8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Bir
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Shimla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Leh
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Srinagar
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Nainital
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Bir

On the 25th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Baijnath Temple, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then browse the exhibits of Sobha Singh Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashi Jong Buddhist Monastery and then make a trip to Deer Park Institute.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bir sightseeing site .

New Delhi to Bir is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Bir

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Palampur, Baijnath Temple
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Baijnath Temple ©
Baijnath Temple
Deer Park Institute ©
Deer Park Institute

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monument Rani Jhansi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and finally make a trip to The Mall.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimla travel route builder site .

Drive from Bir to Shimla in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Mall ©
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Leh journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shimla to Leh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ghanta Ghar, explore the activities along Dal Lake, and then make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Srinagar journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Leh to Srinagar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Nainital.

Things to do in Srinagar

Nature Parks
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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill

1
night
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Eco Cave Gardens, stop by The Pahari Store, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nainital Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nainital trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Srinagar to Nainital takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Eco Cave Gardens ©
Eco Cave Gardens

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh route planning site .

Drive from Nainital to Rishikesh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Swami Vivekanand Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

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