26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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26 days in India Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
New Delhi
— 4 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
2
Jaipur
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
4
Goa
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h
End: New York City

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taj Mahal Day Tour. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hauz Khas Village and ISKCON Temple. Get some historical perspective at Raj Ghat and Purana Qila. Change things up with these side-trips from New Delhi: Gurugram (Gurgaon) (Ambience Mall & Sultanpur National Park Bird Sanctuary). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, browse the different shops at Select Citywalk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dilli Haat, and get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Delhi travel itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in New Delhi at 67°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Gurugram (Gurgaon)
Highlights from your plan
Ambience Mall ©
Ambience Mall
Select Citywalk ©
Select Citywalk
Sultanpur National Park ©
Sultanpur National Park

1
night
Jaipur

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Govind Dev Ji Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stop by New Maharaja Gem Palace. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Grass Farm Nursery, contemplate the waterfront views at Man Sagar Lake, then stop by Royal Spices And Tea, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moti Dungari Temple, and finally stop by Akee International.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jaipur online itinerary creator.

Fly from New Delhi to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in January, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

Things to do in Jaipur

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Moti Dungari Temple ©
Moti Dungari Temple
New Maharaja Gem Palace ©
New Maharaja Gem Palace
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colaba Causeway and Karnala Fort. Get outdoors at Juhu Beach and Karnala Bird Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: stop by Charagh Din Shirts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aksa Beach, don't miss a visit to Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Babulnath Temple.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mumbai (Bombay) online itinerary creator.

Fly from Jaipur to Mumbai (Bombay) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jaipur in January: high temperatures in Mumbai (Bombay) hover around 86°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Mumbai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Karnala Fort, Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Babulnath Temple ©
Babulnath Temple
Karnala Fort ©
Karnala Fort
Karnala Bird Sanctuary ©
Karnala Bird Sanctuary

7
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Betalbatim Beaches and Galgibaga Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ashoka Jewellers and GM Jewellers. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cansaulim Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Margao Market, steep yourself in history at Cabo de Rama Fort, and take a stroll through Fontainhas.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Goa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mumbai (Bombay) to Goa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Goa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cansaulim Beach ©
Cansaulim Beach
Betalbatim Beach ©
Betalbatim Beach
Mobor Beach ©
Mobor Beach

6
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 Idiom Book Sellersfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mattancherry and Vallarpadam Church. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Kodanand Elephant Training Centre (in Kodanad), Kumarakom (Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary & Shiva Temple Ernakulam ) and Vaikom Mahadeva Temple (in Kottayam). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Marari Beach, look for gifts at Anokhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ernakulatthappan Temple, and stroll through Cherai Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) custom trip planner.

Fly from Goa to Kochi (Cochin) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Mararikulam, St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kodanand Elephant Training Centre
Highlights from your plan
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 23rd (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall. Keep things going the next day: stop by Alliance Francaise of Madras, buy something for everyone on your list at The Forum Vijaya Mall, then shop like a local with Phoenix Marketcity, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chennai (Madras) trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Chennai (Madras) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in January, you will find days in Chennai (Madras) are little chillier (85°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). You'll set off for home on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Chennai

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Covelong Beach
Highlights from your plan
Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple ©
Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple
Vivekananda House ©
Vivekananda House

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