16 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

16 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

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16 days in Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Manikaran
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Sangla
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Mussoorie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Nainital
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Bhubaneswar

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Visiting Solang Valley and Beas River will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hidimba Devi Temple and Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of International Roerich Memorial Trust, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rani Nallah.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Manali trip itinerary builder site .

Bhubaneswar to Manali is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River

1
night
Manikaran

Manikaran ©
Parvati Valley has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Parvati Valley, take in the natural beauty of Kheer Ganga, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manikaran tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Manali to Manikaran takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sangla.

Things to do in Manikaran

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parvati Valley
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Kheer Ganga ©
Kheer Ganga
Parvati Valley ©
Parvati Valley

3
nights
Sangla

Sangla ©
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Get some cultural insight at Rakcham and Kailash Dwar Sangla. Visiting Chitkul and Kinner Kailash will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sangla: Durga Temple (in Rekong Peo) and Kalpa (Narayan-Nagini Temple & Suicide Point). There's much more to do: get outside with Rupin Pass, explore the ancient world of Kamru Fort, and explore the activities along Baspa River.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sangla trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Manikaran to Sangla takes 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Sangla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rekong Peo, Kalpa
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Chitkul ©
Chitkul
Rakcham ©
Rakcham
Rupin Pass ©
Rupin Pass

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Kufri Fun World, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankat Mochan Temple, examine the collection at Prantika, then appreciate the history behind Monument Rani Jhansi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shimla trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Sangla to Shimla in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Mussoorie.

Things to do in Shimla

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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum

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nights
Mussoorie

Mussoorie ©
The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
On the 24th (Tue), walk around Company Garden, then admire the sheer force of Kempty Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Lal Tibba. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gun Hill, explore the striking landscape at The Camel Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve, then stop by Himalayan Weavers, and finally get some fabulous bargains at A Prakash and Co.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mussoorie trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Shimla to Mussoorie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kempty Falls ©
Kempty Falls
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve ©
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve
Company Garden ©
Company Garden

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh trip tool .

Getting from Mussoorie to Rishikesh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Haridwar
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Spas
River Rafting & Tubing
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar

1
night
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Naina Devi, then stop by The Pahari Store, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nainital Lake.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nainital sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Rishikesh to Nainital takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nainital

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
The Pahari Store ©
The Pahari Store

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