29 days in India Itinerary

29 days in India Itinerary

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29 days in India Itinerary

Start: Durham
+2
train + foot + Fly:  16​h
1
Leh
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Manali
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  7​h
3
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Lachung
— 1 night
Travel:  25​h
5
Havelock Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h 30​min
6
Neil Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
8
Chikmagalur
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Goa
— 6 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
10
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + train:  20​h 45​min
End: Durham

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shanti Stupa and Sand Dunes Leisure Park. Get some historical perspective at Alchi Choskor Monastery and Konigspalast von Shey. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Leh trip planner.

Durham, UK to Leh is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Leh is 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Konigspalast von Shey
Highlights from your plan
Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Sand Dunes Leisure Park ©
Sand Dunes Leisure Park

1
night
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at International Roerich Memorial Trust and then admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manali trip planning website .

Drive from Leh to Manali in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
International Roerich Memorial Trust ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

2
nights
Darjeeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, explore the galleries of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a spin around town with Bike Tours and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Manali to Darjeeling takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lachung.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Chowrasta ©
Chowrasta
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Lachung

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, take in the awesome beauty at Yume Samdong (Zero Point), and then take in the natural beauty of Yumthang Valley.

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

You can drive from Darjeeling to Lachung in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Lachung

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yume Samdong (Zero Point) ©
Yume Samdong (Zero Point)
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Lachung Monastery ©
Lachung Monastery

1
night
Havelock Island

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 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Beach, then kick back and relax at Kalapathar Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Havelock Island tour planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lachung to Havelock Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Neil Island.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach
Elephant Beach ©
Elephant Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Neil Island

Neil Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the views from Howrah Bridge, kick back and relax at Laxmanpur Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bharatpur Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Neil Island Jetty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Ram Nagar Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sitapur Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Neil Island trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Havelock Island to Neil Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Neil Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Laxmanpur Beach ©
Laxmanpur Beach
Bharatpur Beach ©
Bharatpur Beach
Sitapur Beach ©
Sitapur Beach

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate India Seashell Museum and Srinithi Art Gallery. Descent Of The Ganges and Sea Shore Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Neil Island to Mahabalipuram. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in June, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mullayanagiri, then admire the sheer force of Honnammana Halla Waterfalls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sringeri Mutt. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pathaleshwara Temple, then explore the ancient world of Chennakesava Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hoysaleswara Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chikmagalur sightseeing planner .

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Chikmagalur by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Goa.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Belur, Hoysaleswara Temple
Highlights from your plan
Chennakesava Temple ©
Chennakesava Temple
Hoysaleswara Temple ©
Hoysaleswara Temple
Sringeri Mutt ©
Sringeri Mutt

6
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shanta Durga Temple and St Rita's Church. Get outdoors at Morjim Beach and Majorda Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandrem Beach, kick back and relax at Utorda Beach, stop by Shamrock Jewellers, and wander the streets of Old Goa.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goa journey planner .

Drive from Chikmagalur to Goa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Goa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ashwem Beach ©
Ashwem Beach
Utorda Beach ©
Utorda Beach
Majorda Beach ©
Majorda Beach

2
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tanot Mata Temple and Jaisalmer War Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dussehra Chowk and Jain Temples. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Silk Route Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Tilon Ki Pol.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jaisalmer online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Goa to Jaisalmer in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Jain Temples ©
Jain Temples
Tanot Mata Temple ©
Tanot Mata Temple
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum

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