3 Weeks in India
Our India itinerary started in Udaipur which we definitely recommend as a starting point. Udaipur is a lovely little city that had a certain ease to it compared to other cities in India; it lacked the typical hecticness and will ease you into your India travels.
India is an incredibly beautiful and interesting country so we recommend that in each city you set aside time just to wander.
When travelling India, it’s not just about learning the history of India and seeing the beautiful palaces and forts but also experiencing its rawness and downright absurdness. Every day was different and the whole 3 weeks felt like a real adventure.
Take photos of it all – the architecture, the streets, the people, the random cows, the food! You’ll want to remember it all.
This is an outline of our 3-week India itinerary including the budget accommodation we stayed in. We recommend each hotel for budget travellers that want a convenient and relatively clean place that won’t break the bank. (February 2017 prices).
Udaipur – 4 nights – Mewari Villa £10
It’s hard to choose as we loved each city for different reasons but we think this was our favourite place so we recommend giving yourself enough time to really enjoy Udaipur.
Sitting by Lake Pichola (try to visit for the sunset) Free
The City Palace of Udaipur Rs.250 (£3)
Jagdish Temple Free
Watch a Rajasthani Folk Dance Show at Bagore Ki Haveli (get there early for the best seats) Rs. 90 (£1.10)
Walk around Lake Fatehsagar Free
Jodhpur – 2 nights – Dylan Cafe and Guesthouse £10
Jodhpur is a good one to walk around and get lost, searching for a photo opp in front a blue building.
Mehrangarh Fort Rs. 600 (£7.30)
Jaswant Thada Rs. 30 (37p)
Namaste Cafe Pretty, affordable with good coffee
Hunt for the blue buildings
Clock and Sardar Market Wooden crafts, spices and textile and a whole lot of madness
Try a lassi from Shri Mishrilal Hotel (by the Clocktower)
Jaisalmer – 2 nights – Hostel Fort Side £5 (1 night) Desert experience (1 night)
We loved exploring the real life sand castle that is Jaisalmer Fort!
Jaisalmer Fort There’s shops, temples, cafes, restaurants, guesthouses inside Free
Kuku Coffee shop Good view for sunset
Camel experience in the desert We went with Trotter Independent Tours & Travels and definitely do recommend them however there were other tours that were cheaper and offered the same thing really
Try a bhang lassi if that’s ya thing
Jaipur – 2 nights – Nahargarh Palace Hotel £8
A city full of chaos – you will not get bored walking around I promise you that!
Grab a coffee at Wind View Cafe opposite Hawa Mahal
Albert Hall Museum We didn’t even go inside, just seeing the architecture from the outside is brilliant enough Rs. 300 (£3.65)
Hanuman Temple (Monkey Temple) Free
We didn’t get time to visit these but would recommend
Agra – 1 night – 3 Musketeers Hostel £8
We were not a fan so we recommend a swift exit after the Taj Mahal.
TAJ MAHAL We went for sunrise and although it was busy then, it was nothing compared t when we were leaving so get there early!
Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Something a little different to do We learnt about what they do there and left some donations for the children
Varanasi – 3 nights – Marigold Guesthouse £12
Wow, what a place! We loved it here, it’s hard to describe why as it’s pretty damn raw but there’s just something about the energy by the Ganges.
Wander around the Ganges Free
Watch the Aarti Ceremony every evening Free
Explore the narrow, winding streets
Grab a sunrise boat ride
Delhi – 5 days – TGG Tashkent Hotel £12
We don’t recommend staying in Delhi for this long, we became ill and pretty much bed bound so spent 5 days watching TV, eating plain rice and toast. We would suggest adding Pushkar or Amritsar to your itinerary.
The Red Fort
The Lotus Temple
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Our biggest regret is not spending more time in this beautiful country. Sadly, when boarding our flight to India, we were told we had to have proof of onward travel, otherwise we couldn’t board the plane. So just 3 hours before our flight to India, we booked a flight from Delhi to Bangkok, thinking 3 weeks would be a good amount of time.
Be more prepared than us. Plan your India itinerary thoroughly and give yourself plenty of time.
It is a huge country and each city is wildly different and has its own charm so you don’t want to miss out!