43 days in India Itinerary

43 days in India Itinerary

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43 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  13​h
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Agra
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Lucknow
— 4 nights
train:  9​h 45​min
4
Patna
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Puri
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Bhubaneswar
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Madurai
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Pondicherry
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
9
Mahabalipuram
— 4 nights
taxi + train:  1​h
10
Chennai
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, then steep yourself in history at Humayun's Tomb, and then steep yourself in history at India Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila), then take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the New Delhi journey maker website .

Bristol, UK to New Delhi is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Bristol to New Delhi. In February in New Delhi, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then walk around Mehtab Bagh. On your second day here, look for gifts at Rajrani Souvenirs.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Agra online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for Lucknow.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Mehtab Bagh ©
Mehtab Bagh

4
nights
Lucknow

Lucknow ©
A traditionally cultural city with peculiar architecture and a blend of civilizations, Lucknow offers popular sightseeing of a number of historic monuments.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Begum Hazrat Mahal Park as well as Parijaat Tree. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Bara Imambara, stroll around Dr. Ambedkar Park, steep yourself in history at Rumi Darwaza, and make a trip to Chowk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucknow travel route website .

Traveling by car from Agra to Lucknow takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Lucknow can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 10th (Wed), you're off toPatna.

Things to do in Lucknow

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dr. Ambedkar Park ©
Dr. Ambedkar Park
Bara Imambara ©
Bara Imambara
Hazratganj ©
Hazratganj

4
nights
Patna

Patna ©
Occupying the southern bank of the famous Ganges River, the state capital of Patna combines an important religious and regal heritage with a fast-growing commercial and transport hub.
Get out of town with these interesting Patna side-trips: Bodh Gaya (Bodhi Tree, Mahabodhi Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji, appreciate the history behind Hanuman Mandir, don't miss a visit to Gandhi Maidan, and examine the collection at Patna Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Patna trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Lucknow to Patna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Patna, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Puri.

Things to do in Patna

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bodh Gaya
Highlights from your plan
Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Bodhi Tree ©
Bodhi Tree
Great Buddha Statue ©
Great Buddha Statue

3
nights
Puri

Puri ©
An important place of Hindu pilgrimage, Puri features a wealth of holy and historic sites that draw in believers and tourists alike.
Go for a jaunt from Puri to Konark to see Konark Sun Temple about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Jagannath Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Govardhan Peetham, explore the activities along Chilika Lake, and steep yourself in history at Bedi Hanuman Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puri trip planner .

Getting from Patna to Puri by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Patna in February, expect Puri to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 21°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bhubaneswar.

Things to do in Puri

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Konark Sun Temple
Highlights from your plan
Puri Beach ©
Puri Beach
Konark Sun Temple ©
Konark Sun Temple
Jagannath Temple ©
Jagannath Temple

3
nights
Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar ©
A major pilgrimage center for both Hindus and Buddhists, Bhubaneswar boasts a dazzling number of holy sites, temples, and shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Ram Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishtadevata Temple Service-Lingaraja Temple, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dhauli Giri Hills, and finally Head underground at Udayagiri Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rajarani Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at MukteshwarTemple, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple.

Start your trip to Bhubaneswar by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Take a train from Puri to Bhubaneswar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Bhubaneswar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Bhubaneswar

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts ©
Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts
Shree Ram Mandir ©
Shree Ram Mandir

5
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, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, make a trip to Kalamegaperumal Temple, and see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Bhubaneswar to Madurai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Bhubaneswar, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Madurai, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Food Tours

4
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Step out of Pondicherry with an excursion to Matrimandir in Auroville--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, kick back and relax at Rock Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip planner .

Getting from Madurai to Pondicherry by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram

4
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.
Mahabalipuram is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, and Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To plan Mahabalipuram vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. March in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

9
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, wander the streets of Fort St. George, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church.

Plan trip to Chennai with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Chennai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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