38 days in India Itinerary

38 days in India Itinerary

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38 days in India Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  19 h
1
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Agra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
5
Goa
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Kannur
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h
10
Havelock Island
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  28 h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
New Delhi

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at India Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, and take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New Delhi tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 19- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Washington DC to New Delhi. Traveling from Washington DC in March, expect New Delhi to be warmer, temps between 85°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
India Gate ©
India Gate
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Popular historic sites such as Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple, and take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Agra trip builder tool.

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal ©
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal

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.
Amber Palace and Jaigarh Fort will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Diwan-e-Am, and get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jaipur online tour planner.

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 100°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jal Mahal ©
Jal Mahal
Jaigarh Fort ©
Jaigarh Fort

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 6th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Jaswant Thada, steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and then admire the masterpieces at Ganesh Handicrafts.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jodhpur road trip planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 101°F in April, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Jaswant Thada ©
Jaswant Thada
Ganesh Handicrafts ©
Ganesh Handicrafts

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Basilica of Bom Jesus and Ruins of Nossa Senhora de Saude will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Baga Beach and Agonda Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Palolem Beach, stroll through Benaulim Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Tirupati Balaji Padmavati Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goa trip planner.

Getting from Jodhpur to Goa by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jodhpur in April, expect nights in Goa to be somewhat warmer, around 84°F, while days are little chillier, around 88°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach

4
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Popular historic sites such as Mridanga Saileswari Temple and Thalassery Fort are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thottada Beach and Azhikkal Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pallikkunnu Church, kick back and relax at Payyambalam Beach, and stroll around Chal Beach Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kannur online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Goa to Kannur by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Azhikode, Mridanga Saileswari Temple, Thalassery Fort
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Mridanga Saileswari Temple ©
Mridanga Saileswari Temple
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

3
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Step out of Kovalam to go to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and see Thumba Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shanghumukham Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthankadu Nagaraja Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kovalam holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kannur to Kovalam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Kovalam sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Chowara Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Adimalathura Beach ©
Adimalathura Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Cherai Beach and Kaddipuram Beach. Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Azhikode Munakkal Beach in Kodungallur, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate the long history of St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Antony's Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip builder.

You can fly from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kodungallur
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
St. Antony's Shrine ©
St. Antony's Shrine
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

2
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Forane Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple.

Plan trip to Mararikulam with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Cherthala
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Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

4
nights
Havelock Island

Havelock Island ©
Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Radhanagar Beach and Elephant Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapathar Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Govind Nagar Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Mangrove Forest.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Havelock Island trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Mararikulam to Havelock Island with the Route module. You will leave for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Havelock Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Radhanagar Beach ©
Radhanagar Beach
Elephant Beach ©
Elephant Beach
Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach

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