36 days in India, Pokhara & Lumbini Itinerary

36 days in India, Pokhara & Lumbini Itinerary

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36 days in India, Pokhara & Lumbini Itinerary

Start: Harare, Zimbabwe
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 3 nights
Train:  8​h 30​min
2
Varanasi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Pokhara, Nepal
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Lumbini, Nepal
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
5
Navsari, India
— 8 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Mumbai, India
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Harare, Zimbabwe

3
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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.
Kolkata (Calcutta) is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, parks, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and snap pictures at Howrah Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kolkata (Calcutta) road trip planning site .

Harare, Zimbabwe to Kolkata (Calcutta) is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Harare to Kolkata (Calcutta) is 3 hours. November in Kolkata (Calcutta) sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Walking tours

3
nights
Varanasi, India

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.
Varanasi is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along Ganges River, don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Banaras Ghats.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Varanasi trip planner .

You can fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Varanasi, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pokhara.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness

8
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Pokhara is known for nature, adventure, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Pokhara trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Varanasi to Pokhara by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and bus. When traveling from Varanasi in November, plan for slightly colder days in Pokhara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lumbini.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

8
nights
Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini ©
An important place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini represents the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ramgram Stupa (in Parasi) and Ranighat Palace (in Tansen). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mother Temple of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, make a trip to Lumbini Monastic Site, explore the ancient world of Kudan Stupa, and pause for some photo ops at Lumbini.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lumbini day trip planner .

You can drive from Pokhara to Lumbini in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Pokhara in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lumbini: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Navsari.

Things to do in Lumbini

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ranighat Palace, Ramgram Stupa, Siddha Baba Temple
Highlights from your plan
Lumbini Monastic Site ©
Lumbini Monastic Site
Ramgram Stupa ©
Ramgram Stupa
Maya Devi Temple ©
Maya Devi Temple

8
nights
Navsari, India

Navsari ©
Navsari is a city and municipality in the Surat Metropolitan Region and also the administrative headquarters Navsari District of Gujarat, India. Venture out of the city with trips to Bilimora (Jalaram Mandir, Somnath Temple, & more), Silvassa (Silvassa Vasona Lion Safari, Swaminarayan Temple, & more) and Gira Waterfalls (in Saputara). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sai Baba Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bom Jesus Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Jampore Beach, and stroll through Dandi Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Navsari route maker site .

You can drive from Lumbini to Navsari in 29.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Navsari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Daman, Valsad, Bilimora, Silvassa, Gira Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Bom Jesus Church ©
Bom Jesus Church
Swaminarayan Temple ©
Swaminarayan Temple
Swaminarayan Temple ©
Swaminarayan Temple

1
night
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Banganga Tank, make a trip to Gateway of India, then get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and finally snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mumbai vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Navsari to Mumbai takes 4.5 hours. December in Mumbai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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