38 days in India Itinerary

38 days in India Itinerary

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38 days in India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Mumbai
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Udaipur
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
7
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Agra
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h
11
Leh
— 4 nights
Drive:  9 h
12
Manali
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: London

1
night
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link, make a trip to Dhobi Ghat, then cruise along Marine Drive, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, and then look for gifts at Bungalow Eight.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mumbai trip builder tool .

London, UK to Mumbai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Mumbai is 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Mumbai hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mumbai

Shopping Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bungalow Eight ©
Bungalow Eight
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

4
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

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.
Kochi (Cochin) is known for historic sites, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Salem Marthoma Church, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) road trip app .

You can fly from Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mumbai in October, you will find days in Kochi (Cochin) are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

4
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Varkala Town (Asparagus, Varkala Beach, &more) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Ananthankadu Nagaraja Temple, visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online holiday builder .

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

4
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Spice Cloud, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and have fun at Thekkady Rose Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Thekkady travel route planning site .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

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
Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum ©
Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum

1
day
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 16th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Gothwal Art, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and then explore the activities along Lake Pichola.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Udaipur trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Udaipur in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art

4
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.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), make a trip to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and look for all kinds of wild species at EleSafari.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Jaipur trip planner.

Fly from Udaipur to Jaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Jaipur are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Jaipur

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

2
nights
Jaisalmer

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Jaisalmer trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Jaipur to Jaisalmer in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jodhpur route planning website .

Getting from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Jodhpur, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

3
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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lodhi Garden, contemplate the long history of India Gate, and don't miss a visit to Red Fort.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi visit planning website .

Traveling by flight from Jodhpur to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in New Delhi, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, make a short side trip with Day Trips, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife SoS Bear Sanctuary.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Agra trip maker.

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

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

4
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill, and appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Leh tour app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame
Spituk Monastery ©
Spituk Monastery

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Beas River, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, hike along Lamadugh Trek, and take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manali journey planner.

Traveling by car from Leh to Manali takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

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