11 days in North India & Leh Itinerary

11 days in North India & Leh Itinerary

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New Delhi
— 1 night
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Kullu
— 1 night
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Manali
— 2 nights
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Rishikesh
— 1 night
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Leh
— 2 nights
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Amritsar
— 1 night
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New Delhi — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at India Gate, then admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lodhi Garden, and finally explore the historical opulence of Red Fort.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read New Delhi trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to New Delhi is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in New Delhi are much hotter (104°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (78°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kullu.
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Kullu — 1 night

Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Himalayan National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kullu trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from New Delhi to Kullu takes 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Manali.
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Manali — 2 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, admire the sheer force of Rahala Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siyali Mahadev Temple, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, then fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Arjun Gufa.

To find out how to plan a trip to Manali, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kullu to Manali in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rishikesh.
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Rishikesh — 1 night

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 25th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally snap pictures at Ram Jhula.

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You can fly from Manali to Rishikesh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Leh.
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Leh — 2 nights

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): Head underground at Saspol Caves, take in the spiritual surroundings of Manjushri Lha-Khang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, then appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, then examine the collection at Hall of Fame, and finally don't miss a visit to Central Asian Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Leh trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rishikesh to Leh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Amritsar.
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Amritsar — 1 night

Golden City

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 28th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib, stroll through Jallianwala Bagh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durgiana Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amritsar trip planner.

You can fly from Leh to Amritsar in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Amritsar sees daily highs of 103°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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