30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

30 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
— 4 nights
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Diu, India
— 2 nights
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Bhuj, India
— 2 nights
Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

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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 The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology. Get some cultural insight at Shore Temple and India Seashell Museum. There's more to do: admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas and Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram journey app.

Washington DC, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Mahabalipuram reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can 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 28th (Mon): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Punakha day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mahabalipuram to Punakha. The time zone difference when traveling from Mahabalipuram to Punakha is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Agra.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Agra, India — 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then stop by Taj Gallery. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, then admire the landmark architecture of Jama Masjid, and then see the interesting displays at Imperial Wax Museum.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Agra journey site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Punakha to Agra takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Get a sense of the local culture at Albert Hall Museum and Amber Palace. Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, admire the masterpieces at Pratap Celebrity Wax Museum Jaipur, and see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur.

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Traveling by flight from Agra to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jaisalmer War Museum and Tanot Mata Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Desert Art Gallery and Jain Temples. Spend the 9th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Jaisalmer Fort, browse the exhibits of Sonee Art Gallery, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mehrangarh Fort and Ganesh Handicrafts. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Umaid Heritage Art School and Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, examine the collection at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and appreciate the history behind Jaswant Thada.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Jodhpur route tool.

Drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Jodhpur are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Udaipur.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shri Ekling Ji Temple and Gothwal Art. City Palace of Udaipur and Bagore Ki Haveli Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Udaipur side-trips: Ranakpur Jain Temple (in Sadri) and Rakht-Talai (Haldighati) (in Nathdwara). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Wax Museum Udaipur, explore the activities along Lake Pichola, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Udaipur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jodhpur to Udaipur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 16th (Sat) to allow 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 17th (Sun): Head underground at Naida Caves and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangeshwar Temple. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to INS Khukri Memorial and then steep yourself in history at Diu Fort.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Diu journey tool.

You can fly from Udaipur to Diu in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bhuj.
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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

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 19th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Siddha Shree Dhoramnath Monastery and then admire nature's extreme beauty at White Desert Of Kutch. On your second day here, explore the activities along Great Rann of Kutch and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bhuj online road trip planner.

You can drive from Diu to Bhuj in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) 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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