18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
1
Dalhousie
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Chandigarh
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kasauli
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Nainital
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Devi Temple, then explore the activities along Khajjiar Lake, and then take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Dalhousie trip planner .

New Delhi to Dalhousie is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Chamba, Golden Devi Temple
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake ©
Chamera Lake
Khajjiar Lake ©
Khajjiar Lake

7
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chandigarh: Pinjore Gardens (in Pinjore), Kasauli (Sunset Point, Christ Church, & more) and ChhattBir Zoo (in Panchkula). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Fri) at Fun City - Elante Mall. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, don't miss a visit to Panjab University, admire the natural beauty at Chandigarh Rose Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Nada Sahib.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chandigarh road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Chandigarh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kasauli, Panchkula, Pinjore Gardens, Fun City - Elante Mall
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Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Gurudwara Nada Sahib ©
Gurudwara Nada Sahib
Kansa Devi Temple ©
Kansa Devi Temple

2
nights
Kasauli

Kasauli ©
Developed during the British colonial era, the small hill station of Kasauli remains mostly known for its connection to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monkey Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir, then don't miss a visit to Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, then see the interesting displays at The Dagshai Jail Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Nalagarh Palace.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kasauli travel planner.

Getting from Chandigarh to Kasauli by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Kasauli

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Dagshai Jail Museum, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, Nalagarh Palace
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The Dagshai Jail Museum ©
The Dagshai Jail Museum
Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir ©
Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the views from Lakshman Jhula, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Beatles Ashram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rishikesh day trip website .

You can drive from Kasauli to Rishikesh in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Har ki Pauri
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River Rafting & Tubing
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Lakshman Jhula ©
Lakshman Jhula

2
nights
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
On the 2nd (Fri), get great views at Snow View Point, then admire the natural beauty at Eco Cave Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nainital Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi. On your second day here, explore the activities along Naukuchiatal Lake, then meet the residents at Bhimtal Island Aquarium, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bhimtal Lake.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nainital trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Rishikesh to Nainital by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal Lake
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Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Bhimtal Lake ©
Bhimtal Lake

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