12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Surat
+2
Fly + subway + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Manali
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Surat


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2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Let the collections at Taj Gallery and Agra Art Gallery capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Agra Fort and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Step out of Agra with an excursion to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Taj Mahal, admire the striking features of Jama Masjid (Agra), see the interesting displays at Spiritual Museum, and view the masterpieces at Shahin Arts.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Agra trip itinerary maker app .

Surat to Agra is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. January in Agra sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaipur.

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Keoladeo National Park
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park

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nights
Jaipur

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Albert Hall Museum, then contemplate the long history of Amber Palace, then learn about all things military at Nahargarh Fort, and finally browse the exhibits of Jitesh Arts. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, then look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then steep yourself in history at Jaigarh Fort, and finally stop by Heritage Textiles.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur day trip app .

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Agra in January, expect nights in Jaipur to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

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Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Shimla tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Jaipur to Shimla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manali.

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Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple

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Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the activities along Beas River, then examine the collection at Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Rani Nallah, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Manu Market.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manali route maker site .

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Shopping
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Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Beas River ©
Beas River

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nights
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.
On the 30th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Gandhi Smriti, admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, and then contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi day trip tool .

Getting from Manali to New Delhi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate

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