18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  5​h
1
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Mumbai
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Jodhpur
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Agra
— 3 nights
7
Jaipur
— 3 nights
8
Udaipur
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Chennai

4
nights
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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham, and admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the New Delhi journey builder tool .

Chennai to New Delhi is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chennai in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in New Delhi, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Thekkady in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, wander the streets of Jew Town, then explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) online day trip planner .

Drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Spas & Wellness
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

1
night
Mumbai

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 10th (Wed), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, and finally snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mumbai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Mumbai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. April in Mumbai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Food Tours
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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 11th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Jaswant Thada and then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jodhpur trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Mumbai to Jodhpur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mumbai in April: highs in Jodhpur hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Historic Sites
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Mehrangarh Fort ©
Mehrangarh Fort
Jaswant Thada ©
Jaswant Thada

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Step out of Agra to go to Bharatpur and see Keoladeo National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 14th (Sun) on the rails with a train tour. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, don't miss a visit to Diwan-i-Am Agra Fort, and step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Agra route planning site .

You can drive from Jodhpur to Agra in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Jodhpur in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Agra, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

3
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.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, childrens museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, admire the striking features of Birla Mandir Temple, don't miss a visit to City Palace of Jaipur, and contemplate the long history of Jaigarh Fort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jaipur online road trip planner .

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Jaipur are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of 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.
On the 18th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple, and then explore the activities along Lake Pichola.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Udaipur trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Udaipur are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Jagdish Temple ©
Jagdish Temple

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