4 Awesome & Different One Month Itineraries for North India with Maps!

One month is a pretty good amount of time to spend in India, or at least in Northern India and with the introduction of the 60day evisa it’s very popular for tourists to India to spend one month travelling around the North of India and one month travelling around the South.

I spent one month travelling from Mumbai to Delhi via Rajasthan and I felt like I had been in India for ages when I arrived in Delhi one month later! Within 2 weeks of being in India I felt like I had a good knack of what India is all about and the final 2 weeks made India feel like home to me.

I am lucky enough to be spending 4 months in India and I’ve just finished spending 2 months in Northern India. In my second month I continued further North to Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh, Agra and Varanasi but honestly, even if I had gone home after one month or gone down South after one month I would have still felt like I had ‘seen’ and gotten a good taste for Northern India!

Based on my first month backpacking India and the rest of my time in Northern India I wanted to write this blog post to give you a few options of one month in India Itineraries which you can also adapt to 3 or 4 weeks in India if you have slightly less time. My plan was to write 1 x one month India itinerary but then I realised there is just so much to see that one India itinerary isn’t enough and it depends what your priorities are.

Do you want to hit up all the popular Cities? Do you want to visit some ‘less visited’ places? Do you want to go to the Desert? Do you want to head into the Mountains?

India has it all, you just have to work out what you want to see and I hope these 4 x one month Itineraries for Northern India will help you decide.


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I’ve also added a map as when I was researching the best places to visit in India I found that I was seeing all of these City names but had no idea where they were! The maps will help you get a grip on exactly where the one month in India itinerary will take you!

India has it all, you just have to work out what you want to see!

1) Mumbai to Delhi Itinerary – Rajasthan, Golden Triangle & Varanasi!

Mumbai – 4 nights

Overnight Train

Udaipur – 3 nights

Jodhpur – 2 nights

Jaisalmer – 4 nights

Pushkar – 3 nights

Jaipur – 3 nights

Agra – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Varanasi – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Delhi – 3 nights

= 31 Nights

Pro’s of the itinerary:

This one month itinerary for India is going to show you the highlights of Rajasthan mainly! Rajasthan is probably the most popular state to visit in India because it has so much to offer compared to many other states in India where you only visit one, maybe two places in the state.

Visiting Rajasthan is also good for first time travellers to India because from my experience it is very easy to travel. Everywhere is well-connected by trains and buses and once you arrive all of the popular tourist attractions are well organised (for India!) and the quality and broad range of accommodation is good!

It also gets you up to Varanasi which is a must see in India. However by going at the end of your month you’ll be well prepped in travelling around India and won’t find it as intense as going to Varanasi earlier on in your trip.

Con’s of the itinerary: 

This itinerary for Rajasthan and beyond is very quick, you will be moving around quite quickly I admit and I wouldn’t blame you for taking one of the places in Rajasthan out to have more time in others.

For example I didn’t go to Jaisalmer as the bus was very late and I’d been to deserts in other Countries, however I really didn’t like Jodhpur and if you are tight on time I’d say you could not visit and not miss much! 2 nights in Delhi at the end would also be enough if you are tight on time.

Rajasthan is also very City heavy. That is why I have given you more time in Jaisalmer so you have time to do a Desert safari and get some peace. It’s also why I recommend going to Pushkar because Pushkar is a town but small and chilled compared to the big cities like Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi and Delhi.

Going to Varanasi at the end also adds on 2 extra overnight journeys and a lot of ground to cover.

Of course you can amend this one month itinerary from Mumbai to Delhi so it is backwards, if you are heading down South after travelling Northern India, starting in Delhi and ending in Mumbai before going to Goa works out logistically very well (below is also another Delhi to Mumbai itinerary suggestion).


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2) Delhi to Delhi Itinerary –  Rajasthan, Golden Triangle & the Mountains!

Delhi – 3 nights

Jaipur – 3 nights

Jodhpur – 2 nights

Jaisalmer – 3 nights

Overnight train

Amritsar – 2 nights

Dharamshala – 4 nights

Manali – 4 nights

Rishikesh – 4 nights

Overnight or Day Train

Agra – 3 nights

Delhi – 1 night

= 30 Nights

Pro’s of the itinerary:

The major plus of this itinerary is that you’re going to see the Mountains in 3 different places (Dharamshala, Manali & Rishikesh)! As well as few cities in Rajasthan, Amritsar in Punjab and of course Agra to see the Taj Mahal!

