38 days in India Itinerary

38 days in India Itinerary

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Leh
— 3 nights
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Shimla
— 2 nights
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Manali
— 3 nights
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New Delhi
— 2 nights
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Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
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Jaipur
— 2 nights
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Udaipur
— 2 nights
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Jodhpur
— 3 nights
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Mumbai
— 8 nights
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Guruvayur
— 2 nights
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Munnar
— 2 nights
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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.
Thiksey Monastery and Spituk Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Hemis Monastery and Shanti Stupa. Change things up with a short trip to Likir Gompa in Likir (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Leh trip planner.

London, UK to Leh is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Leh, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Shimla

— 2 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Kufri Fun World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple. On your second day here, examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, then tee off at Naldehra Golf Course, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankat Mochan Temple.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shimla trip maker website.

Getting from Leh to Shimla by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

Manali

— 3 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hidimba Devi Temple and Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rohtang Pass and Beas River. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Keylong, admire the engineering at Pandoh Dam, and admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali road trip website.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

New Delhi

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and then see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akshardham, admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, and then contemplate the long history of India Gate.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Manali to New Delhi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. August in New Delhi sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Jaisalmer

— 3 nights

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for gifts at Kuku Pashmina Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, and then steep yourself in history at Jaisalmer Fort. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tilon Ki Pol and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jaisalmer trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from New Delhi to Jaisalmer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Jaipur

— 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Amber Palace and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Spas and City Palace of Jaipur. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, steep yourself in history at Jaigarh Fort, make a trip to Monkey Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Jal Mahal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur online tour planner.

You can fly from Jaisalmer to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Udaipur, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekling Ji Temple, view the masterpieces at Gothwal Art, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, and finally take in the exciting artwork at B. G. Sharma Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Udaipur trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Jaipur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Udaipur, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

Jodhpur

— 3 nights

Sun City

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 13th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and then look for gifts at Mk Indus Tree. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well), then pause for some photo ops at Jaswant Thada, then see the interesting displays at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jodhpur trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Udaipur to Jodhpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Udaipur in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Jodhpur, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Mumbai

— 8 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Nerul Balaji Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nariman Point and Colaba. Change things up with these side-trips from Mumbai: Lonavala (Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum & Della Adventure Park), Khopoli (Imagica Snow Park, Imagicaa, &more) and Shirgaon Beach (in Shirgaon). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Chowpatty Beach, take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banganga Tank, and get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mumbai route planner.

Traveling by flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Jodhpur in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mumbai: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Guruvayur

— 2 nights

Dwarka of the South

Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), admire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple and then kick back and relax at Snehatheeram Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Guruvayur trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mumbai to Guruvayur. In August, daytime highs in Guruvayur are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Munnar

— 2 nights

Southern Spice

Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then admire the engineering at Anayirankal Dam Reservoir.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar vacation tool.

You can drive from Guruvayur to Munnar in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Chennai

— 4 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Parthasarathy Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Chennai side-trips: Mahabalipuram (Shore Temple, Tiger Cave, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chennai route tool.

Traveling by flight from Munnar to Chennai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Munnar, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chennai, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

India travel guide

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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.