8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
Fly + Drive:  12 h 30 min
1
Joshimath
— 1 day
Drive:  9 h 15 min
2
Manali
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
4
Haridwar
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
5
Dehradun
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Mussoorie
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Varanasi


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1
day
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 17th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Valley of flowers - Hemkunt Sahib.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Joshimath trip itinerary website .

Varanasi to Joshimath is an approximately 24-hour car ride. You can also fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Joshimath

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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day
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Manali day trip planner.

Getting from Joshimath to Manali by car takes about 22 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Beas River ©
Beas River
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 19th (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Sachcha Akhileshwar Mahadev Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunjapuri Devi Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rishikesh trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manali to Rishikesh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Kunjapuri Devi Temple ©
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Swami Vivekanand Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daksheshwar Mahadev.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Haridwar day trip site .

Haridwar is just a stone's throw from Rishikesh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dehradun.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple
Daksheshwar Mahadev ©
Daksheshwar Mahadev

1
night
Dehradun

Dehradun ©
Located in a forested valley, Dehradun stands as a gateway to the hill stations and pilgrimage sites higher up.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Subir Raha Oil Museum, admire all the interesting features of Forest Research Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tapkeshwar Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Buddhist Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dehradun visit planner .

You can drive from Haridwar to Dehradun in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Dehradun

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tapkeshwar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tibetan Buddhist Temple ©
Tibetan Buddhist Temple
Subir Raha Oil Museum ©
Subir Raha Oil Museum
Forest Research Institute ©
Forest Research Institute

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night
Mussoorie

Mussoorie ©
The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the world behind art at SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre, then delve into the lush surroundings at Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mussoorie Christ Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mussoorie road trip website .

You can drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve ©
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve
SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre ©
SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre
Mussoorie Christ Church ©
Mussoorie Christ Church

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