34 days in India Itinerary

34 days in India Itinerary

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Start: Chennai
Drive:  27 h
1
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h
2
Agra
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Jaipur
— 6 nights
Drive:  9 h
5
Shimla
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
6
Leh
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Srinagar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
10
Lucknow
— 1 night
Drive:  27 h
End: Chennai

3
nights
Varanasi

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.
Varanasi is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, don't miss a visit to Banaras Ghats, and explore the activities along Ganges River.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Varanasi trip itinerary planning tool.

Chennai to Varanasi is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Spas Tours
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Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Ruchika Art Gallery ©
Ruchika Art Gallery

5
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Change things up with a short trip to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Taj Mahal, step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Agra trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Agra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Rail Tours

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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lotus Temple, don't miss a visit to India Gate, and contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner.

Getting from Agra to New Delhi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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: steep yourself in history at Amber Palace, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at EleSafari, and get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Jaipur are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Jaipur

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

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll around Daulat Singh Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, then make a trip to The Mall, and finally admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shimla online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Jaipur to Shimla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks
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Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
The Mall ©
The Mall
Viceregal Lodge ©
Viceregal Lodge

6
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.
When in Leh, make a side trip to see Alchi Monastary in Alchi, approximately Alchi away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shimla to Leh in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Alchi Monastary
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Stok Palace Museum ©
Stok Palace Museum
Spituk Monastery ©
Spituk Monastery

2
nights
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Durga Nag Temple, then don't miss a visit to Ghanta Ghar, then make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, and finally explore the activities along Dal Lake. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Nigeen Lake and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sonamarg.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Srinagar trip maker app.

Fly from Leh to Srinagar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Srinagar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Srinagar

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill
Sonamarg ©
Sonamarg

1
night
Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Akal Takht, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib, then admire the natural beauty at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Amritsar road trip tool.

You can fly from Srinagar to Amritsar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Srinagar in October: high temperatures in Amritsar hover around 37°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ram Jhula and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Rishikesh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lucknow.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula

1
night
Lucknow

Lucknow ©
A traditionally cultural city with peculiar architecture and a blend of civilizations, Lucknow offers popular sightseeing of a number of historic monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Bara Imambara, then steep yourself in history at Rumi Darwaza, and then stop by Ada Chikan.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lucknow planner.

You can fly from Rishikesh to Lucknow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucknow

Shopping Historic Sites
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Ada Chikan ©
Ada Chikan
Bara Imambara ©
Bara Imambara
Rumi Darwaza ©
Rumi Darwaza

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