30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
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Agra, India
— 2 nights
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Jaipur, India
— 5 nights
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Jaisalmer, India
— 3 nights
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Jodhpur, India
— 1 night
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Udaipur, India
— 2 nights
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Goa, India
— 5 nights
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Chennai, India
— 4 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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New Delhi, India — 3 nights

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat. Get some cultural insight at Humayun's Tomb and Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Rajpath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, make a trip to Jahanara Begum's Tomb, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New Delhi route planning website.

Washington DC, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to New Delhi, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect nights in New Delhi to be somewhat warmer, around 55°F, while days are much warmer, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Agra.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Agra, India — 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then take in the exciting artwork at Taj Gallery. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Akbar the Great, then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, and then explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Agra vacation planner.

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Agra, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes City Palace of Jaipur as well as Amber Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nahargarh Fort and Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jaigarh Fort and Spas. Spend the 6th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, explore the world behind art at Pratap Celebrity Wax Museum Jaipur, and pause for some photo ops at Diwan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jaipur trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Agra to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Jaisalmer.
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Jaisalmer, India — 3 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 a sense of the local culture at Desert Art Gallery and Jain Temples. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jaisalmer War Museum and Kuldhara Abandoned Village. Spend the 9th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort and take in the exciting artwork at Sonee Art Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jaisalmer online tour planner.

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 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Jodhpur.
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Jodhpur, India — 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Fri), look for gifts at Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES), contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well).

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Jodhpur online tour planner.

Getting from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Udaipur.
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Udaipur, India — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, then view the masterpieces at Gothwal Art, and then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Art Haveli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ekling Ji Temple, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Udaipur road 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 77°F in December, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Goa.
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Goa, India — 5 nights

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
You've now added Agonda Beach to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Goa and Shantadurga Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fontainhas and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Utorda Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Bom Jesus, explore the ancient world of Chapora Fort, and soothe aching muscles at Cyril Yoga Ayurveda Centre.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Goa online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Goa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Udaipur in December since evenings lows in Goa dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Chennai.
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Chennai, India — 4 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 Marina Beach as well as Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and San Thome Church. Explore hidden gems such as Shore Temple and Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple. Step out of Chennai to go to Mahabalipuram and see The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple and wander the streets of Fort St. George.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Chennai route planner.

Getting from Goa to Chennai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. December in Chennai sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Paro.
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Paro, Bhutan — 2 nights

A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
On the 23rd (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Tshetob Ying Yum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chennai to Paro takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Paro is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Chennai in December, things will get colder in Paro: highs are around 63°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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India travel guide

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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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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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