Here perfect itinerary for an incredible 2 weeks in India! India is a huge country and you could easily spend months in, but you can see a lot during your 14 days in India. This route will take you through the best places and tips to visit in Rajasthan and certainly give you a taste of the amazing diversity of the country.
Places to go during your 2 weeks in India ✈
Jaipur – The Pink City 🌺
Jodhpur – The Blue City
Jailsamer – The Golden City ✨
Agra – Taj Mahal 🕌
Varanasi 🙏🏼 – The Holy City
Detailed 2 week India itinerary
This detailed 2 weeks itinerary takes you through the Incredible India. Since this itinerary is designed for you to experience as much as you can during 2 weeks in India, it includes the minimum days we would recommend in each place
Day 1: Fly into New Delhi
New Delhi, the capital of India, is the perfect place to land and start a visit to Rajasthan. Since New Delhi is a huge and chaotic metropolitan city, spend your first evening orienting yourself and eating your first of many amazing vegetarian meals.
While you’re planning, book 2 nights in your hotel in New Delhi.
Day 2-3: New Delhi
During your two full days in New Delhi, spend your time basking in the rich history and cultural heritage of the city. While you’re here make sure to visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, the Red Fort, the colossal red sandstone residence for Mughal emperors, Humayun’s Tomb, a garden tomb complex which inspired the construction of Taj Mahal in Agra.
We prefer to leave New Delhi in the late afternoon, with the new Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Jaipur Double Decker AC train departs Delhi daily at 5.35 p.m. and reaches Jaipur at 10.05 p.m. Travel time is four and a half hours. The fare is 1,193 rupees in Executive class and 487 rupees in AC Chair class.
Day 4-5: Jaipur, the Pink City
The city of Jaipur is one of India’s architectural wonders and the capital of Rajasthan. A romantic dusty pink covered all houses which has defined the city since 1876, after it was painted to welcome Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert gives Jaipur its status as the Pink City of Rajasthan.
Jaipur is all about forts, museums, food, monuments, shopping and many more things. The perfect place to start to visit Jaipur is Amer Fort, is located on a hill and was a strong defense around the city. The Indian and Mughal blend of architecture is immensely beautiful. Best time to go is before 8 a.m.
Near Amer Fort, you will find Panna Meena ka kunḍ, a huge symmetric step well. Another must to see is the colourful details of Patrika Gate are like nowhere else, get at look at the Wind Palace, Hawa Mahal.
If you love architechture, colours and art you are gonna love The City Palace. It open at 9:30 am, so reach early to beat the crowds. Most photogenic spots here include 4 gates that symbolises four seasons and four Gods, Diwan I Aam and Chandra Mahal.
If you are looking for the perfect spot Nahargarh Fort is one of those places for the sunset viewpoint and have best aerial views of the city. Try to reach at least half an hour earlier before sunset.
How to travel to Jodhpur : We took an A/C Seater / Sleeper Bus at 15.00 we arrived in the city center at 21.20. You can book the ticket online on www.redbus.it
Day 6-7: Jodhpur, the Blue City
Jodhpur, the second biggest city in Rajasthan and also called the “Sun City,” it’s painted in different shades of blue. There’s only a small part of the city which is all blue and it’s not a freshly painted. The locals painted their houses blue to keep them cold but to also ward off mosquitos. Don’t miss a visit in the streets of Bramhapuri to see Blue Houses.
In the city center there are many Ancient Stepwells located in and around Jodhpur, used to collect and store water.
The Ghanta Ghar, or Jodhpur Clock Tower, is situated in the centre of the city and overlooks the Sardar Market. The Clock Tower was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh, and this is where the market gets it name from.
Blue Houses are near the Mehrangarh Fort one of India’s largest forts from the 15th century.
