27 days in India & Melbourne Itinerary

27 days in India & Melbourne Itinerary

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27 days in India & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
1
Chennai, India
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Mumbai, India
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nashik, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Shirdi, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Aurangabad, India
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Chandigarh, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Amritsar, India
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
9
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
11
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
12
Coimbatore, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Chennai, India

1
night
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): wander the streets of Fort St. George, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai online attractions planner .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Chennai International Airport. In August in Chennai, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance
Mahishasuramardini Cave ©
Mahishasuramardini Cave

4
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, cruise along Marine Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chowpatty Beach, and wander the streets of Nariman Point.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Chennai to Mumbai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chennai in September, you will find days in Mumbai are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Nashik.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

1
night
Nashik, India

Nashik ©
Whether you want to tour important religious sites or explore the city's 22 wineries, you'll have no shortage of things to do in Nashik.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Mandir Nashik, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gajpantha Jain Siddha Kshetra Temple - Digambar & Chamar Leni, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalaram Temple, and finally learn about winemaking at Sula Vineyards.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nashik trip planner.

You can drive from Mumbai to Nashik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Shirdi.

Things to do in Nashik

Historic Sites Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Sula Vineyards ©
Sula Vineyards
Kalaram Temple ©
Kalaram Temple

1
night
Shirdi, India

Shirdi ©
The small town of Shirdi remains a popular pilgrimage destination, best known as the place where Sai Baba, a 19th-century spiritual guru, lived his later years.
On the 7th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Sai Teerth Theme Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shirdi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nashik to Shirdi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Shirdi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Aurangabad.

Things to do in Shirdi

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sai Teerth Theme Park Shirdi ©
Sai Teerth Theme Park Shirdi
Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir ©
Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple ©
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple

1
night
Aurangabad, India

Aurangabad ©
A place of history, culture, and spiritualism, Aurangabad appeals to a growing number of pilgrims and tourists looking to get more out of their vacation in India.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Daulatabad Fort, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ellora Caves, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aurangabad trip planner .

You can drive from Shirdi to Aurangabad in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Aurangabad are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Aurangabad

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trip

Daulatabad Fort
Highlights from your plan
Ellora Caves ©
Ellora Caves
Spas
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple ©
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

3
nights
New Delhi, India

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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, admire the landmark architecture of Qutub Minar, and see the interesting displays at Gandhi Smriti.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi trip maker app .

You can fly from Aurangabad to New Delhi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aurangabad in September, with highs in New Delhi at 41°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Chandigarh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

2
nights
Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
On the 12th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum Maison Jeanneret, contemplate the waterfront views at Sukhna Lake, stroll around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, and finally examine the collection at Government Museum and Art Gallery. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Nada Sahib, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kansa Devi Temple, then stroll through Chandigarh Fitness Trail & Flower Garden, and finally take a stroll through Christ The King Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chandigarh online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Chandigarh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Amritsar.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Panchkula
Highlights from your plan
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Government Museum and Art Gallery ©
Government Museum and Art Gallery
Capitol Complex Tourist Centre ©
Capitol Complex Tourist Centre

2
nights
Amritsar, India

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally stop by India House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai, then admire the landmark architecture of Akal Takht, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Amritsar travel planner .

Drive from Chandigarh to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Amritsar

Spas Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Food Tours

2
nights
Gangtok, India

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): gain insight at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, then explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Nathula. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through MG Marg, make a trip to Hanuman Tok, then admire the sheer force of Kyongnosla Waterfall, and finally don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gangtok online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Amritsar to Gangtok in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology ©
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

2
nights
Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, and finally make a trip to Samthar Plateau.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Darjeeling day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Darjeeling takes 4 hours. In September in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Darjeeling to Melbourne in 17 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Darjeeling to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Darjeeling in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Coimbatore, India

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbatore: Palakkad (Kava, Kalpathy Temple, & more).

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Coimbatore day trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Coimbatore in 14.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Coimbatore reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Palakkad
Highlights from your plan
Meenvallam Waterfalls ©
Meenvallam Waterfalls
Sree Guruvayurappan Temple ©
Sree Guruvayurappan Temple
Jain Temple Palghat ©
Jain Temple Palghat

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