30 days in India Itinerary

30 days in India Itinerary

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Amritsar
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Leh
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Rishikesh
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Manali
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Gurugram (Gurgaon)
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Puri
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Visakhapatnam
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Raipur
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Bhopal
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Jaipur
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Udaipur
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Bhuj
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Mumbai
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Hyderabad
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Chennai
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Amritsar

— 1 night

Golden City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durgiana Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Harmandir Sahib, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amritsar online trip itinerary builder.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Amritsar is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Amritsar is 1.5 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Amritsar, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites

Leh

— 3 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Magnetic Hill. Get some historical perspective at Alchi Monastery and Shanti Stupa. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib and see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh route website.

You can fly from Amritsar to Leh in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Rishikesh

— 2 nights

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chandi Devi Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rishikesh trip planner.

You can fly from Leh to Rishikesh in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Manali.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Manali

— 2 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Siyali Mahadev Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ghatotkach Tree Templ, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gayatri Temple, then explore the activities along Beas River, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and finally admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manali holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Rishikesh to Manali takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gurugram (Gurgaon).

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Gurugram (Gurgaon)

— 1 night

Millennium City

Once a quiet agricultural suburb of New Delhi, Gurgaon has developed almost entirely due to investment from private companies.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to DLF Cyber Hub.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gurugram (Gurgaon) trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Manali to Gurugram (Gurgaon) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and subway. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puri.
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Puri

— 2 nights
An important place of Hindu pilgrimage, Puri features a wealth of holy and historic sites that draw in believers and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Puri Beach, then kick back and relax at Konark Beach, then kick back and relax at Balighai Beach, and finally make a trip to Jagannath Temple. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Raghurajpur Artist Village and then admire the landmark architecture of Konark Sun Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puri trip planning website.

Fly from Gurugram (Gurgaon) to Puri in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Puri are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Visakhapatnam.

Things to do in Puri

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Visakhapatnam

— 1 night

Jewel of the East Coast

The coastal port city of Visakhapatnam looks both outwards to the sea and inland to the mountains of the Eastern Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Rishikonda Beach, then kick back and relax at Rama Krishna Beach, and then see the interesting displays at INS Kurusura Submarine Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Visakhapatnam trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Puri to Visakhapatnam in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Raipur.

Things to do in Visakhapatnam

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Raipur

— 1 night
The administrative capital of Chhattisgarh state, scorching hot Raipur offers more in the way of government and business buildings than tourist attractions.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram Mandir, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamaya Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Raipur trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Visakhapatnam to Raipur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bhopal.

Things to do in Raipur

Historic Sites

Bhopal

— 1 night

City of Lakes

A pair of vast lakes separate the old and the new in Bhopal, the state capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi and then get a new perspective on nature at Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bhopal trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Raipur to Bhopal with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Bhopal are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Bhopal

Museums · Historic Sites

Jaipur

— 3 nights

Pink City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Elefriend and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and City Palace of Jaipur. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, see the interesting displays at Jaipur Wax Museum, delve into the distant past at The Rustic Paths, and admire the masterpieces at Jitesh Arts.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaipur trip builder tool.

You can fly from Bhopal to Jaipur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 44°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

Udaipur

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
On the 19th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the galleries of City Palace of Udaipur, then explore the galleries of Gothwal Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekling Ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, explore the activities along Lake Pichola, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shahastrabahu Temple.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Udaipur trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Jaipur to Udaipur by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bhuj.

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Bhuj

— 1 night
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), explore the fascinating landscape at White Desert Of Kutch and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bhuj trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Udaipur to Bhuj in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Bhuj are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Bhuj

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Mumbai

— 3 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum and Shree Siddhivinayak. Escape the urban bustle at Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Step out of Mumbai to go to Shirgaon and see Shirgaon Beach, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, take a stroll through Colaba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banganga Tank, and visit Nariman Point.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mumbai day trip site.

Getting from Bhuj to Mumbai by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bhuj in April: highs in Mumbai hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Hyderabad

— 1 night

City of Pearls

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Salar Jung Museum, step into the grandiose world of Golconda Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hyderabad trip app.

Fly from Mumbai to Hyderabad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mumbai in April: highs in Hyderabad hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites · Museums

Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): wander the streets of Mylapore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Thome Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, and finally wander the streets of Fort St. George.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chennai trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Hyderabad to Chennai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hyderabad in April: highs in Chennai hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Mysuru (Mysore)

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
On the 27th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Somnathpura Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) online trip builder.

