20 days in India Itinerary

20 days in India Itinerary

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20 days in India Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Thrissur
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Agra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Leh
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Gaya

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and St. Antony's Shrine. Edappally Church Complex and St.Philomenas Church Koonammavu will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Malayattoor Church in Malayattoor (about 1h 30 min away). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple and pause for some serene contemplation at Salem Marthoma Church.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) tour itinerary site .

Gaya to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Gaya in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kochi (Cochin), with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, Malayattoor Church
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Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Malayattoor Church ©
Malayattoor Church
St. Antony's Shrine ©
St. Antony's Shrine

3
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Get some cultural insight at Vilwadrinatha Temple and Venkitachalapathy Temple. Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram and Triprayar Sri Rama Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thrissur: Guruvayur (Chowallurpady Siva Temple, Narayanamkulangara Temple, & more), Pazhayannur Bhagavathy Temple (in Pazhayannur) and Kodungallur (Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India & Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shatrughna Temple.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Thrissur online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Kodungallur, Vilwadrinatha Temple, Pazhayannur Bhagavathy Temple, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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Vilwadrinatha Temple ©
Vilwadrinatha Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple ©
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jal Mahal and Nahargarh Fort. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, don't miss a visit to Akbari Masjid, contemplate the long history of Jaigarh Fort, and admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jaipur trip planning site .

Fly from Thrissur to Jaipur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. When traveling from Thrissur in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jaipur, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

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

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Agra Fort and Bageshwarnath Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Taj Mahal and Soami Bagh. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Shah Burj, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mina Masjid, admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Agra trip planner .

You can drive from Jaipur to Agra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal ©
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal

2
nights
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 25th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, and then make a trip to India Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham and then steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New Delhi trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Agra to New Delhi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in New Delhi are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate
Red Fort (Lal Quila) ©
Red Fort (Lal Quila)

5
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.
Thiksey Monastery and Gurdwara Pathar Sahib are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Likir Gompa and Hemis Monastery will appeal to history buffs. When in Leh, make a side trip to see Alchi Monastary in Alchi, approximately 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Shri Datun Sahib Ji, and explore the ancient world of Basgo gompa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Leh road trip site .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Leh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastary
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa

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