8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Haridwar
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
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, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, contemplate the long history of India Gate, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read New Delhi vacation tool .

New York City, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to New Delhi is 10 hours. Traveling from New York City in March, expect New Delhi to be much warmer, temps between 85°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

1
night
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Haridwar day trip app .

Fly from New Delhi to Haridwar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 19th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then snap pictures at Ram Jhula.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rishikesh travel route website .

Getting from Haridwar to Rishikesh by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annapurna Devi Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarnath, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vishalakshi Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Varanasi day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Rishikesh to Varanasi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Varanasi are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Tours Nature Parks
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Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath

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