18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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Aurangabad
— 2 nights
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Shirdi
— 2 nights
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Mumbai
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Chennai
— 2 nights
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Jaipur
— 2 nights
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Jaipur
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Aurangabad

— 2 nights

City of Gates

A place of history, culture, and spiritualism, Aurangabad appeals to a growing number of pilgrims and tourists looking to get more out of their vacation in India.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): deepen your knowledge of military history at Daulatabad Fort, explore the fascinating underground world of Ellora Caves, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Supari Hanuman Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Aurangabad Caves, then admire the landmark architecture of Bibi Ka Maqbara, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Panchakki (Water Mill).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aurangabad trip planner.

New Delhi to Aurangabad is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. In April in Aurangabad, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Shirdi.

Things to do in Aurangabad

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Shirdi

— 2 nights
The small town of Shirdi remains a popular pilgrimage destination, best known as the place where Sai Baba, a 19th-century spiritual guru, lived his later years.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Dixit Wada Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dwarkamai Masjid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Upasani Kanyakumari Sthan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khandoba Mandir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maruti Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Baba's Chavadi.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shirdi road trip planner.

Drive from Aurangabad to Shirdi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Shirdi are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mumbai.

Things to do in Shirdi

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Mumbai

— 2 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link, then appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, then take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, and finally steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then cruise along Marine Drive, and then take in the architecture and design of St. Xavier's College.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Mumbai attractions site.

Traveling by car from Shirdi to Mumbai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Shirdi in April, plan for slightly colder days in Mumbai, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Mumbai

Tours · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology as well as Mumu Surf School. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see Mumu Surf School. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip maker website.

Getting from Mumbai to Mahabalipuram by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Adventure · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pancha Rathas, Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Shore Temple. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Bhima Ratha, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tiger Cave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip maker site.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) travel planner.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mahabalipuram in April: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Chennai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Chennai

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Theosophical Society, VGP Snow Kingdom, San Thome Church, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Live Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ayyappan Temple, and make a trip to Ganesh Karthik Temple.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April; daily highs in Chennai reach 42°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Jaipur.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Jaipur

— 2 nights

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 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), then get a dose of the wild on Elefantastic, and then don't miss a visit to Monkey Temple. On your second day here, stop by Satyam Silver, then brush up on your military savvy at Nahargarh Fort, then contemplate the long history of Jaigarh Fort, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaipur trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Chennai to Jaipur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Jaipur when traveling from Chennai in April, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Jaipur

— 3 nights

Pink City

Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Explore Jaipur further: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, make a trip to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and look for gifts at Royal Spices And Tea.

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

Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

India travel guide

4.6
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.

Tamil Nadu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.