21 days in India Itinerary

21 days in India Itinerary

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21 days in India Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
1
Varanasi
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Agra
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mathura
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Haridwar
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Rishikesh
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Varanasi

4
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.
Varanasi is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along Ganges River, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and see the interesting displays at Bharat Kala Bhavan.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Varanasi trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Varanasi. September in Varanasi sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

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

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the striking features of Agra Fort, then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then walk around Mehtab Bagh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Keoladeo National Park and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

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

Getting from Varanasi to Agra by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Agra are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mathura.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

3
nights
Mathura

Mathura ©
Split by the sacred Yamuna River, Mathura's claim to fame is being the birthplace of Krishna, the widely revered Hindu god.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex and then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Vrindavan. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banke Bihari Temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Seva Kunj.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Mathura trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Agra to Mathura in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Mathura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vrindavan, Deeg Palace
Highlights from your plan
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham
ISKCON Vrindavan ©
ISKCON Vrindavan
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex ©
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex

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.
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 in the serene atmosphere at Lotus Temple, steep yourself in history at India Gate, and enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi trip planner .

You can drive from Mathura to New Delhi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in New Delhi

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

2
nights
Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
On the 2nd (Wed), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Akal Takht, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Gobindgarh Fort, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and then stop by India House.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Amritsar trip planner .

Fly from New Delhi to Amritsar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

3
nights
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, go for a walk through Birla Ghat, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple, admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaishno Devi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mansa Devi Temple, then don't miss a visit to Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar Haridwar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daksheshwar Mahadev.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Haridwar trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Haridwar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple

3
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Change things up with a short trip to Shri Badrinath Ji Temple in Badrinath (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rishikesh trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Haridwar to Rishikesh in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 9th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Highlights from your plan
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat
River Rafting & Tubing
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple

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