26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
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Agra
— 2 nights
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Jaipur
— 3 nights
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Udaipur
— 2 nights
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Jodhpur
— 2 nights
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Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
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New Delhi
— 4 nights
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Manali
— 1 night
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Shimla
— 1 night
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Rishikesh
— 2 nights
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Leh
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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.
Step out of Kolkata (Calcutta) with an excursion to Belur Math in Belur--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at South Park Street Cemetery, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and stop by Kumartuli.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kolkata (Calcutta) attractions planning website.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Kolkata (Calcutta) is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Agra

— 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, then step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, and then make a trip to Jahangir Mahal. Keep things going the next day: stop by Taj Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, don't miss a visit to Tomb Of John Russell Colvin, admire the landmark architecture of Diwan E Aam, then admire the landmark architecture of Diwan-i-Am Agra Fort, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of Akbar the Great.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Agra day trip planner.

Getting from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Agra by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in March; daily highs in Agra reach 36°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Jaipur

— 3 nights

Pink City

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, stop by K.L. Jewellers, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and experience rural life at Ele Experience Farm.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaipur trip planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Udaipur

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of City Palace of Udaipur, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Bagore Ki Haveli Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, and finally view the masterpieces at Gothwal Art.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Udaipur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Udaipur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Nature

Jodhpur

— 2 nights

Sun City

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 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Jaswant Thada, then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, and then browse the exhibits of Ganesh Handicrafts. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, then make a trip to Ghanta Ghar, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well).

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jodhpur trip maker.

Traveling by car from Udaipur to Jodhpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Jodhpur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Jaisalmer

— 3 nights

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and look for gifts at Sattar Cashmere Fair Trade Boutique.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Jaisalmer online trip planner.

You can drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

New Delhi

— 4 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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Humayun's Tomb, take in nature's colorful creations at Lodhi Garden, steep yourself in history at India Gate, and make a trip to Red Fort.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our New Delhi day trip tool.

You can fly from Jaisalmer to New Delhi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in New Delhi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Manali

— 1 night
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 22nd (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, relax and rejuvenate at Pure Ganga Yoga, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manali trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Manali takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Nature · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Shimla

— 1 night

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, stroll around Daulat Singh Park, then make a trip to The Mall, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shimla online day trip planner.

Getting from Manali to Shimla by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites · Parks

Rishikesh

— 2 nights

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Satya Sai Ghaat, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rishikesh trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Shimla to Rishikesh in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Leh

— 3 nights
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 nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, stop by De Pashmina Emporium, admire the landmark architecture of Leh Royal Palace, and appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Leh trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Rishikesh to Leh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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.

Jammu and Kashmir travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Gardens
India's northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir boasts many notable temples, yet the region's claim to fame remains its natural splendor. A tour of Jammu and Kashmir takes you across a mountainous landscape at the foothills of the Lesser Himalaya, with abundant skiing and hiking opportunities. Despite its natural appeal and a wealth of cultural attractions, this border area remains off most tourists' itineraries because of enduring tensions between India and Pakistan. The few foreign visitors who make it here usually head to Ladakh, a trekkers' paradise that's also considered one of northern India's safest places.