30 days in India & Kathmandu Itinerary

30 days in India & Kathmandu Itinerary

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30 days in India & Kathmandu Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Munnar, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Madurai, India
— 2 nights
bus:  17​h
Hampi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Matheran, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Mumbai (Bombay), India
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Jodhpur, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Udaipur, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Jaipur, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Agra, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
New Delhi, India
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Varanasi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Sydney, Australia

2
days
Kochi (Cochin), India

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Hill Palace of Tripunithura, get engrossed in the history at Kerala Folklore Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica, and finally take a stroll through Jew Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Kochi (Cochin). Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) hover around 38°C and lows are around 27°C. On the 31st (Sun), you're off toMunnar.

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Paradesi Synagogue
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Cherai Beach
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Kerala Folklore Museum

2
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Munnar, India

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
On the 31st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

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Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Madurai.

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Tea Museum
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C.S.I Christ Church

2
days
Madurai, India

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Samanar Hills, savor the flavors at Prema Vilas, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madurai sightseeing planner.

Getting from Munnar to Madurai by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hampi.

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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Gandhi Memorial Museum ©
Gandhi Memorial Museum

1
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Hampi, India

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vitthala Temple, explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum, explore the activities along Sanapur Lake, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Achyutaraya Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hampi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Hampi in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hampi are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Matheran.

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Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple
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Achyutaraya Temple

2
days
Matheran, India

Matheran ©
High in the Western Ghats, Matheran offers visitors relief from the oppressive temperatures at lower elevations.
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to Khandala Point and then take some stellar pictures from Little Chowk Point. On your second day here, make a trip to Belvedere Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Nagphani (Duke's Nose), and then admire the sheer force of Kune Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matheran trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hampi to Matheran. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

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Kune Waterfalls ©
Kune Waterfalls
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Karnala Fort
Charlotte Lake ©
Charlotte Lake

1
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Mumbai (Bombay), India

Mumbai (Bombay) ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 9th (Tue), stroll through Aksa Beach, then don't miss a visit to Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, then wander the streets of Malabar Hill, and finally admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mumbai (Bombay) vacation builder.

Getting from Matheran to Mumbai (Bombay) by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jodhpur.

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Aksa Beach
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
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Malabar Hill

3
days
Jodhpur, India

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mehrangarh Fort and Phool Mahal. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and Jaswant Thada. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Ganesh Handicrafts, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jodhpur vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Mumbai (Bombay) to Jodhpur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Udaipur.

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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
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Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

2
days
Udaipur, India

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sas-Bahu Temple Tour, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur, then explore the historical opulence of Monsoon Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Udaipur travel planner.

You can drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Jaipur.

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Jagdish Temple
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City Palace of Udaipur
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Lake Pichola

1
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Jaipur, India

Jaipur ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Diwan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Moti Dungari Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jaipur itinerary maker.

Fly from Udaipur to Jaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Agra.

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Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
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City Palace of Jaipur
Moti Dungari Temple ©
Moti Dungari Temple

2
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Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, then see the interesting displays at Taj Museum, then look for gifts at The Warehouse of Gifts & Souvenirs, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Shah Burj and then don't miss a visit to Taj Mahal.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Agra vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Jaipur to Agra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Jaipur in January, expect nights in Agra to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to New Delhi.

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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Shah Burj ©
Shah Burj

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New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the galleries of Gandhi Smriti, take a stroll through 7WD STUDIO 19 Hauz Khas Village LAKE SIDE, then contemplate the long history of Humayun's Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi vacation planner.

Getting from Agra to New Delhi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

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Gandhi Smriti ©
Gandhi Smriti
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib ©
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

3
days
Varanasi, India

Varanasi ©
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sarnath and Spas & Wellness. Get some cultural insight at Banaras Ghats and Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath). There's much more to do: make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Temple, stop by Silk Veg, and admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Varanasi travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Varanasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kathmandu.

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Sarnath
Ganges River ©
Ganges River
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Banaras Ghats

4
days
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Nagarjun Forest Reserve will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur to see Changu Narayan about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, contemplate the long history of Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval), admire the masterpieces at Patan Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Lasermaxx Kathmandu.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kathmandu travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Kathmandu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kathmandu can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Swayambhunath Temple
Swayambhunath Temple
Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa
Kathmandu Durbar Square ©
Kathmandu Durbar Square

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