29 days in India Itinerary

29 days in India Itinerary

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29 days in India Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Mumbai
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Kutch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Bhuj
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Ahmedabad
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Chennai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Varanasi
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
End: Exeter


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3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramakrishna Mission, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sai Baba Temple, then steep yourself in history at Mehrauli Archaeological Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shipra Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for gifts at Craft House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Talkatora Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi road trip planning site .

Exeter, UK to New Delhi is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Exeter to New Delhi due to the time zone difference. January in New Delhi sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shipra Mall
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Mehrauli Archaeological Park ©
Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Sai Baba Temple ©
Sai Baba Temple
Shipra Mall ©
Shipra Mall

4
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Babu Amichand Panalal Jain Temple and Jehangir Art Gallery. Head to Inorbit Mall Vashi and High Street Phoenixfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mumbai: Karnala Fort (in Panvel), Nerul Balaji Temple (in Navi Mumbai) and Alibaug (Awas Beach & Versoli Beach). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Bhau Daji Lad Museum, look for gifts at Kulture Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Church, and get a sense of history and politics at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mumbai vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Mumbai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in January: high temperatures in Mumbai hover around 36°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kutch.

Things to do in Mumbai

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Alibaug, Navi Mumbai, Karnala Fort
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Jehangir Art Gallery ©
Jehangir Art Gallery
Nerul Balaji Temple ©
Nerul Balaji Temple
Babu Amichand Panalal Jain Temple ©
Babu Amichand Panalal Jain Temple

1
night
Kutch

Kutch ©
Home to India's largest salt marsh, Kutch lies on a flat tortoise-shaped piece of land at the India-Pakistan border.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kandla Port, see the interesting displays at Shrujan Museum, identify plant and animal life at Anchorwala Ahinsha Dham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Purneshwar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kutch online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mumbai to Kutch. Traveling from Mumbai in January, things will get a bit cooler in Kutch: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bhuj.

Things to do in Kutch

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Shrujan Museum ©
Shrujan Museum
Kandla Port ©
Kandla Port

1
night
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 21st (Tue), witness the site of a historic battle at Bhujia Fort.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bhuj driving holiday website .

Getting from Kutch to Bhuj by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Ahmedabad.

Things to do in Bhuj

Historic Sites

1
night
Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad ©
The state's commercial, if not political hub, Ahmedabad stands as a sprawling metropolis with some important historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Gobind Dham, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ahmedabad One Mall, and finally examine the collection at Utensils Museum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ahmedabad holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Bhuj to Ahmedabad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Ahmedabad, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Ahmedabad

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur ©
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur
Gurudwara Gobind Dham ©
Gurudwara Gobind Dham
Utensils Museum ©
Utensils Museum

2
nights
Amritsar

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Mata Kaulan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Digamber Jain Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at War Memorial & Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stop by The Famous Amritsari Papar Warian.

To find out how to plan a trip to Amritsar, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ahmedabad to Amritsar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ahmedabad in January, with highs in Amritsar at 20°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree ©
Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai ©
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Popular historic sites such as Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple and Kalikambal Temple are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Vadapalani Murugan Temple and Sri Ramakrishna Math. Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Vaikunda Perumal Temple (in Kanchipuram), DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Covelong Beach (in Covelong). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and look for gifts at Pure Pearls.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Chennai takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amritsar in January; daily highs in Chennai reach 35°C and lows reach 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Covelong Beach, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Vadapalani Murugan Temple ©
Vadapalani Murugan Temple
Kalikambal Temple ©
Kalikambal Temple

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mailam Murugan Temple and then take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Kriti Eco Boutique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Padaleeswarar Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Pondicherry Lighthouse.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip app .

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Cuddalore, Mailam Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mailam Murugan Temple ©
Mailam Murugan Temple
Silver Beach ©
Silver Beach
Padaleeswarar Temple ©
Padaleeswarar Temple

5
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Appreciate the collections at Vivekananda Museum and Academy of Fine Arts. Get a sense of the local culture at The Strand and Chandannagar Church. Explore Kolkata (Calcutta)'s surroundings by going to Hooghly (Shrine Basilica Bandel & Bandel) and Sacred Heart Church (in Chandannagar). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bhawanipore Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pareshnath Jain Temple, contemplate the long history of Sri Sri Iswar Madan Mohan Jew, and look for gifts at Kumortuli.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kolkata (Calcutta) trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Chandannagar, Hooghly
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Museum ©
Vivekananda Museum
Sacred Heart Church ©
Sacred Heart Church
Bhawanipore Cemetery ©
Bhawanipore Cemetery

4
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.
Do your shopping at The Bed Silk & Pashmina and Ruchika Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sankat Mochan Temple and Chunar Fort. Take a break from Varanasi with a short trip to Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary in Chandauli, about 1h 25 min away. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 6th (Thu) at some of the best spas. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple), and browse the exhibits of Kriti Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Varanasi trip planner .

Getting from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in February, things will get a bit cooler in Varanasi: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary, Chunar Fort
Highlights from your plan
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum
The Bed Silk & Pashmina ©
The Bed Silk & Pashmina

2
nights
New Delhi

Head to DLF Promenade Mall and Logix City Centre Mallfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Malai Mandir, New Delhi and Ayyappa Temple. Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Explore New Delhi further: browse the different shops at Ambience Mall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to New Delhi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Logix City Centre Mall
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ayyappa Temple ©
Ayyappa Temple
Logix City Centre Mall ©
Logix City Centre Mall

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