11 days in Golden Triangle (India), Kathmandu & Varanasi Itinerary

11 days in Golden Triangle (India), Kathmandu & Varanasi Itinerary

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11 days in Golden Triangle (India), Kathmandu & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h
3
Agra, India
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Varanasi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Jaipur, India

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Moti Dungari Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at EleSafari, and then contemplate the long history of Amber Palace. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then look for all kinds of wild species at Amer Jeep Safari, and then stop by Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaipur itinerary site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Jaipur is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Jaipur hover around 30°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Jaipur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Moti Dungari Temple ©
Moti Dungari Temple
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Amer jeep Safari ©
Amer jeep Safari

3
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Get some historical perspective at Changu Narayan and 55 Window Palace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thrangu Tashi Monastery and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Kathmandu to go to Bhaktapur and see Nyatapola Temple, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kopan Monastery, wander the streets of Thamel, and look for gifts at S.K. Handicrafts Export.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kathmandu route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Kathmandu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. In December, Kathmandu is little chillier than Jaipur - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bhaktapur, Thrangu Tashi Monastery
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Nyatapola Temple ©
Nyatapola Temple
Thrangu Tashi Monastery ©
Thrangu Tashi Monastery
Changu Narayan ©
Changu Narayan

1
night
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the striking features of Agra Fort, look for gifts at Unique Handicrafts, and then contemplate the long history of Taj Mahal.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Agra vacation planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kathmandu to Agra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kathmandu in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Agra: highs are around 27°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Shopping
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Unique Handicrafts ©
Unique Handicrafts

2
nights
Varanasi, India

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.
On the 24th (Tue), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Ashul Sharma, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, then look for gifts at The Bed Silk & Pashmina, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankat Mochan Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Batuk Bhairav Mandir, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple), and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by flight from Agra to Varanasi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Varanasi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Historic Sites Parks
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Spas & Wellness
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple
The Bed Silk & Pashmina ©
The Bed Silk & Pashmina

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