Fly from Chennai to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in April; daily highs in Mysuru (Mysore) reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites

Kochi (Cochin)

— 3 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Paradesi Synagogue and Jain Temple, Alleppey. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marari Beach and Kerala Folklore Museum. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, visit Mattancherry, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, and admire the masterpieces at Gallery OED Cochin..

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip site.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in April since evenings lows in Kochi (Cochin) dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Jammu and Kashmir travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Gardens
India's northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir boasts many notable temples, yet the region's claim to fame remains its natural splendor. A tour of Jammu and Kashmir takes you across a mountainous landscape at the foothills of the Lesser Himalaya, with abundant skiing and hiking opportunities. Despite its natural appeal and a wealth of cultural attractions, this border area remains off most tourists' itineraries because of enduring tensions between India and Pakistan. The few foreign visitors who make it here usually head to Ladakh, a trekkers' paradise that's also considered one of northern India's safest places.

Uttarakhand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
Land of Gods
Called the "Land of Gods" thanks to its many temples and notable pilgrimage sites, Uttarakhand appeals to tourists interested in taking a spiritual journey through an awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape. A comprehensive Uttarakhand tour encompasses everything from colonial-era hill stations and thriving cities, to protected wildlife areas and holiday towns with every amenity under the sun. Many come to discover the dramatic mountainous terrain dotted with sacred lakes and rivers--featuring prominently in the great epics "Mahabharata" and "Ramayana--while others take a trip to Uttarakhand for a chance to spot snow leopards and Bengal tigers.

Himachal Pradesh travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
Home to the majestic western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh ranks among the world's top mountaineering destinations. Tourism in Himachal Pradesh draws adventurers from far and wide to climb, raft, paraglide, hike, and ski their way across the picture-perfect river valleys and snow-covered mountain slopes. Those looking for something less strenuous can tour Himachal Pradesh's charming hill stations, where the holiday atmosphere lasts all year. To travel through this mountainous region the old-fashioned way, consider one of the state's narrow-gauge railways, which include the World Heritage-listed Kalka-Shimla train line.

Haryana travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Theaters · Shopping Malls
Set in the scenic foothills of Aravalli, the small state of Haryana ranks among the most prosperous in India and boasts important Hindu shrines dating from Vedic times. Tourism in Haryana revolves around ancient religious sites--predominantly impressive Hindu structures with some important Muslim mausoleums mixed in. A string of temples described in the epic Mahabharata attracts scores of devotees, while proximity to New Delhi has given rise to an array of health resorts, excellent sports facilities, and urban entertainment. With its renowned handicrafts, folk music, and dances, Haryana's cultural attractions nicely balance the scenic natural setting.

Odisha travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Architectural Buildings
Bordered by the Bay of Bengal, Odisha combines fascinating ancient temples, 480 km (298 mi) of coastline, and abundant natural beauty. Tribal areas concentrate in the hillier and less-touristy western part of the state, while the eastern part draws the bulk of Odisha's tourism with its Golden Triangle of Puri, Konark, and capital Bhubaneswar. Follow that route to discover a World Heritage-listed temple featuring thousands of erotic carvings, and the capital's wealth of architectural gems and ancient religious sites. Beyond the cities, extensive wetlands and nature reserves support a range of wildlife, while beaches let you get out on the sand and surf. The centuries-old cuisine is bound to provide plenty of culinary highlights on a tour of Odisha.

Andhra Pradesh travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Beaches
Koh-i-Noor of India
From beautiful beaches to pristine hills and sapphire lakes, Andhra Pradesh offers a wide range of natural settings to appeal to tourists. Stone forts, impressive carved towers, and tiger and bird sanctuaries stand out as some of the best attractions in Andra Pradesh, while the state’s long coastline is dotted with scenic sandy beaches. Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim pilgrimage sites attract devotees year-round, while dense forests and diverse wildlife make Andhra Pradesh a popular eco-tourism destination. A well-developed railway network gives tourism in Andhra Pradesh a certain touch of romance and nostalgia.

