28 days in India Itinerary

28 days in India Itinerary

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28 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  28​h
1
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Bhuj
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Goa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Udupi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mangalore
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hampi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Tirupati
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 15​min
9
Darjeeling
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
10
Leh
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Explore hidden gems such as Jaisalmer War Museum and Desert Culture Centre & Museum. Get some historical perspective at Tanot Mata Temple and Mandir Palace. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Jai Shankar Handicrafts, steep yourself in history at Dussehra Chowk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Jaisalmer trip maker site .

Chicago, USA to Jaisalmer is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Jaisalmer, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bhuj.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Jain Temples ©
Jain Temples
Tanot Mata Temple ©
Tanot Mata Temple

2
nights
Bhuj

Bhuj ©
Established long ago as an important regional city, Bhuj has had to rebuild on several occasions due to devastating earthquakes destroying its temples, palaces, and residential areas.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at White Desert Of Kutch, get engrossed in the history at Sharad Baug Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matanamadh.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bhuj trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Jaisalmer to Bhuj in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Bhuj are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Bhuj

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj ©
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj
Matanamadh ©
Matanamadh
Sharad Baug Palace ©
Sharad Baug Palace

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mandrem Beach and Ashvek Vintage World. Your inner history buff will appreciate St Rita's Church and Pandava Caves. And it doesn't end there: stop by Shamrock Jewellers, visit Old Goa, kick back and relax at Arambol Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vagator Beach.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Goa road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bhuj to Goa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Bhuj in February, plan for slightly colder days in Goa, with highs around 78°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Udupi.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arambol Beach ©
Arambol Beach
Old Goa ©
Old Goa
St Rita's Church ©
St Rita's Church

2
nights
Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Anegudde Ganapathi Temple, then kick back and relax at Kapu Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Krishna Temple. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Mary's Island, examine the collection at Dr. TMA Pai Planetarium, and then take some stellar pictures from End Point.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Udupi vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Goa to Udupi takes 7 hours. Traveling from Goa in February, expect nights in Udupi to be about the same, around 72°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 93°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Mangalore.

Things to do in Udupi

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manipal, St. Mary's Island
Highlights from your plan
Anegudde Ganapathi Temple ©
Anegudde Ganapathi Temple
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple
St. Mary's Island ©
St. Mary's Island

2
nights
Mangalore

Mangalore ©
A gateway to the coastal region, Mangalore has long served as a stop-off point on maritime trade routes, and remains a major port city today.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadri Manjunath Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aloysius Chapel. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangaladevi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple, and then stroll through Tannirbhavi Beach.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mangalore road trip planning tool .

Drive from Udupi to Mangalore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Mangalore can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hampi.

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kadri Manjunath Temple ©
Kadri Manjunath Temple
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple ©

2
nights
Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, then delve into the distant past at Bheema's Gate, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shivlinga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Octagonal Bath, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vitthala Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazara Rama Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Group of Monuments at Hampi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hampi online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Mangalore to Hampi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In March, daily temperatures in Hampi can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple

2
nights
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapila Theertham , and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varahaswami Temple.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tirupati sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Hampi to Tirupati takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Raya Gopura, then examine the collection at India Seashell Museum, then view the masterpieces at Srinithi Art Gallery, and finally examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Tirupati to Mahabalipuram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

1
night
Darjeeling

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then view the masterpieces at Ava Art Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mahabalipuram to Darjeeling in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Mahabalipuram in March, things will get slightly colder in Darjeeling: highs are around 86°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Chowrasta ©
Chowrasta

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanti Stupa and Likir Gompa. Hemis Monastery and Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Leh, make a side trip to see Alchi Monastary in Alchi, approximately Alchi away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Choskor Monastery and take a memorable drive along Khardung La.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leh sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Darjeeling to Leh takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Khardung La, Alchi Monastary, Hemis Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

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