12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Dehradun
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Chandigarh
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Dalhousie
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
5
Kalpa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sangla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Dehradun


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1
night
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
On the 14th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Chandigarh Rose Garden and then buy something for everyone on your list at Elante mall. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Government Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Sukhna Lake, then stroll around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Urban Theka.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chandigarh trip itinerary app .

Dehradun to Chandigarh is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Shopping Nature
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The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Elante mall ©
Elante mall

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then admire the landmark architecture of Akal Takht, then stroll through Jallianwala Bagh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amritsar online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Chandigarh to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Amritsar, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Amritsar

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Rock Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, and then identify plant and animal life at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chamera Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Norwood Paramdham, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dalhousie trip website .

Drive from Amritsar to Dalhousie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
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Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake ©
Chamera Lake
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Dharamsala is known for nature, historic sites, spas, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalachakra Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, and admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Dharamsala takes 4 hours. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kalpa.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Bundlamata Temple
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute

2
nights
Kalpa

Kalpa ©
Kalpa is a small town in the Sutlej river valley, above Recong Peo in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, in the Indian Himalaya. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Kinner Kailash, then make a trip to Suicide Point, then admire the striking features of Sapni Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durga Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kalpa online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Dharamsala to Kalpa by car takes about 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Kalpa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rekong Peo
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Kinner Kailash ©
Kinner Kailash
Suicide Point ©
Suicide Point

1
night
Sangla

Sangla ©
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): wander the streets of Rakcham and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chitkul. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Dwar Sangla, then delve into the distant past at Kamru Fort, then explore the activities along Baspa River, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sangla trip planner.

You can drive from Kalpa to Sangla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sangla

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Chitkul ©
Chitkul
Rakcham ©
Rakcham
Kailash Dwar Sangla ©
Kailash Dwar Sangla

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