A lot of first time travellers to India stick to Rajasthan when travelling around Northern India especially in their first few weeks (I did) and whilst Rajasthan is good, being able to travel to North West India which is less visited by tourists, see the Mountains and get some fresh air will give you such a different perspective of India!

In my opinion this one month itinerary for Northern India really shows you some of the best places in North India and such a range of places! And it benefits from only 1 overnight train, maybe 2 if you decide to travel from Rishikesh to Agra overnight but this can be done during the day too.

Con’s of the itinerary: 

The major con of this itinerary is that it’s fairly weather dependent and hard to plan as there is never a best time to visit India as the weather changes everywhere. For example I went to Dharamshala and Rishikesh in November, it’s getting into Winter then and whilst the sun was out during the day it was chilly in the evenings, especially in Dharamshala and in Manali it was snowing so I couldn’t go there! Spring & Autumn is nice in Dharamshala, Manali & Rishikesh, so is summer temperature wise but they do get a monsoon season too so you will need to plan your trip according to the right weather.

This itinerary covers a lot of ground with just a few days in each place however a lot of the travel times are a few hours throughout the day and you can see these places well in just a few days!


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3) Mumbai to Calcutta Itinerary – Rajasthan, Golden Triangle & North West!

Mumbai – 4 nights

Overnight Train

Udaipur – 3 nights

Jodhpur – 2 nights

Jaisalmer – 3 nights

Jaipur – 3 nights

Delhi – 3 nights

Agra – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Varanasi – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Calcutta – 4 nights

= 31 Days

Pro’s of the itinerary:

This itinerary is going to take you to North East India! An area that not many travellers start with in India!

Calcutta is such an interesting City and this one month India itinerary not only gives you the chance to see the City of Calcutta but in 4 nights you could also see the Sundarban National Park before leaving which is mainly in Bangladesh but does come into West Bengal too, it’s really unique and different!

In addition to this Calcutta is a major airport so you should be able to find good flights leaving Calcutta.

The itinerary also visits 4 major places in Rajasthan as well as Agra and Varanasi, all must visit places in North India!

Con’s of the itinerary: 

The start of the itinerary is pretty good and chilled with just a few hours travel time during the day between each place. The end gets a bit busier with some overnight journeys at long distances but by now you will be used to travelling in India and a push at the end to reach the East is worth it I think!


4) Delhi to Mumbai Itinerary – Rajasthan, Golden Triangle and Rishikesh & Varanasi!

Delhi – 3 nights

Rishikesh – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Varanasi – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Agra – 3 nights

Jaipur – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Jaisalmer – 3 nights

Jodhpur – 3 nights

Udaipur – 3 nights

Overnight Train

Mumbai – 3 nights

= 31 nights

Pro’s of the itinerary:

This is great if you want to see Rajasthan but you also want to get to Rishikesh, Varanasi & Agra as these are must see destinations in North India!

My friends actually did this one month itinerary whilst in Northern India and afterwards they definitely felt like they had seen and experienced a lot.

Starting in Delhi is good and a good way to get over any jet lag and having Rishikesh as your second destination will give you an insight into the Country that most people don’t get on a first trip to India – the Mountains!

This Delhi to Mumbai in one month itinerary is also good if you plan to go to South India after Mumbai as you can easily get an overnight train or bus to Goa.

Con’s of the itinerary: 

Although Rishikesh is a good and chilled start to your one month in India, going to Delhi, Varanasi, Agra and then Jaipur in one go is a lot and a lot if you have not been to India before because they are big and busy cities.

My friend messaged me whilst in Jaipur saying ‘it’s so busy in India, we just feel tired!’ but I had to remind her that she started with 4 of the biggest and busiest cities in North India and she had done more overnight journeys than I had and I’d been in India for 6 weeks!

After Jaisalmer they felt it calmed down a bit but there’s no doubt about it, this itinerary is busy and takes in a lot of Cities, luckily they were heading South after for a chilled month.

What I would suggest is to take somewhere out, maybe Jaisalmer or Udaipur or instead of going to Jodhpur City, stay in a homestay outside of Jodhpur like I did which is really relaxing. My friends did this after I went as I insisted they did too and they loved it!


My Related Blog Posts

Here are my blog posts from the places I have mentioned above in India to help you plan backpacking India trip and know what to do in each place in India:

HOW MUCH IT REALLY COSTS TO BACKPACK NORTHERN INDIA!

Agra7 Ways To See The Taj Mahal Without Going Inside! & My Top Tips for Visiting the Taj Mahal!

