39 days in India Itinerary

39 days in India Itinerary

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39 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  6​h
1
Hampi
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Kumarakom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Madurai
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  2​h 45​min
6
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Chengalpattu
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Agra
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
12
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
13
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
14
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
15
Jodhpur
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Mumbai


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Lotus Mahal, admire the landmark architecture of Elephant Stables, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ugra Narsimha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vitthala Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Tungabhadra Dam, take in the awesome beauty at Matanga Hill, and then contemplate the long history of Group of Monuments at Hampi.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hampi trip maker app .

Mumbai to Hampi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mumbai in November, plan for little chillier days in Hampi, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Hampi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Tungabhadra Dam
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Tungabhadra Dam ©
Tungabhadra Dam
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple
Elephant Stables ©
Elephant Stables

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Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, then see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumarakom online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Hampi to Kumarakom with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kumarakom when traveling from Hampi in November, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kumarakom

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kottayam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mattancherry Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then make a trip to Jew Town, then gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kumarakom to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Thekkady travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

3
nights
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Madurai is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip planning app .

Getting from Madurai to Mahabalipuram by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. December in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chengalpattu.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

4
nights
Chengalpattu

Chengalpattu ©
Chengalpattu, formerly known as Chingleput, is located on the GST Road and southwest of Kanchipuram in Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu, India. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chengalpattu: Kanchi Ganesha Temple (in Puri) and Kanchipuram (Chitragupta Swamy Temple, Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram), & more).

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chengalpattu online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chengalpattu in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Chengalpattu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Chengalpattu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kanchipuram, Kanchi Ganesha Temple
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Ekambareswarar Temple ©
Ekambareswarar Temple
Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Chitragupta Swamy Temple ©
Chitragupta Swamy Temple

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, make a trip to Mother House, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, stop by Kumortuli, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and finally make a trip to College Street (Boi Para).

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chengalpattu to Kolkata (Calcutta). In December, Kolkata (Calcutta) is little chillier than Chengalpattu - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

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

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the activities along Ganges River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banaras Ghats, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishalakshi Temple, make a trip to Sarnath, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annapurna Devi Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), then don't miss a visit to Manikarnika Ghat, and finally make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Varanasi trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Varanasi is little chillier than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Step out of Agra to go to Bharatpur and see Keoladeo National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Taj Mahal, admire the striking features of Diwan E Aam, admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Agra visit website .

Getting from Varanasi to Agra by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Varanasi in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Agra, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

2
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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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Humayun's Tomb, admire the landmark architecture of Qutub Minar, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akshardham.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the New Delhi online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Agra to New Delhi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in New Delhi are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar

2
nights
Jaisalmer

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Desert Art Gallery and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Maharaja's Palace and then contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer route planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Jaisalmer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Jaisalmer Fort ©
Jaisalmer Fort
Maharaja's Palace ©
Maharaja's Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and finally look for gifts at Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre. On the next day, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Gems Galaxy, then admire the striking features of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), and then don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Jaisalmer to Jaipur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Jaipur sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

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Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Bagore Ki Haveli and then take a leisurely stroll along Gangaur Ghat. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, then explore the activities along Lake Pichola, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Udaipur trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Jaipur to Udaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Udaipur sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the galleries of Ganesh Handicrafts, then appreciate the history behind Jaswant Thada, then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and finally make a trip to Ghanta Ghar. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then examine the collection at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jodhpur journey maker app .

Getting from Udaipur to Jodhpur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Jodhpur can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Zipline

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