12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
New Delhi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Amritsar
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
6
Agra
— 1 night
Drive:  33​h
End: Kochi (Cochin)

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 7th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Chowpatty Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, and finally take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Crawford Market, then contemplate the long history of Khotachiwadi, then pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India, and finally take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mumbai trip itinerary app .

Kochi (Cochin) to Mumbai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. September in Mumbai sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
Highlights from your plan
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India

1
night
New Delhi

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Qutub Minar and then contemplate the long history of Humayun's Tomb.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi tour site .

Getting from Mumbai to New Delhi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Mumbai in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in New Delhi, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

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.
On the 10th (Tue), look for gifts at India House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tarn Taran Sahib, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amritsar day trip app .

You can fly from New Delhi to Amritsar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, then admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and finally make a trip to The Mall.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Amritsar to Shimla in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, then explore the activities along Beas River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Manu Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, and then head outdoors with Rohtang Pass.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manali journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Agra.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Vashisht Baths
Vashisht Baths

1
night
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort and then don't miss a visit to Taj Mahal.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Agra trip planning site .

You can drive from Manali to Agra in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Agra sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

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