18 days in India & Nepal Itinerary

18 days in India & Nepal Itinerary

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18 days in India & Nepal Itinerary

Start: Jamshedpur, India
Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Darjeeling, India
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Lachung, India
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 2 nights
car:  1​h 30​min
5
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
6
Varanasi, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
7
Mathura, India
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
8
Haridwar, India
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
9
Badrinath, India
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
10
Leh, India
— 1 night
Drive:  50​h 45​min
End: Jamshedpur, India

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at St. Mary's Hill, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Garden, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Darjeeling trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pelling to Darjeeling takes 1.5 hours. In July in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tea Garden ©
Tea Garden
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple

2
nights
Gangtok, India

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.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enchey Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiv Mandir, and then wander the streets of MG Marg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phensong Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Kabi Lungchok, then admire all the interesting features of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ranka Monastery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gangtok online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Lachung to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ranka Monastery ©
Ranka Monastery
Enchey Monastery ©
Enchey Monastery
Phensong Monastery ©
Phensong Monastery

1
night
Lachung, India

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Yumthang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Naga Falls.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lachung route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Lachung takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Naga Falls ©
Naga Falls
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls

2
nights
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Sagarmatha National Park ©
Dominated by the world's tallest, Sagarmatha National Park is renowned for its carefully preserved natural heritage as well as the cultural and religious importance of its Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa settlements.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Everest View Point.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sagarmatha National Park day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lachung to Sagarmatha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Memorial to Scott Fischer
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Ama Dablam ©
Mt. Ama Dablam
Khumbu Glacier ©
Khumbu Glacier
Memorial to Scott Fischer ©
Memorial to Scott Fischer

1
night
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
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.
You've now added Sam's Bar to your itinerary. On the 10th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Budhanilkantha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kopan Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of Pashupati Nath, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Sam's Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kathmandu driving holiday planner.

Jamshedpur, India to Kathmandu is an approximately 20.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Jamshedpur in July, things will get a bit cooler in Kathmandu: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kopan Monastery ©
Kopan Monastery
Pashupati Nath ©
Pashupati Nath
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Varanasi, India

Varanasi ©
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Temple, make a trip to Jain Ghat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tulsi Manas Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Varanasi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kathmandu to Varanasi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and train; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in July, with highs in Varanasi at 39°C and lows at 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mathura.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple
Tibetan Temple ©
Tibetan Temple
Tulsi Manas Temple ©
Tulsi Manas Temple

1
night
Mathura, India

Mathura ©
Split by the sacred Yamuna River, Mathura's claim to fame is being the birthplace of Krishna, the widely revered Hindu god.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Krishna Janmasthan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dwarkadhish Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mathura attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Varanasi to Mathura with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Mathura can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in Mathura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex ©
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex ©

1
night
Haridwar, India

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 21st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saptarshi Ashram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pawan Dham.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Haridwar road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mathura to Haridwar takes 6.5 hours. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Badrinath.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pawan Dham ©
Pawan Dham
Saptarshi Ashram ©
Saptarshi Ashram
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

1
night
Badrinath, India

Badrinath ©
Badrinath is a holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. On the 22nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tapt Kund, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mata Murti Temple, then contemplate the long history of Ganesh Gufa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brahma Kapal.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Badrinath online journey planner .

You can drive from Haridwar to Badrinath in 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Badrinath

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tapt Kund ©
Tapt Kund
Ganesh Gufa ©
Ganesh Gufa
Brahma Kapal ©
Brahma Kapal

1
night
Leh, India

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chemre Gompa Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at De Pashmina Emporium and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Leh travel route builder tool .

Getting from Badrinath to Leh by car takes about 37 hours. Other options: fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa ©
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
Spituk Monastery ©
Spituk Monastery

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