15 days in India Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Bagdogra Airport, Drive to Pelling
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Pelling
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Gangtok
— 3 nights
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Manali
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Pelling — 1 night

The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, delve into the distant past at Rabdentse Ruins, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, then explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phodong Monastery.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pelling online tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Pelling is an approximately 35-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Pelling due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Gangtok.
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Gangtok — 3 nights

Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kyongnosla Waterfall. Take a break from the city and head to Tsongmo Lake and Phurchachu Hot Springs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nathula, take in the dramatic scenery at Bakthang Waterfalls, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and make a trip to Kyichu Ga-Tsal.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gangtok vacation planning website.

You can drive from Pelling to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Manali.
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Manali — 3 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Solang Nullah and Beas Kund. Kids will enjoy Jogini Waterfall and Shepherds Trail Gaddi Trek. Take a break from Manali with a short trip to Hampta in Kullu, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Rozy Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Friendship Peak.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Manali travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Gangtok to Manali takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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