20 days in India Itinerary

20 days in India Itinerary

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20 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Agra
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
4
Leh
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Manali
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Mumbai
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Chennai
— 3 nights
End: Chennai

2
nights
Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Step out of Udaipur to go to Nathdwara and see Shree Kharch Bhandar, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple, explore the historical opulence of Monsoon Palace, and admire the natural beauty at Sahelion Ki Bari.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Udaipur trip itinerary planning app .

Chennai to Udaipur is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Chennai in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Udaipur: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shree Kharch Bhandar
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the striking features of Diwan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience, see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and finally admire the striking features of Birla Mandir Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, admire the landmark architecture of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), then steep yourself in history at Jaigarh Fort, and finally stop by The Gem Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jaipur trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Udaipur to Jaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

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

1
night
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Jahangir Mahal, then contemplate the long history of Taj Mahal, and finally don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Agra route website .

Traveling by car from Jaipur to Agra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Agra sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): look for gifts at De Pashmina Emporium, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, then take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill, then don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanti Stupa and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Likir Gompa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

1
night
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gayatri Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manikaran Gurudwara.

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Traveling by car from Leh to Manali takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Manali

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Smriti, then take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), then take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, then don't miss a visit to India Gate, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip planner .

Fly from Manali to New Delhi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in New Delhi are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Jodhpur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

1
night
Jodhpur

Jodhpur ©
The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the masterpieces at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, then browse for treasures at Ganesh Handicrafts, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jodhpur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Jodhpur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Zipline

1
night
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link, make a trip to Dhobi Ghat, take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, then stop by Bungalow Eight, and finally take a memorable drive along Marine Drive.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mumbai trip planner.

Fly from Jodhpur to Mumbai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jodhpur in August: highs in Mumbai hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link

1
night
Kochi (Cochin)

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and finally stop by ViaKerala Shop.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) attractions planning app .

Getting from Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. August in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Periyar National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Palkulangara Devi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Spas

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 31st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then hunt for treasures at T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chennai travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Chennai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chennai: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 29°C at night. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Walking tours

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