40 days in India Itinerary

40 days in India Itinerary

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40 days in India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h
1
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Hyderabad
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Mumbai
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Udaipur
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Jodhpur
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h
6
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Ranthambore National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Agra
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
9
New Delhi
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Train:  8 h 30 min
11
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 18th (Fri), kick back and relax at Marina Beach, kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, then admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, and finally make a trip to New Life Assembly of God. On the next day, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then admire the striking features of San Thome Church, and finally take a stroll through Fort St. George.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai vacation site.

Sydney, Australia to Chennai is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Chennai is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, Chennai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

3
nights
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Hyderabad is known for historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Salar Jung Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Chowmahalla Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir, and pause for some serene contemplation at Centenary Methodist Church.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyderabad trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Chennai to Hyderabad in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chennai in December, plan for little chillier nights in Hyderabad, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tadbund Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple
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Golconda Fort ©
Golconda Fort
Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir

5
nights
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: don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, cruise along Marine Drive, take an in-depth tour of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chowpatty Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai travel route planning app.

Fly from Hyderabad to Mumbai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Walking tours
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Udaipur side-trips: Ranakpur Jain Temple (in Sadri) and Art Haveli (in Delwara). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, take in nature's colorful creations at Sahelion Ki Bari, don't miss a visit to Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekling Ji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udaipur day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Udaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: high temperatures in Udaipur hover around 29°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Art Haveli, Ranakpur Jain Temple
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ranakpur Jain Temple ©
Ranakpur Jain Temple

3
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ghanta Ghar, then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort, and then appreciate the history behind Jaswant Thada.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Jodhpur sightseeing tool.

Drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Jodhpur can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Jaipur.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Adventure Tours
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Zipline

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: admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, look for gifts at Art Avenue, explore the galleries of Jitesh Arts, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Deer Park, Ashok Vihar, Jaipur.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jodhpur to Jaipur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Jaipur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ranthambore National Park.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

2
nights
Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park ©
Named for the historic fortress it contains, Ranthambore National Park remains one of the best places to view tigers in their natural jungle habitat.
On the 7th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Ranthambore Fort. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and then stop by Village Women Craft.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ranthambore National Park road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Ranthambore National Park

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ranthambore Fort
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Ranthambore Tiger Reserve ©
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Ranthambore Fort ©
Ranthambore Fort
Village Women Craft ©
Village Women Craft

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, and then steep yourself in history at Taj Mahal. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Mehtab Bagh and then tour in style with a train tour.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Agra trip planning website.

You can take a train from Ranthambore National Park to Agra in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Agra sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Rail Tours

5
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, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort, and don't miss a visit to Qutub Minar.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi online trip maker.

You can drive from Agra to New Delhi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Food Tours
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar

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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Sarnath, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vishalakshi Temple, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Varanasi road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Varanasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Varanasi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Historic Sites Parks
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Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Belur to see Belur Math about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakshineswar Kali Temple, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Varanasi in January: high temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Belur Math
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Belur Math ©
Belur Math
Walking tours
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall

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