26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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26 days in India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Havelock Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h 30​min
2
Neil Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
4
Chikmagalur
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h
5
Udaipur
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + taxi + train + taxi:  9​h 45​min
6
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
8
Leh
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Havelock Island

Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapathar Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Mangrove Forest and then get outside with Captain Hook’s.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Havelock Island itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Havelock Island is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Neil Island.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mangrove Forest ©
Mangrove Forest
Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach

1
night
Neil Island

Neil Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the views from Howrah Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Laxmanpur Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bharatpur Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Neil Island trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Havelock Island to Neil Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Neil Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bharatpur Beach ©
Bharatpur Beach
Laxmanpur Beach ©
Laxmanpur Beach
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arjuna's Penance and Varaha Cave Temple. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, and delve into the distant past at Mahishasura Rock.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Neil Island to Mahabalipuram. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Krishna's Butter Ball ©
Krishna's Butter Ball
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

1
night
Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur ©
Located at the foot of the highest mountain range in the state, the city of Chikamagalur features a number of natural and man-made attractions of rich variety.
On the 5th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Jamalabad Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodandaramaswami Temple, delve into the distant past at Amrutesvara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sharada Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Adishankaracharya Sharada Lakshminarasimha Peetam, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mullayanagiri. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Kadambi Falls, explore the ancient world of Chennakesava Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basadi Halli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoysaleswara Temple.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chikmagalur online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Mahabalipuram to Chikmagalur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Halebid, Chennakesava Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hoysaleswara Temple ©
Hoysaleswara Temple
Chennakesava Temple ©
Chennakesava Temple
Jamalabad Fort ©
Jamalabad Fort

2
nights
Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gothwal Art and Udaipur Art Villa. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, view the masterpieces at Padmawati Arts & Handicrafts, browse the exhibits of Pacific Art, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Art_en_Soul shoppe.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Udaipur trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Chikmagalur to Udaipur in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Udaipur

Shopping Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art
Walking tours
Srinathji Temple ©
Srinathji Temple

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at HPCA Stadium and Chamunda Devi Temple. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get lost in a book at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, stop by Kushi Boutique, and get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Dharamsala fast, fun, and easy.

Do a combination of flight, train, and taxi from Udaipur to Dharamsala in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bundlamata Temple, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
HPCA Stadium ©
HPCA Stadium
Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jogini Waterfall and Gauri Shankar Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Gauri Shankar Temple in Kullu (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Keylong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siyali Mahadev Temple, Head underground at Arjun Gufa, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali trip planner .

Getting from Dharamsala to Manali by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leh.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gauri Shankar Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, Rohtang Pass
Highlights from your plan
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Gauri Shankar Temple ©
Gauri Shankar Temple
Gauri Shankar Temple ©
Gauri Shankar Temple

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Khardung La and Shanti Stupa. Explore Leh's surroundings by going to Hemis Monastery (in Hemis) and Alchi Monastary (in Alchi). Spend the 19th (Tue) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, make a trip to Temple at Sumda Chun, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alchi Choskor Monastery, and look for gifts at Hazara Arts.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Leh online visit planner .

You can drive from Manali to Leh in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Khardung La, Hemis Monastery, Hazara Arts, Alchi Monastary
Highlights from your plan
Khardung La ©
Khardung La
River Rafting & Tubing
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa

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