28 days in India Itinerary

28 days in India Itinerary

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28 days in India Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Leh
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
2
Agra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Udaipur
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Thiksey Monastery and Gurdwara Pathar Sahib are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Likir Gompa and Shanti Stupa are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leh: Hemis Monastery (in Hemis) and Alchi Monastary (in Alchi). Spend the 6th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alchi Choskor Monastery, stop by Pashmina House, and view the masterpieces at The Little Paradise.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Leh online trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Leh is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastary
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Head to Taj Gallery and U.P Handicrafts Development Centerfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Agra Fort and Shah Burj. Go for a jaunt from Agra to Bharatpur to see Keoladeo National Park about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, take in the exciting artwork at Agra Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple, and browse the exhibits of Shahin Arts.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Agra tour itinerary planning app .

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in August, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate City Palace of Jaipur and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. Visit Amber Palace and Shri Gopinath Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at EleSafari, explore the world behind art at Jitesh Arts, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Gem Plaza, and explore the galleries of ICA Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaipur trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums Shopping Wildlife
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at City Palace of Udaipur and Gothwal Art. For shopping fun, head to Art Haveli or Fine Art School (Painting House). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Pichola, explore the galleries of The Place of Art, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Art_en_Soul shoppe, and view the masterpieces at Udaipur Art Villa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Udaipur trip builder .

Fly from Jaipur to Udaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Jaipur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Udaipur, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Shopping Classes

Side Trips

Fine Art School (Painting House), Art Haveli
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola

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.
Get in touch with nature at Marari Beach and Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach. Kerala Museum and Durbar Hall Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Mozart Art Gallery (in Kottayam) and Kumarakom Craft Museum (in Kumarakom). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Indian Industries, view the masterpieces at David Hall Gallery & Cafe, and explore the galleries of Kashi Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Mozart Art Gallery, Kumarakom Craft Museum
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Kerala Museum ©
Kerala Museum
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

4
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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Let the collections at Clay Art Cafe and Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum capture your imagination. Shiny Tours & Travals and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Thekkady to go to Kottayam and see Vagamon, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, stop by Kerala Crafts, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kottayam
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Neeramankara Shiva Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam (Adimalathura Beach & Lighthouse Beach) and Varkala (Moon Stone Arts & Asparagus). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Travancore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Mahadeva Temple, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chalai Bazaar.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. August in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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