44 days in India Itinerary

44 days in India Itinerary

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44 days in India Itinerary

Start: Gulmarg
1
Gulmarg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Pahalgam
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
3
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Narkanda
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Dhanaulti
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Joshimath
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Munsiyari
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
9
Nainital
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Almora
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
11
Lachung
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
12
Tawang
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
13
Khajjiar
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
14
Kasol
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
15
Almora
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
16
Gangtok
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
End: Gulmarg

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gulmarg Backcountry and Ferozepur Nallah. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Ningle Nallah, look for all kinds of wild species at Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Khilanmarg, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gulmarg trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Gulmarg. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pahalgam.

Things to do in Gulmarg

Parks Nature Outdoors

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Khilanmarg
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Ningle Nallah ©
Ningle Nallah
Alpather Lake ©
Alpather Lake
Khilanmarg ©
Khilanmarg

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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.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the activities along Tulian Lake and then explore the activities along Sheshnag Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Kashmir Valley and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Martand Sun Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pahalgam trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gulmarg to Pahalgam by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Pahalgam can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Pahalgam

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Martand Sun Temple
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Sheshnag Lake ©
Sheshnag Lake
Chandanwari ©
Chandanwari
Kashmir Valley ©
Kashmir Valley

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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 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, admire the natural beauty at Rock Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Norwood Paramdham, and finally contemplate the long history of Subhash Baoli. Keep things going the next day: hike along Garam Sadak.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Dalhousie online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Pahalgam to Dalhousie in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Subhash Baoli ©
Subhash Baoli
St. Patrick's Church ©
St. Patrick's Church
St. Francis Church ©
St. Francis Church

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Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bhrigu Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gayatri Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Siyali Mahadev Temple. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Friendship Peak and then explore the activities along Beas Kund.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manali online travel planner .

You can drive from Dalhousie to Manali in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Narkanda.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Spas
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Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake
Spas
Beas Kund ©
Beas Kund

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Narkanda

Narkanda ©
Narkanda is a town and a nagar panchayat in Shimla district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Step off the beaten path and head to Hatu Peak and Tanni Jubbar Lake. Take a break from Narkanda with a short trip to St Mary's Church in Kotgarh, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tattapani, experience rural life at Stokes Farm, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hatu Mata Temple.

Plan a Narkanda trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manali to Narkanda takes 7 hours. In December in Narkanda, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Dhanaulti.

Things to do in Narkanda

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Mary's Church, Tattapani
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Tattapani ©
Tattapani
Hatu Peak ©
Hatu Peak
Hatu Mata Temple ©
Hatu Mata Temple

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Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti ©
The hill station of Dhanaulti offers innumerable breathtaking lookout points within eyeshot of the Himalayas, which makes it a great spot to admire the famous mountain range from a comfortable distance.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Sahastradhara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Surkhanda Devi Temple and then walk around Eco Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dhanaulti travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Narkanda to Dhanaulti takes 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Joshimath.

Things to do in Dhanaulti

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sahastradhara
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Sahastradhara ©
Sahastradhara
Surkhanda Devi Temple ©
Surkhanda Devi Temple
Eco Park ©
Eco Park

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Joshimath

Joshimath ©
Jyotirmath, also known as Joshimath is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. On the 7th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vridh Badri Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joshimath, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chenab Lake, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Joshimath driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Dhanaulti to Joshimath in 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munsiyari.

Things to do in Joshimath

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Auli, Joshimath
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Vridh Badri Temple ©
Vridh Badri Temple
Joshimath ©
Joshimath

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Munsiyari

Munsiyari ©
Munsiari, a conglomeration of revenue villages and it also refers to the entire region as Munsiari Tehsil. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanda Devi Temple and Thamri Kund. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalamuni Temple, get engrossed in the history at Tribal Museum, take some stellar pictures from Khaliya Top, and look for all kinds of wild species at Madkot Hot Water Springs.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munsiyari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Joshimath to Munsiyari takes 11.5 hours. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Munsiyari

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Thamri Kund ©
Thamri Kund
Nanda Devi Temple ©
Nanda Devi Temple
Khaliya Top ©
Khaliya Top

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Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Explore hidden gems such as Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary and Hanuman Garhi Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Bhowali (Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple & Kainchi Ashram) and Naukuchia Taal (in Ranikhet). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Garhi, admire the striking features of Governor's House Raj Bhawan, don't miss a visit to Naina Devi Temple, and contemplate the long history of Jama Masjid Mosque.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nainital tour builder .

