My India Itinerary

This week I will be ticking off a country that has been lingering at the top of my bucket list for years. I’ve been telling myself that I will get there one day and that day has finally arrived. I’m going to India!

I’m taking an overnight flight on to Delhi on Wednesday and joining an Intrepid tour. I opted for a tour because I can only take two weeks off work and I want to see as much as I can in that short time. Intrepid My Adventure Store is one of the brands I work for at Flight Centre and I’m a massive fan, especially since I went to Morocco wit them and had the most incredible week.

So here’s what I’ll be up to while I’m in India:

India trip notes map

Delhi

I’ll be spending my first two days in Delhi, the capital of India and a city where I will be well and truly thrown in at the Indian deep-end. I’m looking forward to the chaos, the shops and bazaars but I’m also excited to see some historical sites like the might Red Fort of Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb, mosques and temples.

Varanasi

From what I’ve heard, Varanasi is a dirty city but you can’t help but fall in love with it. This is a place filled with Hindu temples, pilgrims, shrines and devotees. I’ll be taking a ‘candle flower ceremony’ on a sunset cruise down the River Ganges.

River Ganges Boat Trip

It’s time to relax and leave the cities and take a riverboat down the Ganges. I’m really looking forward to some chill out time  and we’re going to be camping on the river bank and getting back to nature.

Bandhavgarh National Park

In comparison to other national parks, Bandhavgarh has an abundance of tigers and I’m keeping my fingers crossed in the hope that I’ll spot one. I’ll also be staying in a jungle resort, visiting a tribal village and taking lots of walks through the forest.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho is best known for the 1000 year old explicit Kama Sutra carvings in the temples. I’m going to do my best not to giggle like a teenage boy but I can’t promise anything.

Orchha

This is a tranquil place that not many tourists venture to. I’ve heard that it’s a perfect place to find a piece of ‘original India’ and to experience a slower pace of life. I’m sure this will be a lovely change from the mad hustle of London.

Agra

I’ll finally have the chance to see the Taj Mahal! This is what initially attracted me to India and the reason I chose the north over the south so it will be the perfect end to my trip.

Any tips?

If you’ve been to any of the places I’m going, can you recommend any must-see things, places to eat or things to pack?

I’m also looking for some books to download to my Kindle because there will be a lot of time spent travelling. I’ve read Shantaram, any other suggestions?

 

If you want to see some gorgeous photos from India, take a look at Cookie Sound is Travelling. I’ve been ogling these photos for weeks!

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (18)
  1. Have an amazing time! I’m planning my trip to India at the moment so will be great to hear about your experience there too.

    Can’t wait to hear all about your trip when you get back 🙂

  2. This itinerary sounds so fun and interesting – you’ll have the best time. Completely agree with you in getting a tour – such a good way to make sure you squeeze everything in – and new friends too 🙂 yay! xx

  3. Ah, I’m so jealous!

    India is one of those places where I think I’d feel happier taking a tour than travelling independently. I’m both desperate to visit and completely terrified of it! 🙂

  4. That’s a great itinery! Bandhavgarh was incredible, we saw the most amazing sights, the tigers are so awe-inspiring. I really hope you see one, close up. We got addicted and went on numerous safaris, lucky on 2 of the 3!
    Kadjuraho was quite beautiful, I was expecting it to be crude but the carvings were so beautifully done, with such detail, and not all of it was blush-worthy! We had some delicious paratha {fried flaky bread}, sat outside at a restaurant in the town, but I don’t remember where.
    Orchha sounds nice, an a bit different, away from the touristy trail.
    Jealous!

  5. Sounds awesome! I spent two months in New Delhi, but I didn’t get to travel much outside the city. I have been dying to go back since and do a more complete trip since! As for books, I highly recommend Clout Atlas-it’s one of my favorites 🙂

  6. Hi, Must watch places near delhi is “Akshardham” temple. You will loved it.
    Also for food dont miss chats like “Panipuri, paubhaji,kabab” ..its yummy 😛
    Also for books I would like to suggest you to read two books of Ravindra Jain “I too had a love story”, “Can love happens twice”.

  7. Of course 2 weeks is barely enough to see India as you may already know but I guess you get to see quite a lot. Taj Mahal is a great place and it has to be the best place I’ve seen in India. Take lot of wet wipes and hand sanitizers because it’s quite hot. Food and everything else is very cheap. Make sure you eat from a place that is appealing to you. Always drink sealed bottled water.

  8. No Jaipur ? I would surely suggest if u even have one or two days, do visit Jaipur. And in Delhi don’t forget u’r visit to Chandani Chowk….And if you want to get in touch with more of the locals then try CouchSurfing in Delhi… All the best and I hope you have a great time… 🙂

  9. Ah, I wish I had read this in March! I would have encouraged you to visit the temples in the South of India, where I’m from…hope you had a blast.

  10. This itinerary looks great! Personally, I’d head elsewhere in India (Rajasthan!), but the country is so massive that I’m sure it’d reward repeat trips. Hope you manage to spot a tiger, and avoid the dreaded Delhi Belly. Interested to read about Orchha, too.

    1. Next time I go to India I’d definitely like to go to Rajasthan. Even our guide said that Rajasthan was the most beautiful area of India. Oh well, next time. And no, I didn’t manage to spot a tiger 🙁 Booo.

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