India is not a small country, so it’s probably best to get a one month in India itinerary together before you leave. Here’s our guide.
How To Get Around India
Depending on your budget, you have a few choices when it comes to travelling around India.
Not the cheapest way to travel, but it is possible to fly between many of the major cities in India. With many international and domestic airports spread across the country.
India has a very good rail network and this is definitely one of the best ways to get around.
You can purchase a range of different tickets that offer varying degrees of comfort. From cheaper wooden seats in packed carriages to luxurious, air conditioned seating.
The choice is yours with hopefully something for everyones budget.
In addition, an overnight sleeper train is a good option for any long journeys.
It’s not recommended that you drive yourself in India but renting a car and driver is something that is widely offered across all of India.
Buses are a good option for shorter distances or when there isn’t a train station in the town you are visiting.
These can usually be booked from your accommodation and work out as one of the cheapest ways to travel.
Just check what you are getting when you book as there are a variety of buses, ranging from hot and uncomfortable to more luxurious and air conditioned.
Some of the best days out we had in India were on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
From city tours, to temple visits and sight seeing tours, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Best Time To Visit India
India is a huge country with varying terrains and climates across different regions. So there are lots of incredible places to explore all year.
That being said, the most comfortable time to visit is probably in the winter months from December to March.
The temperatures can get very hot from April onwards, with monsoon season generally during the months of June, July and August. This is when there are torrential downpours and high humidity.
Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.
What To Pack
We landed in Dehli for the first stop on our 1 month India itinerary. Spending a total of 4 days in the capital.
We visited the usual touristy spots such as The Red Fort and the Independence Monument. As well as, of course, some food spots along the way!
If you do plan on heading to the Red Fort, be sure to grab your Humayun’s Tomb & Red Fort Combi-Ticket in advance. Skip-the-line and enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Red Fort.
We chose to explore the majority of the city ourselves, with a little help from the guys at our accommodation. However, there are always plenty of great tours available on Get Your Guide.
Chandni Chowk is another great spot that shouldn’t be missed. We took the Eat Like a Local: Chandni Chowk Street Food and Walking Tour which was an awesome experience.
Delhi can be quite overwhelming, so if you’re flying into DEL then it’s worth giving our Arriving In India Guide a read.
The city is a natural place to start your 1 month India itinerary, and a place we’re sure you’ll never forget!
The next stop on our 1 month India itinerary was Amritsar.
From Delhi we pushed out West to the home of the most popular Sikh Gurdwara in the world – The Golden Temple.
A Gurdwara is a place of worship for Sikhs, and of the 27 million Sikhs in the world, 83% of them live in India. With 76% of those living in the state of Punjab.
A great option if you have time is to take a Small Group Sightseeing Tour. You get to explore the highlights of Amritsar (including the Golden Temple) with a local guide. It’s a pretty hectic experience to say the least.
We also paid a visit to the Wagah Boarder Ceremony. This is where the Indian and Pakistani militaries put on a patriotic display whilst opening and closing the border gates.
Overall Amritsar is a pretty popular spot when planning your 1 month India itinerary. One we definitely recommend for the deep religious history.
Next stop on the 1 month India itinerary, is the hippie centre of the North.
Dharamshala is a city broken down into 3 main tourist destinations: Bhagsu, Dharamkot and Mcleod Ganj.
Located in the mountains of India, on the edge of the Himalayas, we rarely left our accommodation without long trousers and a jumper. So it’s a nice break from the humidity and hustle of most Indian cities!
We based ourselves in Bhagsu. Where there’s actually not a lot to do apart from chill, eat avocado and take part in yoga. There’s also a pretty nice trek to Bhagsunag Waterfall.
From Bhagsu you can visit Dharamkot, a smaller version of Bhagsu, and take a day trip to Mcleod Ganj. Home to the Dalai Lama and many Tibetan markets.
Wherever you choose to stay, all 3 towns in Dharamshala are within walking distance of each other.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, we recommend booking a Dharamshala Full Day Customizable City Sightseeing Tour in advance.
With this option you can customise your itinerary with a local guide. Who will accompany you to all the sightseeing points for a full 8 hours.
One long, painful bus journey over from Dharamshala (the worst of our 1 month India itinerary) and we were rewarded with the best views in India.
