How to spend one month in India?

India being a huge and vast country, covering the whole place in a month is kinda impossible. Instead of going to every single part of the country, you can very obviously visit few places in India.

The climatic conditions of India differ greatly between the the northern and southern parts of the country. The best time to visit India is in mid-January to February.

India, as we all know, is super rich in culture, heritage and history. There are several places which depict the historical heritage of the country. But there are also places which showcase the scenic beauty of the country. The ones with the prettiest of views
It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers. Its got sights to give you shivers!!

So depending on your interests, here are a few places you’d wanna visit in a month!

DELHI

Delhi is the capital city of India and is also the capital of itself, as it is a Union Territory. It has several historical places like the Purana Kila, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Taj Mahal(in Agra), Red Fort, Chandni Chowk etc. These places depict the Lutyens’ Delhi and also the Mughal monuments. The rich Mughal culture is also seen in these places.

The Red Fort
The Red Fort

Delhi also homes various places of worship like Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Also the zoological park with a wide varieties of animals is seen.

Religious visit to the first 3 Gurudwaras out 9 Gurudwaras of Delhi

On the banks of Yamuna River is the serene and final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Raj Ghat where visiting dignitaries pay homage. Two museums dedicated to Gandhi are situated nearby. Lying close to the Raj Ghat, the Shanti Vana (literally, the forest of peace) is the place where India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated. The area is lush green with saplings which have now grown into trees planted by visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Buddha Jayanti Park which is on the Ridge Road is a well maintained park for the public. Many Bollywood movies have been shot here. Delhi has a mix of the traditional and modern. Where you might see the latest car on the road, there might be a bullock cart alongside.It is a melting pot of all kinds of people and a visit to this wonderful city is a must.

You should plan atleast 3-4 days in Delhi, to get the feel of the place.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan is one of the most visited states of India. It’s not surprising because it shows India at its most colorful and exotic best. All the things that come to mind when you think of India can be found in Rajasthan – palaces, forts, desert, camels, elephants and snake charmers. These classic tourist places to visit in Rajasthan shouldn’t be missed.

neemrana fort alwar

The first stop in Rajasthan from Delhi or Agra is the capital city which is Jaipur and is called the “Pink City” where most visitors start their desert tour. A visit to Jaipur will give you a feel for how the monarchy once lived in all its glory. Staying in Jaipur is also particularly enjoyable. The city has some incredible heritage hotels that have been converted from old palaces, giving guests a very regal experience! Should spend around 2 days in Jaiour. Reaching Rajasthan from Delhi would be around 7 hours by road and an hour by flight. Flight is most recommended because Jaipur to Udaipur would be around 5 hours by road and you wouldn’t wanna miss out that road trip!

Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal

After this comes Udaipur. Udaipur is an enchanting place full of mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples and grand palaces overlooking shimmering lakes. The City Palace, which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, is a highlight. The way it has been constructed is exquisite, with Rajput military architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques both combined together. Its museum displays many royal heirlooms, family photos, and other memorabilia. Spending around 3 days in this beautiful place should do.

Book Responsible Rural Tour in Udaipur

udaipur-tours

Other places to be visited in this huge state are Jaislamer, Jodhpur, Shekhawati Region, Pushkar, Ranthambore National Park, Bikaner and not to forget the Rural Rajasthan. For these places another 3 days. So a total of 9 days in Rajasthan.

GUJARAT

The breathtaking state of Gujarat situated in the western coast of India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The state is reputed for its rich cultural heritage, historical significance, handicrafts and innumerable tourist attractions. Apart from being one of the most industrialized regions in India Gujarat is also a major tourist hub of the nation. A land of romance, charisma, mysticism, vibrant colors and infinite natural beauty Gujarat never fails to charm its many visitors.

Gujarat to Rajasthan would be 12 hours by road and 8 hours by flight.

Mahabat-ka-Maqbara

Gujarat homes many religious, historical and scenic places in the country. Religious places including Dwarakanath Temple, Somnath Temple, Takhteshwar Temple, Jama Masjid, Raj Babri Mosque, Rani Rupmati Mosque etc. Wildlife sanctuaries are also pretty extensive in Gujarat, including Gir Forest Natural Park, Blackbuck National Park Marine National Park, Vansda National Park and Kutcch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.

gujarat

Also cities like Gandhi Nagar, Jamnagar, Vadodera, Anand and Porbandar are very much interesting. Whole of Gujarat can be covered in around 5 days. Daman and Diu, which is a Union Territory, is also near Gujarat and is a place to be visited. This can be done in a day.

Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu

MAHARASHTRA

In Maharashtra, places to be visited are Mumbai and Pune or if you do have time Nashik and Shiridi too.

Reaching Maharashtra from Gujarat is 12 hours by road.

Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of India. Also it homes the Bollywood movie industry.  Also called India’s “maximum city”, Mumbai is known for its extreme standards of living, fast paced lifestyle, and the making (or breaking) of dreams. Mumbai needs an overnight stay cause it is a night city so 1 day and a night.

Mumbai Markets Tour with students from Dharavi

The beautiful climate and the serene areas of Pune are something you should not miss out at any cost. One day in Pune would be the best day of your life!

Water falls in Pune
Waterfalls in Pune

GOA

goa beach

Goa is place for young, happy and adventurous people. If you are into partying, beaches, people and water sports, then Goa is the place for you. Again a day and a night in Goa would be the wise thing.

From Pune to Goa it would be a 7 hour drive by road, 6 hours by train and 1 hour 10 minutes by air.

Culinary Experience – Learn how to cook Indo-Goan dishes

Water Sports in goa
Water Sports in Goa

KERALA

Backwaters in Kerala
Backwaters

Kerala is the most beautiful state in India. It is also referred to as “God’s own country” . So at any cost Kerala is on place that should be visited. The backwaters of Allepey are very ideal for house boat vacation. The fisheries of Cochin and Tuticorin are beautiful The palm trees which are on either sides of the roads, shade the people who walk along. Its scenic beauty is renowned. You can spend around 3 days in Kerala.

Kerala is a solid 13 hours away from Goa. One can fly between Goa and Kerala, however there are no direct flights between Goa and Kerala. You will find most options that fly you to Kochi with a stop or flight change in Bangalore. That would be around 4 hours.

This one stop flights tends to be more expensive than direct flights between two cities you might take in India. Advisable to book in advance as the fares for one stop flights can really soar closer to travel dates.

kerala beaches

WEST BENGAL

From Kerala, a direct plane to West Bengal is recommended but you can also travel along the coastlines of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to reach this place. Travelling through the coastline, you can cover many places which show both the urban and rural parts of India.

Travelling by air is most helpful as it is around 8-13 hours  depending on the flight you choose. By road it would take 33 hours. If you are interested you can surely go for it.

West Bengal is a complete representation of the Indian subcontinent. The rich culture of the state binds the population together through its unique unity in diversity offering matchless geographical variety to its visitors. Darjeeling, its northern end, is embraced by the arms of the mighty Himalayas. The Dooars in the foothills are rich in forests and wildlife. The unconquerable river Ganga flows across the state’s rich alluvial plains to reach the Bay of Bengal in the south, through the vast swamps of The Sundarbans, home of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. The Bay of Bengal itself offers several pristine beaches. In between are various towns and cities, including the capital city of Kolkata, which offer myriad dimensions of religion, culture, heritage, attractions and society at large.

Once you reach West Bengal, Kolkata, Darjeeling, Howrah and Sunderbans are the places to visit.

Hooghly Bridge
Hooghly Bridge

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and is also called as the City of Lights. It has an amazing culture, food and is an absolute representation of the Bengali culture. In Kolkata, the place to visit is Nandan. Nandan is a government sponsored centre in Calcutta, India for facilitating film awareness and includes a few comparatively large screens housed in an impressive building. It shares its site with the Rabindra Sadan cultural centre. The complex, besides being a modern cinema and cultural complex, is a popular hang-out for the young and the aged.

One place with beautiful weather and lush green trees, hills and valleys, romance in the air. This is the real description of Darjeeling. Cute little tea plantations are also seen. Darjeeling is a place which is like a friendly companion with friendly people (actually found throughout India) .

Darjeeling West Bengal
Tea Plantations in Darjeeling

Howrah. the second largest city of West Bengal and the twin of Kolkata (being situated on the opposite bank of the river Hooghly), is said to have a rich history that dates back to 500 years. The name itself is possibly derived from a village named Harirah that was located in or about the site of modern-day Howrah City. Major attractions are Rabindra Setu  popularly known as the Howrah Bridge, Belur Nath Temple and Indian Botanical Garden.

Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger

And how can we forget the Sunderbans??!! The place where the ferocious and majestic Bengal tigers are kept. If you are person of nature love then yes folks, Sunderbans has to be visited.

West Bengal requires 5 days of stay or 4 days and a night to enjoy the “City of Lights” at night!

That would cover the complete 31 days schedule depending on the mode of travel you choose.

With this we come to the end of our One month trip to India. If you plan your trip in this way then you can cover all of India in a month and enjoy the beautiful country.

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