60 days in South Asia & East Asia Itinerary

60 days in South Asia & East Asia Itinerary

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60 days in South Asia & East Asia Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  20​h
1
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Thekkady, India
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Jaipur, India
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Leh, India
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
5
Agra, India
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
6
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
7
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
12
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
13
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
nights
Kochi (Cochin), India

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Marari Beach (in Mararikulam), St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala) and Adi Shancharachaya Temple (in Kalady). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Illithodu, and go for a walk through Queen's Walkway.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip maker tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Auckland to Kochi (Cochin) due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in August: high temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Illithodu, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, Adi Shancharachaya Temple, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park

5
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Thekkady Rose Park, see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, and relax in the rural setting at Spice Walk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Thekkady trip planning app .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thekkady Rose Park ©
Thekkady Rose Park
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum ©

4
nights
Jaipur, India

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.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Elefriend, stroll through Yoga in Jaipur, and admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jaipur trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Jaipur in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. August in Jaipur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Amer jeep Safari ©
Amer jeep Safari
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

5
nights
Leh, India

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.
Leh is known for historic sites, nature, museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Leh online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Leh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Spituk Monastery ©
Spituk Monastery

4
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, steep yourself in history at Saha Burj, don't miss a visit to Jahangir Mahal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Soami Bagh.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Agra journey maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. August in Agra sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Agra

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

5
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, adventure, spas, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Dreams, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kathmandu trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Kathmandu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Agra in August, with highs in Kathmandu at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Walking tours
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, nightlife, theme parks, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, pause for some photo ops at Lantau island, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kathmandu to Hong Kong takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. In August, Hong Kong is a bit warmer than Kathmandu - with highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, and make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in September, expect Shanghai to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, see where the action happens at Olympic Park, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shanghai in September since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

5
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul travel route builder .

You can fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Beijing to Seoul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Beijing in September: highs in Seoul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step out of Jeju with an excursion to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and stroll around Sarabong Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jeju road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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