38 days in India Itinerary

38 days in India Itinerary

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38 days in India Itinerary

Start: Jodhpur
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Jaisalmer
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
Goa
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Chikmagalur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Bengaluru
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Leh
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Manali
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
8
Udaipur
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Jodhpur
— 3 nights
End: Jodhpur

5
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Shop till you drop at Jai Shankar Handicrafts and Antique Shop Jaisalmer. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jain Temples and Tanot Mata Temple. Step out of Jaisalmer to go to Kanoi and see Sam Sand Dunes, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Jaisalmer War Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Lucky Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Tilon Ki Pol, and pause for some photo ops at Longewala War Memorial.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jaisalmer online travel route builder .

Jodhpur to Jaisalmer is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Sam Sand Dunes
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Jain Temples ©
Jain Temples
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Tanot Mata Temple ©
Tanot Mata Temple

7
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Goa and Reis Magos Fort. Get outdoors at Majorda Beach and Mandrem Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sinquerim Beach, stroll through Utorda Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Dudhsagar Falls, and admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Goa tour planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Jaisalmer to Goa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Goa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Utorda Beach ©
Utorda Beach
Mandrem Beach ©
Mandrem Beach
Majorda Beach ©
Majorda Beach

2
nights
Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur ©
Located at the foot of the highest mountain range in the state, the city of Chikamagalur features a number of natural and man-made attractions of rich variety.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hoysaleswara Temple, explore the ancient world of Chennakesava Temple, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mullayanagiri. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Hebbe Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pathaleshwara Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sringeri Mutt.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chikmagalur road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Goa to Chikmagalur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Belur, Hoysaleswara Temple
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Hoysaleswara Temple ©
Hoysaleswara Temple
Chennakesava Temple ©
Chennakesava Temple
Mullayanagiri ©
Mullayanagiri

5
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Orion Mall and Phoenix Marketcity. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and take a stroll through Commercial Street.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru trip planning app .

Drive from Chikmagalur to Bengaluru in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. August in Bengaluru sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Commercial Street ©
Commercial Street
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple ©
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple

3
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Get a sense of the local culture at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Descent Of The Ganges. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Shore Temple and India Seashell Museum. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, take in the exciting artwork at Srinithi Art Gallery, and explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram holiday maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Bengaluru to Mahabalipuram takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In August, Mahabalipuram is a bit warmer than Bengaluru - with highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
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Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum

3
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 outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Khardung La. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alchi Monastary and Alchi Choskor Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leh: Hemis (Kloster Hemis & Hemis Monastery). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, don't miss a visit to Ice Stupa Artificial Glaciers, steep yourself in history at Konigspalast von Shey, and stop by De Pashmina Emporium.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leh trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Leh takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hemis, Ladakh, Alchi Monastary, Konigspalast von Shey
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Khardung La ©
Khardung La
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Manikaran Gurudwara and Rohtang Pass. Take a break from the city and head to Jogini Waterfall and Rani Nallah. Step out of Manali with an excursion to Naggar Castle in Naggar--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of International Roerich Memorial Trust.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Manali online travel route planner .

Drive from Leh to Manali in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rohtang Pass, Naggar Castle
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Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib
Naggar Castle ©
Naggar Castle
International Roerich Memorial Trust ©

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 the less-touristy side of things at Gothwal Art and Maharana Pratap Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ekling Ji Temple and Shilpgram. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Udaipur: Nathdwara (Shree Kharch Bhandar & Rakht-Talai (Haldighati)). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ShreenathJi Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Celebration Mall, and explore the activities along Jaisamand Lake.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Udaipur online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Manali to Udaipur takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nathdwara, Jaisamand Lake
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Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple
Rakht-Talai (Haldighati) ©
Rakht-Talai (Haldighati)

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Umaid Heritage Art School. Sardar Government Museum and Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 10th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stop by Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES), walk around Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mandore Garden.

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You can drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Jodhpur, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Zipline
Safaris
Umaid Heritage Art School ©
Umaid Heritage Art School

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