29 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram, India
— 3 nights
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Drive to Chennai International Airport, Fly to Paro Airport, Drive to Punakha
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly to Delhi, Train to Agra
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Agra, India
— 2 nights
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Jaipur, India
— 5 nights
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Jaisalmer, India
— 4 nights
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Jodhpur, India
— 3 nights
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Udaipur, India
— 3 nights
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Diu, India
— 2 nights
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Bhuj, India
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram, India — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Pancha Rathas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shore Temple and India Seashell Museum. There's more to do: get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip builder website.

Washington DC, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Mahabalipuram. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Mahabalipuram reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Punakha.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Punakha, Bhutan — 2 nights

The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Punakha trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Mahabalipuram to Punakha with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 0.5 hours. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Agra.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Agra, India — 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 2nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, make a trip to Taj Mahal, and then take in the exciting artwork at Taj Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Agra Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Jama Masjid, and then see the interesting displays at Imperial Wax Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Agra online trip builder.

Getting from Punakha to Agra by combination of flight and train takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Punakha to Agra is minus 0.5 hours. January in Agra sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Jaipur.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Jaipur, India — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nahargarh Fort and Diwan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience. Get some cultural insight at Amber Palace and City Palace of Jaipur. Spend the 6th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Jaigarh Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, browse the exhibits of Jitesh Arts, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jaipur itinerary planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Agra in January, expect nights in Jaipur to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Jaisalmer.
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Jaisalmer, India — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jaisalmer War Museum and Desert Art Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Tanot Mata Temple and Jaisalmer Fort. Spend the 12th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, see Off-Road Tours, and browse the exhibits of Sonee Art Gallery.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Jaisalmer trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jodhpur.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Jodhpur, India — 3 nights

Sun City

The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mehrangarh Fort and Ganesh Handicrafts. Step off the beaten path and head to Umaid Heritage Art School and Jaswant Thada. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll around Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, delve into the distant past at Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well), and explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Jodhpur travel route site.

You can drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Udaipur.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Udaipur, India — 3 nights

Venice of the East

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Get some cultural insight at City Palace of Udaipur and Gothwal Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shri Ekling Ji Temple and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Bagore Ki Haveli Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Udaipur day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in January, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Diu.
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Diu, India — 2 nights

The main town on the island of the same name, Diu connects to the south coast of Gujurat by bridge.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Naida Caves and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangeshwar Temple. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to INS Khukri Memorial and then contemplate the long history of Diu Fort.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Diu visit planner.

You can fly from Udaipur to Diu in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Bhuj.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Bhuj, India — 2 nights

Established long ago as an important regional city, Bhuj has had to rebuild on several occasions due to devastating earthquakes destroying its temples, palaces, and residential areas.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Siddha Shree Dhoramnath Monastery and then explore the fascinating landscape at White Desert Of Kutch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Great Rann of Kutch and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Bhuj online trip builder.

You can drive from Diu to Bhuj in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. January in Bhuj sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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India travel guide

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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.
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Bhutan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.
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