30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram, India
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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
— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Pancha Rathas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shore Temple and India Seashell Museum. It doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Mahabalipuram due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get warmer in Mahabalipuram: highs are around 85°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Punakha.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Punakha trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mahabalipuram to Punakha. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Bhutan Time (BTT), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jama Masjid, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and then examine the collection at Imperial Wax Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Agra trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Punakha to Agra in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Punakha to Agra, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Jaipur.
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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.
Nahargarh Fort and Albert Hall Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaigarh Fort and Spas. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Amber Palace, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Jal Mahal, and take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jaipur online trip maker.

Getting from Agra to Jaipur by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 6th (Wed) 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.
Get some cultural insight at Jaisalmer War Museum and Jaisalmer Fort. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tanot Mata Temple and Sonee Art Gallery. Spend the 10th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Desert Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Jaipur to Jaisalmer by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Umaid Heritage Art School and Jaswant Thada. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mehrangarh Fort and Ganesh Handicrafts. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well), walk around Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jodhpur holiday planner.

Drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Jodhpur can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udaipur.
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Udaipur, India — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shri Ekling Ji Temple and Gothwal Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at City Palace of Udaipur and Wax Museum Udaipur. When in Udaipur, make a side trip to see Ranakpur Jain Temple in Sadri, approximately Sadri away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Bagore Ki Haveli Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola.

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

You can drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Udaipur are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Diu.
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Diu, India — 2 nights

The main town on the island of the same name, Diu connects to the south coast of Gujurat by bridge.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Naida Caves and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangeshwar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at INS Khukri Memorial and then contemplate the long history of Diu Fort.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Diu road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Diu takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bhuj.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Siddha Shree Dhoramnath Monastery and then explore the fascinating landscape at White Desert Of Kutch. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Great Rann of Kutch and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj.

Make your Bhuj itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Diu to Bhuj in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In January in Bhuj, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to 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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