21 days in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

21 days in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh & Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

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Nainital
— 1 night
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Badrinath
— 1 day
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Manali
— 3 nights
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Dharamsala
— 2 nights
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Shimla
— 2 nights
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Leh
— 4 nights
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Srinagar
— 2 nights
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Mussoorie
— 1 night
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Rishikesh
— 3 nights
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Nainital

— 1 night
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jama Masjid Mosque.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nainital vacation planner.

Chennai to Nainital is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Badrinath.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Badrinath

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valley of Flowers National Park.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Badrinath trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nainital to Badrinath by car takes about 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Badrinath

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Manali

— 3 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the activities along Beas River.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manali trip maker.

Getting from Badrinath to Manali by car takes about 23.5 hours. You will leave for Dharamsala on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Dharamsala

— 2 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill and then gain insight at Norbulingka Institute. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial, and then admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manali to Dharamsala takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature · Parks

Shimla

— 2 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Ridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, make a trip to The Mall, then admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and finally gain insight at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Shimla Heritage Walk, then gain insight at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and then stroll around Annandale Ground.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shimla road trip website.

You can drive from Dharamsala to Shimla in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites · Parks

Leh

— 4 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.
When in Leh, make a side trip to see Likir Gompa in Likir, approximately Likir away. Spend the 15th (Mon) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, and make a trip to Temple at Sumda Chun.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shimla to Leh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Leh

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Srinagar

— 2 nights

Kashmiri Venice

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.
On the 16th (Tue), make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, explore the activities along Dal Lake, and then explore the ancient world of Pari Mahal. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nishat Garden, then explore the activities along Nigeen Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Durga Nag Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Srinagar vacation planner.

Fly from Leh to Srinagar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Mussoorie

— 1 night

Queen of Hill Stations

The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Kempty Falls, then explore the striking landscape at The Camel Rock, then don't miss a visit to Camel's Back Road, and finally don't miss a visit to Lal Tibba.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mussoorie journey maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Srinagar to Mussoorie takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Rishikesh

— 3 nights

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rishikesh: Haridwar (Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, Swami Vivekanand Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, pick up some new kitchen skills with Cooking Masala, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, and snap pictures at Ram Jhula.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mussoorie to Rishikesh in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Uttarakhand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
Land of Gods
Called the "Land of Gods" thanks to its many temples and notable pilgrimage sites, Uttarakhand appeals to tourists interested in taking a spiritual journey through an awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape. A comprehensive Uttarakhand tour encompasses everything from colonial-era hill stations and thriving cities, to protected wildlife areas and holiday towns with every amenity under the sun. Many come to discover the dramatic mountainous terrain dotted with sacred lakes and rivers--featuring prominently in the great epics "Mahabharata" and "Ramayana--while others take a trip to Uttarakhand for a chance to spot snow leopards and Bengal tigers.

Himachal Pradesh travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
Home to the majestic western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh ranks among the world's top mountaineering destinations. Tourism in Himachal Pradesh draws adventurers from far and wide to climb, raft, paraglide, hike, and ski their way across the picture-perfect river valleys and snow-covered mountain slopes. Those looking for something less strenuous can tour Himachal Pradesh's charming hill stations, where the holiday atmosphere lasts all year. To travel through this mountainous region the old-fashioned way, consider one of the state's narrow-gauge railways, which include the World Heritage-listed Kalka-Shimla train line.

Jammu and Kashmir travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Gardens
India's northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir boasts many notable temples, yet the region's claim to fame remains its natural splendor. A tour of Jammu and Kashmir takes you across a mountainous landscape at the foothills of the Lesser Himalaya, with abundant skiing and hiking opportunities. Despite its natural appeal and a wealth of cultural attractions, this border area remains off most tourists' itineraries because of enduring tensions between India and Pakistan. The few foreign visitors who make it here usually head to Ladakh, a trekkers' paradise that's also considered one of northern India's safest places.