10 Days in India: Our Recommendations

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From the jagged peaks of the Himalayas to the ornate domed palaces of New Delhi, India has captivated travelers for centuries. Although it might be challenging to decide what sights to see in just a short amount of time, 10 days in India can still give you a great overview of the country. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant urban cities, boating in the glistening lakes, or venturing on a jungle safari, you can find the right itinerary for your 10 days tour in India!!

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1. Deserts and Lakes: 9 Days in India

City Palace in Jaipur
The City Palace of Jaipur was once the seat of the royals who ruled the entire region
Jodhpur in Rajasthan
The majestic Mehrangarh Fort is a great first introduction to Jodhpur
Day 1 Touch down in Jaipur and take a tour of the city
Day 2 Head to Amber Fort and Jal Mahal for sightseeing
Day 3 Tour of Bikaner Rao Bikaji and Karni Mata Temple
Day 4 Arrive in Jaisalmer, go camel riding in the afternoon
Day 5 Sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer
Day 6 Head to Jodhpur, enjoy a city tour 
Day 7 Transfer to Udaipur, evening at your own leisure
Day 8 Tour of Udaipur, evening boat ride on Lake Pichola
Day 9 Head to your next destination

Marvel at the pristine lakes, rugged dunes, and royal palaces of Rajasthan during 9 days in India. Your tour starts in the royal capital of Jaipur, where you’ll explore the city’s historic architecture. Then, head to Bikaner and Jaisalmer for a ride and first-hand encounter with desert camels. Finally, make your way to Udaipur, also known as “the city of lakes.” You’ll spend the next few days boating through the romantic fairy-tale lakes before heading back home. See all 10-day tours in India.

2: Heaven in Kerala: 10 Days in India

Kerala Backwaters Houseboat
A houseboat tour on the Kerala backwaters is a must-have experience from this 10-day itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Kochi, evening at your leisure
Day 2 Day tour of Kochi
Day 3 Drive to Munnar, enjoy Kalaripayattu show
Day 4 Munnar tea plantation and village tour
Day 5 Head to Periyar, enjoy the breathtaking scenes
Day 6 Half-day tour of Periyar National Park, evening Kathakali show
Day 7 Transfer to Kollam
Day 8 Visit Varkala Beach, take a boat ride through mangroves in Paravur Lake
Day 9 Go to Alleppey (Alappuzha), board a private houseboat cruise for overnight in Vembanad Lake
Day 10 Head to your next destination

This 10-day itinerary takes you through the majestic region of Kerala, one of India’s most stunning states. After spending a few days in Kochi, you’ll head south to the rolling hills of Munnar to visit the famous emerald-green tea plantations. From Munnar, you’ll drive to Periyar to explore the lush jungles and wildlife reserves, where you can see elephants and tigers. You’ll then make your way to Kollam and Alleppey, two of India’s most dramatic lake towns. Explore the diverse, natural wonders of Kerala on this 10-day India tour! You can also contact our local tour operator for customized tours in India

3. Himachal and Amritsar: India in 10 Days

Manali is one of the best places to visit in India
Manali is a gateway to adventure in the Indian Himalayas
Amritsar in India
An Instagram-worthy photo at the Golden Temple is a must when in Amritsar
Day 1 Enjoy a free afternoon in Delhi
Day 2 Drive to Shimla, enjoy the scenic views of the Himalayas and lush hills
Day 3 Visit Kufri, afternoon sightseeing tour of Shimla
Day 4 Free afternoon in Manali
Day 5 Day trip to Rohtang Pass
Day 6 Head to Dharamshala
Day 7 Sightseeing tour of Dharamshala, museum and monastery visit
Day 8 Transfer to Amritsar
Day 9 Sightseeing tour of Amritsar
Day 10 Bid goodbye to Amritsar 

Embark on one of the most fascinating and rewarding tours of India by visiting the regions of Himachal and Amristar. Starting in Delhi, you’ll drive to Shimla, situated on the foothills of the Himalayas. After, head through the Kullu Valley to Manali, one of India’s most popular resort towns. From Manali, you’ll visit the Dalai Lama’s home of Dharamshala, before ending your trip in Amristar. The spiritual city of Amristar is considered the center of Sikhism and is known for its holy Golden Temple shrine. Don’t miss the eye-opening towns and attractions on this fantastic India trip. See more: 10 days in India.

4. The Golden Triangle: 10-day Itinerary in India

Boating down the Ganges
Take a boat ride down the Ganges at either sunrise or sunset
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi and explore on your own
Day 2 Discover Delhi on a city tour before traveling to Jaipur
Day 3 Witness the highlights of Jaipur
Day 4 Drive to Agra and visit the Agra Fort
Day 5 Visit Taj Mahal and take the train to Khajuraho
Day 6 See Khajuraho’s ancient temples and erotic sculptures
Day 7 Drive to Varanasi and see the Ganges
Day 8 Explore the Buddhist city of Sarnath
Day 9 Fly from Varanasi to Delhi
Day 10 End your tour in Delhi

Parts of northern and central India are rich in culture, and tradition and packed with amazing architecture. On this ten-day tour, you will trace thousands of years of history and experience many cultural and architectural highlights. Visit ancient ruins and world heritage sites and tour magnificent cities like Jaipur and Agra. See the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, and take a magical evening trip down the River Ganges. Encounter some of the lesser-known jewels of India like Orchha, a city dotted with Rajput-era temples and palaces, and Khajuraho, home to some of the masterpieces of Indian sculpture. If you want to travel the country at your own pace, get in touch with our local travel experts for a customized trip to India

5. Taj Mahal, Wildlife & Royal Castles: 11 Days in India

Taj Mahal
Lady Diana's Chair is the perfect spot for a stunning photograph of the Taj Mahal
Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park
Visit Ranthambore National Park on this 11-day India itinerary
Day 1 Sightseeing tour of Delhi before heading to Jaipur
Day 2 Enjoy the offerings of Jaipur
Day 3 Drive to Jodhpur, afternoon at leisure
Day 4 Sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, lunch and dinner in Rohet Garh
Day 5 Head to Sardargarh, cultural activities and dinner at Sardargarh Fort
Day 6 Free afternoon in Udaipur
Day 7 Sightseeing tour of Udaipur, boat ride on Lake Pichola
Day 8 Drive to Pushkar, free afternoon
Day 9 Enjoy the many sites in Pushkar, drive to Ranthambore National Park
Day 10 Safari in Ranthambore National Park
Day 11 Visit the Taj Mahal, head to your next destination

This all-encompassing 11-day India tour gives you a taste of the country’s most famous sights and attractions. Visit Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Sardargarh, four culturally significant cities in northern India. After, you’ll visit Udaipur, appropriately nicknamed the “city of sunrise.” Here, you’ll visit lush gardens, ornate palaces, and even have the chance to cruise through the beautiful Lake Pichola. You’ll end your visit with an early morning wildlife safari of Ranthambore National Park. See tours: 11 days in India.

If you think a trip to India is not possible in 10 days, think again. Check out 10-day tours in India for more options. For more information go through our how many days to spend in India guide. Inspired yet? You can also get in touch with our Travel Experts in India to design your own custom itinerary if the ones above aren't perfect for you. 

Published by Marie Storm, updated on July 18, 2023

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