14 days in India Itinerary

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Chennai
— 3 nights
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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Mumbai
— 1 night
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Khopoli
— 2 nights
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Pune
— 3 nights
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Chennai — 3 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shore Temple and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Attractions like Marina Beach and VGP Snow Kingdom make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram & The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple, contemplate the long history of Vivekananda House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, and visit Mylapore.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chennai tour itinerary builder tool.

Washington, USA to Chennai is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Chennai is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, expect Chennai to be much warmer, temps between 99°F and 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Madurai.
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Madurai — 2 nights

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Madurai trip planner.

Fly from Chennai to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chennai in May, expect nights in Madurai to be about the same, around 78°F, while days are slightly colder, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Mumbai.
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Mumbai — 1 night

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, then cruise along Marine Drive, then contemplate the long history of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and finally wander the streets of Nariman Point. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Siddhivinayak, take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link, make a trip to Gateway of India, then take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, and finally stop by Colaba.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mumbai day trip planner.

Getting from Madurai to Mumbai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in May, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Khopoli.
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Khopoli — 2 nights

Khopoli, is an industrial city in the Khalapur taluka of Raigad district, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, at the base of the Sahyadri mountains. On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahad Ganpati Temple and then get in on the family fun at Imagicaa.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Khopoli online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mumbai to Khopoli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Khopoli, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 80°F at night. You will leave for Pune on the 20th (Thu).
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Pune — 3 nights

Oxford of the East

Pune has long enjoyed a reputation as a center of culture and commerce, with many dynastic rulers making the town central to their regional plans in the centuries before the British Raj.
Bring the kids along to Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple and Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. Get some cultural insight at Darshan Museum and Chaturshrungi Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON NVCC Temple, don't miss a visit to Laxmi Road, admire the striking features of Shaniwar Wada, and see the interesting displays at Fire Brigade Museum.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pune online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Khopoli to Pune takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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Maharashtra travel guide

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Packed with some of India's top attractions, Maharashtra stretches from the country's western coast to its central section, encompassing equally varied landscapes and climates. Home to the most industrialized region in India, this sprawling state also boasts thriving agricultural and tourism sectors. Begin your tour of Maharashtra in Mumbai, India's commercial capital and hub of the successful Bollywood film and TV industries. Beyond this immense, cosmopolitan city, you can explore Buddhist caves, ancient temple complexes, modern beach resorts, national parks, and pleasant hill stations that the European colonists used as summer retreats.
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