56 days in India Itinerary

56 days in India Itinerary

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56 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bhopal
Fly + Taxi:  7 h
1
Munnar
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Thekkady
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
5
Goa
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Udaipur
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Jaipur
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
9
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
10
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Manali
— 5 nights
Drive:  9 h
13
Leh
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h
14
Agra
— 5 nights
Train:  5 h 45 min
End: Bhopal

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kattikkayam Waterfalls (in Kottayam) and Tea Town Kerala - Munnar (in Suryanelli). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, examine the collection at Tea Museum, admire the sheer force of Keezharkuthu Falls, and get great views at Munnar Hill Station.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munnar trip itinerary maker.

Bhopal to Munnar is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Bhopal in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Munnar. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Tea Town Kerala - Munnar, Kattikkayam Waterfalls
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Climbing Tours

5
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, relax in the rural setting at Spice Cloud, and stop by Abraham's Spice Garden.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

5
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 Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Rock cut temple (in Vizhinjam), Kovalam (Adimalathura Beach, Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, &more) and Varkala Town (The Art of India, Varkala Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. March in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam, Rock cut temple
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi (Cochin): Mararikulam (Marari Beach & Mararikulam Beach). There's much more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) road trip planning app.

You can fly from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

2
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Goa is known for beaches, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Agonda Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Bom Jesus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palolem Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Goa's Ark.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Goa driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Goa by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Goa

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

3
nights
Mumbai

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, and kick back and relax at Chowpatty Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai sightseeing app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Goa to Mumbai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Goa in April, Mumbai is a bit cooler at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

1
night
Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Udaipur travel planner.

You can fly from Mumbai to Udaipur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mumbai in April: highs in Udaipur hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Jagdish Temple ©
Jagdish Temple

6
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Elefriend, admire the striking features of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), and look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaipur journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Jaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 44°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Jaipur

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

2
nights
Jaisalmer

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples and then steep yourself in history at Jaisalmer Fort.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jaisalmer tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Jaisalmer Fort ©
Jaisalmer Fort
Jain Temples ©
Jain Temples

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.
On the 24th (Fri), look for gifts at Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES), then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and then examine the collection at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jodhpur trip planner.

You can drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES) ©
Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES)

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lotus Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, and make a trip to India Gate.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Jodhpur to New Delhi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in New Delhi sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Manali.

Things to do in New Delhi

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

5
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, take some stellar pictures from Gulaba, explore the activities along Beas River, and take in the dramatic scenery at Zana Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manali tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Manali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Leh.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

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.
Leh is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Shri Datun Sahib Ji, don't miss a visit to Temple at Sumda Chun, and explore the activities along Kyagar Tso.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh tour website.

Traveling by car from Manali to Leh takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Phyang Monastery ©
Phyang Monastery
Samstanling Monastery
Samstanling Monastery

5
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Step out of Agra with an excursion to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Taj Mahal, admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple, and take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Agra holiday planner.

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. In May, daytime highs in Agra are 48°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Keoladeo National Park, Tomb of Akbar the Great
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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