9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Amritsar
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Katra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Dharamsala
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
4
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Shimla
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Chandigarh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Lucknow

1
night
Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
On the 14th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durgiana Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Digamber Jain Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Partition Museum, then stop by India House, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mandir Mata Lal Devi.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amritsar route planner .

Lucknow to Amritsar is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucknow in March, things will get a bit cooler in Amritsar: highs are around 30°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Katra.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
The Partition Museum ©
The Partition Museum
Mandir Mata Lal Devi
Mandir Mata Lal Devi

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.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhairo Baba Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dera Baba Banda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deva Mayi Maa Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Katra trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Amritsar to Katra in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Deva Mayi Maa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Bhairo Baba Temple ©
Bhairo Baba Temple

1
day
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Namgyal Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally stop by Thankas and Gifts.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Katra to Dharamsala takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Museums Spas Shopping
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Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum
Spas & Wellness
Namgyal Monastery ©
Namgyal Monastery

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gayatri Temple, see the interesting displays at International Roerich Memorial Trust, then explore the activities along Beas River, and finally 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 Hidimba Devi Temple, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manali trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Manali in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Tours Nature Parks
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
International Roerich Memorial Trust ©

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tara Devi Temple. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Army Herritage Museum, then see the interesting displays at Prantika, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shimla trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Manali to Shimla by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Shimla

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tara Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum

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night
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum Maison Jeanneret, then wander the streets of Christ The King Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Elante mall, and finally stop by Decathlon Zirakpur.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chandigarh online driving holiday planner .

Take a bus from Shimla to Chandigarh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Decathlon Zirakpur ©
Decathlon Zirakpur
Museum Maison Jeanneret ©
Museum Maison Jeanneret
Elante mall ©
Elante mall

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