nubra Valley must be planned in advance due to the area's weather extremes, which include freezing winters.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery), then admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley, and then take in the awesome beauty at Yarab Tso Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nubra Valley trip planner .

Drive from Kargil to Nubra Valley in 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nubra Valley
Highlights from your plan
Nubra Valley ©
Nubra Valley
Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery) ©
Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery)

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nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
On the 2nd (Tue), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the long history of Riasi Fort or Zorawar Fort, stop by De Pashmina Emporium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, and finally see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame. Keep things going the next day: stop by Zanskar Arts, then look for gifts at Himalayan Pashmina Shawls, then explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Leh visit planner .

You can drive from Nubra Valley to Leh in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib

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