23 days in India Itinerary

23 days in India Itinerary

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23 days in India Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Shimla
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Srinagar
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Haridwar
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
6
Gulmarg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Pahalgam
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Katra
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
9
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Durban

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Ridge and Tara Devi Temple. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, contemplate the long history of Kotkhai Palace, explore and take pictures at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and go for a walk through Shimla Walks Day Walks.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Shimla trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Shimla is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Tara Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
The Ridge ©
The Ridge
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple

2
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Chandigarh Rose Garden, then stroll through The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Elante mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Museum Maison Jeanneret, then take in the awesome beauty at Timber Trail, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Pinjore Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chandigarh trip builder app .

Traveling by bus from Shimla to Chandigarh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Pinjore Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Chandigarh Rose Garden ©
Chandigarh Rose Garden
Elante mall ©
Elante mall
Pinjore Gardens ©
Pinjore Gardens

1
day
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
Not to be confused with another Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and KashmirSrinagar (श्रीनगर) is municipal board in Pauri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.GeographySrinagar is located at. On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhari Devi Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Srinagar driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Chandigarh to Srinagar takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Srinagar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dhari Devi Temple ©
Dhari Devi Temple

2
nights
Rishikesh

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 24th (Mon): take in the views from Ram Jhula, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then steep yourself in history at The Beatles Ashram, and finally steep yourself in history at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parmath Niketan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Sachcha Akhileshwar Mahadev Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunjapuri Devi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sivananda Ashram.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Srinagar to Rishikesh takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula
Kunjapuri Devi Temple ©
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Haridwar

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 26th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Gurukul Kangri University, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mansa Devi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple.

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

Haridwar is just a stone's throw from Rishikesh. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gulmarg.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple ©
Mansa Devi Temple
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar

1
night
Gulmarg

Gulmarg ©
A popular skiing destination and a hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg features one of the highest gondolas in the world, reaching 3,979 m (13,054 ft) and offering fantastic scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): head outdoors with Gulmarg Backcountry, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Church, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Apharwat Peak.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gulmarg online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Haridwar to Gulmarg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pahalgam.

Things to do in Gulmarg

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Apharwat Peak ©
Apharwat Peak
St Mary's Church ©
St Mary's Church

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Sheshnag Lake and then admire the verdant scenery at Aru Valley. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chandanwari, then play a few rounds at Pahalgam Golf Course, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kashmir Valley.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pahalgam trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Gulmarg to Pahalgam in 2.5 hours. September in Pahalgam sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Katra.

Things to do in Pahalgam

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aru Valley ©
Aru Valley
Chandanwari ©
Chandanwari
Sheshnag Lake ©
Sheshnag Lake

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Bhairo Baba Temple, make a trip to Baba Dhansar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deva Mayi Maa Temple, then don't miss a visit to Agar Jitoo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Katra holiday planner.

You can drive from Pahalgam to Katra in 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 1st (Mon): get lost in a book at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalachakra Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John in the Wilderness Church, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagsunath Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery, admire all the interesting features of HPCA Stadium, pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsechokling Gompa.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dharamsala vacation builder app .

Getting from Katra to Dharamsala by car takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bhagsunath Temple ©
Bhagsunath Temple
HPCA Stadium ©
HPCA Stadium
Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, admire the striking features of Akal Takht, then make a trip to Jallianwala Bagh, then don't miss a visit to Harmandir Sahib, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at Raunak Punjabi Jutti, stroll through Kaiser Bagh Park, then make a trip to Khalsa College, and finally make a trip to Baba Bakala Sahib.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Amritsar online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Dharamsala to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Amritsar

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Baba Bakala Sahib
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht
Durgiana Temple ©
Durgiana Temple

4
nights
New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Delhi, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the New Delhi tour builder site .

You can fly from Amritsar to New Delhi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in New Delhi, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Rajpath ©
Rajpath

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