41 days in India & Colombo Itinerary

41 days in India & Colombo Itinerary

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41 days in India & Colombo Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Shillong, India
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h
3
Kalimpong, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gangtok, India
— 4 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  9​h 15​min
5
Bodh Gaya, India
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 15 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 9 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India

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New Delhi, India

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chandni Chowk, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), then admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, and finally don't miss a visit to India Gate. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Akshardham and then stop by People Tree.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Delhi trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Shillong.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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Shillong, India

Shillong ©
Established as the capital of Assam by the British, the hill station of Shillong today serves as the capital of Meghalaya, created in 1972.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nongsawlia Church and All Saints Church. Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians and The Grand Madina Masjid will appeal to history buffs. When in Shillong, make a side trip to see Mawsmai Cave in Cherrapunjee, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anglican Cemetry, take in the dramatic scenery at Elephant Falls, and take a stroll through Police Bazar.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Shillong trip tool .

Fly from New Delhi to Shillong in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Shillong sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Shillong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cherrapunjee
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Umiam Lake ©
Umiam Lake
Nongsawlia Church ©
Nongsawlia Church

1
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Kalimpong, India

Kalimpong ©
Set high upon a ridge above the Teesta River and deep within the Himalayas, the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong draws a strong contingent of visitors with its nearby attractions, temperate climate, and mountain scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, take in nature's colorful creations at Pine View Nursery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thongsha Gumpha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tharpa Choling Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Deolo Hill.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalimpong visit planner .

You can drive from Shillong to Kalimpong in 13 hours. July in Kalimpong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Historic Sites Parks
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Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery ©
Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery
Tharpa Choling Monastery ©
Tharpa Choling Monastery
Deolo Hill ©
Deolo Hill

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Gangtok, India

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Rumtek Monastery and Enchey Monastery are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nathula Pass and Do Drul Chorten Monastery. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ranka Monastery, make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, and take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gangtok day trip planning website .

Drive from Kalimpong to Gangtok in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, Deorali Butterfly Bridge
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Nathula ©
Nathula
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim ©
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

1
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Bodh Gaya, India

Bodh Gaya ©
One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, Bodh Gaya has risen to international fame as the place where Prince Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and gained enlightenment some 2,600 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Bodhi Tree, then admire the landmark architecture of Mahabodhi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Bhutan Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Monastery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bodh Gaya journey maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Gangtok to Bodh Gaya takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites
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Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Royal Bhutan Monastery ©
Royal Bhutan Monastery
Thai Monastery ©
Thai Monastery

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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.
On the 30th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dakshineswar Kali Temple, learn more about the world around you at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), then wander the streets of Park Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalighat Kali Temple, and finally make a trip to College Street (Boi Para). On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, stroll the grounds of South Park Street Cemetery, and then shop like a local with New Market.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) trip app .

You can fly from Bodh Gaya to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Park Street ©
Park Street
South Park Street Cemetery ©
South Park Street Cemetery
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple

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Kochi (Cochin), India

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.
Shop till you drop at LuLu Mall and Kashi Art Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and Edappally Church Complex. Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Alappuzha (St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal & Thuravoor Mahakshethram), Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Cherthala (St. Mary's Forane Church & Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Thomas International Shrine, browse the exhibits of Durbar Hall Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Antony's Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kochi (Cochin) in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Kochi (Cochin) when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in July, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kodungallur, Malayattoor, Cherthala, Kottayam, Alappuzha
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Head to Palace Seaside and Pettahfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Ganeshism Studio Gallery and Colombo National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Murugan Temple (in Chilaw), Beruwala Beach (in Beruwala) and Kalutara (Richmond Castle, Kalutara Beach, & more). Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 23rd (Fri) at some of the best spas. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and pause for some serene contemplation at Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama).

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner .

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Colombo in 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Negombo Beach, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Holy Mother of Expectation Church Eldeniya Kadawatha, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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