39 days in India Itinerary

39 days in India Itinerary

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39 days in India Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Leh
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
4
Agra
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Jaipur
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
11
Goa
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
End: Pune

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.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Ganesh Handicrafts, and then view the masterpieces at Umaid Heritage Art School.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jodhpur trip builder .

Pune to Jodhpur is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Jodhpur are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Umaid Heritage Art School ©
Umaid Heritage Art School

2
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 18th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chandni Chowk, stop by LUV INDIYA CONCEPTS, then contemplate the long history of India Gate, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, then step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi planner .

You can fly from Jodhpur to New Delhi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Red Fort (Lal Quila) ©
Red Fort (Lal Quila)
India Gate ©
India Gate

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.
Shop till you drop at Pashmina House and The Little Paradise. Appreciate the collections at Hall of Fame and Stok Palace Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hemis Monastery (in Hemis) and Alchi Monastary (in Alchi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, explore the ancient world of Basgo gompa, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

Fly from New Delhi to Leh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastary
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa

5
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Appreciate the collections at Taj Gallery and Agra Art Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Step out of Agra with an excursion to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at New Nice Marble Art & Handicrafts, take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, browse the exhibits of Shahin Arts, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Guru ka Tal.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Agra trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Leh to Agra by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In September in Agra, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Gem Plaza and Jitesh Arts. You'll explore and learn at Gyan Museum and City Palace of Jaipur. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, identify plant and animal life at Make Bike Trip, browse the exhibits of ICA Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Samanvai Art Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaipur attractions website .

Drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Jaipur sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

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

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 5th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Fine Art School (Painting House), admire the landmark architecture of City Palace of Udaipur, then take in the exciting artwork at Gothwal Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Udaipur Art Villa, view the masterpieces at Art Haveli, and then take in the exciting artwork at B. G. Sharma Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Udaipur trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jaipur in October, Udaipur is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Fine Art School (Painting House), Art Haveli
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola

4
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Step out of the city life by going to Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Do your shopping at Moon Stone Arts and Mahatma Gandhi Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach, Adimalathura Beach, & more) and Varkala (Asparagus, Varkala Beach, & more). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Mall of Travancore, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) tour itinerary maker website .

Fly from Udaipur to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Udaipur in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and finally look for gifts at Kerala Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady road trip website .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, browse the exhibits of Kumarakom Craft Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kerala Album Art Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Mozart Art Gallery, look for gifts at Pulimootttil Silks, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Clay Art Cafe.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kottayam trip planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Kottayam by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kottayam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kumarakom, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, St. George Orthodox Church
Highlights from your plan
Mozart Art Gallery ©
Mozart Art Gallery
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church

5
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kerala Museum and LuLu Mall. Kashi Art Gallery and Durbar Hall Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi (Cochin): Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop (in Alappuzha). Next up on the itinerary: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Indian Industries, browse the different shops at Centre Square Mall, kick back and relax at Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach, and examine the collection at International Tourism Police Station and Police Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Museum ©
Kerala Museum
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Do your shopping at Sheek Emporium and Ali Babas Cave. Get some cultural insight at Mario Gallery and Basilica of Bom Jesus. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Baga Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palolem Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Animal Shelter Agonda.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Goa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kochi (Cochin) to Goa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Goa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach

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