40 days in India Itinerary

40 days in India Itinerary

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40 days in India Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  26 h
1
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Agra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Jaipur
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Udaipur
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Mumbai
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
10
Kannur
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
11
Goa
— 6 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Quito

3
nights
New Delhi

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.
You'll explore and learn at Gandhi Smriti and Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort. There's still lots to do: make a trip to India Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham, take in the exciting artwork at Art Mall, and admire the masterpieces at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner.

Quito, Ecuador to New Delhi is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Quito to New Delhi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Quito in February, you will find days in New Delhi are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Red Fort ©
Red Fort
India Gate ©
India Gate

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Appreciate the collections at Taj Gallery and Agra Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taj Mahal and Spiritual Museum. When in Agra, make a side trip to see Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, approximately Bharatpur away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Agra trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from New Delhi to Agra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in February, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Gallery ©
Taj Gallery

5
nights
Jaipur

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate City Palace of Jaipur and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. Do some cultural sightseeing at Amber Palace and Nahargarh Fort. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rusirani Village, step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, admire the striking features of Birla Mandir Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Surya Mandir.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaipur road trip app.

Getting from Agra to Jaipur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

1
night
Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagdish Temple, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Udaipur online day trip planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Udaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Udaipur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Jagdish Temple ©
Jagdish Temple
Spas

1
night
Jodhpur

Jodhpur ©
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 3rd (Tue), appreciate the history behind Jaswant Thada, then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort, and then see the interesting displays at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jodhpur day trip website.

You can drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites Museums
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum ©
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Jaswant Thada ©
Jaswant Thada

1
night
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link, get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Chowpatty Beach. Keep things going the next day: visit Nariman Point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mughal Masjid, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Siddhivinayak, and finally visit Dharavi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Jodhpur to Mumbai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jodhpur in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mumbai, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Mumbai

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Dharavi ©
Dharavi
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Shree Siddhivinayak ©
Shree Siddhivinayak

3
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Napier Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Shri Chitra Art Gallery. When in Kovalam, make a side trip to see Priyadarshini Planetarium in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), approximately Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kovalam Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Kuthira Malika, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kovalam journey maker app.

Getting from Mumbai to Kovalam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kovalam, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kovalam

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Forane Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Mararikulam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Mararikulam takes 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cherthala
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
St. Mary's Forane Church ©
St. Mary's Forane Church

5
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

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.
Popular historic sites such as Paradesi Synagogue and St. Thomas International Shrine are in your itinerary. Kerala Folklore Museum and Gallery OED Cochin. will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Malayattoor (Malayattoor Church & St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Jew Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and get engrossed in the history at Antique Museum Kochi.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation planner.

Getting from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Malayattoor
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Malayattoor Church ©
Malayattoor Church
St. Thomas International Shrine ©
St. Thomas International Shrine

5
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Visit Madayi Kavu and Cannanore Lighthouse for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple and Mridanga Saileswari Temple. Step out of Kannur with an excursion to Paithalmala Hill Station in Paithalmala--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, stroll through Choottad Beach, steep yourself in history at Tellicherry Fort, and make a trip to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kannur tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Paithalmala Hill Station, Madayi Kavu, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Mridanga Saileswari Temple
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Mridanga Saileswari Temple ©
Mridanga Saileswari Temple
Madayi Kavu ©
Madayi Kavu

6
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Prehistoric Rock Art Gallery and Naval Aviation Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Goa and Fort Aguada. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agonda Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Bom Jesus, don't miss a visit to Chapora Fort, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Goa vacation builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kannur to Goa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In March, daily temperatures in Goa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach

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