Singapore at a Glance!
Also called the Garden City, there are plenty of things to do in Singapore. The country is vast and diverse with a history going back several centuries. Indians need to apply for a Singapore visa before coming here. Take a look at some trip details for Singapore from India:
|Distance from India
|How to Reach Singapore
|India to Singapore Flight Duration
||4.5 - 6.5 hours
|Best Time to Visit Singapore
||February - April
||Singapore Changi International Airport
As you read and plan for your upcoming trip, don’t forget to buy travel insurance online for Singapore. The country is one of the most expensive nations in the world and you must have a reliable backup in case you’re in trouble.
The Perfect 5 Days Singapore Itinerary
Singapore is about 4-6 hours away from India if you take a direct flight. Depending on this, you can take an early morning flight to reach Singapore before noon. This will easily leave around 7-10 hours to explore Singapore.
Day 1: Arrival in Singapore
Upon arrival, hotel check-in and other formalities, you can straightaway head out for brunch or snacks or choose to rest up a bit. With 5 hours still left on Day 1, you can:
- Head to Chinatown and explore it on foot. This area is a bustling part famous for its food, historical temples and ancient mosques.
- You can visit the famous Masjid Jamae, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum and the Sri Mariamman Temple all situated on one street. Make sure to dress appropriately if you are visiting these religious sites.
- By 6 PM, you can either stay in Chinatown or head for a cruise. Singapore River Bumboat Cruise is a 40-minute immersive experience that takes you through a scenic journey across Marina Bay, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. You can spot Merlion Park, Fullerton, AstScience Museum and the famous Marina Bay Sands on this beautiful cruise.
- You can head back to the hotel early or head back to the famous Club Street in Chinatown for some nightlife experience.
Day 2: Singapore Highlight Tour
- Try to get an early start and reach Little India by 8 am. This vibrant place is known for its Indian population, shops, temples, mosques and delicious food. Some popular places include the Sakyamuni Bodh Gaya Temple, Little India Arcade, Mustafa Centre and House of Tan Teng Niah.
- After breakfast, you can head to Marina Bay Sands, one of the must-visit sights in Singapore. You should also try visiting the SkyPark Observation Deck to take in Singapore's iconic skyline. It opens at 11 so the sooner you reach, the better.
- If you're looking for quiet but interesting indoor activities, visit the ArtScience Museum spread over 3 floors and multiple galleries. You can also grab some snacks and coffee in the same building.
- After the museum, head to the 280-metre-long Helix Bridge, which connects to the Singapore Flyer. This is where Asia's largest observation wheel is situated, offering some of the best views of the country. If you have time, also visit the Time Capsule known for its unique experience.
Day 3: Visit Jurong Bird Park & Universal Studios
- Try to head early as the third day is going to be a little more hectic than usual.
- Jurong Bird Park shelters more than 400 endangered birds among over 5,000 birds it hosts. You can catch some rare birds like the Lory Loft, Pelican Cove and Kings of the Skies Show. You can also opt for overnight camping.
- By 2:30 PM, read the Singapore Zoo. It's a refreshing
- place where the animals are in open enclosures and lets people observe them in an almost natural habitat.
- You can also buy tickets for the River Safari. This boat ride will let you see some rare animals like Manatees, capybaras etc.
- If you're travelling with kids, make sure to stop by Universal Studios. The place has over 20 rides of different types and is full of entertaining attractions, street performances and more. The park is open until 7 pm and sometimes until 9 pm, so make sure to plan accordingly.
Day 4: Trip to Sentosa Island
- Probably the busiest adventure on your Singapore itinerary, you will thank yourself for heading out early to take a cable ride to Sentosa.
- The Singapore cable car will let you breathe in some of the best panoramic views of the country as you near Sentosa Island. Make sure to buy a Singapore Cable Pass beforehand!
- This beautiful island has a stunning resort and sheltered beach perfect for spending a day or more. From Madame Tussauds to Fort Siloso and several restaurants, you will not regret this visit!
- By 7 PM, be back at the Beach Station to watch the stunning light show- Wings of Time. The show is beautifully narrated along with special fire and water effects.
- If you want to experience something different, opt for the Sentosa Boardwalk instead of a cable car for going back to Singapore.
Day 5: Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens & Departure
- Depending on your flight, you can squeeze in some more things to do in Singapore. Head to the 160-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens around 6-8 AM to visit some of the best gardens in the world. Don't miss the National Orchid Garden if you're into orchids!
- You can head to the nearby Orchard Room right after the garden visit. You can easily grab a tasty brunch here as well as shop for any essentials.
- If you're a history buff, head to the National Museum of Singapore for some great exhibits.
- You can wrap your Singapore itinerary by witnessing the Garden Rhapsody light show which takes place at 7:45 PM every night. It is free of cost and a perfect way to end your trip.
Over to You,
You can include anything in your Singapore itinerary, depending on your budget, time and energy. Some people feel 3-5 days are enough, while some may find a few weeks not enough. Whatever time period you decide, make sure you buy travel insurance for your Singapore trip. It will protect you from many emergencies.