21 days in India Itinerary

21 days in India Itinerary

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21 days in India Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
2
Hanle
— Few hours
Drive:  9​h
3
Hemis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Diskit
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Hunder
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Alchi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Leh
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Srinagar
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
9
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
10
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taj Mahal. On the 21st (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then don't miss a visit to Jahangir Mahal, and then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Jama Masjid (Agra), then stroll around Mehtab Bagh, then admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

Before you visit Agra, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Jaipur to Agra is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 48°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanle.

Things to do in Agra

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

few
hours
Hanle

Hanle ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Indian Astronomical Observatory.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hanle trip maker website .

You can drive from Agra to Hanle in 30.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hemis.

Things to do in Hanle

Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Indian Astronomical Observatory ©
Indian Astronomical Observatory

1
day
Hemis

Hemis ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kloster Hemis and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hemis Monastery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hemis trip app .

Traveling by car from Hanle to Hemis takes 5 hours. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Diskit.

Things to do in Hemis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Kloster Hemis ©
Kloster Hemis

1
night
Diskit

Diskit ©
On the 25th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Wari La Pass, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hundur Monastery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Diskit trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Hemis to Diskit in 3.5 hours. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hunder.

Things to do in Diskit

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hundur Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery) ©
Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery)
Wari La Pass ©
Wari La Pass
Hundur Monastery
Hundur Monastery

1
night
Hunder

Hunder ©
On the 26th (Sun), go for a walk through Hunder Sand Dunes.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hunder trip itinerary maker tool .

Hunder is just a stone's throw from Diskit. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Alchi.
Highlights from your plan
Hunder Sand Dunes ©
Hunder Sand Dunes

1
night
Alchi

Alchi ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Monastary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alchi online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Hunder to Alchi takes 5.5 hours. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Leh.

Things to do in Alchi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alchi Monastary ©
Alchi Monastary

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.
On the 28th (Tue), make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, then explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, and finally see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokhang Vihara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soma Gompa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanti Stupa, then admire the verdant scenery at Markha Valley, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Saspol Caves.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Leh trip planner .

Drive from Alchi to Leh in 1.5 hours. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Leh

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Hill ©
Magnetic Hill
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

2
nights
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
On the 30th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Pari Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, and then make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Srinagar trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Leh to Srinagar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden ©
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

2
nights
Darjeeling

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda, gain insight at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, then don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, and then take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling attractions planner.

Getting from Srinagar to Darjeeling by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Srinagar in June, expect Darjeeling to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Siddheswar Dham
Highlights from your plan
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, and then don't miss a visit to Mother House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Darjeeling to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. June in Kolkata (Calcutta) sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at The Bed Silk & Pashmina and then don't miss a visit to Assi Ghat. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banaras Ghats, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Varanasi day trip planner .

Fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Varanasi, with highs around 45°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath

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