Getting from Munsiyari to Nainital by car takes about 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Almora.

Things to do in Nainital

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bhowali, Naina Devi Temple, Hanuman Garhi, Naukuchia Taal
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Governor's House Raj Bhawan ©
Governor's House Raj Bhawan
Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary ©
Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Hanuman Garhi ©
Hanuman Garhi

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Almora

Almora ©
Almora is a municipal board and a cantonment town in the Almora district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeb Karori Baba Ashram, Kakrighat, contemplate the long history of Tarikhet, and then make a trip to Patal Devi Mandir. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Nanda Devi Temple and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Jageshwar.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Almora vacation planner.

Getting from Nainital to Almora by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lachung.

Things to do in Almora

Historic Sites Museums
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Tarikhet ©
Tarikhet
Archaeological Museum Jageshwar ©
Archaeological Museum Jageshwar
Patal Devi Mandir ©
Patal Devi Mandir

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Lachung

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yumthang Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary and Bhim Nala Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Mt. Katao in Gangtok (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lachung online attractions planner .

Drive from Almora to Lachung in 33 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tawang.

Things to do in Lachung

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gangtok, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Mt. Katao ©
Mt. Katao
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

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Tawang

Tawang ©
A strong sense of Buddhist spirituality and dramatic mountain scenery combine to create a memorable atmosphere in Tawang, a Himalayan town best known as the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tawang War Memorial and Banga Jang Lake. Step out of Tawang with an excursion to Thupsung Dhargye Ling in Dirang--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Gorichen Peak, admire the sheer force of Bap Teng Kang Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Urguelling Monastery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nagula Lake.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tawang trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Lachung to Tawang in 27.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Khajjiar.

Things to do in Tawang

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thupsung Dhargye Ling
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Gorichen Peak ©
Gorichen Peak
Tawang War Memorial ©
Tawang War Memorial
Gyangong Ani Gompa ©
Gyangong Ani Gompa

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Khajjiar

Khajjiar ©
On the 24th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Scotland. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hari Rai Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bansi Gopal Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chattradi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sui Mata Temple.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Khajjiar online attractions planner .

You can drive from Tawang to Khajjiar in 56 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kasol.

Things to do in Khajjiar

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chamba
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Sui Mata Temple ©
Sui Mata Temple
Church of Scotland ©
Church of Scotland
Hari Rai Temple ©
Hari Rai Temple

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Kasol

Kasol ©
Kasol is an emerging party destination for young backpackers, trekkers, and nature lovers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sar Pass Trek. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Naina Bhagwati Mandir, then trek along Sar Pass Trek, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Chandrakhani Pass.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kasol trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Khajjiar to Kasol in 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Almora.

Things to do in Kasol

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Manikaran, Chandrakhani Pass
Highlights from your plan
Sar Pass Trek ©
Sar Pass Trek
Chandrakhani Pass ©
Chandrakhani Pass
Naina Bhagwati Mandir ©
Naina Bhagwati Mandir

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Almora

Almora ©
Explore hidden gems such as Gananath Mandir and Brahmeswara Temple. When in Almora, make a side trip to see Chocohouse Chocolatiers in Mukteshwar, approximately 1h 50 min away. Enjoy Almora some more: take in the spiritual surroundings of Maa Dunagiri Mandir and contemplate the long history of Dwarahat Village.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Almora day trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kasol to Almora. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Almora

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Mukteshwar
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Maa Dunagiri Mandir ©
Maa Dunagiri Mandir
Gananath Mandir ©
Gananath Mandir
Dwarahat Village ©
Dwarahat Village

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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.
You've now added Tsongmo Lake to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Gonjang Monastery. There's much more to do: take a stroll through MG Marg, look for gifts at Handicraft Emporium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiv Mandir, and hunt for treasures at Lal Bazar.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip planner .

Traveling by car from Almora to Gangtok takes 30.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Deorali Butterfly Bridge, Teesta River
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Teesta River ©
Teesta River
MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Gonjang Monastery ©
Gonjang Monastery

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