Discover Beautiful India in 3 Weeks – by NT

Highlights: Delhi, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaisalmer
Destination(s)
Duration 20 days
Overview

Discover India in 3 weeks (about 20 days) with this itinerary that covers New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Nagaur and many other fantastic places.

This itinerary gives quite some flexibility in terms of how long you want to stay in a particular destination. It’s also possible to shorten this trip and visit India in only two weeks by following the Golden Triangle classic itinerary which goes through Delhi (and the Taj Mahal), Fatehpur Sikri and Udaipur: ‘India in 2 weeks – classic ‘Golden Triangle’ itinerary’

Trip route

Step by step

Welcome in Delhi!

Like most journeys through India, the itinerary to cover India in 3 weeks starts with Delhi. You can start by visiting Old Delhi the first day, especially the Red Fort and Jama Masjid.

Other must-see locations in Delhi include Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Residence whose buildings date back to the British Raj), National MuseumQutb Minar, Baba Kharak Singh Marg (street where you can appreciate special Indian crafts) and Humayun’s Tomb.

This is quite a dense program but it is realistic nonetheless if you dedicate it two full days. It's advisable to use the services of a taxi or private driver to move around efficiently.

Agra (Taj Mahal)

In the late afternoon/evening of the second day hire a car and driver and head to Agra. This will allow you to see the Taj Mahal in the early light of the day at dusk the next day. Another option if you don't want to shorten your second day in Delhi is to head to Agra in the morning instead and see the Taj Mahal at dawn.

While waiting for the great monument you can visit nearby tomb of Emperor Akbar the Great in Sikandra.

Fatehpur Sikri

After the Taj Mahal you can contine your trip and reach Fatehpur Sikri, the ruins of a city that was abandoned in the 16th century. Count on about an hour and a half to reach Fatehpur Sikri from Agra by car.

 

Jaipur

The next step of this itinerary is Jaipur also known at the Pink City. Like the destinations before, it's best reached by hiring a driver and a car (about 4-5 hours). There are many amazing sightseeing spots in Jaipur but the main one is undoubtedly the magnificent City Palace.

 

Amber Fort

Amber Fort is located on a hilltop 12.4 km (7.7 mi) from Jaipur. You can reach it 3 hours on elephant back.

 

Jodhpur

Jodhpur is certainly one of the best cities you can visit in Rajasthan. The main attraction in Jodhpur is Mehrangarh Fort with its imposing thick walls and beautiful palaces.

 

Ranakpur

After visiting Jodhpur you can book a driver and a car to reach Udaipur. It's quite a long ride so be ready (about 8 hours). On the way to Udaipur you should stop in Ranakpur and visit the Jain Temple dedicated to Adinatha. It's the perfect break to rest before reaching Udaipur.

 

Udaipur

Udaipur, although not as impressive as some of the destinations previously covered by this itinerary, is quite an interesting spot and you shouldn't miss the City Palace of Maharana Udai Singh II.

 

Jaisalmer

We are now starting the last week of this 3-week itinerary in India. it continues with Jaisalmer, a desert city where stands one of Rajasthan's oldest fortress citadels. From Udaipur it can be expensive to hire a driver and a car to reach Jaisalmer so you might want to consider taking a bus (indirect) instead if you are on a budget. Jaisalmer offers a stunning view of the surrounding Thar Desert (check a picture here) that you can visit on camel back.

 

Nagaur

The drive from Jaisalmer to Nagaur represents another consistent chunk of road (6-7 hours). The good news here is that you can take a train (3 hours) if you want to save yourself the bumpy ride. Like Jaisalmer, Nagaur is located in the desert and hosts a beautiful citadel: Ahhichatragarh-Nagaur Fort.

 

Return to Delhi

After this incredible trip, this is the rime to go back where it all started...

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