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Goa — 3 nights

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Get outdoors at Morjim Beach and Utorda Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Ashwem Beach and Chapora Fort. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past with BLive Electric Bike Tours, wander the streets of Fontainhas, kick back and relax at Baga Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vagator Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Goa trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Goa is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you will find days in Goa are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are much warmer (77°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Jaisalmer.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Classes
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Jaisalmer — 1 night

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
On the 5th (Mon), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Desert Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temples, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Jaisalmer War Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jaisalmer day trip planning site.

Getting from Goa to Jaisalmer by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Jaipur.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
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Jaipur — 1 night

Pink City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, browse the exhibits of City Palace of Jaipur, then don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, then admire the striking features of Amber Palace, and finally look for gifts at Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jaipur travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Jaisalmer to Jaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Leh.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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Leh — 2 nights

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and then explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanti Stupa, then don't miss a visit to Prayer Wheel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh trip planner.

Getting from Jaipur to Leh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
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India travel guide

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It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.