route & tour description
Almost about a year ago we helped our Italian guest Chiara with a two-week Flashpacking trip to Rajasthan and 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 hiring a car between two places made more sense or allowed her to see more, she picked that. If staying in a home-stay instead of a run-of-the-mill hostel added more value to her trip then she would pick that over any inexpensive option that a backpacker would usually go with.
Chiara only had two weeks to experience the culture and history of the country. Since she 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.
From October until March, Rajasthan is frequented by backpackers. These 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.
We started Chiara’s trip in Delhi, and she drove to Agra and Jaipur. We suggested that she 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. She ended her trip in the lake city of Udaipur.
Transport and Stay
On this trip, Chiara used a combination of car hires which allowed her the freedom to make some interesting stops along the way. She also travelled in trains – well, because trains in India are a fun experience. We also recommended that she stay in some great home-stays and a few backpacker hostels. This allowed her to experience the local culture 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). Chiara could budget for private rooms in home-stays and use car hires by staying in hostels and taking the trains. This trip can however be modified to a lower backpacking budget or a higher comfort budget.
The above are approximate rates and would depend on the number of travelers. In addition a * 5% Government Service Tax is applicable on your trip billing.
Delhi is the capital of India, a city rich in history and culture. Delhi is not only an interesting place to visit but is also ideally located to travel to a lot of other worthwhile places to see in northern India. Delhi is known for it's excellent metro service so it's very easy to get from one place to another.
Agra, most popularly known for the Taj Mahal, is a favorite amongst travellers. Agra is known for its beautiful monuments, courtyards and mosques. The Agra fort is a lesser known but also beautiful sight you must visit during your stay in Agra. The whole city offers that incomparable Mughal vibe and therefore a trip to Agra is worth it.
Painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1853, Rajasthan’s capital city is chock-full with forts, palaces and temples. Shopaholics can lap up traditional footwear, textiles, crafts and gems. Partake in several festivals including the Elephant Festival in spring, when pachyderms pout and prance around.
The golden desert city of Jaisalmer is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world and commands attention for its yellow-hued, imposing sandstone appearance, its beautiful old Havelis (mansions), colorful Temples and easy access to sand dunes.
Due to its numerous blue houses in the old part of Jodhpur, this city in the dessert is often referred to as the “Blue City”. The second biggest city in Rajasthan is famous for the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India, and is an interesting old city to experience.
Udaipur has been called many things: Venice of the East, the White or the Lake City and the most romantic place in India. One thing is for sure: when in Rajasthan you can’t miss this town with its white marble temples and palaces, its rooftop restaurants with perfect views of the lake as well as the beautiful surrounding landscapes .