22 days in India Itinerary

22 days in India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock India travel route planner

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Fly
1
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kullu
— 3 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
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Zana Falls. Visiting Bhrigu Lake and Solang Valley will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas Kund, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rani Nallah, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Keylong.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Manali road trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Manali is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Manali due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kullu.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Kullu

— 3 nights
Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hike along Chandrakhani Pass, trek along Sar Pass Trek, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Spring. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raghunath Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagatipatt Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sharvali Devi Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kullu vacation planning app.

You can drive from Manali to Kullu in 1.5 hours. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Kullu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Dharamsala

— 3 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 8th (Wed), appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery, then deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, and finally make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, then take a memorable drive along Indrahar Pass, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kareri Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kullu to Dharamsala takes 6.5 hours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sangla.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Sangla

— 2 nights
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
On the 11th (Sat), get outside with Rupin Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Baspa River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Dwar Sangla, then take in the awesome beauty at Chitkul, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sangla travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Sangla takes 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lachung.

Things to do in Sangla

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

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 13th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Yumthang Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, then admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhim Nala Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lachung trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Sangla to Lachung by car takes about 44 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

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 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kyichu Ga-Tsal, take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Menmecho Lake, then don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsongmo Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Nanak Lama Chungthang. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Handicraft Emporium, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take a stroll through MG Marg, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangtok trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lachung to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

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 16th (Thu): explore the galleries of Ava Art Gallery, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Observatory Hill.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Darjeeling day trip website.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Darjeeling 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 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Pelling

— 1 night
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Phodong Monastery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, and then take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping.

To plan Pelling vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Darjeeling to Pelling by car takes about 3.5 hours. July in Pelling sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Pelling

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zanskar the Virgin Valley and Photography Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Panamic Hot Sulphur Springs and Moore Plains. The adventure continues: Head underground at Saspol Caves, appreciate the views at Suru Valley, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Donkey Sanctuary.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pelling to Leh takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Leh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

India travel guide

4.6
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.