38 days in India Itinerary

38 days in India Itinerary

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38 days in India Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Shimla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Srinagar
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Kargil
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Nubra Valley
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Leh
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hemis
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
7
Hanle
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
8
Naggar
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Manali
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
10
Pelling
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Gangtok
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
New Delhi
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Jaipur

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Himachal State Museum and Annadale. Get some historical perspective at Shimla Christ Church and Kotkhai Palace. When in Shimla, make a side trip to see Naldehra Golf Course in Naldehra, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Ridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, pause for some photo ops at Monument Rani Jhansi, and admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimla journey builder tool .

Jaipur to Shimla is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Shimla

Golf Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Naldehra Golf Course
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Naldehra Golf Course ©
Naldehra Golf Course
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple

4
nights
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
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.
Head to Saklain's Coterie and Khadi Bhandarfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pari Mahal and Hari Parbat. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sonamarg, explore the activities along Nigeen Lake, make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazratbal.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Srinagar tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Shimla to Srinagar by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Srinagar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kargil.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Khadi Bhandar
Highlights from your plan
Sonamarg ©
Sonamarg
Pari Mahal ©
Pari Mahal
Jama Masjid Mosque ©
Jama Masjid Mosque

2
nights
Kargil

Kargil ©
Get some cultural insight at Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa) and Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian and Kargil Trade Artifacts. Step off the beaten path and head to Drass War Memorial and Karste River.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kargil trip planner .

You can drive from Srinagar to Kargil in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Kargil

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suru Valley
Highlights from your plan
Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa) ©
Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa)
Dras War Memorial ©
Dras War Memorial
Shargole Monastery ©
Shargole Monastery

1
day
Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley ©
A trip to Nubra Valley must be planned in advance due to the area's weather extremes, which include freezing winters.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarab Tso Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nubra Valley trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kargil to Nubra Valley takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nubra Valley
Highlights from your plan
Nubra Valley ©
Nubra Valley
Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery) ©
Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery)

7
nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Visit Alchi Choskor Monastery and Likir Gompa for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Shanti Stupa and Khardung La. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leh: Konigspalast von Shey (in Shey) and Alchi Monastary (in Alchi). Spend the 22nd (Mon) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Pashmina house, look for gifts at Himalayan Pashmina Shawls, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Leh travel planner.

You can drive from Nubra Valley to Leh in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hemis.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Khardung La, Konigspalast von Shey, Alchi Monastary
Highlights from your plan
Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Alchi Monastary ©
Alchi Monastary

1
night
Hemis

Hemis ©
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hemis Monastery.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hemis online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Leh to Hemis takes an hour. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hanle.

Things to do in Hemis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

1
day
Hanle

Hanle ©
On the 29th (Mon), look and learn at Indian Astronomical Observatory.

Start your trip to Hanle by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Hemis to Hanle by car takes about 5.5 hours. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naggar.

Things to do in Hanle

Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Indian Astronomical Observatory ©
Indian Astronomical Observatory

1
day
Naggar

Naggar ©
Naggar is a settlement in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India.Nicholas RoerichHistoryNaggar is a settlement in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India, and it falls as a stopover. On the 30th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gauri Shankar Temple, contemplate the long history of Krishna Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tripura Sundari Temple, and finally browse the exhibits of Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Naggar route maker website .

Getting from Hanle to Naggar by car takes about 16 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Naggar

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

International Roerich Memorial Trust, Gauri Shankar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Krishna Temple ©
Krishna Temple
International Roerich Memorial Trust ©
Tripura Sundari Temple ©
Tripura Sundari Temple

5
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hidimba Devi Temple and Siyali Mahadev Temple. Visiting Van Vihar National Park and Beas River will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Solang-Nullah, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, and take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini waterfall.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manali holiday app .

You can drive from Naggar to Manali in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pelling.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Van Vihar National Park
Highlights from your plan
Van Vihar National Park ©
Van Vihar National Park
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

1
night
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dubdi Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashiding Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, and finally explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pelling trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manali to Pelling in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yuksom, Pemayangtse Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins
Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Khecheopalri Lake ©
Khecheopalri Lake

4
nights
Gangtok

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MG Marg and Hanuman Tok. Step out of the city life by going to Banjhakri Water Falls and Tsongmo Lake. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ranka Monastery, don't miss a visit to Thakurbari Temple, look for gifts at Golden Tips Tea Shop, and contemplate the long history of Nathula Pass.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gangtok online trip maker .

You can drive from Pelling to Gangtok in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Banjhakri Water Falls ©
Banjhakri Water Falls
Ranka Monastery ©
Ranka Monastery
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Great India Place and Craft House. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hauz Khas Village and Ambience Mall. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chandni Chowk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Lotus Temple, and steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi day trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to New Delhi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in New Delhi are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Ambience Mall, The Great India Place
Highlights from your plan
Akshardham ©
Akshardham
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Hauz Khas Village ©
Hauz Khas Village

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