30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Bhuj
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Bhuj, India
— 2 nights
Drive
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Diu, India
— 2 nights
Fly
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Udaipur, India
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jodhpur, India
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaisalmer, India
— 4 nights
Fly
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Jaipur, India
— 5 nights
Fly
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Agra, India
— 3 nights
Train to New Delhi Station, Fly to Punakha
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 3 nights
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Drive to Paro Airport, Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram, India
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siddha Shree Dhoramnath Monastery and then admire nature's extreme beauty at White Desert Of Kutch. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bhuj road trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Bhuj is an approximately 31-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Bhuj is 10.5 hours. While traveling from Washington DC, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Bhuj, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Diu.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): go for a walk through INS Khukri Memorial and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangeshwar Temple. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Diu Fort.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Diu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bhuj to Diu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Udaipur.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
City Palace of Udaipur and Gothwal Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Shri Ekling Ji Temple and Maharana Pratap Museum. Step out of Udaipur with an excursion to Rakht-Talai (Haldighati) in Nathdwara--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, get engrossed in the history at Bagore Ki Haveli Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Pichola.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Udaipur tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Diu to Udaipur takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Udaipur sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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 Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Ganesh Handicrafts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well), and see the interesting displays at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jodhpur planning site.

Traveling by car from Udaipur to Jodhpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive 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.
Jaisalmer War Museum and Tanot Mata Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Desert Art Gallery and Sonee Art Gallery. Spend the 6th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jaisalmer vacation planner.

You can drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nahargarh Fort and Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Albert Hall Museum and Jaigarh Fort. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Jal Mahal, see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaipur tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Jaisalmer to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Jaipur are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Agra.
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Agra, India — 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, then make a trip to Taj Mahal, and then view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Jama Masjid, and then examine the collection at Imperial Wax Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Agra using our trip planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Agra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Jaipur in January: highs in Agra hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 45°F. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Punakha.
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Punakha, Bhutan — 3 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 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Punakha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Punakha takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. 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 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites
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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.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, and then see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram vacation site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Punakha to Mahabalipuram. Traveling from Punakha to Mahabalipuram, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. You will leave for home on the 20th (Wed).
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

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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