53 days in Asia Itinerary

53 days in Asia Itinerary

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53 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  28 h
1
Chennai, India
— 5 nights
Train:  23 h
2
Mumbai, India
— 7 nights
Train:  19 h 15 min
3
Jaipur, India
— 7 nights
Train:  32 h
4
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 8 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Bus:  22 h
5
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 8 nights
Fly:  20 h
6
Mandalay, Myanmar
— 9 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: San Francisco, United States

5
nights
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Step out of the city life by going to Besant Nagar Beach and Elliot's Beach. Get some cultural insight at Descent Of The Ganges and Vivekananda House. Change things up with these side-trips from Chennai (Madras): Mahabalipuram (Ganesh Ratha Temple, Sri Sthala Sayanaperumal Temple, & more) and Covelong Beach (in Covelong). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of San Thome Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marundeeswarar Temple, and see the interesting displays at Egmore Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai (Madras) itinerary builder.

Atlanta, USA to Chennai (Madras) is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Atlanta to Chennai (Madras). Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in April: high temperatures in Chennai (Madras) hover around 96°F and lows are around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Covelong Beach, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
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Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

7
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Elephanta Caves and Chowpatty Beach. Get in touch with nature at Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Versoli Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mumbai (Bombay) side-trips: Nerul Balaji Temple (in Navi Mumbai) and Upvan Lake (in Thane). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, take a stroll through Colaba Causeway, and kick back and relax at Juhu Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mumbai (Bombay) trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Chennai (Madras) to Mumbai (Bombay) in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chennai (Madras) in April, expect nights in Mumbai (Bombay) to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Versoli Beach, Upvan Lake, Nerul Balaji Temple
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Versoli Beach ©
Versoli Beach
Babulnath Temple ©
Babulnath Temple
Nerul Balaji Temple ©
Nerul Balaji Temple

7
nights
Jaipur, India

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Albert Hall Museum and Gyan will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing and Ganesh Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Amber Fort (in Amer) and Sambhar Salt Lake (in Kuchaman). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Govind Dev Ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Jaigarh Fort, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and stop by New Maharaja Gem Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jaipur vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Mumbai (Bombay) to Jaipur in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in April: highs in Jaipur hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Ganesh Temple, Sambhar Salt Lake
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Ganesh Temple ©
Ganesh Temple
Govind Dev Ji Temple ©
Govind Dev Ji Temple
Moti Dungari Temple ©
Moti Dungari Temple

8
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park will get you outdoors. Visit Kopan Monastery and Changu Narayan for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kathmandu: Bhaktapur (Pottery Square, Nyatapola Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Patan Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kathmandu holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Kathmandu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jaipur in May, expect nights in Kathmandu to be little chillier, around 62°F, while days are much colder, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Thimphu.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur
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Changu Narayan ©
Changu Narayan
Nyatapola Temple ©
Nyatapola Temple
55 Window Palace ©
55 Window Palace

8
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum and National Folk Heritage Museum. Rinpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Thimphu side-trips: Paro (Kichu Lakhang, Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, & more). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Coronation Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, don't miss a visit to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Phajoding Monastery.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Thimphu tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Kathmandu to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kathmandu in May, things will get little chillier in Thimphu: highs are around 74°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mandalay.

Things to do in Thimphu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Paro, Phajoding Monastery, Phobjikha Valley
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Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan ©
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

9
nights
Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Visiting Maymyo Botanical Garden (National Kandawgyi Park) and Anisakan Falls will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Mandalay religious sites and Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) (Peik Chin Myaung Cave & Hampshire Falls and Caves (Pwe Kauk)), Sagaing (U Min Thonze Caves, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, & more) and Mingun (Hsinbyume Pagoda, Ayeyarwaddy River, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bargaya Monastery, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, snap pictures at U Bein Bridge, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mandalay custom trip planner.

You can fly from Thimphu to Mandalay in 20 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Thimphu in May: high temperatures in Mandalay hover around 96°F and lows are around 78°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mandalay

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Sagaing, Mingun, U Bein Bridge
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Sanda Muni Paya ©
Sanda Muni Paya
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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