12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Vrindavan
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Mathura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Agra
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Varanasi
— 1 night
6
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Ahmedabad
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
9
Haridwar
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Humayun's Tomb, then contemplate the long history of India Gate, then examine the collection at Gandhi Smriti, and finally see the interesting displays at Relics of Buddha at National Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Vrindavan.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate
Gandhi Smriti ©
Gandhi Smriti

1
night
Vrindavan

Vrindavan ©
The holy town of Vrindavan marks the place where the Hindu deity Krishna is said to have spent his childhood.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Vrindavan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Banke Bihari Temple, and finally make a trip to Mata Vaishno Devi Dham.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vrindavan trip planner .

Take a train from New Delhi to Vrindavan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Vrindavan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Mathura.

Things to do in Vrindavan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham
ISKCON Vrindavan ©
ISKCON Vrindavan
Banke Bihari Temple ©
Banke Bihari Temple

1
night
Mathura

Mathura ©
Split by the sacred Yamuna River, Mathura's claim to fame is being the birthplace of Krishna, the widely revered Hindu god.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Garud Govindji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex, and finally make a trip to Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mathura online sightseeing planner .

Mathura is just a stone's throw from Vrindavan. In August, daily temperatures in Mathura can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Mathura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple ©
Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex ©
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex
Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple ©
Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Taj Mahal and New Nice Marble Art & Handicrafts. Museum-lovers will appreciate Spiritual Museum and Taj Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery, explore the galleries of U.P Handicrafts Development Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dayal Bagh.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Agra day trip site .

Getting from Mathura to Agra by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Agra sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park

1
night
Varanasi

Varanasi
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by Bala Ji Handicraft, examine the collection at Bharat Kala Bhavan, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Varanasi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Agra to Varanasi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Varanasi, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Varanasi

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ganges River
Ganges River
Bharat Kala Bhavan ©
Bharat Kala Bhavan
Bala Ji Handicraft ©
Bala Ji Handicraft

2
nights
Varanasi

Varanasi ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then don't miss a visit to Banaras Ghats, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Sarnath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Birthplace of Sant Ravidas Seergovardhan Varanasi, then stop by The Bed Silk & Pashmina, and finally explore the galleries of Ruchika Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Varanasi trip itinerary maker app .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Ahmedabad.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ruchika Art Gallery ©
Ruchika Art Gallery
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats

1
night
Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad ©
The state's commercial, if not political hub, Ahmedabad stands as a sprawling metropolis with some important historical sites.
On the 19th (Mon), examine the collection at Calico Museum of Textiles, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham, then examine the collection at Auto World Vintage Car Museum, and finally make a trip to Camp Hanuman Mandir.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ahmedabad trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Varanasi to Ahmedabad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Ahmedabad

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Akshardham ©
Akshardham
Calico Museum of Textiles ©
Calico Museum of Textiles
Camp Hanuman Mandir ©
Camp Hanuman Mandir

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ahmedabad to Rishikesh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Haridwar.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Triveni Ghat Sri Saneeshwara Navagraha Temple
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Haridwar trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Rishikesh to Haridwar in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

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