42 days in India Itinerary

42 days in India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock India trip planner

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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Tirupati
— 2 nights
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Bengaluru
— 4 nights
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Goa
— 5 nights
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Hampi
— 4 nights
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Shirdi
— 1 night
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Pune
— 4 nights
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Jaipur
— 5 nights
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Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
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Shimla
— 3 nights
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Leh
— 5 nights
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Alchi
— 1 night
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Lamayuru
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at India Seashell Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary maker tool.

London, UK to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. In July, Mahabalipuram is warmer than London - with highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Tirupati.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Tirupati

— 2 nights
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapila Theertham . On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirupati vacation planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Tirupati in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bengaluru

— 4 nights

Silicon Valley of India

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dodda Ganapathi Temple and Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Commercial Street and Skydiving. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum, step into the grandiose world of Bangalore Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Infant Jesus Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Tirupati to Bengaluru by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bengaluru can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Goa

— 5 nights
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chapora Fort and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mangeshi Temple and Reis Magos Fort. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanta Durga Temple, examine the collection at Ashvek Vintage World, explore the fascinating underground world of Pandava Caves, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vagator Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Goa trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Bengaluru to Goa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in July since evenings lows in Goa dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Goa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

Hampi

— 4 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Group of Monuments at Hampi and Hazara Rama Temple. Get some historical perspective at Monkey Temple and Shivlinga. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Vitthala Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Pampa Sarovar, admire the landmark architecture of Elephant Stables, and appreciate the history behind Bheema's Gate.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hampi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Goa to Hampi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Hampi, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Shirdi.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Shirdi

— 1 night
The small town of Shirdi remains a popular pilgrimage destination, best known as the place where Sai Baba, a 19th-century spiritual guru, lived his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at V.P Iyer's Samadhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dwarkamai Masjid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Baba's Chavadi.

Plan my day in Shirdi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Hampi to Shirdi in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pune.

Things to do in Shirdi

Historic Sites
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Pune

— 4 nights

Oxford of the East

Pune has long enjoyed a reputation as a center of culture and commerce, with many dynastic rulers making the town central to their regional plans in the centuries before the British Raj.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sinhagad Fort and ISKCON NVCC Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lohagad Fort and Bhuleshwar Temple. Take a break from Pune with a short trip to Pawna Lake in Khandala, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Rajgad Fort, see the interesting displays at Darshan Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaturshrungi Temple.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pune trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shirdi to Pune takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Pune

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Jaipur

— 5 nights

Pink City

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.
Get some historical perspective at Govind Dev Ji Temple and Moti Dungari Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Royal Gaitor Tumbas and New Maharaja Gem Palace. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Jaipur Wax Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kalee, and take some stellar pictures from Nahargarh Fort.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaipur vacation planner.

Fly from Pune to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Jaipur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Jaisalmer

— 3 nights

Golden City of India

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 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, then take in the exciting artwork at Sonee Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Jaisalmer War Museum, and finally stop by Jai Shankar Handicrafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Jaisalmer Sunset Point, see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tanot Mata Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jaisalmer tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Shimla

— 3 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Get a sense of the local culture at Christ Church and Tara Devi Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Indian Institute of Advanced Study and Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kanlog Cemetery, and meet the residents at Himalayan Bird Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shimla sightseeing app.

Getting from Jaisalmer to Shimla by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Leh

— 5 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shanti Stupa and Konigspalast von Shey. Visit Hemis Monastery and Riasi Fort or Zorawar Fort for their historical value. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gomang Stupa, admire the landmark architecture of Stakna Monastery, and get outside with Khardung La.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh journey builder tool.

Getting from Shimla to Leh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Alchi.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Alchi

— 1 night
Alchi is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Likir Gompa and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Monastery.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Alchi trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Leh to Alchi takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lamayuru.

Things to do in Alchi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lamayuru

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): cruise along Fotu La Pass, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lamayuru Gompa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa).

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lamayuru trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Alchi to Lamayuru takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lamayuru

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.