22 days in India Itinerary

22 days in India Itinerary

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22 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
2
Agra
— 2 nights
3
Jaipur
— 3 nights
4
Udaipur
— 2 nights
5
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
6
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Mumbai
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
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.
On the 19th (Sun), make a trip to Qutub Minar, take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, and then steep yourself in history at India Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read New Delhi online trip itinerary maker .

Chicago, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Chicago to New Delhi. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in New Delhi reach 68°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Agra.

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
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal. On your second day here, look for gifts at Rajrani Souvenirs, admire the striking features of Diwan-i-Am Agra Fort, then admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and finally let little ones run wild at Play Safari.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Agra visit planner .

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Agra are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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, shopping, childrens museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and stop by Ratnavali Arts.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jaipur trip maker tool .

Drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Agra in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jaipur: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Pichola, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Udaipur, then explore the galleries of Gothwal Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekling Ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Sahelion Ki Bari, then explore the historical opulence of Monsoon Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Bagore Ki Haveli, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Udaipur itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Udaipur, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jodhpur trip planner .

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 77°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Museums
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green land spice garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Jodhpur to Thekkady in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

3
nights
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.
When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Marari Beach in Mararikulam, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip maker website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Walking tours
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

4
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: don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak, and get outside with Marine Drive.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mumbai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Mumbai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in February since evenings lows in Mumbai dip to 65°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Museums Shopping
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Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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