52 days in India & Siem Reap Itinerary

52 days in India & Siem Reap Itinerary

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52 days in India & Siem Reap Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Chidambaram, India
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Varanasi, India
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Rishikesh, India
— 12 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Rome, Italy

7
nights
Chidambaram, India

Chidambaram ©
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Change things up with these side-trips from Chidambaram: Vaidyanathaswamy Temple (in Vaitheeswarankovil), Nagapattinam (Sattainathar Temple, Vaitheeswaran Kovil Shrine to Mars, & more) and Cuddalore (Veeranam Lake, Veeratteswarar Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pitchavaram Backwater, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swetharanyeswarar Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chidambaram online attractions planner .

Rome, Italy to Chidambaram is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rome to Chidambaram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cuddalore, Thirukadaiyur, Nagapattinam, Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple
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Veeratteswarar Temple ©
Veeratteswarar Temple
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple ©
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
Seshapureeswarar temple ©
Seshapureeswarar temple

9
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Spend the 21st (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, don't miss a visit to Pub Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chidambaram to Siem Reap. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chidambaram to Siem Reap. In February, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Siem Reap

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

10
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kolkata (Calcutta): Chandannagar (Chandannagar Church & The Strand), Chinsurah Dutch Cemetery (in Hooghly) and Second Hooghly Bridge (in Howrah). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of South Park Street Cemetery, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalighat Kali Temple, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kolkata (Calcutta) road trip tool .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Siem Reap to Kolkata (Calcutta) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Siem Reap in February, things will get a bit cooler in Kolkata (Calcutta): highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hooghly, Chandannagar, Second Hooghly Bridge
Highlights from your plan
South Park Street Cemetery ©
South Park Street Cemetery
Walking tours
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)

11
nights
Varanasi, India

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varanasi: Sita Kund (in Mirzapur), Chandauli (Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary & Devdari Falls) and Shahi Qila (in Jaunpur). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bindu Madhav Temple, don't miss a visit to Sarnath, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in March, Varanasi is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chandauli, Sita Kund, Shahi Qila
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness

12
nights
Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rishikesh: Chaitanya Mutt (in Mayapur), Shri Badrinath Ji Temple (in Badrinath) and Haridwar (Saptarshi Ashram, Chandi Devi Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: pick up some local products at Cooking Masala, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rishikesh road trip planning tool .

Getting from Varanasi to Rishikesh by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Haridwar, Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Chaitanya Mutt, Raghunath Temple
Highlights from your plan
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple
Cooking Masala ©
Cooking Masala
River Rafting & Tubing

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