21 days in India Itinerary

21 days in India Itinerary

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21 days in India Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+4
train + bus + train + Fly + taxi:  22​h 45​min
1
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
Goa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Hampi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Mangalore
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Leh
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Manali
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jaisalmer War Museum and Tanot Mata Temple. Desert Culture Centre & Museum and Mandir Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Longewala War Memorial and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temples.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Jaisalmer online trip itinerary maker .

Manchester, UK to Jaisalmer is an approximately 23-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Manchester to Jaisalmer, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Tanot Mata Temple ©
Tanot Mata Temple
Mandir Palace ©
Mandir Palace

3
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Reis Magos Fort and Shanta Durga Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Utorda Beach and Dudhsagar Falls. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Rita's Church, kick back and relax at Mandrem Beach, and stroll through Arambol Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goa road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Jaisalmer to Goa takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Goa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Utorda Beach ©
Utorda Beach
Reis Magos Fort ©
Reis Magos Fort
Shanta Durga Temple ©
Shanta Durga Temple

2
nights
Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shivlinga, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, steep yourself in history at Bheema's Gate, contemplate the long history of Vitthala Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ugra Narsimha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazara Rama Temple. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Group of Monuments at Hampi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matanga Hill, then make a trip to Elephant Stables, then admire the striking features of Lotus Mahal, and finally don't miss a visit to Zanana Enclosure.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hampi trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Goa to Hampi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hampi, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mangalore.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple

2
nights
Mangalore

Mangalore ©
A gateway to the coastal region, Mangalore has long served as a stop-off point on maritime trade routes, and remains a major port city today.
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aloysius Chapel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadri Manjunath Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangaladevi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Tannirbhavi Beach, kick back and relax at Kapu Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Sultan Battery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mangalore online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Hampi to Mangalore takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. In November, daytime highs in Mangalore are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kapu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Kadri Manjunath Temple ©
Kadri Manjunath Temple

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
On the 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, examine the collection at India Seashell Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mukunda Nayanar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, then appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, and finally make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mangalore to Mahabalipuram in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mangalore in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mahabalipuram: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shanti Stupa and Hemis Monastery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alchi Choskor Monastery and Khardung La. It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh travel route site .

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Leh takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Hemis Monastery, Khardung La
Highlights from your plan
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manu Temple and Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. Get in touch with nature at Jogini Waterfall and Hampta. When in Manali, make a side trip to see Naggar Castle in Naggar, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: get outside with Rohtang Pass.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manali trip planning website .

You can drive from Leh to Manali in 9 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rohtang Pass, Hampta, Naggar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Rohtang Pass ©
Rohtang Pass
Hampta ©
Hampta
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall

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