36 days in India Itinerary

36 days in India Itinerary

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36 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Leh
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Nubra Valley
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
3
Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  12​h 45​min
4
Dwarka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Bhuj
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Goa
— 5 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h
7
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 30​min
8
Chikmagalur
— 1 day
Fly:  12​h 45​min
9
Havelock Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Port Blair, South Andaman Island
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
11
Gangtok
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
12
Manali
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Khardung La and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Leh: Alchi Monastary (in Alchi) and Hemis Monastery (in Hemis). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Deskit Monastery, stop by De Pashmina Emporium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Likir Gompa, and make a trip to Temple at Sumda Chun.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh driving holiday planning site .

New Delhi to Leh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Hemis Monastery, Khardung La, Alchi Monastary
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Deskit Monastery ©
Deskit Monastery
Khardung La ©
Khardung La
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa

1
night
Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley ©
A trip to Nubra Valley must be planned in advance due to the area's weather extremes, which include freezing winters.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the activities along Yarab Tso Lake, then admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley, and then get outside with Hunder Sand Dunes.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nubra Valley trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Leh to Nubra Valley takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nubra Valley
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Nubra Valley ©
Nubra Valley
Hunder Sand Dunes ©
Hunder Sand Dunes

3
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jaisalmer War Museum and Shree Laxmi Art Home. When in Jaisalmer, make a side trip to see Sam Sand Dunes in Kanoi, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Desert National Park. There's much more to do: stop by Shayama Cashmere Store, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, make a trip to Bada Bagh, and steep yourself in history at Jaisalmer Fort.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer route planner.

Explore your travel options from Nubra Valley to Jaisalmer with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dwarka.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sam Sand Dunes
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Desert National Park ©
Desert National Park
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Shree Laxmi Art Home ©
Shree Laxmi Art Home

1
night
Dwarka

Dwarka ©
Way out west, the small city of Dwarka has a long history of pilgrimage, as a place central to Hindu mythology and belief.
On the 25th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Beyt Dwarika, don't miss a visit to Dwarkadhish Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Gomti Ghat. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Dwarka Lighthouse, then head outdoors with Dunny Point, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nageshwar Shiva Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dwarka trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Jaisalmer to Dwarka takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bhuj.

Things to do in Dwarka

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple ©
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Nageshwar Shiva Temple ©
Nageshwar Shiva Temple
Dwarkadhish Temple ©
Dwarkadhish Temple

2
nights
Bhuj

Bhuj ©
Established long ago as an important regional city, Bhuj has had to rebuild on several occasions due to devastating earthquakes destroying its temples, palaces, and residential areas.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj and Pragmahal Palace. The adventure continues: admire nature's extreme beauty at White Desert, steep yourself in history at Kakkadbhit Yaksha, stop by Traditional Rogan Art, and see the interesting displays at Aina Mahal.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bhuj trip planner .

Drive from Dwarka to Bhuj in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Bhuj sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Bhuj

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj ©
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj
White Desert ©
White Desert
Traditional Rogan Art ©
Traditional Rogan Art

5
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mandrem Beach and St. Michael's Church. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, make a trip to Tomb of St. Francis Xavier, take in the dramatic scenery at Dudhsagar Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Zuari River.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Goa online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bhuj to Goa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bhuj in November, expect nights in Goa to be somewhat warmer, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dudhsagar Falls ©
Dudhsagar Falls
Mandrem Beach ©
Mandrem Beach

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rameswaram vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Goa to Rameswaram in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chikkamagalur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

1
day
Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur ©
Located at the foot of the highest mountain range in the state, the city of Chikamagalur features a number of natural and man-made attractions of rich variety.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Baba Budangiri and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mullayanagiri.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Chikkamagalur tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Chikkamagalur in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Parks Nature
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Mullayanagiri ©
Mullayanagiri
Baba Budangiri ©
Baba Budangiri

1
night
Havelock Island

Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
On the 8th (Sat), kick back and relax at Kalapathar Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Radhanagar Beach and then head outdoors with Captain Hook’s.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Havelock Island travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Chikkamagalur to Havelock Island with the Route module. December in Havelock Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Blair.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Radhanagar Beach ©
Radhanagar Beach
Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach

3
nights
Port Blair, South Andaman Island

Port Blair ©
The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jolly Buoy Island and Wandoor Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Chidiya Tapu, don't miss a visit to Murugan Temple, examine the collection at Samudrika Marine Museum, and steep yourself in history at Cellular Jail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Blair trip itinerary app .

Getting from Havelock Island to Port Blair by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Havelock Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Blair, with lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Jolly Buoy Island ©
Jolly Buoy Island
Murugan Temple ©
Murugan Temple
Cellular Jail ©
Cellular Jail

1
night
Gangtok

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Hanuman Tok, then take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tashi View Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Flower Exhibition Centre, take a stroll through MG Marg, then take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ranka Monastery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gangtok travel route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Port Blair to Gangtok takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Himalayan Zoological Park
Ranka Monastery ©
Ranka Monastery
Hanuman Tok ©
Hanuman Tok

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Step off the beaten path and head to Solang-Nullah and Hot Water Spring. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Gulaba, identify plant and animal life at Rani Nallah, step into the grandiose world of Naggar Castle, and take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manali online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to Manali in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Naggar Castle, Rohtang Pass, Hot Water Spring, Van Vihar National Park
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Solang Nullah ©
Solang Nullah
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake

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