8 days in Mumbai, New Delhi & Varanasi Itinerary

8 days in Mumbai, New Delhi & Varanasi Itinerary

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8 days in Mumbai, New Delhi & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
1
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Varanasi
— 1 night
End: Varanasi

3
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Khotachiwadi for their historical value. Head to Bungalow Eight and Crawford Marketfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Mumbai with a short trip to Juma Masjid in Navi Mumbai, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dharavi, head outdoors with Marine Drive, kick back and relax at Chowpatty Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mumbai trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. In November in Mumbai, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Mumbai

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Juma Masjid
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Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Shree Siddhivinayak ©
Shree Siddhivinayak

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Humayun's Tomb and Akshardham. Head to Gourmet Desire and People Treefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to India Gate, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), and look and learn at Jantar Mantar.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New Delhi planner .

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to New Delhi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Mumbai in November, expect New Delhi to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate
Red Fort (Lal Quila) ©
Red Fort (Lal Quila)

1
night
Varanasi

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.
On the 9th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Bed Silk & Pashmina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banaras Ghats, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarnath.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Varanasi online trip maker .

You can fly from New Delhi to Varanasi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Historic Sites Shopping
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Spas & Wellness
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats

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