56 days in India Itinerary

56 days in India Itinerary

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Start: Bhopal
Fly:  9 h
1
Jaisalmer
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
2
Goa
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Chikmagalur
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Train + Taxi + Ferry:  13 h
4
Havelock Island
— 4 nights
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
5
Port Blair, South Andaman Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h
6
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
7
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
9
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Shimla
— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaisalmer War Museum and Hari Om Jewellers. Attractions like Tanot Mata Temple and Shree Laxmi Art Home make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Sam Sand Dunes in Kanoi (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Desert National Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Bada Bagh, stop by Bellissima, contemplate the long history of Kuldhara Abandoned Village, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temples.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer day trip website.

Bhopal to Jaisalmer is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sam Sand Dunes
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Bellissima ©
Bellissima
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Sam Sand Dunes ©
Sam Sand Dunes

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.
Kids will enjoy Milsim Goa Paintball and Zuari River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapora Fort and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Se Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arambol Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Anjuna Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dudhsagar Falls.

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You can fly from Jaisalmer to Goa in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dudhsagar Falls ©
Dudhsagar Falls
Milsim Goa Paintball ©
Milsim Goa Paintball

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.
Start 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. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sringeri Mutt, explore the ancient world of Chennakesava Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hoysaleswara Temple, and finally visit Belavadi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chikmagalur travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Goa to Chikmagalur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chennakesava Temple, Hoysaleswara Temple
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Chennakesava Temple ©
Chennakesava Temple
Sringeri Mutt ©
Sringeri Mutt
Mullayanagiri ©
Mullayanagiri

4
nights
Havelock Island

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.
Family-friendly places like Bharatpur Beach and Laxmanpur Beach will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Howrah Bridge and Captain Hook’s. Step out of Havelock Island to go to Neil Island and see Ram Nagar Beach, which is approximately 3h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapathar Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Mangrove Forest, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Elephant Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Havelock Island travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Chikmagalur to Havelock Island by combination of taxi, train, and ferry takes about 76 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Port Blair.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Neil Island
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Bharatpur Beach ©
Bharatpur Beach
Captain Hook’s ©
Captain Hook’s
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.
Attractions like North Bay Island Andaman and Chidiya Tapu make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Anthropological Museum and Samudrika Marine Museum. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Corbyn's Cove, stop by Sagarika Emporium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Munda Pahad Beach, and see the interesting displays at Zsi Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Blair online visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Havelock Island to Port Blair takes 3.5 hours. September in Port Blair sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 83°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sagarika Emporium
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Chidiya Tapu ©
Chidiya Tapu
Jolly Buoy Island ©
Jolly Buoy Island
Corbyn's Cove ©
Corbyn's Cove

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Bring the kids along to Pamban bridge and Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hanuman Temple and Agnitheertham. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach Point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram vacation planner.

Fly from Port Blair to Rameswaram in 11 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Flower Exhibition Centre and Tashi View Point. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hanuman Tok and Banjhakri Water Falls. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ranka Monastery, don't miss a visit to Gonjang Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, and identify plant and animal life at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gangtok online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rameswaram to Gangtok in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Himalayan Zoological Park
Hanuman Tok ©
Hanuman Tok
Ranka Monastery ©
Ranka Monastery

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kangchenjunga and Barbotey Rock Garden. Attractions like Japanese Peace Pagoda and Batasia Loop make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Darjeeling's surroundings by going to Sangacholing Monastery (in Pelling), Tashiding Monastery (in Yuksom) and Temi Tea Garden (in Temi). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Happy Valley Tea Estate, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, take some stellar pictures from Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Garden.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling route maker website.

Drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Darjeeling can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sangacholing Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Temi Tea Garden
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Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Jogini Waterfall and Van Vihar National Park. Kids will enjoy Solang Nullah and Rohtang Pass. Change things up with these side-trips from Manali: Ram Temple (in Vashisht) and Naina Bhagwati Mandir (in Manikaran). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siyali Mahadev Temple, step into the grandiose world of Naggar Castle, and get great views at Gulaba.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manali travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Darjeeling to Manali in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naggar Castle, Rohtang Pass, Ram Temple, Van Vihar National Park, Naina Bhagwati Mandir
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Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Vashisht Baths
Vashisht Baths
Solang Nullah ©
Solang Nullah

3
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Bring the kids along to Kali Bari Temple and The Ridge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Indian Institute of Advanced Study and Christ Church. Go for a jaunt from Shimla to Taradevi to see Tara Devi Temple about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: walk around Annandale Ground, contemplate the long history of Kotkhai Palace, don't miss a visit to Scandal Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Shimla route planning 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
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Annandale Ground ©
Annandale Ground
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
The Ridge ©
The Ridge

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Khardung La and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Leh with an excursion to Hemis Monastery in Hemis--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Deskit Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanti Stupa, don't miss a visit to Temple at Sumda Chun, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Leh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shimla to Leh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up 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
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Khardung La ©
Khardung La
River Rafting & Tubing
Deskit Monastery ©
Deskit Monastery

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, thenadmire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hunder Sand Dunes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nubra Valley trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Leh to Nubra Valley takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kargil.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kargil

Kargil ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Dras War Memorial and Jhelum River. Change things up with a short trip to Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa) in Lamayuru (about 2h 30 min away).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kargil trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nubra Valley to Kargil takes 8.5 hours. 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, Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa)
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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 Spas & Wellness and Kangra Valley. Attractions like HPCA Stadium and Norbulingka Institute make great kid-friendly stops. When in Dharamsala, make a side trip to see Kareri Lake in Kangra, approximately Kangra away. There's much more to do: get great views at Naddi View Point, appreciate the history behind Dharamsala War Memorial, make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala trip website.

You can drive from Kargil to Dharamsala in 16.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Kareri Lake
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley

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