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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Bagdogra Airport, Drive to Pelling
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Pelling
— 1 night
Drive
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Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Fly
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Leh
— 5 nights
Fly
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Gangtok
— 1 night
Drive
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Lachung
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sangla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kullu
— 1 night
Drive
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Manali
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Taxi to Amritsar, Fly to Washington DC

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Phodong Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Rimbi Water Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Khecheopalri Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, and finally take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pelling trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Pelling is an approximately 35-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Pelling. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Darjeeling.
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Darjeeling — 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Himalayan Tibet Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Observatory Hill.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Darjeeling trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pelling to Darjeeling by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Leh.
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Leh — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zanskar the Virgin Valley and Saspol Caves. Visiting Photography Tours and Moore Plains will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Panamic Hot Sulphur Springs, look for gifts at De Pashmina Emporium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leh day trip planning app.

You can fly from Darjeeling to Leh in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Gangtok.
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Gangtok — 1 night

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 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kyichu Ga-Tsal, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take a stroll through MG Marg.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gangtok day trip planner.

Fly from Leh to Gangtok in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Lachung.
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Lachung — 2 nights

Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Yumthang Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Naga Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhim Nala Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lachung travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Lachung takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel 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 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chitkul, then stroll through Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary, then stop by Rakcham, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Baspa River. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Trout Farm, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bering Nag Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailash Dwar Sangla, and finally stroll through Rupin Pass.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sangla trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lachung to Sangla takes 44 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow 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 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Great Himalayan National Park.

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Getting from Sangla to Kullu by car takes about 9 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jogini Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beas Kund and Manali Sanctuary. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Zana Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manali online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kullu to Manali takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Dharamsala.
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Dharamsala — 2 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 20th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, don't miss a visit to Chamunda Devi Temple, then deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, and finally make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill, then take a memorable drive along Indrahar Pass, and then explore the activities along Kareri Lake.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Dharamsala sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Manali to Dharamsala by car takes about 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel 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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