Snow capped mountains, and some awesome viewpoints, brings a lot of Europeans to the highlands. That, alongside the relaxed atmosphere and camping spots.
It’s similar to Dharamshala, with the hippie clothing and healthy foods, but it’s so much more adventurous!
Where Dharamshala has relaxation and meditation, Old Manali has mountain trekking and paragliding!
If you’re looking for something sweet, you HAVE to check out Dylan’s Toasted & Roasted Coffee House for the best cookies in Manali.
Manali is a place we fell in love with, and you can read our comparison in Dharamshala Vs Manali – Which To Choose & Why.
For us this was definitely one of the best things to do in India.
You can’t plan a 1 month India itinerary, and not factor in yoga.
So Rishikesh, also known as ‘the birthplace of yoga’, has become hugely popular with westerners in recent years.
But as well as plenty of yoga training courses, there are also some awesome eateries. Along with an infamous bridge (that we’re sure you’ll cross one too many times) and an opportunity to try out cheap water rafting.
Overall, Rishikesh was one of our favourite spots on our 1 month India itinerary. The people we met, activities we took part in, and how accessible the city was made it memorable.
Plus keep your eye out for lots of Beatles memorabilia scattered around the city. In 1968, the famous English band travelled to Rishikesh for a Transcendental Meditation training course.
It’s said that they then decided to stay and wrote many songs during their visit. Hence the Beatles Ashram is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rishikesh!
From Rishikesh, we had to backtrack through Delhi to get out East and explore the Ghats in Varanasi.
After a lot of weighing up the options, mainly because of the distance and cost, Varanasi was well worth the trip!
It’s famous for its access to the River Ganges and its sacred ghats. We highly recommend this experience for your 1 month India itinerary!
A ‘Ghat’, is a flight of steps leading down to the bank of a river in India. Varanasi has 88 ghats. Most of which are bathing and puja ceremony ghats. While two ghats are used exclusively as cremation sites.
You will travel by boat along the River Ganges. Gathering a deeper insight into the Ghats with help from a local English speaking guide.
We opted for the sunset tour, and were taken up to the Shamshan Ghat. Here we witnessed an old man being cremated from a distance, which was an eye opening experience.
However we were soon encouraged not to feel sad, as it was a happy time for all of those surrounding the man to celebrate his life.
The River Ganges is a truly unique place and one of the top things people associate with India.
If not the River Ganges, then the Taj Mahal is the first thing people associate with India.
A remarkable piece of architecture and our first Wonder of the World. It’s a no brainer that every tourist will want have this at the top of their 1 month India itinerary!
Most people choose to book onto a Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour. This includes trains to and from Delhi, with a private guided tour of The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Baby Taj including all tickets.
However, if you plan on visiting the Taj Mahal yourself, be sure to book your Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal Admission Ticket.
Apart from the marble landmark itself, there’s not much going on in Agra. The only other subject of interest is Agra Fort.
The first stop on your 1 month India itinerary through Rajasthan is the ‘Pink City’.
Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and who, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building colour.
With numerous amazing forts, a city palace and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, every postcard photo imaginable can be captured in Jaipur.
One of the top things to do in the city is to venture up to Nahargarh Fort. Just be careful of the wild bulls wondering around at the top of the fort. Our friend actually got butted by one! We ended up at a local family’s house, but that’s another story.
If you’re visiting Jaipur for the photos, the Jaipur Instagram Tour of The Best Photography Spots is one of the most popular tours online!
Over from Jaipur the next natural step is to visit Pushkar.
However, this small town that borders the Thar Desert is not on everybody 1 month India itinerary.
It’s a little less known, and is set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats where pilgrims bathe.
With the scenic lake at its centre, Pushkar is a super chilled, laid back town with some cute restaurants and markets.
You’ll be able to grab all the hippie clothing your heart desires in the main market street. Just make sure to save some room in your luggage!
From the ‘Pink City’ to the ‘Blue City’, if you’ve seen the popular, photographed blue walls of India then this is your place.
We happened to plan our 1 month India itinerary to land in Jodhpur for Lauren’s birthday.
So we took an awesome Blue City Walking Tour of the town and cooled off by jumping (quite literally) into the many step wells scattered around Jodhpur. Just make sure you have your travel insurance in place!
We also opted to take an audio tour of Mehrangarh Fort. It was extremely educational and there are many more hidden gems in Jodphur like this.