Amritsar – Tips for Visiting Amritsar’s Golden Temple and the Wagah Border Ceremony!

Dharamshala – Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj Travel Guide for Travellers!

Jaipur – The Best Way To See Jaipur aka The Pink City of India!

Jodhpur – 6 Of The Best Way’s to See Jodhpur aka The Blue City of India! & Incredible Homestay Experience in Rajasthan at Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay!

Kumbhalgarh – Shahpura Kumbhal Villas in Kumbhalgarh Review!

Mumbai – Things To Do in Colaba and How To See Mumbai From Colaba! & Mumbai Slum Tour to Dharavi Slum

Rishikesh – Visiting The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh!

Pushkar – 12 Things Perfect For Backpacker To Do in Pushkar! & 7 Things To Be Aware Of When Visiting Pushkar!

Udaipur – 12 Unique Activities, Classes and Things To Do in Udaipur! & Tips for Visiting Udaipur’s City Palace & Doing a Boat Trip Around Lake Pichola!

Varanasi2 Day Itinerary for Varanasi – Will you love it or hate it?

General Backpacking posts: 

My 10 Most Useful Travel Items!

A Checklist Of Things You Need To Do Before You Go Backpacking!

What To Look For When Choosing and Buying A Backpack For Travelling!


Website’s and App’s to Help Plan Your India Trip!

AccommodationBooking.com – I’ve used Booking.com to book all of my hostels and hotels in India. I love it because of the flexible cancellation and amendment options incase my plans change. To get 10% back off of your booking if your booking is over £40.00 use this link!

BusesRedBus & Via – Whilst train travel is the best way to get around India, buses are popular and common too. If you can’t see the right option for a train, or if it’s just a short journey, check out the buses too!

FlightsKiwi – I tend to use Skyscanner to book my flights but in India the cheapest option is always Kiwi through Skyscanner so why not head there first. Sometimes it is easier and still very cheap to fly internally in India so if it’s a long journey always check out flights to compare!

Organised Tours – Although it is very possible to travel around India by yourself it does take some planning and it does take time too. If you are on a short timeframe or you’d rather travel with people, there are plenty of organised tours around India. From some research that I did I found that Intrepid Tours are really popular tours around India.

Planning Help – If you want to travel around India on your own and not on a tour but would like some India travel assistance, I would recommend India Someday. I tested out their planning services for 1 week in Rajasthan and I really like what they offer. If you are a solo traveller you can get a 25% discount on India Someday’s fees if you book your India travels with them. To get a quote and to get an idea of what they can offer you, fill out the long questionnaire or the short one and mention WANDERINGQUINN5 when they ask how you stumbled upon them to get the discount!

TrainsIRCTC – This is the official site to book trains in India, it can be tricky to work out how to use it but once you’ve got a log in and made a booking it’s easy to use and it’s the best way to book trains in India as it’s direct. This is how Indian’s book their trains, no commission from travel agents needed!

TrainsTrainman – Once you have booked your train, the day before / the day of your booking, get onto Trainman to check its status (on time or delayed), platform number, carriage number and seat number using the helpful map!

Travel Advice – I have created a second website purely about India to help travellers visit, for more tips and advice check out India By Backpack.

Travel Cards – I have been using a WESWAP card whilst travelling around India. I’ve loved it because I top it up with money via the app which helps me keep track of what I’m spending and keeps my money safe if I lose the card. I’ve had zero issues with getting money out of ATM’s with it too which is a big plus when travelling as using general bank cards can be so much hassle! (That’s actually a lie, I have had issues but that’s because of the tempermentual Indian ATM’s not because of the card.)  When you sign up, use the promo code THEWAN10 and you’ll get £10.00 credit when you top up by £50.00.

Travel Insurance – World Nomad’s – You must have travel insurance for India! I am covered by World Nomad’s and they offer such a great cover including the fact that you do not need proof of going home after your trip which a lot of companies want however is impossible for long term travellers to prove, and you can start and renew a cover with them whilst travelling, you do not need to be at home. If you haven’t got insurance yet, get a quote and get it sorted now whilst you think of it.


I know this was a lot of information but I hope it has helped you, I feel like this is the blog post I wish I had had when planning my backpacking trip around India! Be sure to bookmark it so you can keep referring back to it as you go through the stages of planning your India trip!

I’m heading South next so look out for my South India Itinerary!

Just got 2 Weeks in India? Check out what my friend Sam did in just 2 weeks!

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