42 days in India Itinerary

42 days in India Itinerary

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42 days in India Itinerary

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

1
day
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 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, and then don't miss a visit to Ghanta Ghar.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jodhpur trip itinerary site .

Ahmedabad to Jodhpur is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Jodhpur can reach 48°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Ghanta Ghar ©
Ghanta Ghar

4
nights
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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lodhi Garden, admire the striking features of Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read New Delhi trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Jodhpur to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in New Delhi

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

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, fun & games, winter sports, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of International Roerich Memorial Trust, and cruise along Hampta.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manali trip planner .

Fly from New Delhi to Manali in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Leh.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hampta
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

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.
Spend the 1st (Sat) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Leh trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manali to Leh takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Spituk Monastery ©
Spituk Monastery

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Spend the 5th (Wed) on the rails with a train tour. Spend the 6th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Agra road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In June in Agra, expect temperatures between 46°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

5
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.
Spend the 11th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 10th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, admire the landmark architecture of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), and see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jaipur visit planner.

Getting from Agra to Jaipur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): browse the exhibits of City Palace of Udaipur, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Bagore Ki Haveli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tripura Sundari Temple, explore the historical opulence of Monsoon Palace, then admire the natural beauty at Sahelion Ki Bari, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekling Ji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Udaipur trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Jaipur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Udaipur, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Udaipur

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

3
nights
Mumbai

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Dhobi Ghat.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Mumbai driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Mumbai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Udaipur in June: highs in Mumbai hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

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.
Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Varkala (Varkala Light House, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, get in on the family fun at Magic Planet Theme Park, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and engage your brain at Kerala Science and Technology Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planner .

You can fly from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

5
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Take a break from Thekkady with a short trip to Ramakkalmedu in Nedumkandam, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, see the interesting displays at INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve, admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and browse the exhibits of Green land spice garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ramakkalmedu
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden

5
nights
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.
Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam, about 1h 15 min away. Pamper yourself for a day on the 29th (Sat) at some of the top local wellness centers. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, stroll through Subhash Park, and admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip builder website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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