If you’re short for time and trying to tie in as many places to visit in Jodhpur as possible, then taking a Jodhpur City Sightseeing: Full-Day Private Tour is a great option.
There are some beautiful places to eat in Jodhpur, but here are a couple of our favourites:
The Blue Turban – This rooftop cafe opens at 6pm and has THE best view of Jodhpur Fort at night.
Shahi Samosas – A huge hit with the locals, and the busiest samosa shop we saw in India.
Far out West of the country, the one and only thing people head to Jaisalmer for is the desert!
Popular for its jeep or camel rides into the open sand dunes, there’s really no need to explain this one.
With agents all around the city tempting you in to book onto the city’s largest tourist attraction, you can book your Jaisalmer: Overnight Stay in Swiss Tent with Camel Safari in advance.
We spent the night tucked up around a fire, while our local tour guide cooked up some home made Indian curries. Even better we ate them with our hands and stayed up all evening sharing travel stories.
It’s an awesome chance to sleep under the stars and was a highlight of our 1 month India itinerary!
Down to the last stop of Rajasthan on our 1 month India itinerary, and we arrived in ‘the city of lakes’.
To get down to Udaipur from Jaisalmer, you’ll have to divert back through Jodhpur as there is no other way.
Udaipur is set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences.
City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens. It’s also famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.
If you’re looking for an easy way to discover all that Udaipur has to offer, the Highlights of Udaipur, Guided Half-Day Car Tour is probably the best option.
It covers all the beautiful and famous sites of Udaipur, including Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple and Saheliyon ki Bari.
There are some beautiful buildings to be seen, many scenic lakes and some interesting, historic temples in Udaipur.
Our favourite viewpoint however, that we highly recommend visiting, is the rewarding hike to the top of Badi Lake!
A bus down from Udaipur, and our first stop in the South was Mumbai. The most wild place in India, but we adored it!
If you’re heading to Mumbai the train system is organised chaos, and the slums are an absolute must see.
With every tour imaginable in Mumbai, a few of the most popular are:
However if you plan on doing Mumbai alone, with so much to do and see around the capital, it may be worth arranging a Private Car Hire with Professional Driver to explore at ease.
This way you can enjoy your day in Mumbai at your own pace. Aslo in the most comfortable way.
Just make sure you save plenty of time to go out and see the city that never sleeps. Mumbai is a must on your 1 month India itinerary!
The main beach destination in India. This stop on the South coast, is where it’s happening.
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea.
Its long history as a Portuguese colony, prior to 1961, is evident in its 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, we recommend booking a Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour.
Goa is most commonly known for its beaches though. Ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem, to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
Indians flock there on summer vacation, whilst westerners head over for a piece of the sunshine.
There are beach resorts a plenty, and we were lucky enough to catch it in down season so it was a lot calmer than usual, although we can imagine it turns into quite the party place come peak season.
Our little gem amidst the madness of India.
A lot of people don’t realise Hampi even exists until they arrive in India, and begin talking to other travellers.
A town straight out of The Flintstones, it’s huge boulder formations and laid back vibes put it right up there with our favourite places in the country.
If you’re looking to visit Hampi straight from Goa, you can even arrange a Hampi 2-Day Sightseeing Tour from Goa.
This ancient village is great to explore by bicycle, and not too popular with tourists, so can be a quiet escape from the madness.
We certainly recommend exploring the older temples and markets, so if you have time definitely add Hampi to your 1 month India itinerary!
A perfect place to end your 1 month India itinerary, and to take a moment of silence to reflect on your travels.
Most popular for its Kerala Backwaters, most people tend to stay in the Fort Cochi area of Kerala.
From there you can plan a day out exploring on a traditional non-mechanized country boat, cruising the lush backwaters of Kerala, and visiting villages to see coconut palm weaving and coir making.
There are two types of Kerala Backwaters Tours to choose from, and the easiest way to book is online in advance:
Both tours include lunch, and pick up from a meeting point in Fort Cochin.
We cruised down the river on a full day house boat tour for 7 hours of relaxation. It was such an awesome way to wind down from the hectic journey we’d been on through India, and the ideal final stop to our 1 month India itinerary.
Where To Stay In India
For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend Booking.com.
From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.
So to compare deals, and pre-book all of your 1 month India itinerary accommodation, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.