6 days in Mumbai, Kolkata (Calcutta) & Bodh Gaya Itinerary

6 days in Mumbai, Kolkata (Calcutta) & Bodh Gaya Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai
1
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Bodh Gaya
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Hyderabad

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kids will enjoy Chowpatty Beach and Imagicaa. Step out of Mumbai with an excursion to Nerul Balaji Temple in Navi Mumbai--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Marine Drive, admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON, and snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mumbai trip builder tool.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major aiport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Mumbai

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Navi Mumbai, Imagicaa
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Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach
Nerul Balaji Temple ©
Nerul Balaji Temple

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then get curious at Science City.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kolkata (Calcutta) road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Mumbai to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in January: high temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bodh Gaya.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tours Museums Childrens Museums
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Walking tours
Science City ©
Science City

1
night
Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya ©
One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, Bodh Gaya has risen to international fame as the place where Prince Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and gained enlightenment some 2,600 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Bodhi Tree, admire the landmark architecture of Mahabodhi Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Great Buddha Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thai Monastery. On the next day, hike along Cankamana and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metta Buddharam Temple.

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Getting from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Bodh Gaya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Bodh Gaya is slightly colder than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Cankamana ©
Cankamana
Bodhi Tree ©
Bodhi Tree

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