In 11 days, you can explore a different aspect of India as you cover several states on a single trip or familiarize yourself with one in-depth. Choose a classic itinerary of the Golden Triangle for history and architecture or a tour of Gujarat's vibrant crafts and textiles if you have an artistic bent. Nature lovers can go on wildlife safaris through UNESCO-listed national parks, explore the bird sanctuaries and tea and spice plantations of Kerala, or join an adventurous 11-day trek through the remote mountains of Ladakh.

Itinerary #1: Golden Triangle & Rajasthan

This 11-day classic itinerary provides an introduction to India by taking you to some of its best-known tourist hot spots. These include the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, the iconic Taj Mahal, and the atmospheric palaces of Rajasthan.

Jaipur's Amer Fort reflects in nearby Maota Lake
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi Delhi
Day 2 Old Delhi Rickshaw Tour Delhi
Day 3 Transfer to Shekhawati Churu
Day 4 Explore Shekhawati: Havelis & art  Churu
Day 5 Transfer to Samode, Stay in the Samode Palace Heritage Hotel Samode
Day 6 Transfer to the "Pink City" of Jaipur Jaipur
Day 7 Explore Jaipur Jaipur
Day 8 Day trip to Bagru Jaipur
Day 9 Transfer to Agra, Visit Abhaneri Stepwell & Fatehpur Sikri Agra
Day 10 Explore Agra Agra
Day 11 Depart  

Your India adventure kicks off in the capital city with an auto-rickshaw tour of the sights of Old Delhi. You'll zip through this walled city on three wheels, stopping at landmarks such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Khari Baoli—Asia's largest spice market. Your next destination will be Rajasthan and its fascinating desert region of Shekhawati, where you'll explore sand dunes and bed down in a 16th-century palace-turned-hotel. In Churu, watch artisans busy at work crafting traditional handicrafts like tie-dyeing, block printing, wood carving, pottery, and making silver jewelry.

The pink city of Jaipur awaits you next, where you'll marvel at the massive City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind), and Jantar Mantar monument with its huge 18th-century stone sundial. A stop at the nearby UNESCO-listed Amer Palace Fort is another must-do on your itinerary. Then it's on to Agra with a visit to Chand Baori, one of the largest stepwells in India, before continuing to the historic 16th-century city of Fatehpur Sikri. Your trip ends with an iconic highlight: the Taj Mahal, the tomb of a beloved queen and a monument to love. Learn more 

Itinerary #2: Traditions & Wildlife of the Golden Triangle

This 11-day tour combines some of India's greatest architectural and cultural sights along with nature and wildlife. From the age-old monuments of Old Delhi and the grandeur of the Taj Mahal to the tiger reserves of Ranthambore National Park, this tour is sure to delight history lovers and outdoorsy types. Other highlights include the sprawling Amer Palace Fort near Jaipur and a boat ride along the Ganges in timeless Varanasi.

Tiger at Ranthambore National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi Delhi
Day 2 Guided Tour of Delhi Delhi
Day 3 Walking Tour of Agra Agra
Day 4 Sunrise at the Taj Mahal & Afternoon Agra Fort Visit Agra
Day 5 Transfer to Ranthambore National Park via Fatehpur Sikri Ranthambore
Day 6 Safari in Ranthambore National Park Ranthambore
Day 7 Heritage Walking Tour of Jaipur Jaipur
Day 8 Day Trip to Amer Palace Fort Jaipur
Day 9 Jaipur Temple Tour, Fly to Varanasi Varanasi
Day 10 Boat Ride on the Ganges, Afternoon Temple Tour Varanasi
Day 11 Depart Varanasi  

Your trip starts with a sightseeing tour of Delhi's famous sights: the red sandstone Red Fort, black marble Raj Ghat, lively Chandni Chowk bazaar, India Gate, and 12th-century Qutab Minar complex, among others. Next is Agra, where you'll see the Taj Mahal in all its magnificence at sunrise and take a tour of the Mughal-era Agra Fort. The next day, you'll make a halt at the historical city of Fatehpur Sikri on your way to Ranthambore National Park. Here you'll take a safari ride with the chance to spot tigers or leopards in their natural habitat.

