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Beatriz’s One Month Backpacking trip across India
Beatriz’s One Month Backpacking trip across India

A few months ago we planned a month long backpacking trip for one of our Colombian travelers, Beatriz, She was planning to backpack across the country with her friends and had about a month to explore.

Beatriz was traveling to India on an E-visa. Backpacking / Traveling in India for a month has been made easy by the E-visa / Visa on arrival process to make India an accessible destination for travelers from most countries

Since Beatriz had a month to explore the country she wanted to experience a bit of both North and South India.  She was flying in to Delhi so it made sense to start her trip  in Delhi and make her way south.

Since Beatriz was a backpacker and North India in specific is home to a lot of great backpacker hostels, Beatriz and her friends stayed mostly in hostels on her trip. However some home-stays and guest houses are also very pocket friendly and especially if you are sharing a room with your friends and gives you a great perspective of living like a local.  Beatriz stayed in a combination of backpacker hostels, home-stays and guesthouses

Beatriz started her trip in Delhi before moving east to Varanasi and then traveling west to Agra followed by Jaipur and the rest of Rajasthan.  She then took a flight from Udaipur to Mumbai ( flights between Udaipur and Mumbai are inexpensive if you book them in advance) and continued on her way to Goa, Hampi  and the beautiful state of Kerala.

This trip was executed on a backpacking budget and meant staying in a lot of budget accommodations and using a lot of trains and buses (albeit the ones with Air conditioning). A similar itinerary can be modified to a slightly higher budget and if you have more or less time can be modified accordingly.

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Budget Backpacker tour of Delhi-Agra-Rajasthan
Budget Backpacker tour of Delhi-Agra-Rajasthan

Tour overview

This is a 14-16 day North India tour that is ideal for young travelers looking to backpack across Northern India. You will travel across Rajasthan, visiting the magical desert town of Jaisalmer, the beautiful blue town of Jodhpur, the city of lakes i.e. Udaipur, the spiritual town of Pushkar and more.

Enjoying the views from Meherangarh Fort Jodhpur (Photo Credits) Enjoying the views from Meherangarh Fort Jodhpur
(Photo Credits)

Route

Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Delhi

Route on googlemaps

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Modes of transport for North India budget tour

This is an economical tour as your primary mode of travel would be trains. Trains are fast, dependable and great way to both experience North India and interact with Indians. We love travelling by train and the feedback from our travelers has invariably been that it was a delightful cultural experience and comfortable (Especially when travelling A/C class).

Where will you stay?

A mix of hostels that are very safe, fun and a good place to meet other travelers, home stays and small guest houses. In Jaisalmer you can camp in the desert. The mix of accommodation would again ensure your trip is very budget friendly and at the same time you are staying at very safe places where you meet other travelers or live with an Indian family.

Cosy Bed and Chai in Delhi (Photo Credits) Cosy Bed and Chai in Delhi (Photo Credits)

Cost of the tour

The cost of the tour would vary between USD 400 (Euros  310) to USD 550 (Euros  430) per person depending on the following

  • What time of the year you are travelling
  • If you prefer to always travel by A/C train (or sleeper class is fine)
  • If you like having a private room at all times (or dorms are perfect)
  • If you are travelling alone or a couple/group

The cost includes

  • 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

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Highlights of travels in North India

It is often said that India is not a holiday, but an experience. Travelling across North India will leave you with memories of a lifetime. Highlights of your India experience will vary from traveller to traveer, but here are some highlights that you can look forward to.

1. The awe-inspiring Delhi City

Delhi can be overwhelming, but at the same time it is very. With centuries of history, interesting architecture and great food you can expect to see a mix of charm and bustle in  Old Delhi and a glistening manicured lawns in New Delhi. Getting around Delhi can be surprisingly easy with the amazing new Metro system.

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2. The endless Desert and magical town of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is truly worth the effort it takes to get there. You’ll be taking an overnight train from Jaipur to reach Jaisalmer. The old city is beautiful, crafted in rock, stone and sand. It is by the edge of a vast desert where you’ll spend the nights, after watching the most amazing sunsets.

3. Riding the Indian Trains

Trains in India are a fascinating experience. There is a distinct buzz of energy at the railway stations, and you get lovely chai on the trains. You get to see Indian families and often interact with them. As the train moves between your destinations you get beautiful views of the Indian countryside and little villages.

4. Mouth watering North Indian food

For a foodie, India is the ultimate paradise. You can treat yourself to amazing naans (Indian bread) and curry, lassi, Indian sweets and more. At your homestays you will definitely enjoy some of the best Indian food. Do remember, Indian food can be a little spicy.

Indian thali images courtesy paul joseph (https://flic.kr/p/HuFDG) Indian thali images courtesy Paul Joseph (https://flic.kr/p/HuFDG)

5. Meet locals and fellow travellers

Since you will be staying at a mix of hostels and hotels during your tour across North India you would get to meet both Indian families and a lot of other travellers during your trip.

As colourful as it can get! Locals hanging out in Jodhpur (Photo Credits) As colourful as it can get! Locals hanging out in Jodhpur (Photo Credits)

6. Of course! The Taj Mahal

You would be visiting the Taj Mahal. Do not miss the Agra Fort or the Baby Taj while you are in Agra.

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Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah - aka Baby Taj Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah – aka Baby Taj

7. Udaipur, The Romantic Lake city

One of your last stops will be at the beautiful lake city of Udaipur. The following image might give you a glimpse of how beautiful it is.

The glistening waters of Lake Pichola The glistening waters of Lake Pichola

Contact us to help you plan your India trip

The following tour can be customized to the no. of days you are looking at travelling or places you’d like to see. In fact, we can help you plan trips to anywhere in India irrespective of your budget.

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