If you are planning your first trip to India and don´t know where to start, read on my 2-week India itinerary for an easier start. Most likely, you will either love or hate this country, but either way, it will be a memorable trip in many ways. Be ready to be dazzled, overwhelmed and mesmerised by India´s successful chaos and unique charm. India is AMAZING and a single trip to this country will not suffice to discover its enthralling vastness. That´s right! India is the most diverse country with regards to almost everything: its people, history, culture, religion, race, language, food, dressing, landscapes and lifestyles. In case you decide to stay one extra week, I have suggestions to add to your 2-week India itinerary.
2 WEEK INDIA ITINERARY FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS
I highly advice dedicating 2 weeks to visiting Delhi, Agra and the Western state of Rajasthan for first-time visitors. This is known as the Golden Triangle. It encompasses some of the most known and beautiful architecture sites of India. Because these areas experience a lot of foreign tourism and the infrastructure is well maintained, you are likely to have a smooth introduction to India.
While in this India itinerary you will focus on major heritage sites and the country´s cosmopolitan capital, you will also have the opportunity to experience parts of more rural India (on the road trips).
1: Arrival to India. Get a connecting flight to Udaipur in Rajasthan.
2: Sightseeing in Udaipur.
3: Road Trip from Udaipur to Jodhpur, stopping at Ranakpur Temple.
4: Sightseeing in Jodhpur.
5: Road trip from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer.
6: Sightseeing in Jaisalmer.
7: Continue Sightseeing in Jaisalmer.
8: Road trip from Jaisalmer to Jaipur (long journey!).
9: Sightseeing in Jaipur.
10: Continue sightseeing in Jaipur.
11: Road trip from Jaipur to Agra, stopping at Chand Baori Step Well and Fateh Pur Sikri.
12: Sightseeing in Agra.
13: Road trip from Agra to Delhi
14: Sightseeing in Delhi.
15: Departure Flight from New Delhi
VARIANTS TO THE 2 WEEK INDIA ITINERARY
If you prefer to see fewer places at a more leisurely pace, I suggest removing Jaisalmer from the itinerary. Then add 1 extra day in Udaipur and Delhi. I have not been to Jaisalmer exactly for this reason but I have been told it is one of the prettiest forts in Rajasthan.
This India itinerary can be followed in either direction. I have done it both ways and I preferred the above itinerary. This way I visited the Taj Mahal last (great ending before moving onto Delhi) and shopped in Delhi on the last day (no need to carry all the souvenirs and shopping around with me from the beginning).
GOT AN EXTRA WEEK IN INDIA?
In case you have an extra week to spend in India, I suggest adding another Indian state to the 2-week India itinerary above. This way, you will experience another lifestyle, landscape and even culture. If you are looking for a big contrast to the Golden Triangle, add a few days in Southern India. You will be able to linger on the green tea and spice plantations of Munar and cruise the backwaters of Kerala. Its tropical vegetation will offer very different landscapes to those of Rajasthan.
Another option is to do a complete Rajasthan tour (including Jaisalmer), spend an extra day in Delhi and dedicate a couple of days in Varanasi and Ayodhya. I can´t give a specific itinerary for this as I have not done it myself yet (hopefully in the coming months).
For those wanting to experience the most developed side of India, a trip to the western state of Maharashtra is a must. Allocate 3 days to its vibrant and stylish capital Bombay (or Mumbai) and 3 days for a road trip to the UNESCO heritage site of Ajanta and Ellora Caves. I promise this complex, especially the Ellora caves, will blow your mind!
MORE INDIA ITINERARIES TO COME
I spend quite some time in India a year, so I will have the opportunity to upload new India itineraries for repeating visitors wanting to explore more of this country. For the time being, if you would like more information or have questions, post a comment below or send me an e-mail.
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