18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Cape Town
Fly:  18​h
New Delhi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Haridwar
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Rishikesh
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Udaipur
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Mumbai (Bombay)
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Cape Town

2
days
New Delhi

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lodi Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Hauz Khas Village, then browse the different shops at Ambience Mall, and then admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Cape Town, South Africa to New Delhi is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Cape Town to New Delhi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in New Delhi at 26°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amritsar.

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Ambience Mall
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National Museum
Lodi Gardens
Hauz Khas Village

1
day
Amritsar

A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
On the 28th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mandir Mata Lal Devi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durgiana Temple, don't miss a visit to Harmandir Sahib, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tarn Taran Sahib, and finally stop by Raunak Punjabi Jutti.

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You can fly from New Delhi to Amritsar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect Amritsar to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Haridwar.

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Harmandir Sahib
Raunak Punjabi Jutti
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

1
day
Haridwar

An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daksh Mahadev Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mansa Devi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Amritsar to Haridwar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rishikesh.

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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri
Mansa Devi Temple

1
day
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Beatles Ashram, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram Jhula, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.

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Rishikesh is very close to Haridwar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

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River Rafting & Tubing
The Beatles Ashram
Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat

1
day
New Delhi

On the 31st (Sun), stop by Craft House, hunt for treasures at Chandni Chowk, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb.

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Getting from Rishikesh to New Delhi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

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Chandni Chowk
Humayun's Tomb
National Museum

3
days
Udaipur

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Head to Little Armani and Shilpgramfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like City Palace of Udaipur and Jain Temple - Ranakpur. Step out of Udaipur with an excursion to Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Gothwal Art, step into the grandiose world of Monsoon Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, and admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Maidens (Sahelion Ki Bari).

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Fly from New Delhi to Udaipur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

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Jain Temple - Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh Fort
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Kumbhalgarh Fort
City Palace of Udaipur
Jain Temple - Ranakpur

7
days
Mumbai (Bombay)

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Head to Bungalow Eight and Zaveri Bazaarfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Shree Siddhivinayak and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Step out of Mumbai (Bombay) with an excursion to Nagaon Beach in Alibaug--about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Chowpatty Beach, look for gifts at SS Homme, kick back and relax at Juhu Beach, and shop like a local with Colaba Causeway.

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Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Mumbai (Bombay) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

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Nagaon Beach
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Bungalow Eight
Shree Siddhivinayak
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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