9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock India vacation planner

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Aurangabad
— 1 day
Drive
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Ajanta
— 1 night
Fly
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Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dalhousie
— 1 night
Drive
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Manali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shimla
— 2 nights
Fly

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Aurangabad

— 1 day

City of Gates

A place of history, culture, and spiritualism, Aurangabad appeals to a growing number of pilgrims and tourists looking to get more out of their vacation in India.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): expand your understanding of the military at Daulatabad Fort, then stroll through Ellora Caves, and then admire the striking features of Bibi Ka Maqbara.

Make your Aurangabad itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Aurangabad. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ajanta.

Things to do in Aurangabad

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Ajanta

— 1 night
World-famous for its spellbinding prayer halls and cave temples carved into a horseshoe-shaped rock face, Ajanta lies in a mountainous region of a remote river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Ajanta Caves.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ajanta trip planning app.

You can drive from Aurangabad to Ajanta in 3 hours. In April in Ajanta, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Ajanta

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Dharamsala

— 2 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Kushi Boutique, then admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyuto Monastery, deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, then make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ajanta to Dharamsala takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Dalhousie

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll around Beeji's Park, take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, and then get great views at Upper Bakrota.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dalhousie trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Dharamsala to Dalhousie in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Manali

— 2 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 15th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Beas River. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah, then appreciate the views at Solang Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anjani Mahadev.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali driving holiday app.

You can drive from Dalhousie to Manali in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Shimla

— 2 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Monument Rani Jhansi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and finally deepen your understanding at Indian Institute of Advanced Study. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Ridge, stroll around Daulat Singh Park, and then don't miss a visit to The Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Shimla road trip tool.

Drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites · Parks

India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.