9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Surat
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
2
Dalhousie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Bir
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Surat

Surat ©
Off the map for most international tourists heading to India, the major industrial city of Surat has a long heritage in diamond-cutting and textile manufacturing.
Head to VR Surat and J J Art galleryfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Dumas Beach and Dandi Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Suvali Beach in Hazira (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stop by DesiButik and browse the different shops at Rajhans Ornate High Street Retail Hub.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Surat trip itinerary planning tool .

Mumbai to Surat is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. While traveling from Mumbai, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Surat, ranging from highs of 44°C to lows of 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Surat

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dandi Beach, Suvali Beach
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Rajhans Ornate High Street Retail Hub ©
Dumas Beach ©
Dumas Beach
Dandi Beach ©
Dandi Beach

1
night
Dalhousie

Dalhousie ©
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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at Rock Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, then browse the different shops at Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza, and finally identify plant and animal life at Panjpulla.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dalhousie trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Surat to Dalhousie takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

3
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Visit Dalai Lama Temple Complex and Bhagsunath Temple for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Thankas and Gifts and Maximus Mall. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, explore the activities along Dal Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple.

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Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Dharamsala takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Bir.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
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Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

1
night
Bir

Bir ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Deer Park Institute and then admire the striking features of Palpung Sherabling Monastery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bir attractions planning app .

Getting from Dharamsala to Bir by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bir

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palpung Sherabling Monastery
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Palpung Sherabling Monastery ©
Palpung Sherabling Monastery
Deer Park Institute ©
Deer Park Institute

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