Almost about a year ago we helped our Italian guests Chiara with a two week Flashpacking trip across north India. If you aren’t entirely sure or haven’t heard about the term Flashpacking let us explain.
Flashpacking is backpacking just slightly more affluent. Chiara wanted to essentially backpack across Rajasthan but if taking the luxury of hiring a car between two places made more sense or allowed her to see more or if staying in a home-stay instead of a run-of-the-mill hostel added more value to her trip then she would pick those over the most inexpensive options that a backpacker would usually go with.
Chiara wanted to experience the culture and history of the country on her first trip to India and she only had two weeks to do so. Since Chiara was flying into Delhi and she was traveling from late August to September (monsoon in India) traveling from Agra across Rajasthan made the most sense.
Rajasthan is frequented by backpackers from October until March as those are winter months in India and the weather is very pleasant in this usually hot and dry state. However, August and September can also be great months to travel across Rajasthan. While the region does not receive too much rainfall, it does occasionally rain in August and September. This causes a drop of temperatures and Rajasthan is at it’s greenest during these months. A sight you would not get too see any other time of the year.
Since we started Chiara’s trip in Delhi, it made sense for her to drive to Agra and Jaipur and make some interesting stops like Fatehpur Sikhri and Abhaneri Step-Wells along the way. She then proceeded to visit the sand dunes of Jaisalmer, followed by the Blue city of Jodhpur before ending her trip in the lake city of Udaipur.
On this trip Chiara used a combination of car hires which allowed her the freedom to make some interesting stops along the way and trains – well, because trains in India are a fun experience. We also recommended Chiara to stay in some great home-stays which allowed her to experience the local culture and a few backpacker hostels to mix it up a bit and interact with fellow travellers.
This trip was executed on a budget that was somewhere between a backpacking and a slightly higher comfort budget (Flashpacking). Staying in hostels and taking the trains meant Chiara could budget for private rooms in home-stays and using car hires. This trip can however be modified to a lower backpacking budget or a higher comfort budget.
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