39 days in India Itinerary

39 days in India Itinerary

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39 days in India Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City
Drive:  26​h
1
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  7​h
2
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
3
Goa
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Jodhpur
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
11
Shimla
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
13
Leh
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  14​h 30​min
14
Gangtok
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
15
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dhaka City

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a stroll through Park Street.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) travel route tool .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Kolkata (Calcutta) is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Park Street ©
Park Street

2
nights
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagaraja Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sanguthurai Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Xavier Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Sothavilai Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muttom Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kanyakumari takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Kanyakumari to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Nagaraja Temple, Chitharal Hill Temple, Muttom Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muttom Beach ©
Muttom Beach
Nagaraja Temple ©
Nagaraja Temple
Sanguthurai Beach ©
Sanguthurai Beach

2
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Palacio do Deao, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Spirit, then enjoy the sand and surf at Betalbatim Beach, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Milsim Goa Paintball. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Francis of Assissi, take a stroll through Fontainhas, then contemplate the long history of Reis Magos Fort, and finally look for gifts at Shamrock Jewellers.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goa trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Kanyakumari to Goa takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanyakumari in December: highs in Goa hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 27°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Betalbatim Beach ©
Betalbatim Beach
Church of St. Francis of Assissi ©
Church of St. Francis of Assissi
Reis Magos Fort ©
Reis Magos Fort

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, view the masterpieces at Jehangir Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Mary Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Red Carpet Wax Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanheri Caves, then look for gifts at Bikaner House, and finally browse the different shops at Inorbit Mall Vashi.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mumbai trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Goa to Mumbai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Mumbai when traveling from Goa in January, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Navi Mumbai
Highlights from your plan
Mount Mary Basilica ©
Mount Mary Basilica
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Red Carpet Wax Museum ©
Red Carpet Wax Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Maharana Pratap Museum, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and then stop by Gothwal Art. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple, browse the exhibits of Pacific Art, then get engrossed in the history at Bagore Ki Haveli, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Udaipur trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Udaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in January; daily highs in Udaipur reach 28°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art
Maharana Pratap Museum ©
Maharana Pratap Museum

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, contemplate the long history of Phool Mahal, then admire the masterpieces at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ganesh Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jodhpur trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Other options are to 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 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Safaris
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Jitesh Arts, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, and finally identify plant and animal life at EleSafari. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Nahargarh Fort, see the interesting displays at Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elefriend, then explore the historical opulence of Jal Mahal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Moti Dungari Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur day trip tool .

Fly from Jodhpur to Jaipur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
EleSafari ©
EleSafari
Nahargarh Fort ©
Nahargarh Fort
Elefriend ©
Elefriend

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, look for gifts at Marble Handicrafts Agra, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Keoladeo National Park, make a trip to Agra Fort, and then admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Agra travel route planning site .

Drive from Jaipur to Agra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Jaipur in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Agra: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sai Baba Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, then admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, and then explore the striking landscape of Sultanpur National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the New Delhi online travel route planner .

You can drive from Agra to New Delhi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sultanpur National Park
Highlights from your plan
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ©
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Rajpath ©
Rajpath
Hauz Khas Village ©
Hauz Khas Village

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Amritsar

Amritsar ©
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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Goindwal Sahib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Guru Ka Mahal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Punjab State War Heroes Memorial & Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib, and finally stop by The Famous Amritsari Papar Warian.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amritsar travel planner .

Getting from New Delhi to Amritsar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in January: high temperatures in Amritsar hover around 20°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Shimla.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Goindwal Sahib ©
Goindwal Sahib
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai ©
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai
Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib

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nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Himalayan Nature Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tara Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, and then tee off at Naldehra Golf Course.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shimla trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Amritsar to Shimla takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanuman Temple, Tara Devi Temple, Naldehra Golf Course, Himalayan Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Himalayan Nature Park ©
Himalayan Nature Park

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nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at International Roerich Memorial Trust, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tripura Sundari Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manali itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Leh.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Tripura Sundari Temple, The Himalayan Trout Fish Farm
Highlights from your plan
Hampta ©
Hampta
International Roerich Memorial Trust ©
Tripura Sundari Temple ©
Tripura Sundari Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hemis Monastery, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, and finally stop by De Pashmina Emporium. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Circuit, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chemre Gompa Monastery, and finally see the interesting displays at Ladakh Rocks & Minerals Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Leh day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Manali to Leh takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hemis Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
River Rafting & Tubing
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery

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nights
Gangtok

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiv Mandir, look for all kinds of wild species at Deorali Orchid Sanctuary, then hunt for treasures at Lal Bazar, and finally take a stroll through MG Marg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Teesta River, then identify plant and animal life at Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, and then stop by Handicraft Emporium.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip builder app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Leh to Gangtok in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Teesta River
Highlights from your plan
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary ©
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary
MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Kyongnosla Waterfall ©
Kyongnosla Waterfall

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nights
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.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Char Dham, identify plant and animal life at Tinchuley Village, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ralong Monastery.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip planner .

Getting from Gangtok to Darjeeling by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Char Dham, Ralong Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple

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