26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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26 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Leh
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Nubra Valley
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
3
Jaisalmer
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
4
Goa
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Port Blair, South Andaman Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Havelock Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

4
nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Get some cultural insight at Alchi Choskor Monastery and Likir Gompa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shanti Stupa and Hemis Monastery. Change things up with a short trip to Alchi Monastary in Alchi (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Khardung La, look for gifts at Hazara Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery, and identify plant and animal life at Donkey Sanctuary.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Leh tour planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Leh is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Leh is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Alchi Monastary, Khardung La, Hemis Monastery, Hazara Arts
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Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

2
nights
Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley ©
A trip to Nubra Valley must be planned in advance due to the area's weather extremes, which include freezing winters.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Yarab Tso Lake, then go for a walk through Hunder Sand Dunes, and then admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley.

Plan trip to Nubra Valley with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Leh to Nubra Valley by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Nubra Valley

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nubra Valley
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Nubra Valley ©
Nubra Valley
Hunder Sand Dunes ©
Hunder Sand Dunes

3
nights
Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaisalmer War Museum and Rishabhadeva Temple. Maharaja's Palace and Shantinath Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Jaisalmer to go to Kanoi and see Sam Sand Dunes, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Dussehra Chowk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temples, make a trip to Bada Bagh, and take in the exciting artwork at Sonee Art Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jaisalmer itinerary planner.

Drive from Nubra Valley to Jaisalmer in 39 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sam Sand Dunes
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Jain Temples ©
Jain Temples
Jaisalmer War Museum ©
Jaisalmer War Museum
Maharaja's Palace ©
Maharaja's Palace

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.
Shanta Durga Temple and Chapora Fort will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Morjim Beach and Utorda Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mandrem Beach, stroll through Vagator Beach, and look for gifts at Sheek Emporium.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Goa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and flight from Jaisalmer to Goa takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Goa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Utorda Beach ©
Utorda Beach
Shanta Durga Temple ©
Shanta Durga Temple
Sheek Emporium ©
Sheek Emporium

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, and then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwar Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at MadrasCrocodileBank.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram online trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goa to Mahabalipuram in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goa in May: highs in Mahabalipuram hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Blair.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Chennai
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Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

4
nights
Port Blair, South Andaman Island

Port Blair ©
The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jolly Buoy Island and Wandoor Beach. Get outdoors at Chidiya Tapu and Corbyn's Cove. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Samudrika Marine Museum and make a trip to Chatham Saw Mill.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Blair trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mahabalipuram to Port Blair takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Jolly Buoy Island ©
Jolly Buoy Island
Chatham Saw Mill ©
Chatham Saw Mill
Wandoor Beach ©
Wandoor Beach

3
nights
Havelock Island

Havelock Island ©
Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Get in touch with nature at Radhanagar Beach and Elephant Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Captain Hook’s and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kaala Pathar Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Havelock Island online attractions planner .

You can drive from Port Blair to Havelock Island in 3.5 hours. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach
Radhanagar Beach ©
Radhanagar Beach
Elephant Beach ©
Elephant Beach

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