21 days in India Itinerary

21 days in India Itinerary

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21 days in India Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Leh
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h
3
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 30 min
8
Thekkady
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, admire the striking features of Jama Masjid, and contemplate the long history of Red Fort (Lal Quila).

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New Delhi road trip planning tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to New Delhi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to New Delhi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in New Delhi hover around 41°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

3
nights
Leh

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, appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh trip tool .

You can fly from New Delhi to Leh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, and then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal. On the next day, admire the striking features of Taj Mahal and then tour in style with a train tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Agra trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaipur.

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

2
nights
Jaipur

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.
On the 15th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, then see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then look for gifts at Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at EleSafari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, then step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, then step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors).

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Jaipur trip site .

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

2
nights
Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
On the 17th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Bagore Ki Haveli, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Udaipur, then take in the exciting artwork at Gothwal Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, explore the historical opulence of Monsoon Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekling Ji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Udaipur trip planning website .

Getting from Jaipur to Udaipur by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jaipur in September, expect nights in Udaipur to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple

1
night
Jodhpur

Jodhpur ©
The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
On the 19th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and then examine the collection at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jodhpur trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Zipline

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India, and then make a trip to Dhobi Ghat. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link, get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, then get outside with Marine Drive, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai attractions planning tool .

You can fly from Jodhpur to Mumbai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Jodhpur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mumbai, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

5
nights
Thekkady

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: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, relax in the rural setting at Spice Cloud, and have some family-friendly fun at Thekkady Rose Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Thekkady visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mumbai to Thekkady in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Thekkady Rose Park ©
Thekkady Rose Park
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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