56 days in India Itinerary

56 days in India Itinerary

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Jaisalmer
— 6 nights
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Goa
— 5 nights
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Chikmagalur
— 1 night
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Taxi to Birur Junction (RRB), Train to Chennai Central (MAS), Ferry to Havelock Island
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Havelock Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Port Blair, South Andaman Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Madurai, Train to Rameswaram
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Train to Madurai Jn, Fly to Bagdogra
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Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive
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Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Fly
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Manali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shimla
— 3 nights
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Leh
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nubra Valley
— 1 night
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Kargil
— 2 nights
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Dharamsala
— 3 nights
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Jaisalmer

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaisalmer War Museum and Desert National Park. Attractions like Tanot Mata Temple and Shree Laxmi Art Home make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Sam Sand Dunes in Kanoi (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stop by Hari Om Jewellers, make a trip to Bada Bagh, contemplate the long history of Kuldhara Abandoned Village, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temples.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer day trip website.

Bhopal to Jaisalmer is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

5
nights
Goa

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Kids will enjoy Milsim Goa Paintball and Anjuna Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapora Fort and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Se Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arambol Beach, admire the sheer force of Dudhsagar Falls, and explore the activities along Zuari River.

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You can fly from Jaisalmer to Goa in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Goa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

1
night
Chikmagalur

Coffee Land

Located at the foot of the highest mountain range in the state, the city of Chikamagalur features a number of natural and man-made attractions of rich variety.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shri Jagadguru Badari Shankaracharya Samsthanam and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mullayanagiri. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sringeri Mutt, explore the ancient world of Chennakesava Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hoysaleswara Temple, and finally visit Belavadi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chikmagalur travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Goa to Chikmagalur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

4
nights
Havelock Island

Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Family-friendly places like Bharatpur Beach and Laxmanpur Beach will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Howrah Bridge and Mangrove Forest. Step out of Havelock Island to go to Neil Island and see Ram Nagar Beach, which is approximately 3h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with Captain Hook’s, kick back and relax at Kalapathar Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Havelock Island travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Chikmagalur to Havelock Island by combination of taxi, train, and ferry takes about 76 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Port Blair.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

5
nights
Port Blair, South Andaman Island

The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
Attractions like North Bay Island Andaman and Samudrika Marine Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Anthropological Museum and Chatham Saw Mill. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Corbyn's Cove, stop by Sagarika Emporium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Munda Pahad Beach, and see the interesting displays at Zsi Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Blair online visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Havelock Island to Port Blair takes 3.5 hours. September in Port Blair sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 83°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Rameswaram

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Bring the kids along to Pamban bridge and Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hanuman Temple and Water Bird Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip maker app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Port Blair to Rameswaram in 12 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

3
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Flower Exhibition Centre and Himalayan Zoological Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hanuman Tok and Tashi View Point. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ranka Monastery, don't miss a visit to Gonjang Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, and identify plant and animal life at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gangtok online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Rameswaram to Gangtok in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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Darjeeling

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kangchenjunga and Barbotey Rock Garden. Attractions like Japanese Peace Pagoda and Batasia Loop make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Darjeeling's surroundings by going to Temi Tea Garden (in Temi), Tashiding Monastery (in Yuksom) and Sangacholing Monastery (in Pelling). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Happy Valley Tea Estate, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, take some stellar pictures from Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Garden.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling route maker website.

Drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Darjeeling can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

4
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Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Jogini Waterfall and Vashisht Baths. Kids will enjoy Solang Nullah and Bhrigu Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Manali: Naina Bhagwati Mandir (in Manikaran) and Naggar Castle (in Naggar). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Rohtang Pass, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple, and get great views at Gulaba.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manali route planner.

Traveling by flight from Darjeeling to Manali takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

3
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Shimla

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Bring the kids along to Kali Bari Temple and Annandale Ground. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Indian Institute of Advanced Study and The Ridge. Go for a jaunt from Shimla to Taradevi to see Tara Devi Temple about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: gain insight at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, contemplate the long history of Kotkhai Palace, don't miss a visit to Scandal Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Shimla route planning site.

Drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

5
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Khardung La and Hemis Monastery. Step out of Leh with an excursion to Likir Gompa in Likir--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanti Stupa, look for gifts at De Pashmina Emporium, and don't miss a visit to Temple at Sumda Chun.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Leh itinerary planner.

You can fly from Shimla to Leh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Leh

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

1
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Nubra Valley

A trip to Nubra Valley must be planned in advance due to the area's weather extremes, which include freezing winters.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarab Tso Lake, then admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hunder Sand Dunes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nubra Valley trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Leh to Nubra Valley takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kargil.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

2
nights
Kargil

Step off the beaten path and head to Dras War Memorial and Suru Valley. Change things up with a short trip to Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa) in Lamayuru (about 2h 30 min away).

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kargil attractions website.

Drive from Nubra Valley to Kargil in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Kargil

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
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Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Kangra Valley. Attractions like HPCA Stadium and Aghanjar Mahadev Temple make great kid-friendly stops. When in Dharamsala, make a side trip to see Kareri Lake in Kangra, approximately Kangra away. There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, appreciate the history behind Dharamsala War Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalachakra Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Naddi View Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala trip website.

You can drive from Kargil to Dharamsala in 16.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.