29 days in India Itinerary

29 days in India Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Drive to Dalhousie
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Dalhousie
— 1 night
Taxi to Jammu, Fly to Leh
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Leh
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nainital
— 3 nights
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Taxi to Dhangarhi, Fly to Bhadrapur, Drive to Darjeeling
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Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangtok
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lachung
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sangla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kullu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manali
— 6 nights
Fly

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Dalhousie

— 1 night
Set over a number of hills, the quiet town of Dalhousie was established by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, hike along Ganji Pahari, then walk around Beeji's Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Panjpulla.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Dalhousie itinerary planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Dalhousie is an approximately 29-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Dalhousie is 10.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:

Leh

— 4 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 Donkey Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Nubra Valley. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Panamic Hot Sulphur Springs, take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill, Head underground at Saspol Caves, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Leh day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dalhousie to Leh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Nainital.

Things to do in Leh

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

Nainital

— 3 nights
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Garhi, admire the landmark architecture of Governor's House Raj Bhawan, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Guano Hills, then identify plant and animal life at Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Naina Peak. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Naukuchia Taal, then explore the activities along Naukuchiatal Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bhimtal Lake, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Hidimba Parvat.

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Getting from Leh to Nainital by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Ava Art Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, take a spin around town with Bike Tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Observatory Hill.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Darjeeling trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Nainital to Darjeeling takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Pelling

— 2 nights
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pemayangtse Monastery, delve into the distant past at Rabdentse Ruins, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, then take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sky Walk Pelling Sikkim. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Sangay Falls, then admire the sheer force of Rimbi Water Falls, then explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Phodong Monastery.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pelling journey app.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Pelling can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

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.
On the 13th (Mon), make a trip 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 explore the landscape on two wheels at Tsongmo Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Nanak Lama Chungthang. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Handicraft Emporium, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then wander the streets of MG Marg, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Getting from Pelling to Gangtok by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lachung.

Things to do in Gangtok

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

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.
On the 15th (Wed), 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 admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lachung online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Lachung takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Sangla

— 2 nights
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Chitkul, identify plant and animal life at Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary, then wander the streets of Rakcham, and finally explore the activities along Baspa River. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Trout Farm, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bering Nag Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Dwar Sangla, and finally head outdoors with Rupin Pass.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sangla trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Lachung to Sangla takes 44 hours. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kullu.

Things to do in Sangla

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Kullu

— 2 nights
Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raghunath Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lord Ramchandra Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kulant Pith. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gauri Shankar Temple, then take a memorable drive along Hampta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahadevi Tirth, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagatipatt Temple.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kullu online trip planner.

You can drive from Sangla to Kullu in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Kullu

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Manali

— 6 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Jogini Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Bhrigu Lake and Beas River. Change things up with a short trip to The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm in Haripur (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Beas Kund, admire the sheer force of Zana Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Solang Nullah, and cruise along Rohtang Pass.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manali day trip planner.

You can drive from Kullu to Manali in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 26:

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.