21 days in India Itinerary

21 days in India Itinerary

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Fly
1
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kullu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Sangla
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Lachung
— 1 night
Drive
6
Gangtok
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Darjeeling
— 1 night
Drive
8
Pelling
— 1 night
Taxi to Bagdogra, Fly to Leh
9
Leh
— 3 nights
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Manali — 3 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Jogini Waterfall and Beas Kund. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bhrigu Lake and Friendship Peak. There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, hit the slopes at Solang Nullah, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manali Sanctuary.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manali trip builder tool.

Washington DC, USA to Manali is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Kullu.
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Kullu — 2 nights

Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Spring, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chandrakhani Pass, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sharvali Devi Temple. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara Monastery and then appreciate the views at Tirthan Valley.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kullu driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Manali to Kullu in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.
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Dharamsala — 3 nights

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, don't miss a visit to Chamunda Devi Temple, then admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery, deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tushita Meditation Centre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kullu to Dharamsala takes 6.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sangla.
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Sangla — 2 nights

Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Baspa River, then stroll through Rupin Pass, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Dwar Sangla, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chitkul.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sangla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Sangla takes 12.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Lachung.
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Lachung — 1 night

Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
On the 29th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, and finally appreciate the views at Yumthang Valley.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lachung driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sangla to Lachung by car takes about 44 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gangtok.
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Gangtok — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, visit MG Marg, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, then steep yourself in history at Nathula, then grab your bike and head to Tsongmo Lake, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at White Hill.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip planner.

You can drive from Lachung to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.
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Darjeeling — 1 night

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling day trip planning tool.

Getting from Gangtok to Darjeeling by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pelling.
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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 3rd (Fri), take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, then admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, and then explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pelling visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Pelling takes 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Leh.
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Leh — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Zanskar the Virgin Valley and Saspol Caves. Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Panamic Hot Sulphur Springs. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Leh driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pelling to Leh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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India travel guide

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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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