9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Invercargill
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Goa
— 1 day
+3
bus + Fly + subway + train:  7​h
2
Agra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Shimla
— 1 day
bus:  2​h
4
Chandigarh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Invercargill

1
day
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Literati Bookshop & Cafe and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baga Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Goa vacation builder tool .

Invercargill, New Zealand to Goa is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Invercargill to Goa due to the time zone difference. In January in Goa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach

1
night
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, look for gifts at The Warehouse of Gifts & Souvenirs, then take in the exciting artwork at Taj Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Taj Mahal. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Unique Handicrafts, look for gifts at Kohinoor Jewellers, stop by Marble Cottage, then look for gifts at Nakkashi Gems And Handicrafts, and finally stop by Mughal Carpet.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Agra driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Goa to Agra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Goa, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Agra, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Agra

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Gallery ©
Taj Gallery

1
day
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kotkhai Palace, don't miss a visit to The Ridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, admire the striking features of Jakhu Temple, then don't miss a visit to The Mall, and finally admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Shimla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
The Mall ©
The Mall

1
night
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll through The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sukhna Lake, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Elante mall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chandigarh trip planner .

You can take a bus from Shimla to Chandigarh in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Nature Shopping
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Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Elante mall ©
Elante mall
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 21st (Mon), hunt for treasures at Crawford Market, stop by Bungalow Eight, then get outside with Marine Drive, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sancha Tea Boutique and then take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Chandigarh to Mumbai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Mumbai sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Shopping Scenic Drive
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Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

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