Discover Beautiful India in 3 Weeks – by NTHighlights: Delhi, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaisalmer
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’
Step by step
Welcome in Delhi!
Other must-see locations in Delhi include Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Residence whose buildings date back to the British Raj), National Museum, Qutb 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.
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.
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.
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.