30 days in India Itinerary

30 days in India Itinerary

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30 days in India Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
Havelock Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Port Blair
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
Gangtok
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Leh
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Nubra Valley
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
Goa
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Havelock Island

Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kaala Pathar Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Havelock Island holiday maker tool .

New York City, USA to Havelock Island is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Blair.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach

3
nights
Port Blair

Port Blair ©
The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jolly Buoy Island and Wandoor Beach. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Chidiya Tapu, kick back and relax at Corbyn's Cove, contemplate the long history of Chatham Saw Mill, and examine the collection at Samudrika Marine Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Blair route website .

You can drive from Havelock Island to Port Blair in 3.5 hours. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gangtok.

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Jolly Buoy Island ©
Jolly Buoy Island
Chidiya Tapu ©
Chidiya Tapu
Samudrika Marine Museum ©
Samudrika Marine Museum

3
nights
Gangtok

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Flower Exhibition Centre, then get great views at Ganesh Tok View Point, then make a trip to Hanuman Tok, and finally don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Tashi View Point, then meet the residents at Himalayan Zoological Park, then wander the streets of MG Marg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ranka Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gangtok holiday planning app .

Getting from Port Blair to Gangtok by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Gangtok can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manali.

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Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Himalayan Zoological Park
Ranka Monastery ©
Ranka Monastery
Tashi View Point ©
Tashi View Point

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spiti Valley and Solang-Nullah. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Chandra Taal, get great views at Gulaba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siyali Mahadev Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manali travel planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to Manali in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Himachal Pradesh
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Spiti Valley ©
Spiti Valley
Solang-Nullah ©
Solang-Nullah
Gulaba ©
Gulaba

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John in the Wilderness Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalai Lama Temple Complex, then admire all the interesting features of HPCA Stadium, and finally explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dharamsala trip planning app .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 5 hours. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Dharamsala

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kangra Fort
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Spas & Wellness
HPCA Stadium ©
HPCA Stadium

5
nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shanti Stupa and Khardung La. Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Hemis Monastery in Hemis, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Choskor Monastery, see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum, make a trip to Temple at Sumda Chun, and cruise along Changla Pass.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Leh trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dharamsala to Leh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Leh

#Historic Sites, #Scenic Drive, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ladakh, Hemis Monastery
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Khardung La ©
Khardung La
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery

1
night
Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley ©
A trip to Nubra Valley must be planned in advance due to the area's weather extremes, which include freezing winters.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): head outdoors with Hunder Sand Dunes and then admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Nubra Valley trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Leh to Nubra Valley in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Nubra Valley, Hunder Sand Dunes
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Nubra Valley ©
Nubra Valley
Hunder Sand Dunes ©
Hunder Sand Dunes

3
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Explore hidden gems such as Jaisalmer War Museum and Bellissima. Take a break from Jaisalmer with a short trip to Sam Sand Dunes in Kanoi, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Hari Om Jewellers, view the masterpieces at Sonee Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, and don't miss a visit to Bada Bagh.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jaisalmer trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Nubra Valley to Jaisalmer takes 39 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

#Shopping, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Sam Sand Dunes
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Shayama Cashmere Store ©
Shayama Cashmere Store
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Bellissima ©
Bellissima

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Utorda Beach and Zuari River. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, admire the engineering at Salaulim Dam, stroll through Varca Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Vagator Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Goa driving holiday planner .

Getting from Jaisalmer to Goa by combination of taxi, train, and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daily temperatures in Goa can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Varca Beach ©
Varca Beach
Utorda Beach ©
Utorda Beach

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