Two weeks tour across North India with Rajasthan and Varanasi
This a two week tour starting with Delhi, followed with Varanasi, Agra and then a loop around Rajasthan. A little quick paced, but you would pack in some fantastic towns and sights. The tour is explained in detail with an explanation on tour costs. Feel free to contact us for any questions.
For a lot of our travelers two weeks is all the time they have to travel around India. Taj Mahal and Varanasi is often on their bucket list as they look to tour North India. Rajasthan is a wonderful mix of architecture, small medieval towns and lots of color. The following tour is ideally suited for those looking at visiting India for two weeks and looking to explore Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi.
This is a relatively quick paced trip; you would be covering a lot of distance (some of the travel is made easy with internal flights). However, you would be visiting some fantastic destinations. Varanasi, one of the most ancient and spiritual cities in the world to Jaisalmer, an old fort town by the edge of endless Thar desert, the adorable city of lakes and palaces Udaipur and the Taj Mahal.
Trip Pace and modes of travel
It is a fast paced trip – average stay at each destination would be two nights, you would be using a combination of internal flights, train journeys (including an overnight train journey), and car and driver
Highlights of Varanasi, Agra and Rajasthan Tour
Plenty, to be honest
- Boat rides in the ganges / Ganga Aarti at Varanasi (One of our guests account on Varanasi)
- Taj Mahal at the break of dawn
- Spending the night in the desert under stars
- The romantic and adorable city of Udaipur
- The mesmerizing Meherangarh Fort in Jodhpur
- For some, the overnight train journey
This tour is ideal for?
Backpackers, young travelers, those who do not mind fast paced travel, solo travelers (it is route where you will meet other travelers)
Cost of North India Tour with Varanasi and Agra
Depending on your style and preferences the tour can range from USD 500 /Euros 450 to USD 1000 /Euros 900 per person.
– You are happy staying at budget places and hostels. (lots of cool hostels in India now)
– Or you’d like to stay at a few mid priced heritage hotels (In Udaipur, for example)
– Happy to substitute one of the flights with trains
– Or willing to change one the train rides with a private car and driver
The costs include
• Overnight stay throughout your trip
• All train tickets
• Taxi and driver between cities when train is not possible
• India Someday planning and bookings fees
• All taxes
Trip Route and Trip Notes
The tour follows the following route Delhi – Varanasi – Agra – Jaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Delhi (Route on googlemaps)
- While you cover alot of distance on this tour, the first two long legs i.e. Delhi to Varanasi and Varanasi to Agra are quite convenient with direct internal flights
- A drive from Jaipur to Agra allows you to stop and visit two great sights, the Fortress city of Fatehpur and the less visited, but stunning Abhaneri Step Wells.
- The travel around Rajasthan is a mix of trains and buses/cars. Rajasthan countryside is really pretty. Small rural towns, countryside, cattle and in certain stretches wilderness
- For a number of our guests the Jaipur to Jaisalmer overnight train is a memorable experience. People watching and the Indians (always eager to strike a conversation) you meet on Indian trains
- Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur (Southern Rajasthan) are all spectacular little towns. The old towns are frozen in time, endless alleys and old houses.
- Jaisalmer offers one to spend a night in the desert, ride a camel and sleep under the stars. (Our guest Samantha, chronicles it beautifully here)
- There cannot be a more perfect end to an Indian holiday than Udaipur. A charming town, by the banks of Lake Pichola. Beautiful lake views, sunsets and one can go trekking or cycling in the hills nearby.
Where will we stay during our North India Tour
It really depends on your budget, we plan tours for backpackers where most of the accommodation are hostels/ inexpensive hotels and home-stays. We’ve planned trips with mid budget places to stay, small heritage hotels, comfortable BnB’s and a couple of splurge stays. Or you can also choose to stay at the nicest boutique/luxury places that each of the towns have to offer.
To following information should give you an idea on what kind of accommodation to expect at what trip cost.
Backpacking North India @ USD 500/ Euros 450 per head
You would be staying at hostels and cheap guesthouses. North India has some fantastic hotels that are ideal for backpackers. Clean, safe, inexpensive, fun and you get to meet alot of travelers.
Hostel Hopping North India – a blog entry on on the hostel experience in North India by one of our friends.
Mix of hostels, Homestays and few heritage hotels @ USD 700/ Euros 600 per head
When travelling as a couple you do not mind a few hostel stays, but like a your private room every now and then. Also Rajasthan has some wonderful small heritage hotels and homestays that do not cost a fortune. A mix of hotels, homestays and heritage hotels is would be a great mix and experience.
Few heritage hotels, and homestays that cost under USD 50/Euros 45 a night for a private room.
Always a private room and bathroom, heritage hotels, quality homestays @ USD 1000/ Euros 900 per head
If you prefer having a private room at all times and like accommodation that is always of a comfortable standard then you should budget for around 900/1000 Euros/USD for a North India tour.
Between USD 50 to USD 80 a night you can always stay a very charming and comfortable BnB/ Guesthouse/ homestay or heritage hotel in North India.
Stay in Rajasthan’s Royal Palaces and luxurious campsites – USD 2000 / Euros 1800 ++ per person
No state in India (perhaps the world) can boast of so many royal palaces. If you’d like to live, like the Rajasthani Kings lived a few centuries ago then you can stay at one of their Palace converted hotels.
There are many newer, chic-boutique hotels too that offer Uber luxury and some memserizing campsites in Rajathan.
We plan trips across budgets, just get in touch with us if you are interested in a tour similar to the one described on this blog. We’d love to help you plan a memorable Indian Holiday!