How to travel to Jaisalmer : We took an A/C Seater Bus at 18.00 we arrived in the city center at 22.40. You can book the ticket online on www.redbus.it
Day 8-9-10: Jaisalmer, the Golden City
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the biggest and most impressive forts in the world. You can see out into the Thar desert and down into the city. Near the Fort, one beautiful sunset point is Vyas Chhatri, an holy place where Hindu people from the highest caste have architectural beautiful graves here.
Patwan Ki Haveli is a museum and a series of palaces from the 1800s that you can explore to your heart’s desire! It’s actually one of the largest Havelis in Rajasthan!
Where to sleep and enjoy the best sunset in town: We stayed in Kahla Home an air bnb inside the Jaisalmer Fort and we spend a nice sunset in the rooftop of the structure.
The best option to travel to Agra is to fly. We took a fly from Jaisalmer to Jaipur and then 4 hours bus to Agra. There is no direct transportation so another way can be by train: Jaisalmer – Jaipur by train, 13 hrs and Jaipur – Agra Fort by train, 5 hrs.
Day 11: Agra
What’s Agra is famous for ?
Of couse, the huge and incredible Taj Mahal 🕌 Taj Mahal is one of the new seven wonders of the world and the most popular symbol of India. The monument was constructed in Agra, India, between 1631 and 1654. According to one of the most romantic legends, the future Shah Jahan met a beautiful girl in a bazaar and we they fell in love 😍🤩
Taj Mahal, it was built to honor the Mogul Emperor’s beloved wife Mumtaz, who died during childbirth.
Tips for a visit to Taj Mahal:
1. Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
2. Ticket windows for Taj Mahal open one hour before Sunrise & close 45 minutes before Sunset. Book the ticket in advance
3. Drone camera and tripod are strictly prohibited inside
4. Don’t bring water and food; at the entrance you can ask for a bottle of water per person
5. Bring ONLY THE NECESSARY things with you; telephone, wallet, a scarf to pass more easy the security control.
6. You have just 3 hours to visit the Mausoleum.
Day 12-13-14: Varanasi
Varanasi is the home of Hinduism and also known as the spiritual capital of India. It is located in Uttar Pradesh in the North of India, and we reached the city with a night sleeper bus with a double bed (12 hours) from Agra thanks to Red Bus company the journey was pretty comfortable.
The spiritual nature of the city comes from the Ganges, which flows through the city and attracts many tourists and pilgrims. Infacts Hindus from all over the world flock to Varanasi to visit the Golden Temple during their lives and to end the cycle of reincarnation after passing.
Hindus have a cyclical view of life and death (death feeds life and life feeds death 💫); in Varanasi this cycle is strikingly tangible and omnipresent: birth and death dominate the rituals of daily life. If you take a walk near the Gange you will easily find the Burning Ghat, the cremation point of the followers of the Hindu religion takes place.
We attended the evening ceremony 🙏🏿Every evening there is a ceremony performed by monks over the Ganga. During this time hundreds of tourists and pilgrims will place flowers and candles in the river and pray for their loved ones. ❤️ One of the best way to see the ceremony is during a sunset boat ride, this option is also possible for the sunrise at 5 am in the Assighat.
What to do in Varanasi ? Take a part of a Yoga Free Class. Near the Assighat there is a daily yoga class for free for everyone to encourage yoga in the community. Watch or take part, you will be welcomed. The highlight is the laughing exercise in which everyone holds their hands over their heads and laughs.
Tips for your 2 weeks in India
- For a trip where you are moving between cities so much, be sure to pack light.
- The best time to visit Rajasthan and the places on this itinerary is October to March. Infact winter is the best time to visit Rajasthan as this when the temperature is at its lowest level. The monsoon is between July to September and summer months (April – June) is the hottest period and the temperature may be high as 48º C
- October-November is also the festival time, with Diwali, the Pushkar and Nagaur Camel Fairs. And of course March, when Holi Festival brings its famous colour throwing fests.
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Enjoy your trip!
Greta & Nic