9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Ajmer
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
3
Pushkar
— 1 night
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
4
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Haridwar
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Rishikesh
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
7
Katra
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, contemplate the long history of India Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the New Delhi trip site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to New Delhi. In September, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Ajmer.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

1
night
Ajmer

Ajmer ©
Although usually visited on a day trip from the nearby Pushkar, the lively, often chaotic city of Ajmer has its share of sights.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nareli Jain Temple, explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dargah Shariff, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akbari Masjid.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ajmer vacation planner.

You can drive from New Delhi to Ajmer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Pushkar.

Things to do in Ajmer

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dargah Shariff ©
Dargah Shariff
Nareli Jain Temple ©
Nareli Jain Temple
Akbari Masjid ©
Akbari Masjid

1
night
Pushkar

Pushkar ©
Immerse yourself in Hindu holy sites in one of the oldest cities in India, Pushkar--where even the camels wear jewels.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get your game on at Xcapade Adventures and then stop by Antique Boutique.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pushkar day trip planning tool .

Pushkar is just a short distance from Ajmer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Pushkar

Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Antique Boutique ©
Antique Boutique

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 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Ridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dorje Drak Monastery, then admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and finally don't miss a visit to The Mall.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimla trip planner .

Getting from Pushkar to Shimla by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Haridwar.

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
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Swami Vivekanand Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Haridwar trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Haridwar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

1
night
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 21st (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Haridwar to Rishikesh in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Katra.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

1
night
Katra

Katra ©
Located at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra serves as a base for the great pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Baba Dhansar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple, then contemplate the long history of Bhimgarh Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaishno Devi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhairo Baba Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Katra vacation maker app .

Explore your travel options from Rishikesh to Katra with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bhimgarh Fort, Baba Dhansar
Highlights from your plan
Bhairo Baba Temple ©
Bhairo Baba Temple
Baba Dhansar ©
Baba Dhansar
Vaishno Devi ©
Vaishno Devi

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