43 days in Colombo, Pakistan & India Itinerary

43 days in Colombo, Pakistan & India Itinerary

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Lahore, Pakistan
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Skardu, Pakistan
— 2 nights
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Udaipur, India
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Hyderabad, India
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New Delhi, India
— 4 nights
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Bengaluru, India
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Goa, India
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Colombo, Sri Lanka — 2 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): get outside with Diyatha Uyana, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalutara Bodhiya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Colombo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Colombo. Traveling from Cape Town in July, things will get much hotter in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lahore.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
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Lahore, Pakistan — 4 nights

Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lahore Fort and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur. Popular historic sites such as Badshahi Mosque and Ali Hajvery's Tomb are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shahi Guzargah, see the interesting displays at Lahore Museum, contemplate the long history of Delhi Gate, and admire the landmark architecture of Gurudwara Dera Sahib.

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Fly from Colombo to Lahore in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Colombo to Lahore. While traveling from Colombo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lahore, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Skardu.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks
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Skardu, Pakistan — 2 nights

The notable peaks that surround Skardu may be rugged, daunting, and otherworldly, but the imposing reputation of its most famous natural attractions belies the more fertile, diverse, and homely aspects of the town.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Deosai National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Manthokha Waterfall, admire the landmark architecture of Khilingrong Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manthal Buddha Rock, and finally admire nature's extreme beauty at Katpana Desert.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Skardu day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lahore to Skardu takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Udaipur.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Udaipur, India — 6 nights

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Get some cultural insight at Gothwal Art and Rakht-Talai (Haldighati). Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fateh Sagar Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Udaipur: Surya Narayan Temple (in Ranakpur), Neelkanth Mahadev Temple (in Kumbhalgarh) and Shrinathji Temple (in Nathdwara). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Maharana Pratap Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ekling Ji Temple, browse the different shops at Forum Celebration Mall, and steep yourself in history at Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Skardu to Udaipur. The time zone difference when traveling from Skardu to Udaipur is 0.5 hours. In July in Udaipur, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Hyderabad.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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Hyderabad, India — 4 nights

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Puri Jagannath Temple and Salar Jung Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Mecca Masjid and Sanghi Temple are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Hyderabad to Keesaragutta to see Keesaragutta Temple about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir, look for gifts at Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems, explore the historical opulence of Golconda Fort, and pause for some photo ops at Charminar.

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Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Hyderabad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to New Delhi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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New Delhi, India — 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Hauz Khas Village. Popular historic sites such as Rajpath and Raj Ghat are in your itinerary. When in New Delhi, make a side trip to see ISKCON Noida in Noida, approximately Noida away. And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the ancient world of Mehrauli Archaeological Park, admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, and steep yourself in history at India Gate.

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Getting from Hyderabad to New Delhi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hyderabad in August, expect New Delhi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bengaluru.
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Bengaluru, India — 4 nights

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 Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple and Lord Someshwara Temple. Visiting Shivagange and Antharagange Caves will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bengaluru: Kolaramma Temple (in Kolar), Bhoga Nandishwara Temple (in Chikkaballapur) and Tumkur (Goravanahalli Maha Lakshmi Temple & Devarayana Durga). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Infant Jesus Shrine, take an unorthodox tour of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, take a stroll through Basavanagudi, and make a trip to Sri Subramanya Swamy Devasthanam.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Bengaluru takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Delhi in August, expect Bengaluru to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Goa.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Goa, India — 6 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 Mangeshi Temple and Sri Damodar Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of St. Francis of Assissi and Mahalaxmi Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shantadurga Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mobor Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mae De Deus Church, and steep yourself in history at Palacio do Deao.

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Traveling by flight from Bengaluru to Goa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bengaluru in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Goa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Mumbai.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Mumbai, India — 7 nights

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Nerul Balaji Temple and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Kharghar Hills and Bhivpuri Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mumbai: Charlotte Lake (in Matheran), ISKCON (in Navi Mumbai) and Thane (Titwala Ganesh Mandir & Upvan Lake). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tungareshwar Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shilonda Trail, explore the ancient world of Karnala Fort, and appreciate the history behind Gateway of India.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mumbai trip builder site.

Getting from Goa to Mumbai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Pakistan travel guide

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Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

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.