18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
Fly
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Guwahati
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gangtok
— 2 nights
Drive
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Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive to Bagdogra Airport, Fly to Birsa Munda Airport
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Ranchi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Raipur
— 2 nights
Fly to Biju Patnaik Airport, Drive to Puri
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Puri
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kolkata (Calcutta)

— 2 nights

City of Joy

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Head to Acropolis Mall and South City Mallfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kolkata (Calcutta): Second Hooghly Bridge (in Howrah) and Belur Math (in Belur). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, engage your brain at Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, hunt for treasures at Malik Ghat Flower Market, and take an in-depth tour of Vivekananda Museum.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Kolkata (Calcutta). In January in Kolkata (Calcutta), expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Guwahati.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Guwahati

— 2 nights

Gateway to Northeast India

A place to engage with the culture of the northeast, Guwahati represents the largest city in the region, and acts as a stepping stone for wider explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Navagraha Temple, take in the exciting artwork at The Maati Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugratara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basistha Ashram Temple, then browse the different shops at Pantaloons Mall, and finally stroll the grounds of War Memorial. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Assam Rajyik State Museum, contemplate the long history of Kamakhya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umananda Temple, then hunt for treasures at Fancy Bazar, then see the sky in a new way at Guwahati Planetarium, and finally stroll the grounds of Guwahati War Cemetery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Guwahati trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Guwahati in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Guwahati. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Guwahati

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Gangtok

— 2 nights
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): visit MG Marg, hunt for treasures at Lal Bazar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Nanak Lama Chungthang, explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, then steep yourself in history at Nathula, and finally don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Golden Tips Tea Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parbateyswar Shivalaya Mandir, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bakthang Waterfalls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phensong Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gangtok trip planner.

Fly from Guwahati to Gangtok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Darjeeling

— 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 22nd (Fri): meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, get engrossed in the history at Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Ghoom Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamahatta, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tinchuley Village, then make a trip to Batasia Loop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Ava Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, buy something for everyone on your list at Rink Mall, then get engrossed in the history at Himalayan Tibet Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Observatory Hill, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling trip planner.

Getting from Gangtok to Darjeeling by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Darjeeling are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ranchi.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Ranchi

— 2 nights

City of Waterfalls

Ranchi sits on the Chota Nagpur Plateau, its elevation of 651 m (2,136 ft) giving it a relatively mild climate by the region's standards.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the activities along Ranchi Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anandmayee Ashram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Angrabadi Temple Complex, then admire the sheer force of Hirni Water Falls, then stroll around Deer Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagannath Temple. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Deori Mandir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deori Temple, browse the different shops at JD HI Street Mall, then browse the different shops at Nucleus Mall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Panch Gagh Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Panchghagh Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ranchi trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Darjeeling to Ranchi. January in Ranchi sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Raipur.

Things to do in Ranchi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Raipur

— 2 nights
The administrative capital of Chhattisgarh state, scorching hot Raipur offers more in the way of government and business buildings than tourist attractions.
Shop till you drop at Ambuja City Center Mall and Magneto - The Mall. Step out of the city life by going to Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Telibandha Talab. Change things up with these side-trips from Raipur: Durg (Tandula Dam, Pasharwanath Tirth, &more), Bhilai (Surya Treasure Island Mall, Shree Shirdi Saibaba Mandir, &more) and Mahasamund (Gandheswar Temple & Swastik Vihar Mahasamund). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rajiv Lochan Temple, admire the masterpieces at Purkhouti Muktangan, learn more about the world around you at Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum, and explore the galleries of Mahakoshal Art Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Raipur holiday builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ranchi to Raipur. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Ranchi in January since evenings lows in Raipur dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puri.

Things to do in Raipur

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Puri

— 2 nights
An important place of Hindu pilgrimage, Puri features a wealth of holy and historic sites that draw in believers and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loknath Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vimala Temple, then kick back and relax at Baliharachandi Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Balighai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakshigopal Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Chandrabhaga Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Konark Sun Temple, kick back and relax at Ramchandi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramachandi Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Bedi Hanuman Temple.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puri visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Raipur to Puri. When traveling from Raipur in January, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Puri: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puri

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

India travel guide

4.6
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.

Assam travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Wildlife Areas
Stretching along the length of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam features green valleys and blue hills, serving as a gateway to northeast Indian states. An Assam itinerary can lead from important Hindu pilgrimage sites and Buddhist temples to an elephant safari in the World Heritage-listed national park. With its thriving rural life, the state offers a number of picturesque ethnic villages, as well as world-famous tea plantations. Whether it's hiking around South Asia's largest freshwater island or exploring India's only coal museum, a trip to Assam will satisfy a wide range of interests.

Sikkim travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Waterfalls
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeast India, Sikkim revels in its abundance of beautiful nature, with a plethora of scenic lakes, waterfalls, and lush green valleys. Apart from adventurous treks through mountain passes and around pristine lakes, a vacation in Sikkim usually involves visitng Hindu temples and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and mountaineering feature prominently on tourist agendas, with a visit to a hot spa providing the perfect way to relax after an exhausting day. Yak safaris and high ropeways provide interesting ways to see high-altitude cities and the surrounding nature, which includes the state's natural symbols: the noble orchid and the red panda. Bordering Tibet and sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim is known for its diverse blend of cultures.

Chhattisgarh travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Sacred & Religious Sites · Waterfalls
Situated in the heart of India with three national parks and 11 wildlife sanctuaries, Chhattisgarh offers a real treat for nature lovers. Tourism in Chhattisgarh focuses on the state's natural and tribal diversity with tours of ancient caves, Hindu and Buddhist temples, picturesque palaces, and villages with India's oldest tribal communities. Countless ecotourism attractions lie tucked away amidst dense tropical forests, abundant in the national sal tree, waterfalls, hot springs, and parks sheltering tigers, langur monkeys, wild boars, and wild buffalos. Sample some of the traditional cuisine on your tour of Chhattisgarh, including sweet jalebis.

Odisha travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Architectural Buildings
Bordered by the Bay of Bengal, Odisha combines fascinating ancient temples, 480 km (298 mi) of coastline, and abundant natural beauty. Tribal areas concentrate in the hillier and less-touristy western part of the state, while the eastern part draws the bulk of Odisha's tourism with its Golden Triangle of Puri, Konark, and capital Bhubaneswar. Follow that route to discover a World Heritage-listed temple featuring thousands of erotic carvings, and the capital's wealth of architectural gems and ancient religious sites. Beyond the cities, extensive wetlands and nature reserves support a range of wildlife, while beaches let you get out on the sand and surf. The centuries-old cuisine is bound to provide plenty of culinary highlights on a tour of Odisha.