17 days in India Itinerary

17 days in India Itinerary

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17 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Mussoorie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dehradun
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Haridwar
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Agra
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Alwar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Ahmedabad
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ayyappa Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then steep yourself in history at Jahanara Begum's Tomb, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Humayun's Tomb. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), steep yourself in history at India Gate, then steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi holiday website .

Chicago, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to New Delhi is 11 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in New Delhi at 74°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mussoorie.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate

1
night
Mussoorie

Mussoorie ©
The self-styled "Queen of Hill Stations," Mussoorie features scenery that can be spoken of in regal terms.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Gun Hill and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kempty Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mussoorie online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Mussoorie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dehradun.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kempty Falls ©
Kempty Falls

1
day
Dehradun

Dehradun
Located in a forested valley, Dehradun stands as a gateway to the hill stations and pilgrimage sites higher up.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Parkasheshwar Mahadev Mandir and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tapkeshwar Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dehradun day trip tool .

You can drive from Mussoorie to Dehradun in 1.5 hours. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Dehradun

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tapkeshwar Temple

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram Jhula. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy Temple, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rishikesh online holiday maker .

You can drive from Dehradun to Rishikesh in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will leave for Haridwar on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Rishikesh

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daksheshwar Mahadev and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Haridwar road trip tool .

Getting from Rishikesh to Haridwar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Daksheshwar Mahadev ©
Daksheshwar Mahadev
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple

few
hours
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, and then admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Agra trip planner .

You can drive from Haridwar to Agra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Alwar.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

3
nights
Alwar

Alwar ©
Tourism in Alwar, nestled in the Arawali Hills, flourishes due to its proximity to the Sariska National Park, a famous tiger reserve.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tijara Jain Temple and Bala Quila. Step out of the city life by going to Siliserh Lake and Sariska Tiger Reserve. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Krishna Temples.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Alwar trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Agra to Alwar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Jaipur.

Things to do in Alwar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tijara Jain Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sariska Tiger Reserve ©
Sariska Tiger Reserve
Tijara Jain Temple ©
Tijara Jain Temple
Siliserh Lake ©
Siliserh Lake

2
nights
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 1st (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Grass Farm Nursery, explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and then stop by Jeypore Souvenirs. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jaipur road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Alwar to Jaipur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Jaipur are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ahmedabad.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

3
nights
Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad ©
The state's commercial, if not political hub, Ahmedabad stands as a sprawling metropolis with some important historical sites.
Escape the urban bustle at Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club and Kankaria Lake. Get some cultural insight at Sabarmati Ashram / Mahatma Gandhi's Home and Lukshmi Vilas Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Ahmedabad side-trips: Alkapuri Haveli (in Vadodara) and Aalloa Hills Resort (in Gandhinagar). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akshardham, admire the landmark architecture of Sidi Saeed Mosque, and browse the different shops at Ratios.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ahmedabad trip planning tool .

You can fly from Jaipur to Ahmedabad in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jaipur in January, expect Ahmedabad to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ahmedabad

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Vadodara, Aalloa Hills Resort
Highlights from your plan
Aalloa Hills Resort ©
Aalloa Hills Resort
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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