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Stephanie Wilcox Feb 24 2013

Please suggest an itinerary of North, Central & South India, 8 weeks duration, with more time in natural places?

Anupriya Bedi Feb 25 2013
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Wow! Writing this travel plan makes me want to pack my bags and take off! Since you are probably going to land in Delhi, we take the capital city as the starting point of your itinerary. Get set for the ride of a lifetime!

1. New Delhi

Home to diverse ethnicity, culture, tradition, food and language, Delhi is the perfect blend of history and modernity. Be it shopping, food, monuments or entertainment, Delhi is a combination of heady charms and marvellous opposites.

It is a good idea to spend about 2 to 3 days in Delhi, to do full justice to itsattractions. Don’t worry about the places to stay in Delhi, you have all the options you need to be spoilt for choice.

2. Leh

The true representation of splendid beauty with its lofty mountains, deep blue waters, white dunes, Buddhist monuments, beautiful Mosques and warm people,  Leh is a treat for the eyes and the soul.

You can choose to fly to Leh from Delhi, or if you feel adventurous, you can even rent a bike and do this trip by road. However, keep in mind, if you choose the latter, it might cost you something like 10 days.

It’s a good idea to spend about a week in Leh as all the places to see here are located at a distance. Moreover, surrounded by the barren beauty, you probably won’t want to leave the place. Take a look at our places to stay in Leh to sort your accommodation worries.

3. Manali

Picture this: lush green hillsides, winding mountain paths, gurgling streams and the snowy mountains. Fall prey to nature’s charms when you visit the Queen of Valleys, Manali.

Leh to Manali
can be done partly by air, but we recommend you take a cab from Leh to Manali to feast your eyes on the abundant beauty you encounter along the way.

When in Manali, you can roam through Apple Orchards, fasten up the lifesavers and gear up for river rafting, observe locals making beer or simply soak in the pure air and fresh greenery. For more as to how to spend your 3 days here, check out our places to visit and places to stay in Manali.

4. Rishikesh

Touted as the Yoga Capital of the world, Rishikesh shot to fame when the Beatles visited a local saint for yoga lessons. Take your first helping of India’s culture curry here by visiting the numerous temples or bring out the dare devil in you by trying out different adventure sports when here.

Manali to Rishikesh is approximately a 9 hour long cab ride, riddled with great views and busy markets.

Here are the places to stay and places to see in Rishikesh. If we may, we suggest you stay at a dharamshala in Rishikesh for an experience that is one of its kinds. About 2 days are enough to experience Rishikesh.

5. Jaipur

From magnificent forts to the best of modern luxury, from vibrant performative arts to centuries of history, from handicrafts that have left their mark on the world to stately jewellery everyone desires, Jaipur offers all and more. Come, embark on a kaleidoscopic journey when you visit the marvellous Pink City!

Rishikesh to Jaipur is one long journey you have to do by cab, but one which is well worth every minute.  The scenic beauty score along the way isn’t very high with this one, but landing in Jaipur will make you forget all your exhaustion.

Whatever you do in the 3 days you spend here, do make sure you go to Chokhi Dhani for a magical evening. Gear up for an amazing time as you are going to left spellbound by the dance performances and puppet shows in Jaipur. Here are the places to see in Jaipur and the accommodation options for this leg of your trip.

6. Agra

You didn’t think we would let you miss out on India’s claim to the Seven Wonders of the World, did you? Home to the Taj Mahal and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Agra is a traveller’s favourite, without a doubt.

Jaipur to Agra
is a journey that can be done by road as well as rail. If you are bored of the insides of a car already, why don’t you take a ride with the Indian Railways for a change?

Exploring Agra at leisure will require about 3 days. Here are places to see in Agra and the hotels here to plan out the logistics.

7. Varanasi

Adorned with epithets like 'the religious capital of India' and 'the city of temples', Varanasi takes you one step further in understanding the beliefs of our nation.

Once again, Agra to Varanasi is a leg of your trip where you will be spoilt for choice, as the places are connected by rail and road.

2 days in Varanasi and you will be ready to head to your next destination. Check out the places to see in Varanasi and the accommodation options.


Home to the timeless and artistic temples of the Chandela dynasty, Khajuraho offers intriguing insights into the intricacies of Hindu mythology. The temples nest artistic sculptures and carvings depicting the Kama Sutra.

When travelling from Varanasi to Khajuraho, you have the option of going by air, rail and cab. We recommend you take a flight for a short and sweet ride that lasts less than an hour.

About 3 days in Khajuraho seem like a good idea to explore the temples and the surrounding beauty. Here are the places to see and places to stay in Khajuraho.

9. Bandhavgarh

Few can ignore Bandhavgarh’s myriad charms by way of lush game stocked forests, meandering rivers, rich history and an overall wonderful surreal scenery. Time to say hello to an Indian Tiger!

The best way of doing this journey is taking a cab for the 4 hour long ride. Trust us, you will fall in love with the unspoilt natural beauty you will see along the way.

It’s a good idea to spend about 3 days in Bandhavgarh, enjoying the morning and evening safaris, swimming pools and spas of your resort. Apart from the National Park, Bandhavgarh also promise a few archaeological adventures. Time to see the places to visit and stay options here.


One of the most important pilgrimage places for followers of Buddhism, Sanchi is known for its stupas, some of which are as old as the 3rd Century BC. Breathing in an air of rustic simplicity and serenity, the place is amongst the best preserved sites in India.

Bandhavgarh to Sanchi
is another long cab journey.

Exploring this place will not require more than 2 days. Here is what you can see in Sanchi. Don’t undermine the place already, we assure you it promises the spiritual calm that is so hard to find.

11. Nashik

Dubbed as the Napa Valley of India, this beautiful town surrounded by the Sayhadri Hills and the Western Ghats produces some of the finest wines in the country. Nashik is also an important pilgrimage place owing to its mention in the Hindu Epic, Ramayana.

The journey from Sanchi to Nashik is about 700 km and is best done by train, which will give you some time to unwind. Here is the list of places to see and places to stay when in Nashik, like always. It is a good idea to spend 3 days in Nashik.

12. Mumbai

Charismatic, electrifying and open-hearted, Mumbai (Bombay) is the city of dreamers, stalwarts and the common man. A vibrant combination of seven islands on the Konkan coastline join together to make Mumbai. Splendid Victorian architecture, urban lifestyle, business hullabaloo and the entertainment industry welcome you to this energetic abode.

Travelling from Nashik to Mumbai? Easy peasy! Just hop onto a train and enjoy a good read in the 2 hour time.

Mumbai will take about 4 days to see, given all the art galleries and museums, historic sites and monuments, flea markets and beaches to see here. Here is a list of places to visit and accommodation options in here.

13. Kerala

This is going to be the most exciting leg of your journey! We have ready made itineraries for this state in the south, why don't you go through them? Here is a quick link: https://www.ixigo.com/plz-make-an-itenary-for-8-days-7-nights-in-kerala-from-savantwadi-road-station-fq-2000167

I hope this helps! Have a  superb trip!

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