On Day 7, explore the pink city of Jaipur on a heritage walk and take in its architectural marvels while sampling the filling street food and seeing jewelers and silversmiths busy at work. Amer Palace Fort and Jaipur's temples are other must-sees you'll stop at before catching a flight to Varanasi, one of India's most important pilgrimage centers. You'll experience the holy Ganges River on an early morning boat ride as you float past the bathing ghats and river-side cremation sites. Your last stop is at the Buddhist holy site of Sarnath before flying home the next day. Learn more 

Itinerary #3: Craft & Textiles Tour of Colorful Gujarat

Gujarat's heritage architecture and colorful handicrafts and textiles are celebrated on this 11-day exploration of this vibrant state in western India. Lovers of art and culture will delight in the cultural museums showcasing their artistic treasures and numerous fortresses, temples, and holy sites. There will also be a chance to get close to the local culture with visits to tribal villages and artisans' workshops.

Women sewing in Bhuj
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ahmedabad Ahmedabad
Day 2 Explore Ahmedabad Ahmedabad
Day 3 Transfer to Vadodara, Pavagadh & Chamapner Ahmedabad
Day 4 Transfer to Bhavnagar via Lothal Bhavnagar
Day 5 Transfer to Diu via Palitana Diu
Day 6 Free Day in Diu Diu
Day 7 Transfer to Gondal Gondal
Day 8 Transfer to Bhuj Gondal
Day 9 Explore Tribal Villages Around Bhuj Bhuj
Day 10 Explore Villages Near Bhuj, including Mandvi Bhuj
Day 11 Transfer to Mumbai, Depart  

The heritage city of Ahmedabad is the starting point for this cultural exploration, with a walking tour of its many fascinating buildings and monuments. You'll stop at museums showcasing Gujarat's rich textile traditions and handicrafts. Then you'll leave the city behind and head to the UNESCO site of Champaner, the sprawling complex of Palitana Temples in Bhavnagar, and other holy pilgrimage sites perched on hilltops.

A drive toward the sea will take you to Diu, a former Portuguese colony, where you'll explore its churches, fort, and horseshoe-shaped beach. The following day, you'll hit the road again, this time to Gondal, where you'll see palaces and wander through pastoral villages, such as Bharwad. Finally, it's on to Bhuj, famous for its majestic Bhujia Fortress and nearby tribal areas. Over two days, you'll stop at several tribal villages and see artisans busy crafting embroidery, leatherwork, wood carvings, and textiles decorated with mirror work. From Bhuj, you'll fly to Mumbai and then depart India. Learn more

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Itinerary #4: Beaches, Canals & Hills of Kerala

This well-rounded 11-day itinerary showcases the best sights and experiences in the southwestern state of Kerala. Colonial towns, bird sanctuaries, tea and spice plantations, wildlife parks, classical dance, cooking classes, a boat trip on the famous backwaters, and plenty of palaces, temples, and churches make for an action-packed tour.

Stay overnight on a houseboat in the canals near Alappuzha
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cochin Cochin
Day 2 Fort Kochi Tour & Cooking Demonstration Cochin
Day 3 Visit the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Transfer to Munnar Cochin
Day 4 Hike to Sevenmalai Hills, Tea Museum Tour Munnar
Day 5 Transfer to Thekkady, Free Time Thekkady
Day 6 Jungle Walk & Spice Plantation Tour Thekkady
Day 7 Transfer to Kumarakom, Tribal Village Walk Kumarakom
Day 8 Transfer to Alappuzha, Boat Cruise Alappuzha
Day 9 Transfer to Kovalam Kovalam
Day 10 Kovalam Free Day Kovalam
Day 11 Transfer to Trivandrum, Depart  

Your trip to Kerala begins in seaside Cochin with a stroll through charming Fort Kochi, where you'll see colonial-style bungalows, the old Jewish quarter and synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, and the fascinating Chinese fishing nets. Evenings will be spent watching Kathakali, a classical dance, and learning how to cook local dishes. Next, you'll head inland toward Munnar and its lush tea plantations, stopping first at the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. In Munnar, you'll trek through hills planted with tea, cardamom, and coffee plantations and see how tea is produced at the Tata Tea Museum.

