12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Munnar
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 15 min
6
Manali
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: New Delhi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of India Gate, explore the historical opulence of Red Fort, and then admire the striking features of Jama Masjid. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Humayun's Tomb.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to New Delhi. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at The Statue Circle, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Pachouli, admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, then see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, and finally get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur.

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Getting from New Delhi to Jaipur by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Jaipur sees daily highs of 48°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind ©
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Wed), take a stroll through Jew Town and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and finally make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) sightseeing planning tool.

Fly from Jaipur to Kochi (Cochin) in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Jaipur in May, expect nights in Kochi (Cochin) to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

3
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, admire the natural beauty at Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden, experience rural life at Philip's Natural Honey And Bee Farm, and get a taste of the local shopping with Abraham's Spice Garden.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady route planning site.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Spice Walk ©
Spice Walk

2
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
On the 1st (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Photo Point. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tea Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munnar trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. May in Munnar sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

1
night
Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the activities along Beas River, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Siyali Mahadev Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Manali takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Tours Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Beas River ©
Beas River

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