Chhattisgarh travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Sacred & Religious Sites · Waterfalls
Situated in the heart of India with three national parks and 11 wildlife sanctuaries, Chhattisgarh offers a real treat for nature lovers. Tourism in Chhattisgarh focuses on the state's natural and tribal diversity with tours of ancient caves, Hindu and Buddhist temples, picturesque palaces, and villages with India's oldest tribal communities. Countless ecotourism attractions lie tucked away amidst dense tropical forests, abundant in the national sal tree, waterfalls, hot springs, and parks sheltering tigers, langur monkeys, wild boars, and wild buffalos. Sample some of the traditional cuisine on your tour of Chhattisgarh, including sweet jalebis.

Madhya Pradesh travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · History Museums
The Heart of India; The Heart of Incredible India; MP
Centrally located in the subcontinent, Madhya Pradesh has been the crossroads of cultures and influences--Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim alike--throughout its history. Things to see in Madhya Pradesh include ancient stone temple complexes with impressive towers and intricate erotic carvings, historic forts, elaborate mosques, and UNESCO-protected Mesolithic stone paintings. With a subtropical climate and 30 per cent of its territory covered by forest, the province offers numerous scenic hikes with waterfalls, hills, and rivulets to admire. Straddling the Narmada River, which runs through a magnificent marble gorge, Madhya Pradesh also abounds with wildlife and nature reserves. Visit the national park with the highest population density of tigers in the world, and see other magnificent animals while you're at it. Take a dip in one of the sacred rivers and sample regional cuisine rich with spices and exotic flavors.

Rajasthan travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Land of Kings
One of the jewels in India's crown, Rajasthan is probably at its most appealing when seen from the berth of an express train. An epic railway journey across India's largest state reveals sleepy villages frozen in time many centuries ago, ancient fortresses and temples with commanding views over the surrounding landscape, and giant cities teeming with life, noise, heat, color, and spice. To see as much as you can during your trip to Rajasthan, explore the famous Golden Triangle, which includes the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Other notable destinations worthy of a well-rounded Rajasthan itinerary include Bikaner, famed for its sweets, and Udaipur, known for its lakes and romantic backdrops.

Gujarat travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
Busily scurrying between popular Rajasthan and Mumbai, most tourists skip a stop at Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Still off the well-beaten path, the region retains much of its bucolic charm, best glimpsed by visiting tiny tribal villages where the locals weave, dye, and embroider arguably the finest textiles available in India. Aside from the obvious cultural appeal, a tour of Gujarat ensures plenty of chances to come face-to-face with the unique regional wildlife, which includes many species of migratory birds and the last of the endangered Asiatic lions.

Maharashtra travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Architectural Buildings
Packed with some of India's top attractions, Maharashtra stretches from the country's western coast to its central section, encompassing equally varied landscapes and climates. Home to the most industrialized region in India, this sprawling state also boasts thriving agricultural and tourism sectors. Begin your tour of Maharashtra in Mumbai, India's commercial capital and hub of the successful Bollywood film and TV industries. Beyond this immense, cosmopolitan city, you can explore Buddhist caves, ancient temple complexes, modern beach resorts, national parks, and pleasant hill stations that the European colonists used as summer retreats.

Telangana travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Theme Parks
A recently formed central Indian state on the Deccan Plateau, Telangana has a semi-arid, hot and dry climate with monsoon seasons. The main attractions in Telangana include spectacular stone towers guarding ancient Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist pilgrimage sites, and impressive old cities with heritage dating back to prehistoric times. Three national parks run by the government, and 65 sacred groves preserved by locals, shelter huge varieties of wildlife. Pristine natural settings with scenic waterfalls offer good hiking opportunities. The local culture here has combined with Persian traditions to nurture a rich local culture of classical music, painting and folk arts, including shadow puppet theater. Your Telangana itinerary may also include a visit to a bizarre film city, modern malls, and waterparks.

Tamil Nadu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Karnataka travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Gardens
Although most know it for its giant capital, Karnataka encompasses many different land features, from sandy beaches in the coastal east to the wild mountains and thriving farmlands deep in the interior. Home to nearly 9 million people, the city of Bangalore makes a great starting point of a Karnataka tour, packed with temples, churches, shopping malls, and thousands of fast food eateries and restaurants. If you prefer to see the less hectic side of Karnataka, head to Hampi, where you can discover the remains of the once-powerful Vijayanagara Empire scattered across a sprawling World Heritage Site.

Kerala travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.