31 days in India Itinerary

31 days in India Itinerary

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31 days in India Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
3
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Hampi
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Agra
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5​h
11
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Akshardham and Gandhi Smriti. Get a sense of the local culture at Raj Ghat and India Gate. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Humayun's Tomb, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, admire the striking features of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila).

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip itinerary builder website .

Edinburgh, UK to New Delhi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in March: high temperatures in New Delhi hover around 34°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Akshardham
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Akshardham ©
Akshardham
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Raj Ghat ©
Raj Ghat

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Siyali Mahadev Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ghatotkach Tree Templ, and finally get outside with Rohtang Pass. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manali itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Manali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Siyali Mahadev Temple ©
Siyali Mahadev Temple

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 (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Tea Garden, explore the galleries of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darjeeling trip builder app .

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 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Chowrasta ©
Chowrasta

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Pancha Rathas. Sea Shore Temple and Descent Of The Ganges are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Darjeeling to Mahabalipuram takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, Mahabalipuram is somewhat warmer than Darjeeling - with highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hampi.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

2
nights
Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vitthala Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, then admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shivlinga.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hampi day trip app .

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Hampi by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In March, daily temperatures in Hampi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple

1
night
Jodhpur

Jodhpur ©
The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort and then admire the masterpieces at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES), and then view the masterpieces at Umaid Heritage Art School.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jodhpur trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Hampi to Jodhpur in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hampi in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Jodhpur. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Outdoors Adventure Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Heritage Art School ©
Umaid Heritage Art School
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Jain Temples and Jai Shankar Handicrafts. Get some cultural insight at Jaisalmer War Museum and Tanot Mata Temple. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Desert Culture Centre & Museum and steep yourself in history at Jaisalmer Fort.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jaisalmer online holiday planner .

You can drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Jain Temples ©
Jain Temples
Tanot Mata Temple ©
Tanot Mata Temple

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.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekling Ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and finally look for gifts at Gothwal Art. Keep things going 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.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Udaipur vacation builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Jaisalmer to Udaipur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Udaipur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Shahastrabahu Temple
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Shahastrabahu Temple ©
Shahastrabahu Temple
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art

3
nights
Jaipur

Jaipur ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Amber Palace and Jaigarh Fort. Step off the beaten path and head to Nahargarh Fort and Shri Gopinath Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Govind Dev Ji Temple, admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, and admire the masterpieces at Jitesh Arts.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Jaipur trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Jaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Nahargarh Fort ©
Nahargarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort ©
Jaigarh Fort

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get some cultural insight at Taj Mahal and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Your inner history buff will appreciate Agra Fort and Soami Bagh. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, stop by Taj Gallery, admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Balkeshwar Mandir.

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

You can drive from Jaipur to Agra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Agra, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal ©
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib and Likir Gompa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanti Stupa and Hemis Monastery. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alchi Choskor Monastery, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and contemplate the long history of Basgo gompa.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Leh day trip planner.

Getting from Agra to Leh by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hemis Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa

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