40 days in India Itinerary

40 days in India Itinerary

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40 days in India Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  13 h
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Leh
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h
3
Agra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Jaipur
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Jodhpur
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Varkala Town
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Kannur
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 30 min
11
Goa
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Manchester

2
nights
New Delhi

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Red Fort (Lal Quila) and Lotus Temple. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Chandni Chowk, look for gifts at Meher Chand Market, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham.

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Manchester, UK to New Delhi is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Manchester in January, plan for warmer days in New Delhi, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Red Fort ©
Red Fort
India Gate ©
India Gate

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Thiksey Monastery and Likir Gompa. Appreciate the collections at Hall of Fame and Stok Palace Museum. Step out of Leh with an excursion to Hemis Monastery in Hemis--about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 8th (Wed) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. And it doesn't end there: stop by Pashmina House, hunt for treasures at Tibetan Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokhang Vihara Temple, and steep yourself in history at Basgo gompa.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Leh trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from New Delhi to Leh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hemis Monastery
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Zanskar the Virgin Valley ©
Zanskar the Virgin Valley
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Taj Mahal and Subhash Emporium. Head to Taj Gallery and Mughal Carpetfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort and stop by Sanskriti's Imperial Gems.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Agra trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, 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 (Sun) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Gallery ©
Taj Gallery

2
nights
Varanasi

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Ganges River and then admire the striking features of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Bharat Kala Bhavan, then look for gifts at The Bed Silk & Pashmina, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally stop by Varanasi Remembrances.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Varanasi holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Agra to Varanasi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Varanasi sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple ©
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Ganges River
Ganges River
Bharat Kala Bhavan ©
Bharat Kala Bhavan

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.
Appreciate the collections at City Palace of Jaipur and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. Popular historic sites such as Amber Palace and Jaigarh Fort are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: stop by The Gem Palace, buy something for everyone on your list at Heritage Textiles, and pick up some new knowledge with Studio Bagru.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jaipur trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Varanasi to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Udaipur, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Gothwal Art. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Little Armani, then explore the historical opulence of Monsoon Palace, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shilpgram.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Udaipur trip website .

Fly from Jaipur to Udaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Udaipur are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art
Jagdish Temple ©
Jagdish Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, then stop by Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES), then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, and finally look for gifts at Kaanchi Jewels. Keep things going the next day: stop by Maharani Spices, stop by Spice Paradise, then look for gifts at Ganesh Handicrafts, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jodhpur trip planner .

You can drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Ganesh Handicrafts ©
Ganesh Handicrafts

1
night
Varkala Town

Varkala Town ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
On the 25th (Sat), stop by Moon Stone Arts, then contemplate the long history of Sivagiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, and finally stop by Royal Art Gallery. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, then stop by Shalimar Weaves, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kappil Beach, and finally stroll through Kollam Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Varkala Town road trip planner.

You can fly from Jodhpur to Varkala Town in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Jodhpur in January, expect nights in Varkala Town to be much warmer, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Varkala Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kollam Beach
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kappil Beach ©
Kappil Beach
Kollam Beach ©
Kollam Beach

5
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Shop till you drop at Kashi Art Gallery and LuLu Mall. Venture out of the city with trips to Mararikulam Beach (in Mararikulam) and Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple (in Kodungallur). There's much more to do: browse for treasures at Indian Industries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mattancherry Palace, stop by Kochi Books, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salem Marthoma Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) holiday builder app .

You can drive from Varkala Town to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

4
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
You'll get in some beach time at Thottada Beach and Dharmadam Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Payyambalam Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kannur: Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu) and Thalassery Fort (in Thalassery). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at G Mall, enjoy the sea views from Cannanore Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sundareswara Temple, and cool off at Vismaya Water Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kannur vacation planning app .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thalassery Fort, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
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Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Relax by the water at Agonda Beach and Cavelossim Beach. For shopping fun, head to Literati Bookshop & Cafe or Achies Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Palolem Beach, steep yourself in history at Palacio do Deao, have some family-friendly fun at Milsim Goa Paintball, and admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Goa trip planner .

Getting from Kannur to Goa by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In February in Goa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Benaulim Beach ©
Benaulim Beach

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