This itinerary can be combined with the South India itinerary for a longer trip.
India is a massive country. Though it has one of the most complex and well connected rail systems in the world, trains travel slowly meaning that much of your trip to India could be consumed by rail travel. The “Golden Triangle” has become a popular route for travelers who have only a short time to devote to India. It includes two famous cities, a visit to the incredible Taj Mahal, and the distances involve train or bus trips which span no longer than 6 hours.
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1. New Delhi 2. Agra 3. Jaipur 4. New Delhi
This itinerary is easily done in 7 days, but if you have longer, see below how you can add destinations to your trip.
The simplest option for extending your trip is to add further stops within the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is a great entry point to this region.
From Jaipur, take an overnight express train to Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is a desert city close to the border of Pakistan. It is built around one of the oldest still inhabited forts in the world.
From Jaisalmer, take a bus or train to Jodhpur (6 hours).
From Jodhpur, overnight train back to Delhi to complete your trip.
Other potential stops within Rajasthan include: Udaipur, Bikaner, Bundi, and Pushkar.
With dedication, a budget of 20 USD per day is possible. To do this eat local, stay in cheap hotels (use Agoda to find these) and take lower class trains and busses. With a budget of 30 USD or more, your trip will be more comfortable.
Hotels: 200 - 500 rupees
Meals: 50 - 150 rupees
Trains: 50 - 1000 rupees (according to distance)
Busses: 50 - 1000 rupees (according to distance)
Drinks: 15 rupees per litre of water, 100 rupees per beer
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