26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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26 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
1
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Puttaparthi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
4
Mumbai
— 5 nights
5
Nashik
— 2 nights
6
Mumbai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Pune
— 2 nights
8
Chandigarh
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Kasauli
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
New Delhi
— 4 nights
End: New Delhi

1
night
Bengaluru

Bengaluru
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
St Patrick's Church has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bengaluru online trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airport is Kempegowda International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Bengaluru can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Puttaparthi.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites
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2
nights
Puttaparthi

Puttaparthi ©
On the 1st (Tue), examine the collection at Chaitanya Jyoti Museum, then explore and take pictures at Sri Sathya Sai University, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Venugoplaswami Temple. On your second day here, make a trip to Gopuram Gateway, don't miss a visit to Vata Vriksha (Meditation Tree), explore and take pictures at Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium, then explore and take pictures at Prasanthi Nilayam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samadhi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puttaparthi vacation maker tool .

Getting from Bengaluru to Puttaparthi by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in January since evenings lows in Puttaparthi dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Puttaparthi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anantapur
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Chaitanya Jyoti Museum ©
Chaitanya Jyoti Museum
Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium ©
Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium
Vata Vriksha (Meditation Tree) ©
Vata Vriksha (Meditation Tree)

2
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat and then identify plant and animal life at Big Banyan Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Infant Jesus Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Surayanarayana Temple, and finally browse the exhibits of Cauvery Handicrafts.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru trip planning website .

You can drive from Puttaparthi to Bengaluru in 2.5 hours. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Puttaparthi in January since evenings lows in Bengaluru dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Museums Parks Shopping
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Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat ©
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat
Infant Jesus Shrine ©
Infant Jesus Shrine
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace ©
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

5
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Raj Bhawan and Babulnath Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Red Carpet Wax Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Aarey Colony in Goregaon (about 34 minutes away). Pack the 8th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at KidZania Mumbai. There's still lots to do: tour the water at your own pace with India Boats, take a stroll through Colaba Causeway, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Babu Amichand Panalal Jain Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mumbai trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bengaluru to Mumbai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Bengaluru in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mumbai, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nashik.

Things to do in Mumbai

Wildlife Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Raj Bhawan, Karnala Bird Sanctuary
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Karnala Bird Sanctuary ©
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Babulnath Temple ©
Babulnath Temple
Red Carpet Wax Museum ©
Red Carpet Wax Museum

2
nights
Nashik

Nashik ©
Whether you want to tour important religious sites or explore the city's 22 wineries, you'll have no shortage of things to do in Nashik.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Gargoti Mineral Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saptashrungi Devi Temple Vani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Mandir Nashik, then identify plant and animal life at Someshwar Water Fall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Navshya Ganapati Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muktidham Temple.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nashik online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mumbai to Nashik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mumbai.

Things to do in Nashik

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gargoti Mineral Museum
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Saptashrungi Devi Temple Vani ©
Saptashrungi Devi Temple Vani
Gargoti Mineral Museum ©
Gargoti Mineral Museum
Navshya Ganapati Temple ©
Navshya Ganapati Temple

1
night
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nerul Balaji Temple, then wander the streets of Malabar Hill, and then take in the exciting artwork at Jehangir Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mumbai trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nashik to Mumbai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Pune on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Nerul Balaji Temple
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Jehangir Art Gallery ©
Jehangir Art Gallery
Malabar Hill ©
Malabar Hill

2
nights
Pune

Pune has long enjoyed a reputation as a center of culture and commerce, with many dynastic rulers making the town central to their regional plans in the centuries before the British Raj.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St Mary's Church as well as Pataleshwar Cave Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Narayani Dham Temple and Kirkee War Cemetery. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Taljai Hill and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pune trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Mumbai to Pune by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shimla.

Things to do in Pune

Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Narayani Dham Temple ©
Narayani Dham Temple

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hours
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museum Maison Jeanneret and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chandigarh travel route planning app .

Getting from Mumbai to Chandigarh by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kasauli.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum Maison Jeanneret ©
Museum Maison Jeanneret

4
nights
Kasauli

Kasauli ©
Developed during the British colonial era, the small hill station of Kasauli remains mostly known for its connection to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manki Point and Christ Church. Explore hidden gems such as Sunset Point and Mohan Shakti Heritage Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kasauli: Shrimad Rajchandra Mission (in Dharampur), Grave of Barog (in Barog) and Solan (The Dagshai Jail Museum, Bon Monastery, & more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gilbert Trail, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kasauli planner .

Traveling by car from Chandigarh to Kasauli takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Kasauli

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Solan, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, Grave of Barog
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Jatoli Shiv Temple ©
Jatoli Shiv Temple
Manki Point ©
Manki Point
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swarg Ashram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tera Manzil Temple, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Neer Garh Waterfall, Rishikesh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sivananda Ashram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunjapuri Devi Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Vashishta Gufa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triveni Ghat.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh trip website .

Traveling by car from Kasauli to Rishikesh takes 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kunjapuri Devi Temple ©
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Sivananda Ashram ©
Sivananda Ashram
Swarg Ashram ©
Swarg Ashram

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Gandhi Smriti and ISKCON Temple Delhi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Gandhi Museum and Hauz Khas Village. Take a break from New Delhi with a short trip to The Great India Place in Noida, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Raj Ghat, see the interesting displays at National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and take an in-depth tour of Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read New Delhi day trip planner .

Getting from Rishikesh to New Delhi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Great India Place
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Gandhi Smriti ©
Gandhi Smriti
Raj Ghat ©
Raj Ghat
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ©
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib

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