36 days in India Itinerary

36 days in India Itinerary

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36 days in India Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Bus + Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Leh
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h
3
Agra
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
6
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Jodhpur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
9
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
12
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Memphis

3
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: enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, look for gifts at Aap Ki Pasand Sancha Tea Shop, don't miss a visit to Iron Pillar of Delhi, and admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New Delhi trip tool.

Charlotte, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 21.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Charlotte in October: high temperatures in New Delhi hover around 93°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Food Tours
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

3
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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, and stop by De Pashmina Emporium.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Leh online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Leh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame
Stok Palace Museum ©
Stok Palace Museum

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and examine the collection at Taj Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Agra trip maker site.

Getting from Leh to Agra by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

2
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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stop by Bala Ji Handicraft, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banaras Ghats, and take in the exciting artwork at Ruchika Art Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Varanasi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Agra to Varanasi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Varanasi are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Tours Nature
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness

3
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, don't miss a visit to City Palace of Jaipur, view the masterpieces at Jitesh Arts, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaipur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Jaipur sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for gifts at Desert Art Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jaisalmer tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Jaipur to Jaisalmer in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 20th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Ghanta Ghar, steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and then contemplate the long history of Jaswant Thada. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the masterpieces at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and then stop by Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES).

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jodhpur route maker website.

Traveling by car from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Jodhpur sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Zipline

2
nights
Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the galleries of City Palace of Udaipur, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Gothwal Art, and then make a trip to Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Udaipur tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Jodhpur to Udaipur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Jagdish Temple ©
Jagdish Temple

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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 the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Udaipur to Thekkady in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Thekkady Rose Park ©
Thekkady Rose Park
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Varkala Town (Kappil Beach, Varkala Aquarium, &more) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Mahadeva Temple, don't miss a visit to Holy Land, and admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

Discover how to plan a Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam, Holy Land
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

3
nights
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.
Kochi (Cochin) is known for historic sites, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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nights
Mumbai

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: make a trip to Gateway of India, head outdoors with Marine Drive, hunt for treasures at Crawford Market, and take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mumbai road trip app.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Mumbai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mumbai, with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

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