18 days in India, Shanghai & Beijing Itinerary

18 days in India, Shanghai & Beijing Itinerary

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18 days in India, Shanghai & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Shanghai, China
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Mumbai, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Udaipur, India
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Jaipur, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Agra, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
New Delhi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Shanghai, China

2
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building, hunt for treasures at Crawford Market, then stop by Kulture Shop, then pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India, and finally see the interesting displays at Monetary Museum. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link, don't miss a visit to Dhobi Ghat, admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, and finally take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mumbai day trip site .

Shanghai, China to Mumbai is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Mumbai is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in October: high temperatures in Mumbai hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

1
night
Udaipur, India

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 (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of City Palace of Udaipur, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Udaipur trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mumbai to Udaipur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Udaipur, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Jagdish Temple ©
Jagdish Temple

2
nights
Jaipur, India

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 (Wed), look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, and finally look for gifts at Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, explore the historical opulence of Jal Mahal, admire the striking features of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), then steep yourself in history at Jaigarh Fort, and finally learn about all things military at Nahargarh Fort.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Jaipur tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Jaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

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Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then stroll around Mehtab Bagh. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple, take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and then take a memorable excursion with Day Trips.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Agra itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Jaipur to Agra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Rail Tours

2
nights
New Delhi, India

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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham, and don't miss a visit to Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, use the New Delhi day trip planning website .

Getting from Agra to New Delhi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Food Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar

3
nights
Shanghai, China

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip maker site .

You can fly from New Delhi to Shanghai in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from New Delhi to Shanghai. Traveling from New Delhi in October, expect Shanghai to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and then see Mutianyu Great Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, Beijing is little chillier than Shanghai - with highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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