16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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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.
Bring the kids along to Shore Temple and Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple and Parthasarathy Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Mahabalipuram (Mahishasuramardini Cave, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple, kick back and relax at Marina Beach, have fun and explore at Click Art Museum, and stroll through Besant Nagar Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip planner.

Washington, USA to Chennai is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, things will get much hotter in Chennai: highs are around 99°F and lows about 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Madurai.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then contemplate the long history of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planning app.

You can fly from Chennai to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Chennai in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Madurai: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mumbai.
Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Mumbai — 1 night

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): cruise along Marine Drive, steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then make a trip to Dhobi Ghat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Siddhivinayak, and finally take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, wander the streets of Nariman Point, then take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, and finally admire the striking features of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mumbai day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Mumbai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lonavala.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Museums
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Lonavala — 2 nights

The hill station of Lonavala has developed into a resort town popular with Mumbai and Pune residents.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahad Ganpati Temple and then find something for the whole family at Imagicaa. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Karla Caves, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekvira Devi Temple, then contemplate the long history of Lohagad Fort, and finally examine the collection at Wax museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lonavala road trip site.

Drive from Mumbai to Lonavala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lonavala can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabaleshwar.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Mahabaleshwar — 2 nights

Located high up in the Western Ghats, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar sits above one of the only evergreen forests in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atibaleshwar madir, get great views at Arthur's Seat, make a trip to Shri Panchganga Mandir, then explore the activities along Venna Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Mahabaleshwar Hill Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Krishnabai Temple, steep yourself in history at Mahabaleshwar Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Hollywood Wax Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Land, and finally take some stellar pictures from Parsi Point.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mahabaleshwar online road trip planner.

Drive from Lonavala to Mahabaleshwar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pune.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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 Sri Balaji Mandir. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum and Sarasbaug Ganesh Temple. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Darshan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON NVCC Temple, make a trip to Laxmi Road, and admire the landmark architecture of Shaniwar Wada.

Before you visit Pune, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Mahabaleshwar to Pune in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

India travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
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.

Maharashtra travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Architectural Buildings
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.