12 days in India, Kathmandu & Pokhara Itinerary

12 days in India, Kathmandu & Pokhara Itinerary

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Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Bagdogra Airport, Drive to Darjeeling
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Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
Drive to Bhadrapur, Fly to Kathmandu
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 2 nights
Drive to Kathmandu, Fly to Pokhara
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Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Varanasi, India
— 2 nights
Fly
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New Delhi, India
— 2 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Kiryu

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Darjeeling, India

— 2 nights

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Himalayan Tibet Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the awesome beauty at Observatory Hill, and finally examine the collection at Everest Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Tinchuley Village, then identify plant and animal life at Lamahatta, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling online journey planner.

Kiryu, Japan to Darjeeling is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Kiryu to Darjeeling due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kiryu in January, you will find days in Darjeeling are much hotter (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 2 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Changu Narayan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyatapola Temple, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kathmandu online trip builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Darjeeling to Kathmandu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Nepal Time is 0.2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Darjeeling in January; daily highs in Kathmandu reach 21°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Pokhara, Nepal

— 2 nights

Lake City

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): Head underground at Bat Cave and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pokhara trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, Pokhara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Varanasi, India

— 2 nights

Spiritual Capital of India

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to Ganga Aarti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Bed Silk & Pashmina, then take in the exciting artwork at Kriti Gallery, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Varanasi trip builder app.

You can fly from Pokhara to Varanasi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Nepal Time (NPT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -0.2 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Varanasi are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Varanasi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

New Delhi, India

— 2 nights
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 29th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sunder Nursery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Kalkaji Mandir Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Vijay Chowk, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Delhi.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New Delhi trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to New Delhi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in New Delhi are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.