Your next destination is Periyar National Park, home to elephants, tigers, gaur (Indian bison), and monkeys. There will also be time for a jungle walk and a spice plantation tour. A highlight is a cruise in a traditional houseboat of the Kerala Backwaters, a network of scenic canals and waterways. This is followed by a visit to beachside Kovalam, where you can relax with a traditional Ayurveda treatment, join a yoga class, or chill on the beach. On Day 11, you'll drive to Trivandrum to catch your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Delhi & Kolkata Wildlife Tour

India's national parks and safari adventures are the focus of this 11-day wildlife tour. Spot rhinos and elephants in Kaziranga National Park in Assam, one of India's less-explored northeastern states, and the elusive Bengal tiger in Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal. You'll also take in the tourist sights of Delhi and Kolkata, where this trip begins and ends.

Search for rhinos in Kaziranga National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi, Explore Delhi
Day 2 Delhi City Tour Delhi
Day 3 Fly to Guwahati, Transfer to Kaziranga National Park Kaziranga
Day 4 Rhinoceros Safari Kaziranga
Day 5 Elephant Safari, Nature Walk & Bird Safari Kaziranga
Day 6 Free Day in Kaziranga National Park Kaziranga
Day 7 Drive to Guwahati, Fly to Kolkata Kolkata
Day 8 Boat to Sundarbans National Park Bengal
Day 9 Tiger Safari by Boat Bengal
Day 10 Transfer to Kolkata, City Tour Kolkata
Day 11 Fly to Delhi, Depart Delhi

The adventure begins in the capital Delhi, with a sightseeing tour of the city's biggest tourist draws, such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque, Chandni Chowk market, and UNESCO-listed Qutub Minar. Then you'll fly to Guwahati in Assam and head to Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the Brahmaputra River. Over three days, you'll stalk the park's many rhinos and elephants, check out the Gibbon Sanctuary–home to a species of ape, tour a tea plantation, and hike to Kakochang Falls.

Next, you'll fly to Kolkata, where you'll take a boat trip to Sundarbans National Park. This park is also UNESCO-protected and known for its mangroves and Bengal tigers. The following day you'll join a daylong boat safari through the mangroves in search of these beautiful but elusive cats. The adventure ends with a city tour through Kolkata's vibrant streets, stopping off at some of its best-known monuments, such as the Victoria Memorial and Kali Temple. Learn more 

Itinerary #6: Ladakh High-Altitude Trek: Lamayuru to Chilling

Adventure seekers will delight in this 11-day trek through the high-altitude mountains of Ladakh. Follow the old Silk Road to China, taking in fabulous mountain views with each step and stopping at monasteries. But this trip is not all about trekking; it also offers the opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhism and practice yoga and meditation in an exceptional setting. 

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Fly from Delhi to Leh Leh
Day 2 Morning Yoga & Sightseeing in Leh Leh
Day 3 Monastery Tour: Thiksey, Hemis & Matho Leh
Day 4 Transfer to Lamayuru, Trek to Wanla Wanla
Day 5 Trek to Hinju Hinju
Day 6 Trek to Sumdo Doksa via Konski La Sumdo Doksa
Day 7 Trek to Base of Dung Dung Chan La Dung Dung Chan La
Day 8 Trek to Chilling Chilling
Day 9 Transfer to Leh Leh
Day 10 Return Flight to Delhi Delhi
Day 11 Depart Delhi  

This high-altitude trekking itinerary begins with a flight from Delhi to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, India's northernmost region. At 11,480 feet (3,500 m), you'll need a few days to gradually acclimatize to the high altitude before heading off on the trek. A sightseeing tour will take you to Leh's most fascinating sights, such as the nine-story Leh Palace, vibrant bazaars dating back to the Silk Road days, and the mountaintop Shanti Stupa. You'll also practice yoga and meditation at the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre and visit three Buddhist monasteries nearby.

On Day 4, you'll drive to Lamayuru, where you'll visit the monastery before commencing the trek to the very first stop, Wanla, a walk of four hours. You'll be hiking up to seven hours a day, climbing mountain paths to remote villages, crossing rivers, and descending into gorges. A highlight is the ascent to Konski La Pass, the highest point of this trek at 16,233 feet (4,948 m), from where you'll take in views of the magnificent snow-covered peaks of the Karakoram and Stok mountain ranges. Learn more

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