8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4 h
1
New Delhi
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Mussoorie
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Gangotri
— 1 night
Drive:  13 h 15 min
4
Ranikhet
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nainital
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Jim Corbett National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of India Gate and then admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila).

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New Delhi online day trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to New Delhi is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, things will get slightly colder in New Delhi: highs are around 27°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Mussoorie.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Nature & Wildlife Tours
India Gate ©
India Gate

1
night
Mussoorie

Mussoorie ©
The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
On the 20th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve, stop by Hamers, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kempty Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mussoorie visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Mussoorie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gangotri.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kempty Falls ©
Kempty Falls
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve ©
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve

1
night
Gangotri

Gangotri ©
Gangotri is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. On the 21st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Gauri Kund and Surya Kund, then explore the fascinating underground world of Pandav Gufa, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kedar Taal.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gangotri online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mussoorie to Gangotri takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ranikhet.

Things to do in Gangotri

Parks Nature
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Kedar Taal ©
Kedar Taal

1
day
Ranikhet

Ranikhet ©
Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tee off at Golf Ground Ranikhet and then don't miss a visit to Haidakhan Babaji Temple.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ranikhet online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Gangotri to Ranikhet takes 13.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Ranikhet

Outdoors Golf
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Golf Ground Ranikhet ©
Golf Ground Ranikhet
Haidakhan Babaji Temple ©
Haidakhan Babaji Temple

1
night
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Nainital Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jama Masjid Mosque, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Naina Peak.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Nainital trip site .

Traveling by car from Ranikhet to Nainital takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jim Corbett National Park.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Naina Peak ©
Naina Peak

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night
Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park ©
The oldest national park in the country, Jim Corbett National Park brings in thousands of wildlife enthusiasts each year.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Kosi River.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jim Corbett National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nainital to Jim Corbett National Park takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Jim Corbett National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kosi River ©
Kosi River

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh road trip planning website .

Drive from Jim Corbett National Park to Rishikesh in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

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