16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
1
Chandigarh
— 1 day
bus:  2​h
2
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Kapurthala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Udaipur
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Leh
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
End: Chandigarh

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Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum Maison Jeanneret, contemplate the waterfront views at Sukhna Lake, stroll around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, and finally examine the collection at Government Museum and Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chandigarh online tour planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chandigarh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Shimla.

Things to do in Chandigarh

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The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Government Museum and Art Gallery ©
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake

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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 10th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, make a trip to The Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, and finally have some family-friendly fun at SkyJumper Trampoline Park - Shimla.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Shimla driving holiday website .

Take a bus from Chandigarh to Shimla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kapurthala.

Things to do in Shimla

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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SkyJumper Trampoline Park - Shimla ©
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

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Kapurthala

Kapurthala ©
Kapurthala is a city in Punjab state of India. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Shalimar Gardens, gain insight at Elysee Palace/MGN School, admire the striking features of Jagatjit Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moorish Mosque, and finally admire the striking features of State Gurdwara.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kapurthala trip planner .

Drive from Shimla to Kapurthala in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Kapurthala

Parks Historic Sites
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Moorish Mosque ©
Moorish Mosque
State Gurdwara ©
State Gurdwara
Jagatjit Palace ©
Jagatjit Palace

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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 12th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally stop by India House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amritsar trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kapurthala to Amritsar by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Amritsar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Amritsar

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

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Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Dhobi Ghat, admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then cruise along Marine Drive, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak, and finally snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mumbai online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Mumbai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amritsar in August, expect nights in Mumbai to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
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Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link

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Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekling Ji Temple, then take in the exciting artwork at Gothwal Art, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and finally explore the activities along Lake Pichola.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Udaipur trip maker website .

Getting from Mumbai to Udaipur by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Udaipur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Nature Parks
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple

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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.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the galleries of City Palace of Jaipur, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then browse for treasures at Gems Galaxy, and finally identify plant and animal life at EleSafari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, then step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, then admire the striking features of Amber Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur travel app .

You can fly from Udaipur to Jaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Jaipur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind ©
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind

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Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, steep yourself in history at Taj Mahal, and then make a trip to Jahangir Mahal. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Wildlife SoS Bear Sanctuary, stop by Rajrani Souvenirs, and then admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Agra journey planner.

You can drive from Jaipur to Agra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Agra, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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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 20th (Tue): make a trip to Qutub Minar, admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, and then contemplate the long history of India Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akshardham, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Agra to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in New Delhi are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Alchi Monastary in Alchi, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, and see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Leh tour itinerary maker site .

You can fly from New Delhi to Leh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Alchi Monastary
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

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