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1.    Delhi – must do’s, must see’s (NCR)

buy travel book: "Iwanowsky - Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan"

 

In North

  • Majnu Ka Tila (tibetan market)
  • Red Fort (Agra one is better though)
  • Old Delhi – old district in North, Chandni Chowk, heart of the ‘real Dilli’ + Gurudwara (Sikh temple)
  • Connaught Place – nothing much but big attraction.

In South

  • Dilli Haat – Market (INA) goods and food from all Indian states.
  • Qtub Minar (archeological complex)
  • Lodhi Garden (tombs of former moghol rulers of Northern part of India)
  • Nizamuddin Dargah (On Wednesdays around 7pm Sufi music is played).
  • For restaurants, bars Optional:
  • Khan Market
  • Haus Khas area for bars and restaurants too. (avoid Haus Khas Village, Aurobindo Market is better)
  • GK1 (Greater Kailash 1) - the 3 of them are located in South Delhi.

2.    Agra (U.P)

  • One day-trip is enough. Go to Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (ghost town 40 kms around Agra).

3.    Varanasi (Benaras) (U.P)

  • Two days to be spent there. Take a train to go to Varanasi from Delhi (10-12hours) Burning ceremonies.

4.    Khajuraho (U.P)

  • Kama-sutra temples. UNESCO heritage. Super worth it. You can take a bus/cab directly from Varanasi. One day to be spent there. You can combine with Orchha.

5.    Rajasthan.

  • many palasts from the Mogul time and old maharajas.
  • Biggest state in India (with U.P) You can cover a couple of cities there, not too far Jaipur (Pink city – see many palasts), Jodhpur, Udaipur is enough. Jaisalmer is super worth it but way too far

6.    Amritsar

  • Biggest Sikh temple. You can fly out and in from Delhi. One day is enough.

7.  The Hills. Best season to go is June, July. No excuse.

  • Manali
  • Shimla
  • Kasol – Manikaran. From there trek to Kheerganga (around 4 hours) Tosh is nice too.
  • DHARAMSALA – MC LEOD GANJ. Must. Do. Tibetan culture is quite big there.

 

8.    Mumbai -  must do’s, must see’s – 2-3 days

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  • Marine Drive
  • Ajanta Caves (MUST MUST DO)
  • Colaba Causeway
  • Dhobi Ghat
  • Jehangir Gallery
  • Where to go out: Todi Mills, Bandra (W) and Colaba – Madras Café

9.  Hampi

  • Small village with loads and loads of temples.

 

10.  Kerala

  • Nice part of South and diverse landscapes. Beach (you can swim though), Tea gardens, Backwaters.

11.  Tamil Nadu

  • Put Chennai on your itinerary as it is Northern Tamil Nadu

 

FOOD:

  • Delhi- Rajdhani Restaurant – Rajasthani Restaurant (Near Connaught Place)
  • Agra – Jonnhy’s – go there and order their Korma and mango juice
  • Dharamsala – Tibetan Bakery. Best cakes ever.

 

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Suggestions of a schedule

  • Delhi 2 days
  • Agra 1 day
  • Varanasi 2 days
  • Khajuraho + Orchha 2 days
  • Rajasthan: Jaipur- Jodhpur: 3 days – Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur: 4,5 days.
  • Amristar: 1 day
  • The hills: 3 days (4-5 days) – depending on where you go
  • Mumbai 2-3 days (one entire afternoon is needed for Ajanta Caves)
  • Goa: 2 days (North)
  • Hampi: 2 days
  • Kochi – Munnar (tea gardens) – Alleppey (backwaters) 4 days

 

Extra notes:

Chennai - really cool. You can go there on your way to Kochi.

Kolkata is awesome too but on the other side of the country. You could spend some 2,3 days there.

 

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FURTHER NOTES

  • Pushkar– MUST SEE - only Brahma temple in India with nice lake in the middle of the city.  Many tourists go shopping and have it sent directly to Europe. Many parcel packing stations.
  • from Goa to Gokarn
  • Hampi - old temple town with exotic landscapes and rock formations

 

Special thanks to Erika and Sita. As always, the copyrights to the information goes to them :)