India is a country that I had dreamed about for ages. However, I put it off until I was well travelled enough to visit the country confidently – it’s not everyones cup of tea. To this day it is one of my favourite countries and definitely somewhere that I will go back to one day. For how apprehensive I was about visiting India – my trip went pretty seamlessly.
When I first arrived in India I went directly to Kuldeeps Friends Hostel
. This was the starting point for my whole trip around India. I hadn’t planned much of my trip out by this point – there is so much to see in India that I found it overwhelming! Luckily, Abdul, the owner, helped my friend and I plan our whole itinerary.
I had a month to spend in India, while the friend only had two weeks. Since he had such a short amount of time – for such a massive country – we needed to make the most of it. Abdul helped us by creating a compact ten day travel itinerary and by hiring us a personal driver.
The Following was our 10 day travel itinerary in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh:
We used the first day to adjust to this new country, get over our jet-lag a bit, and plan out our trip. We walked around the main Bazaar and got our bearings and soak in the local cultures sights, smells, an noises – and there are a lot of them in Dehli. We didn’t spend to much time exploring Delhi because our driver picked us up in the evening to drive us to Agra.
We definitely started our trip with a bang. Agra doesn’t have much to see except for…THE TAJ MAHAL!
We woke up bright and early in the morning to be the first in line. This was perhaps the most memorable day of the trip.
Pushkar is a smaller city…well, for India. Since Varanasi was too far for us to make it to on this trip, we were recommended Pushkar since it is also a Holy city. I really enjoyed this city and am glad that we fit it onto our trip.
We spent another Day in Pushkar because we liked it so much. This day we spent visiting the beautiful temples around the city.
This is a must do when visiting Rajasthan. This city definitely has the most to offer in terms of things to see. You could spend a week here an still not see it all. Side note – make sure to check out a Bollywood film at the theatre!
With so much to see in this city we definitely needed a second day here (if not more). If you have more time to spare you should seriously consider spending an extra day here. The Amber Fort alone can take up a whole day!
* We said goodbye to our driver and jumped on the night train to Jaisalmer and arrived at the awkward hour of 5 a.m. Luckily our accommodation let us check in early – like SUPER early, and get some much needed sleep.
If you thought Pushkar was in the desert, think again. Jaisalmer is really out there – sitting about 100 km from the Pakistan border. This place has a lot more to offer than just the desert heat. Jaisalmer is famous for it’s beautiful fort and even more so for their camel safaris.
We took the first day here to chill and re-coup from the night train and the busy days spent touring Jaipur in the intense heat. You will soon come to find that India is a place where you will want to take things slow and will do a lot of napping because the heat can be exhausting.
Camel Safari Day! This was a fun day with a relaxing morning since the tour didn’t start until the afternoon – to avoid the unbearable heat. The safari had a lot more to offer than just a camel ride – I really had no idea what I had signed up for. We ended up getting a dinner and a show in the evening.
The best part -above the camels, dinner, and show – was sleeping out in the open in the desert under the wide sky, glistening with stars.
We took another night train back to New Delhi. This time we weren’t jet lagged and had more time to really explore the bustling city.
Spend your last day in India by shopping in the spice markets and bazaars for some unique gifts for your friends and family. Out of all the countries that I have been India has the most amazing things to buy. Remember to practice your best bargaining skills!
From here you may either fly home or continue on your travels. I ended up flying to Goa
to begin my adventures in South India.
* If you have extra time I recommend adding in Udaipur
into your travel itinerary.
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