23 days in India Itinerary

23 days in India Itinerary

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23 days in India Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Hyderabad
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
5
Goa
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kannur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
8
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Dallas


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3
nights
Jaipur

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Get some cultural insight at Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing and Moti Dungari Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Balloon Rides. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Fair Deal Textile, admire the striking features of Khole Ke Hanuman JI Temple, Jaipur, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jaipur itinerary planner .

Dallas, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Jaipur is 11 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dallas in January, with highs in Jaipur at 73°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Moti Dungari Temple ©
Moti Dungari Temple
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing ©
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing

3
nights
Varanasi

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.
On the 6th (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at The Bed Silk & Pashmina, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishalakshi Temple, admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tibetan Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Dhamek Stupa, and finally contemplate the long history of Rajendraprasad Ghat.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Varanasi trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Jaipur to Varanasi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Varanasi are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum
The Bed Silk & Pashmina ©
The Bed Silk & Pashmina

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Ramakrishna Math, Khar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Babulnath Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Babu Amichand Panalal Jain Temple, and finally stop by Charagh Din Shirts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Red Carpet Wax Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nerul Balaji Temple, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai holiday builder website .

Fly from Varanasi to Mumbai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Mumbai is somewhat warmer than Varanasi - with highs of 88°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Nerul Balaji Temple
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Babulnath Temple ©
Babulnath Temple
Babu Amichand Panalal Jain Temple ©
Red Carpet Wax Museum ©
Red Carpet Wax Museum

2
nights
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mecca Masjid, then look for gifts at Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puri Jagannath Temple. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at KBR National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyderabad travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Parks Nature Shopping
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KBR National Park ©
KBR National Park
Puri Jagannath Temple ©
Puri Jagannath Temple
Mecca Masjid ©
Mecca Masjid

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Majorda Beach and Betalbatim Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Fontainhas and Mangeshi Temple. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Sheek Emporium, steep yourself in history at Reis Magos Fort, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanta Durga Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Goa tour planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hyderabad to Goa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Goa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sheek Emporium ©
Sheek Emporium
Majorda Beach ©
Majorda Beach
Betalbatim Beach ©
Betalbatim Beach

1
night
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sundareswara Temple, kick back and relax at KIzhunna Beach, then get great views at Alakapuri Waterfalls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Choottad Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kannur tour itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Goa to Kannur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Choottad Beach ©
Choottad Beach
KIzhunna Beach ©
KIzhunna Beach
Sundareswara Temple ©
Sundareswara Temple

3
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.
Head to LuLu Mall and Durbar Hall Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edappally Church Complex and Karingachira Church. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum Kochi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary app .

Drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Shiva Temple Ernakulam , Vembanad Lake
Highlights from your plan
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Covelong Beach, see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, then steep yourself in history at Krishna Mandapam, and finally stop by Apollo Books.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram route builder website .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mahabalipuram takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Covelong Beach, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

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