38 days in India Itinerary

38 days in India Itinerary

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38 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Leh
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
10
Agra
— 4 nights
11
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala (Varkala Beach & Asparagus) and Kovalam Beach (in Kovalam). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, head off the coast to Poovar Island, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Palkulangara Devi Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online tour itinerary builder .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam Beach, Holy Land
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get your game on at Thekkady Rose Park, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Thekkady Rose Park ©
Thekkady Rose Park
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden

4
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kottayam: St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral (in Manarcaud), St. George Orthodox Church (in Puthuppally) and Thiruvalla (Parumala Church, Sree Vallabha Temple, & more). Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kumaranalloor, examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Dominic's Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kottayam attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kottayam takes 3 hours. In October in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, St. George Orthodox Church, Kerala Backwaters, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral
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Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India (in Kodungallur), Mararikulam (Marari Beach & Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple) and St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, get engrossed in the history at Antique Museum Kochi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) road trip planning website .

You can drive from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. October in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mararikulam, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 18th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Gateway of India. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Dhobi Ghat, contemplate the long history of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, cruise along Marine Drive, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Siddhivinayak, and finally snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mumbai trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Mumbai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October in Mumbai, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
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Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bagore Ki Haveli, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, then view the masterpieces at Gothwal Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Monsoon Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekling Ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Udaipur itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Udaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in October, Udaipur is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, and then see the interesting displays at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jodhpur trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Udaipur to Jodhpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Jodhpur are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Zipline

4
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: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, make a trip to Red Fort (Lal Quila), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jama Masjid, and contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip planner .

You can fly from Jodhpur to New Delhi in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Food Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Leh side-trips: Hemis Monastery (in Hemis) and Alchi Monastary (in Alchi). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, explore the ancient world of Basgo gompa, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Leh road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Leh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Alchi Monastary, Hemis Monastery
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Agra travel site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. October in Agra sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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, shopping, childrens museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Amber Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Make Bike Trip, explore the historical opulence of Jal Mahal, and don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jaipur trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Agra to Jaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

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