The best 3 week itinerary for India
Has India been on your bucketlist for a long time or are you actually already planning your trip? Then we have the perfect itinerary for 3 fantastic weeks through this unique country! Hopefully this itinerary will give you the final push to finalize a journey you’ll never forget!
Delhi 1–2 days
Your journey will probably start in the capital of India, Delhi. As soon as you leave the airport you will hear the honking of the hundreds of cars and scooters that are stuck in traffic throughout the city. Everywhere it is crawling with people and you probably don’t believe your own eyes from the moment you leave the airport. Even if you already have some experience with traveling through Asia, then Delhi still can be a culture shock to you. Most people leave Delhi quickly because it is an overwhelming city, but Delhi also had a lot to offer!
Delhi consists of Old Delhi and New Delhi, it’s in the names of course, but it’s nice to see both. We thought Delhi is a very unique experience that you will never forget. You can see how the Indians live, how their daily routine is and you’ll experience the delicious Indian cuisine (we miss those delicious Indian curries so bad!). Look for the spicemarket in Old Delhi and climb some rooftops to have a nice view of this huge city and immerse yourself in Indian culture.
Agra 1 – 2 days
From Delhi you travel (by train or by plane) to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal! We took the train and we can tell you that this was quite comfortable and an exerience on its own.
Like we’ve said, Agra is the city og the Taj Mahal. Make sure you purchase tickets online in advance. By doing this you can determine your own time in advance and it saves a lot of long queues at the gates for the Taj Mahal if you still have to get your ticket there.
The Taj Mahal is open from sunrise to sunset (and closed on Friday). It is strongly recommended to book your tickets before sunrise. Not only because the morning sun shines beautifully on the Taj Mahal, but also because it is a lot quieter at this time. All tour buses arrive from 10 a.m. and then it quickly becomes too busy again.
PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: please be notices that tripods are not allowed inside the Taj Mahal complex!
In addition to the Taj Mahal, there is also the Baby Taj in Agra. In the city of Agra itself there is not much to do, so we recommend that you stay here for a maximum of two days. We planned one day visiting the Taj Mahal itself and one day exploring the gardens and area around the Taj Mahal (There are some great viewpoints!)
Jaipur 3-4 days
After Delhi and Agra, you’ll continue to the state of Rajahsthan: Jaipur!
After seeing the Tahj Mahal, you’ll see some new beautiful architecture and history of India in this graceful city. Jaipur is also called “the pink city” and this is because many buildings have a pink color or are decorated with pink paint. In this city you will experience the outer beauty of the country for the first time after the cities of Delhi and Agra.
There is much to see and do in Jaipur, so we definitely recommend taking the time to explore this city. Real ‘must sees’ in this city include the Patrika Gate, the Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, Panna Meena Ka Kund, Amber Fort and the Nahargarh the fort.
TRAVEL TIP: We always travelled by train during our India trip. Check the timetables and fares on the official Indian Railway website: https://www.irctc.co.in
Udaipur 2-3 days
From Jaipur you’ll travel on to Udaipur. This city is known as “City of Lakes” and is also called “little Venice”. The city is surrounded by beautiful hills and because of this we liked Udaipur the most throughout our time in India.
Udaipur is a romantic city, with a lot of atmosphere, culture and cosiness. Everywhere you’ll find small jewelry shops, cozy restaurants where you have a beautiful view of the lake, picturesque streets and lots of beautiful Indian architecture.
Jaisalmer 2-3 days
Unfortunately we have not been to this place ourselves because this time did not fit in our route anymore, but Jaisalmer is very high on our list when we visit India again! In Jaisalmer you will find not only the beautiful city, but also the Thar desert. Jaisalmer seems to be one of the most beautiful cities in India because of the beautiful sand / yellow / gold colored buildings, the surrounding sand dunes and desert.
Take the time to do a desert trek and enjoy this beautiful place in India. We recommend that you stay here for approximately two to three days.