40 days in India Itinerary

40 days in India Itinerary

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40 days in India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Goa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Chennai
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Varanasi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Agra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Manali
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
13
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marine Drive, appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, enjoy the sand and surf at Chowpatty Beach, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mumbai route builder website .

London, UK to Mumbai is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Mumbai reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach
Red Carpet Wax Museum ©
Red Carpet Wax Museum

3
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Goa is known for beaches, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baga Beach, stroll through Varca Beach, admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus, and don't miss a visit to Chapora Fort.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Goa trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mumbai to Goa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mumbai in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Goa, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach

1
night
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): engage your brain at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omkareshwarar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru online trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goa to Bengaluru in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goa in July, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Bengaluru. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Change things up with a short trip to Vagamon in Kottayam (about 1h 50 min away). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and delve into the lush surroundings at Gavi Forest.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Bengaluru to Thekkady in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Vagamon
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls (in Kollam), Varkala Town (Varkala Beach & Kappil Beach) and Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. July in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town, Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Ethnic Experiences, then stroll through Marina Beach, and then get your game on at Kartwheel.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Chennai day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Chennai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chennai, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Chennai

Fun & Games Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, and then stop by Kumartuli.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Chennai to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Chennai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kolkata (Calcutta), ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tours Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Kumartuli ©
Kumartuli

1
night
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 15th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, and then admire the striking features of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Varanasi online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Varanasi can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Tours Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple ©
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Go for a jaunt from Agra to Bharatpur to see Keoladeo National Park about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, contemplate the long history of Saha Burj, make a trip to Jahangir Mahal, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Balkeshwar Mandir.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Agra trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Varanasi to Agra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Agra are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

4
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, shopping, wildlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get your game on at Indian Astrologer, look for all kinds of wild species at Make Bike Trip, and explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jaipur visit planner .

Traveling by car from Agra to Jaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Amer jeep Safari ©
Amer jeep Safari
Nature & Wildlife Tours
EleSafari ©
EleSafari

4
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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the historical opulence of Red Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Jama Masjid, and take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi attractions planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to New Delhi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Manali.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, winter sports, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Beas River, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, and admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manali trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Manali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake

2
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mararikulam: Kumarakom (Kumarakom Beach & Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary) and Kottayam (Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple & Vaikom Mahadeva Temple). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vembanad Lake.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mararikulam journey maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manali to Mararikulam. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Kottayam, Vembanad Lake
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

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