12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  7​h
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Chennai
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chandigarh

1
night
Amritsar

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jallianwala Bagh.

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Chandigarh to Amritsar is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Amritsar

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

2
nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 3rd (Sun), look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then explore the activities along Mukurthi Dam, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Thread Garden, and then explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip builder app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Amritsar to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Amritsar in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): temperatures range from 36°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Thread Garden
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

4
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mahabalipuram (Mahishasuramardini Cave, Sea Shore Temple, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Marina Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and admire the striking features of San Thome Church.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Chennai, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Kriti Eco Boutique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Pondicherry Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Pichavaram, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, then make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally don't miss a visit to Matrimandir.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip planner .

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Pichavaram, Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, then get a taste of the local shopping with UB City, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally stroll around Cubbon Park. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, engage your brain at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Bangalore Palace.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bengaluru road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Pondicherry to Bengaluru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Tours Parks Museums
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
UB City ©
UB City

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