21 days in India Itinerary

21 days in India Itinerary

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21 days in India Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Mumbai
— 3 nights
flight:  1​h
2
Jaisalmer
— 1 night
bus:  11​h 30​min
3
Udaipur
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
4
Jodhpur
— 1 night
bus:  10​h
5
Agra
— 1 night
train:  13​h
6
Varanasi
— 1 night
train:  14​h 30​min
7
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
flight + Train:  7​h
8
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Mumbai
— 1 day
Fly:  19​h
End: Zurich

3
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Ayyappa Temple, then appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, and finally take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link, make a trip to Dhobi Ghat, take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then stop by India Circus, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Crawford Market.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mumbai online trip itinerary builder .

Zurich, Switzerland to Mumbai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get much hotter in Mumbai: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
Highlights from your plan
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

1
night
Jaisalmer

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Tazia Tower and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temples, steep yourself in history at Jaisalmer Fort, and then stop by Desert Art Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jaisalmer attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mumbai to Jaisalmer in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Jaisalmer Fort ©
Jaisalmer Fort
Jain Temples ©
Jain Temples

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Pichola, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekling Ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Sahelion Ki Bari, then take an in-depth tour of Bagore Ki Haveli Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Udaipur trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Jaisalmer to Udaipur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple

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.
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Pal Balaji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, and then pause for some photo ops at Jaswant Thada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, don't miss a visit to Ghanta Ghar, then look for gifts at Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jodhpur online vacation planner .

Getting from Udaipur to Jodhpur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Jodhpur are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Jaswant Thada ©
Jaswant Thada

1
night
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, and then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Wildlife SoS Bear Sanctuary, look for gifts at Rajrani Souvenirs, and then don't miss a visit to Taj Mahal.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Agra trip website .

You can drive from Jodhpur to Agra in 8.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Jodhpur in January, you will find days in Agra are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, admire the striking features of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarnath, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Birthplace of Sant Ravidas Seergovardhan Varanasi.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Varanasi online day trip planner .

Fly from Agra to Varanasi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Varanasi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Raja Rammohun Roy Memorial Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then stop by Kumortuli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Mother House, see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and finally see the interesting displays at Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kolkata (Calcutta) sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Varanasi in January, expect Kolkata (Calcutta) to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Walking tours

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and finally stroll through Marari Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Alappuzha takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, things will get a bit warmer in Alappuzha: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. You'll set off for Kochi (Cochin) on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then wander the streets of Jew Town. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and then admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

1
day
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Siddhivinayak, then take an in-depth tour of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banganga Tank.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mumbai trip planner .

Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Mumbai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Mumbai, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shree Siddhivinayak ©
Shree Siddhivinayak
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Banganga Tank ©
Banganga Tank

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