8 days in Nainital, Rishikesh & Mussoorie Itinerary

8 days in Nainital, Rishikesh & Mussoorie Itinerary

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8 days in Nainital, Rishikesh & Mussoorie Itinerary

Start: Nainital
1
Nainital
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mussoorie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Dehradun

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nights
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Family-friendly places like Nainital Lake and Bhimtal Lake will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Goddess Naina Devi and Naina Devi Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Nainital: Naukuchiatal Lake (in Naukuchiatal) and Bhimtal Island Aquarium (in Bhimtal). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mukteshwar MahadevTemple, take in nature's colorful creations at Eco Cave Gardens, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at High Altitude Zoo.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nainital road trip site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Nainital. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bhimtal, Naina Devi Temple, Naukuchiatal Lake
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Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Bhimtal Lake ©
Bhimtal Lake

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ram Jhula, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rishikesh trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Nainital to Rishikesh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Haridwar
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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
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 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Lal Tibba. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Gun Hill, stroll around Company Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kempty Falls, and finally stop by Hamers.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mussoorie visit planner .

Drive from Rishikesh to Mussoorie in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks Nature Trails
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Kempty Falls ©
Kempty Falls
Camel's Back Road ©
Camel's Back Road
Company Garden ©
Company Garden

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