22 days in India Itinerary

22 days in India Itinerary

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22 days in India Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Goa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Hampi
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Leh
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Rishikesh
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
6
Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Bhuj
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Escape the urban bustle at Morjim Beach and Dudhsagar Falls. Get some historical perspective at Reis Magos Fort and St. Alex Church. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanta Durga Temple, kick back and relax at Mandrem Beach, don't miss a visit to Tomb of St. Francis Xavier, and see the interesting displays at Ashvek Vintage World.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Goa holiday builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Goa is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Goa when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Reis Magos Fort ©
Reis Magos Fort
Shanta Durga Temple ©
Shanta Durga Temple
Tomb of St. Francis Xavier ©
Tomb of St. Francis Xavier

3
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.
Visit Group of Monuments at Hampi and Octagonal Bath for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Matanga Hill and Tungabhadra River. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazara Rama Temple, take in the dramatic natural features at Akka Tangi Gudda, don't miss a visit to Shivlinga, and pause for some photo ops at Bheema's Gate.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hampi trip itinerary app .

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 December, expect nights in Hampi to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

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
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 29th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mukunda Nayanar Temple, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, steep yourself in history at Descent Of The Ganges, then don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, and finally examine the collection at India Seashell Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram visit site .

Fly from Hampi to Mahabalipuram in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. In December in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Khardung La. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hemis Monastery and Likir Gompa. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Leh trip site .

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Leh in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chandi Devi Temple and Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parmath Niketan Temple and Har ki Pauri. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunjapuri Devi Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Ram Jhula, and Head underground at Vashishta Gufa.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rishikesh trip planner .

You can fly from Leh to Rishikesh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Haridwar, Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Highlights from your plan
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple
Kunjapuri Devi Temple ©
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple ©
Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

3
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Kuldhara Abandoned Village and Tanot Mata Temple will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Longewala War Memorial and Jai Shankar Handicrafts. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Desert Culture Centre & Museum, don't miss a visit to Bada Bagh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temples, and learn about all things military at Jaisalmer War Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Jaisalmer trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rishikesh to Jaisalmer takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bhuj.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Tanot Mata Temple ©
Tanot Mata Temple
Kuldhara Abandoned Village ©
Kuldhara Abandoned Village

2
nights
Bhuj

Bhuj ©
Established long ago as an important regional city, Bhuj has had to rebuild on several occasions due to devastating earthquakes destroying its temples, palaces, and residential areas.
On the 9th (Thu), admire nature's extreme beauty at White Desert Of Kutch, then explore the historical opulence of Pragmahal Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bhuj trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Jaisalmer to Bhuj takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Bhuj sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bhuj

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj ©
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj
Pragmahal Palace ©
Pragmahal Palace
White Desert Of Kutch ©
White Desert Of Kutch

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