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
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Manali
— 6 nights
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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 2nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ganji Pahari, then walk around Beeji's Park, and finally stroll through Panjpulla.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Dalhousie trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Dalhousie is an approximately 29-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Dalhousie, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Leh.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zanskar the Virgin Valley and Nubra Valley. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Photography Tours and Magnetic Hill. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Panamic Hot Sulphur Springs, stroll through Donkey Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Leh trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dalhousie to Leh in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nainital.
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Nainital — 3 nights

The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Garhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Singh Sabha, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Naina Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, contemplate the waterfront views at Bhimtal Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Naukuchiatal Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Naukuchia Taal.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nainital route planning tool.

You can fly from Leh to Nainital in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Tinchuley Village, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lamahatta. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Ava Art Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Observatory Hill.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Nainital to Darjeeling in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pelling.
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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 12th (Sun): 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 snap pictures at Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sky Walk Pelling Sikkim. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Sangacholing Monastery, admire the sheer force of Sangay Falls, then admire the sheer force of Rimbi Water Falls, then explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phodong Monastery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pelling trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 3.5 hours. In July in Pelling, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
On the 14th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Kyichu Ga-Tsal, admire the sheer force of Kyongnosla Waterfall, explore the activities along Menmecho Lake, don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Tsongmo Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Nanak Lama Chungthang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at Handicraft Emporium, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take a stroll through MG Marg, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Pelling to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lachung.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

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 16th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Yumthang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, then admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lachung trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Gangtok to Lachung in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time 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.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Chitkul, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary, then take a stroll through Rakcham, and finally explore the activities along Baspa River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Trout Farm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bering Nag Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Dwar Sangla, and finally stroll through Rupin Pass.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sangla trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Lachung to Sangla in 44 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raghunath Temple, then make a trip to Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lord Ramchandra Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kulant Pith. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): 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.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kullu online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Sangla to Kullu in 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Manali.
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Manali — 6 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spiti Valley and Bhrigu Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Beas Kund and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore Manali's surroundings by going to The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm (in Haripur) and Tripura Sundari Temple (in Naggar). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, take an in-depth tour of International Roerich Memorial Trust, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Keylong, and take a memorable drive along Rohtang Pass.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manali online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kullu to Manali takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 27:

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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