9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
1
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dalhousie
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chennai

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Shimla online itinerary planner .

Chennai to Shimla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum

1
night
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, then explore the activities along Beas River, then appreciate the views at Solang Valley, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manali trip website .

Getting from Shimla to Manali by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Vashisht Baths
Vashisht Baths

1
night
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
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 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalai Lama Temple Complex, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dharamsala road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manali to Dharamsala takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

3
nights
Dalhousie

Dalhousie ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dainkund Peak and Khajjiar Lake. Explore Dalhousie's surroundings by going to Chamba (Chamera Dam & Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary) and Golden Devi Temple (in Khajjiar). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Chamera Lake, admire the landmark architecture of Rang Mahal, and identify plant and animal life at Panjpulla.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dalhousie online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Dalhousie in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chamba, Golden Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
Chamera Lake ©
Chamera Lake
Khajjiar Lake ©
Khajjiar Lake

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tarn Taran Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durgiana Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Mata Kaulan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Guru Ka Mahal, admire the striking features of Akal Takht, then admire the natural beauty at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Amritsar journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Amritsar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Amritsar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib ©
Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib

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