17 days in India Itinerary

17 days in India Itinerary

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17 days in India Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
New Delhi
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Haridwar
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Varanasi
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Guruvayur
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
8
Goa
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey


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1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the striking features of Rashtrapati Bhavan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, then admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, and finally make a trip to India Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Gandhi Smriti, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akshardham, and then make a trip to Rajpath.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Delhi trip itinerary planning app .

Istanbul, Turkey to New Delhi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to New Delhi. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Istanbul in May, with highs in New Delhi at 47°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Rajpath ©
Rajpath
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

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Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar Haridwar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saptarshi Ashram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Badrinath Ji Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ram Jhula, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pawan Dham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Haridwar driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from New Delhi to Haridwar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Ram Jhula
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Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, then contemplate the long history of Amber Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Jal Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Govind Dev Ji Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramakrishna Mission Jaipur.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jaipur online attractions planner .

You can fly from Haridwar to Jaipur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 48°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Govind Dev Ji Temple ©
Govind Dev Ji Temple

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 12th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Ganges River, then make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, and finally make a trip to Assi Ghat.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Varanasi planner .

Fly from Jaipur to Varanasi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Varanasi are 47°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Varanasi

Nature Parks Spas
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Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness
Dasaswamedh Ghat ©
Dasaswamedh Ghat

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day
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then head off the coast to Poovar Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Varanasi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Varanasi in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple ©
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple

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nights
Kochi (Cochin)

A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then browse the exhibits of Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Shopping Museums
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Spas & Wellness
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

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Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, admire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, admire all the interesting features of Guruvayur Devaswom Institute of Mural Painting, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Narayanamkulangara Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Guruvayur online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Parthasarathy Temple ©
Parthasarathy Temple

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Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mandrem Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Milsim Goa Paintball. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Sheek Emporium, then delve into the distant past at Chapora Fort, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Bom Jesus.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Goa trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Guruvayur to Goa with the Route module. In May in Goa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Mandrem Beach ©
Mandrem Beach
Sheek Emporium ©
Sheek Emporium

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Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum and Mahalakshmi Temple. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India, head outdoors with Marine Drive, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Mary Basilica, and admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mumbai day trip tool .

Getting from Goa to Mumbai by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Mumbai, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Mount Mary Basilica ©
Mount Mary Basilica
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India