13 days in India Itinerary

13 days in India Itinerary

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13 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Katra
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Shimla
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Chandigarh
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lucknow
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Goa
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Katra

Katra ©
Located at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra serves as a base for the great pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Katra attractions planner .

New Delhi to Katra is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Udhampur, Baba Dhansar
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Baba Dhansar ©
Baba Dhansar

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tara Devi Temple and Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Annandale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jakhu Temple, and trek along Shimla Heritage Walk.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla visit planner .

Drive from Katra to Shimla in 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Fagu Ski Resort, Tara Devi Temple
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Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple
Shimla Heritage Walk ©
Shimla Heritage Walk

3
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Explore hidden gems such as Pinjore Gardens and Panjab University. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, take in the awesome beauty at Timber Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kansa Devi Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chandigarh Rose Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chandigarh trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Shimla to Chandigarh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lucknow.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Panchkula, Pinjore Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Gurudwara Nada Sahib ©
Gurudwara Nada Sahib
Panjab University ©
Panjab University

2
nights
Lucknow

Lucknow ©
A traditionally cultural city with peculiar architecture and a blend of civilizations, Lucknow offers popular sightseeing of a number of historic monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): view the masterpieces at Hussainabad Picture Gallery, make a trip to Chowk, make a trip to Aminabad, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dr. Ambedkar Park, and finally explore and take pictures at La Martiniere College. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): wander the streets of Hazratganj, admire the striking features of Chhota Imambara, then admire the landmark architecture of Bara Imambara, then steep yourself in history at Rumi Darwaza, and finally examine the collection at The Residency.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lucknow day trip planning website .

You can fly from Chandigarh to Lucknow in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Lucknow can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Lucknow

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hazratganj ©
Hazratganj
Rumi Darwaza ©
Rumi Darwaza
La Martiniere College ©
La Martiniere College

3
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Majorda Beach and Shanta Durga Temple. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palolem Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cansaulim Beach, take a stroll through Fontainhas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alex Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Goa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lucknow to Goa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lucknow in July: highs in Goa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Reis Magos Fort ©
Reis Magos Fort
Shanta Durga Temple ©
Shanta Durga Temple

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