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 make a trip to Jallianwala Bagh.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amritsar trip planner.

Chandigarh to Amritsar is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. November in Amritsar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stop by Moddy's Chocolates, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then admire the verdant scenery at Mukurthi Dam, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Thread Garden, and then explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planning 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. While traveling from Amritsar, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Thread Garden, Government Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Government Botanical Garden ©
Government Botanical Garden
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). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, stop by Pure Pearls, and admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram
Highlights from your plan
Shore Temple ©
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): visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kokilambika-Sri Kameeswarar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Pichavaram, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally don't miss a visit to Matrimandir.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip planner .

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Matrimandir, Pichavaram
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, shop like a local with UB City, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally stroll around Cubbon Park. On your second day here, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, engage your brain at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, and then admire the striking features of Bangalore Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bengaluru trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Pondicherry to Bengaluru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Bengaluru sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Tours Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Cubbon Park ©
Cubbon Park

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