56 days in India Itinerary

56 days in India Itinerary

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56 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bhopal
Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Jaisalmer
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
2
Goa
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Chikmagalur
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + ferry:  13​h
4
Havelock Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Port Blair, South Andaman Island
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  10​h
6
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  12​h 30​min
7
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
9
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Shimla
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
11
Leh
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Nubra Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
13
Kargil
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
14
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Bhopal

6
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jaisalmer War Museum and Tanot Mata Temple. Step out of Jaisalmer to go to Kanoi and see Sam Sand Dunes, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Desert National Park. There's much more to do: stop by Shree Laxmi Art Home, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, make a trip to Bada Bagh, and take in the exciting artwork at Sonee Art Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jaisalmer trip itinerary planning tool .

Bhopal to Jaisalmer is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sam Sand Dunes
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:
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Bellissima ©
Bellissima
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Tanot Mata Temple ©
Tanot Mata Temple

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier. And it doesn't end there: practice your aim at Milsim Goa Paintball, admire the sheer force of Dudhsagar Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Arambol Beach, and wander the streets of Old Goa.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Goa trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Jaisalmer to Goa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Goa, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:
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Dudhsagar Falls ©
Dudhsagar Falls
Milsim Goa Paintball ©
Milsim Goa Paintball
Zuari River ©
Zuari River

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shri Jagadguru Badari Shankaracharya Samsthanam and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mullayanagiri. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sringeri Mutt, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chennakesava Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hoysaleswara Temple, and finally take a stroll through Belavadi.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chikmagalur online tour builder .

Getting from Goa to Chikmagalur by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hoysaleswara Temple, Chennakesava Temple
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Chennakesava Temple ©
Chennakesava Temple
Sringeri Mutt ©
Sringeri Mutt
Mullayanagiri ©
Mullayanagiri

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bharatpur Beach and Captain Hook’s. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Havelock Island: Neil Island (Laxmanpur Beach, Ram Nagar Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Mangrove Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Radhanagar Beach, kick back and relax at Kalapathar Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Havelock Island planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Chikmagalur to Havelock Island takes 76 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Blair.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Neil Island
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bharatpur Beach ©
Bharatpur Beach
Laxmanpur Beach ©
Laxmanpur Beach

5
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 Samudrika Marine Museum. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Chidiya Tapu, make a trip to Murugan Temple, examine the collection at Zsi Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Blair tour planner.

Getting from Havelock Island to Port Blair by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sagarika Emporium
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:
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Chidiya Tapu ©
Chidiya Tapu
Jolly Buoy Island ©
Jolly Buoy Island
Samudrika Marine Museum ©
Samudrika Marine Museum

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Explore hidden gems such as Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge and Agnitheertham. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Pamban bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Port Blair to Rameswaram takes 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ranka Monastery and Banjhakri Water Falls. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, wander the streets of MG Marg, get to know the resident critters at Himalayan Zoological Park, and make a trip to Flower Exhibition Centre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok online travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Rameswaram to Gangtok takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Shopping
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Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Himalayan Zoological Park
Ranka Monastery ©
Ranka Monastery
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

3
nights
Darjeeling

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Explore hidden gems such as Tea Garden and Barbotey Rock Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Darjeeling: Temi Tea Garden (in Temi), Tashiding Monastery (in Yuksom) and Sangacholing Monastery (in Pelling). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Happy Valley Tea Estate, gain insight at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda, and take in the awesome beauty at Kanchenjunga Mountain.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Darjeeling trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Darjeeling takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temi Tea Garden, Tashiding Monastery, Sangacholing Monastery
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
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Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga
Tea Garden ©
Tea Garden
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop

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 Jogini Waterfall and Bhrigu Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manali: Naina Bhagwati Mandir (in Manikaran), Van Vihar National Park (in Bhopal) and Naggar Castle (in Naggar). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Gulaba.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manali attractions planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Darjeeling to Manali in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rohtang Pass, Ram Temple, Van Vihar National Park, Naina Bhagwati Mandir, Naggar Castle
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake
Solang Nullah ©
Solang Nullah

3
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Ridge and Christ Church. Step out of Shimla to go to Taradevi and see Tara Devi Temple, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jakhoo Hill.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimla trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Tara Devi Temple
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
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Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Jakhoo Hill ©
Jakhoo Hill

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Deskit Monastery and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Hemis Monastery in Hemis, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Khardung La, look for gifts at Pashmina House, admire the striking features of Leh Royal Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alchi Choskor Monastery.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Leh trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shimla to Leh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Leh

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Khardung La, Hemis Monastery
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
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Khardung La ©
Khardung La
River Rafting & Tubing
Photography Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarab Tso Lake, appreciate the views at Nubra Valley, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hunder Sand Dunes.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nubra Valley online sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Leh to Nubra Valley. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Kargil.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nubra Valley
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Nubra Valley ©
Nubra Valley
Hunder Sand Dunes ©
Hunder Sand Dunes

2
nights
Kargil

Kargil ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dras War Memorial and Suru Valley.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kargil trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nubra Valley to Kargil. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Kargil

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ladakh, Jhelum River
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Suru Valley ©
Suru Valley
Jhelum River ©
Jhelum River
Dras War Memorial ©
Dras War Memorial

3
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Step off the beaten path and head to HPCA Stadium and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with a short trip to Kareri Lake in Kangra (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Naddi View Point, explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dharamsala vacation builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Kargil to Dharamsala with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kareri Lake
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Aghanjar Mahadev Temple ©
Aghanjar Mahadev Temple
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley

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