Henning’s two week trip across North India and Homestay experience in Rajasthan

Route

Delhi, India

Delhi, India

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 in northern India. Delhi is known for it's excellent metro service so it's very easy to get from one sight to another. There are many interesting historical sights but to get off the beaten path Henning went on a slum and a street food tour.

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Agra, most popularly known for the Taj Mahal, is a favourite amongst travellers. As a key location in the story of the Mughal Empire, 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. Henning also went to explore the spice market of the old town and spend some time with a marble craftsmen, introduced by a local guide.

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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. Henning was mostly fascinated by the sheer variety of skills and local handicraft products and met a bloc printer and henna artist. Another main attraction: the delicious food!

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

The pilgrimage town of Pushkar is also considered to be one of the oldest cities in India as according to legend the god Brahma himself created the town. For a deeply spiritual experience and to find out more about the traditions and rituals of Hinduism, this should be a must-visit for every Rajasthan traveller. Henning loved to chat with the priests at the holy Ghats, made friends with plenty of cows and enjoyed his stay at a 100 year old Haveli.

Chandelao, Rajasthan, India

Chandelao, Rajasthan, India

Chandelao is a small village one hour outside of Jodhpur where rural life is still practised the traditional way. Men ploughing fields with bulls, women in traditional attire caring water pots from the village fountain and a 200 year old Haveli turned into a heritage hotel. Henning loved talking to the owners about their royal ancestors and watching the village women at the local art and craft project making jewellery and other handicrafts.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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 with astounding history of battles and great rulers. The old town is a labyrinth of small lanes with traditional Havelis and delicious street food so Henning spent most of his time here wandering around.

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur has been called many things: Venice of the East, the White or 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. A extensively educated rickshaw driver showed Henning the lesser known sides of the city and a friendly women with many interesting stories taught him how to cook local dishes.

North India Tour Description

Henning wanted to explore the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and also experience more of Rajasthan in Pushkar, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

He was of course interested in the main sights and monuments like the Red Fort in Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Amber Fort in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur or the City Palace in Udaipur. However, Henning emphasised from the beginning of the planning process that it is more the locals and their stories he is interested in.

So we planned a typical two-weeks-travel route from Delhi to Udaipur through Agra and Rajasthan and made him stay entirely at homestays. Also we planned one night outside of Jodhpur in a small village called Chandelao so give him a feel of the rural life and a short break from the busy cities.

We also gave him tips for activities in each place like a slum tour in Delhi or a cooking class in Udaipur. This way he was able to meet many locals and make friends.

This trip to North India can be modified to fit any budget. Below you’ll find approximate costs for different types of travelers and an example of an itinerary. If you have a fixed time period, then we’ll add or remove destinations accordingly.

Ideal for

  • Culture,history and heritage
  • Architecture
  • Backpacking

Best Time

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Approximate Price

Backpacker USD 370 | EUR 350 per person

Budget USD 745 | EUR 703 per person

Comfort USD 1100 | EUR 1040 per person

Luxury USD 2200 | EUR 2075 per person

The above are approximate rates and would depend on the number of travelers. In addition a * 9% Government Service Tax is applicable on your trip billing.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 3
    Delhi

    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 in northern India. Delhi is known for it's excellent metro service so it's very easy to get from one sight to another. There are many interesting historical sights but to get off the beaten path Henning went on a slum and a street food tour.

    LifeTree BnB
    Day 3 - 4
    Agra

    Agra, most popularly known for the Taj Mahal, is a favourite amongst travellers. As a key location in the story of the Mughal Empire, 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. Henning also went to explore the spice market of the old town and spend some time with a marble craftsmen, introduced by a local guide.

    Coral Tree Homestay/ Mohini Homestay
    Day 4 - 6
    Jaipur

    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. Henning was mostly fascinated by the sheer variety of skills and local handicraft products and met a bloc printer and henna artist. Another main attraction: the delicious food!

    Jaipur Friendly Villa/ All Seasons Homestay
    Day 6 - 8
    Pushkar

    The pilgrimage town of Pushkar is also considered to be one of the oldest cities in India as according to legend the god Brahma himself created the town. For a deeply spiritual experience and to find out more about the traditions and rituals of Hinduism, this should be a must-visit for every Rajasthan traveller. Henning loved to chat with the priests at the holy Ghats, made friends with plenty of cows and enjoyed his stay at a 100 year old Haveli.

    Seventh Heaven/ Kanhaia Haveli
    Day 8 - 9
    Chandelao

    Chandelao is a small village one hour outside of Jodhpur where rural life is still practised the traditional way. Men ploughing fields with bulls, women in traditional attire caring water pots from the village fountain and a 200 year old Haveli turned into a heritage hotel. Henning loved talking to the owners about their royal ancestors and watching the village women at the local art and craft project making jewellery and other handicrafts.

    Chandelao Garh
    Day 9 - 11
     Jodhpur

    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 with astounding history of battles and great rulers. The old town is a labyrinth of small lanes with traditional Havelis and delicious street food so Henning spent most of his time here wandering around.

    Mohan Niwas Homestay/ Singhvi Haveli
  • Day 11 - 13
    Udaipur

    Udaipur has been called many things: Venice of the East, the White or 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. A extensively educated rickshaw driver showed Henning the lesser known sides of the city and a friendly women with many interesting stories taught him how to cook local dishes.

    Chandra Niwas/ Madri Haveli
    Day 13 - 13
    Delhi

    On the last day Henning flew back to Delhi to catch his flight home. "I had a fantastic time in Rajasthan due to the multiple friendly and interesting encounters with locals who I think I wouldn't have met without the support of India Someday", says Henning.

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