20 days in India Itinerary

20 days in India Itinerary

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20 days in India Itinerary

Brussels
train + Fly:  12​h 15​min
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Rishikesh
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
Haridwar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Chennai (Madras)
— 1 night
bus:  13​h 15​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
train:  18​h 30​min
Goa
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Brussels

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 1st (Mon): stop by LUV INDIYA CONCEPTS. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Mehrauli Archaeological Park, then see the interesting displays at National Rail Museum, and finally look for gifts at Craft House.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New Delhi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to New Delhi due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in New Delhi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

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Adventure Island
National Rail Museum
National Museum

4
days
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Badrinath Temple and Tapkeshwar Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat and Tibetan Buddhist Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Beatles Ashram, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, Head underground at Vashishta Gufa, and explore and take pictures at Forest Research Institute.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Rishikesh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

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Dehradun District, Badrinath Temple, Lakshman Jhula Suspension Bridge
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Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Badrinath Temple
Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat

2
days
Haridwar

An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
On the 8th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at The Pentagon Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maya Devi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, then make a trip to Sureshwari Devi Mandir, and finally hunt for treasures at Moti Bazaar. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Swami Vivekanand Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaitanya Mutt, explore and take pictures at Gurukul Kangri University, then look for all kinds of wild species at Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, and finally go for a walk through Birla Ghat.

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Haridwar is just a short distance from Rishikesh. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Haridwar

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

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Chaitanya Mutt
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The Pentagon Mall
Maya Devi Temple
Gurukul Kangri University

2
days
Varanasi

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stop by Baba Black Sheep, stop by The Bed Silk & Pashmina, then go for a walk through Reewa Ghat, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tibetan Temple, appreciate the history behind Dhamek Stupa, appreciate the history behind Ashoka Pillar, then explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple).

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Getting from Haridwar to Varanasi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
Dhamek Stupa
The Bed Silk & Pashmina

2
days
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): snap pictures at Second Hooghly Bridge, don't miss a visit to Shaheed Minar, then admire the striking features of St. John's Church, then admire the striking features of Jorasanko Thakur Bari, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple - Kolkata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Sunshine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Kolkata, Sri Sri Radha Govind Temple, then engage your brain at Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Quest Mall.

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Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Second Hooghly Bridge
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St. John's Church
Sunshine
Quest Mall

2
days
Chennai (Madras)

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Church, contemplate the long history of Vivekananda House, then don't miss a visit to Ayappan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gandhi Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, take a stroll through Parry's Corner, contemplate the long history of MGR Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aarupadai Veedu Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai (Madras) travel planner.

You can fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Chennai (Madras) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, expect Chennai (Madras) to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Chennai (Madras)

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Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple
St Mary's Church
MGR Memorial

2
days
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
On the 16th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at Keralashopee, then make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Chennai (Madras) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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Spas & Wellness
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Napier Museum
Vizhinjam Lighthouse

2
days
Goa

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Majorda Beach. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Reis Magos Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantadurga Temple, then take a stroll through Fontainhas, and finally have fun at Milsim Goa.

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Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Goa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in January, you will find days in Goa are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Majorda Beach
Reis Magos Fort
Fontainhas

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