18 days in North India Itinerary

18 days in North India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North India sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Leh
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rishikesh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sangla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Badrinath
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manali
— 2 nights
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Leh

— 3 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Escape the urban bustle at Khardung La and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanti Stupa and Spituk Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Leh side-trips: Alchi Monastery (in Alchi), Likir Gompa (in Likir) and Hemis Monastery (in Hemis). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastero Tak Thok and steep yourself in history at Konigspalast von Shey.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Leh tour builder.

Valencia, Spain to Leh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Valencia to Leh due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Dharamsala

— 3 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple and Bhagsunath Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Tibetan Museum. When in Dharamsala, make a side trip to see Kangra Fort in Kangra, approximately Kangra away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyuto Monastery, take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, and get great views at Naddi View Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala trip planner.

Fly from Leh to Dharamsala in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Rishikesh

— 3 nights

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Explore hidden gems such as Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chandi Devi Temple and Kunjapuri Devi Temple. Explore Rishikesh's surroundings by going to Kunjapuri Temple (in Narendranagar), Haridwar (Har ki Pauri & Swami Vivekanand Park) and Triveni Ghat Sri Saneeshwara Navagraha Temple (in Ujjain). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, and take in the views from Ram Jhula.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rishikesh day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Dharamsala to Rishikesh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sangla

— 2 nights
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a stroll through Rakcham and then take in the awesome beauty at Chitkul. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Trout Farm, and then explore the activities along Baspa River.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sangla trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rishikesh to Sangla takes 13.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Badrinath.

Things to do in Sangla

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Badrinath

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sahastradhara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Narada Kund, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Badrinath Ji Temple. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valley of Flowers National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Badrinath day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sangla to Badrinath takes 23.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Manali.

Things to do in Badrinath

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manali

— 2 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): head outdoors with Rohtang Pass. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manali online route planner.

Drive from Badrinath to Manali in 22.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Manali

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips