North India Mixtape
Get some India in-de-ya. Delhi starts the show, Calcutta finishes it. In between you get sand dune camping, Jodhpur’s markets, an Udaipur cooking class, Pushkar’s bazaars, Jaipur’s temples and a Ganges river cruise. You’ll also get enough sensory stimulation to last a lifetime.
India does exactly what it says on the box. Cows are more important than you. The Taj is the best thing you'll ever see. And yes, the people really do smile that much.
Day 1-2 - DelhiThere's no activities planned for Day 1. So we suggest you use this time to get yourself acquainted with India. Don’t try and fight it. Grab a cup of chai, pull up a seat and let the madness begin. Go from cycle rickshaw to overnight train... don't forget the snack bag.Day 1Welcome meeting at 6pm. Arrive at any time because there's no activities planned todayVisit the World Heritage-listed Mughal masterpiece of Humayun's Tomb, explore the Red Fort of DelhiDay 2Excursion into Old Delhi. Ride on the metro system, cycle rickshaw through Chandni ChowkVisit the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosques and the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religionOvernight train to Jaisalmer (approx 19 hrs). Aircon, padded berths with sheets, pillow and blankets or just bring your own sleeping sheet. Bring snacks. NB. You might be sharing with locals in a same/mixed gender situation
Day 3-5 - Jaisalmer/Thar DesertJaisalmer looks like the coolest sandcastle you never built. And there’s no chance your brother will come and stomp on it, either. Embrace your inner nomad with a camel ride through the desert, campfire feast and sleeping under the stars.Day 3 - 4Arrive in Jaisalmer around midday if there are no train delaysDiscover Jaisalmer's narrow twisted alleys full of markets and ornately carved housesRide camels out over the sand dunes to spend a night under the stars. At night, the riders get the camp fire burning and cook your dinnerWake up early for sunrise before a simple breakfastMattresses and blankets are provided but we don't have tented accommodation, you're literally sleeping under the starsDay 5Visit the Jaisalmer Folklore Museum on the banks of Garsisar Lake in the Mehar Bagh GardenBreakfast | Dinner
Day 6-7 - JodhpurFamous for more than just those daggy pants they force equestrians to wear. It’s known as both Sun City for the weather and Blue City for the buildings. After all the shopping, eating and fort-exploring you'll meet members of a Bishnoi tribe, the world's original tree hugging, peace loving hippies.Day 6Bus across the desert to one of Rajasthan's largest cities, Jodhpur (approx 6 hrs)Visit Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in IndiaExplore Mehrangarh FortDay 7Visit nearby Bishnoi villages
Day 8-10 - UdaipurStart the day right with a breakfast of aloo paratha – two stuffed parathas with a big cube of butter swimming in between. Between the white marble palaces, lakes and hills you'd be forgiven for getting caught up in the lovey-dovey feel of Udaipur. Take a cooking class, a boat ride and get your groove on during a concert that combines seven traditional Rajasthani folk dances.Day 8-10Local bus to Udaipur (approx 8 hrs)Explore Udaipur's twisting alleys filled with silver, shoes, bags, leather goods and miniature paintings.Free time: Take a half hour boat ride on Lake Pichola and see Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Island (seasonal depending on the water level)Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in IndiaJoin Spice Box cooking school and spend a half day learning the secrets of Indian cuisineBe part of a musical concert combining seven traditional Rajasthani folk dancesCheck out the Monsoon Palace. Formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, it overlooks Lake PicholaExplore Shilpgram, a rural arts and crafts village, which depicts the lifestyles of the tribal people of western India with displays of traditional mud huts and artistic performances
Day 11-12 - Pushkar
One of India’s holiest places. And also one of the best for kicking back with an ice cold lassi (beware the bhang lassi).This is about as chilled as it gets. To prevent you slipping into a coma why not take the sunrise hike up to Savitri Temple. Eyes peeled for the chai man.
Train to Ajmer (approx 7 hrs)Private vehicles to your hotel in Pushkar (approx 45 mins)Head out to explore Pushkar's main bazaar and many sidestreetsWalk around the lake, with its ghats and templesVisit the only Brahma Temple in IndiaDay 12Early risers can make the sunrise hike up the hill to the Savitri Temple
Day 13-14 - JaipurPink is the order of the day in Jaipur. This place is jammed with bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and arty stuff so it's a shopper's paradise. There's the Amber Fort, the Royal City Palace and the >Hawa Mahal, India's most photographed building after the Taj Mahal (it's a tough act to follow).Day 13Local bus to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur (approx 4 hrs)Free time: Travel out to the old capital of Amber and explore Amber Fort, see Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds', walk, shopDay 14Royal City PalaceRaj Mandir Cinema
Day 15 - BharatpurKeoladeo Bird Sanctuary was created 250 years ago, so the birds are used to being stared at. Some people think birds are scary, some think they are boring, but there's 400 different species of the things here so we guarantee you'll find something to tickle your fancy.Travel to Bharatpur by bus (approx 5 hrs)Visit Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, with over 400 different species identified
Day 16-17 - AgraSuddenly all those postcards, paintings, pictures and photos just don’t cut it, do they? It's kind of hard to describe the Taj Mahal so... we won't.Day 16Head east by public bus to Agra (approx 2.5 hrs)Visit the Taj MahalDay 17Leave for Varanasi on an overnight train (approx 12 hrs)
Day 18-20 - VaranasiIf the holiest thing about you is your socks, even you’ll be blown away by this experience. There's pilgrims bathing and performing hundred-year-old rituals, temples, dhobi wallahs (think of them as an outdoor laundromat), burning ghats and the scent of incense to top it all off. Day 18Free time: Wander through the Old City, see pilgrims bathing and performing rituals and ceremoniesWitness a candle flower ceremony on a Ganges sunset river cruiseDay 19Sunrise boat ride on the GangesDay 20Leave for Kolkata on overnight train (approx 15 hrs)
Day 21-22 - KolkataEnd things on a sweet note, with a taste of our favourite treats - sandesh, rosogolla and chanar payesh. There's no activities on the last day so take a look around, and maybe even stay on a couple of nights to keep exploring.Day 21Arrive in Kolkata early morning, depending on train delaysBrowse flower markets or watch traditional wrestlers at their outdoor gymnasiumsDay 22No activities planned. Depart the accommodation at any time
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North India Mixtape
mark - United Kingdom, 20 Jan, 2014
Chime Dolkar was one of the best leaders I have ever travelled with. Very friendly, helpful and knew the country, culture and local people which helped travelling India a pleasure. Her care towards the customers to get the full taste of india was the best I have seen from a leader. Places we stayed were perfect and locations were great
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