Travel Routes through India: Explore India in 4 weeks
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This article will explore some outline routes for anyone looking to travel through India in one month. Often people say that ‘a life time is not enough to explore all of India’. Therefore, we suggest that one month in India is the least amount of time you would want to spend to here! There is no single best route to travel India, so we have provided 5 different routes. Each outline covers 4 weeks in India, and includes an overview of the routes, the destinations, the highlights, and the modes of travel.
The suggested routes are moderate to fast paced trips, and we’ve also tried to explain the drawbacks of the tours. We’ve also tried to indicate a budget for each route from backpackers to luxury travelers. You can compare different routes and what you should be prepared to miss out on.
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route 1: the classic north and south
Route: Delhi – Varanasi – Agra – Jaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Kerala
This travel route through India is one of the most popular month long routes for travelers, especially with backpackers. This route has you starting in the historically rich capital. Head east to visit one of the oldest cities known to civilization. Travel west to visit the Taj Mahal, and then loop around the Desert State of Rajasthan.
You’ll get to explore cities rich in culture and character in Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur). You can also take part in the Camel Safari & the Desert Camp in Jaisalmer. End the northern leg of your trip in Udaipur before taking a bus/flight to Mumbai.
Travelling in the south is more relaxing, as you’ll be travelling south along the same coast as Mumbai. Relax on the beaches in Goa. Explore the boulders and rice fields of the time-bound Hampi. Visit the beautiful state of Kerala known for its backwaters and its tea plantations.
Depending on when you are looking to travel, this route can be quite busy. This is one of the most frequented routes by travelers wanting to visit India. If you plan on picking it, we suggest you ensure all your transport and accommodation is booked in advance.
Since all these places are popular among tourists, it’s likely you will bump into more than a few on this trip. While that isn’t always a bad thing, if you’d like to avoid the crowds we’d suggest you travel a little early (mid July – September). While the North would have great weather, the South would be wet, but beautiful.
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Cost of a four week tour across North and South India?
In terms of backpacking – dorm beds, day and overnight trains and potentially a flight – you could potentially do this tour for as little as 700 Euros. Together, we can cater to your budget when booking hotels and modes of transport. India isn’t extremely expensive in regards to spending money, for example, the food is cheap yet healthy.
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route 2: a glimpse of the mountains
Route: Delhi – Dharamshala – Amritsar – Rishikesh – Delhi – Jaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Agra – Varanasi
As well as being home to a billion people, a million Gods and plenty of wacky rituals, India is also home to the incredible Himalayas. This is the best possible travel route for people who have only a month in India and want to combine their trip to India with a trek in Nepal (Everest Base Camp/ Annapoorna Mountain Pass)
You will begin your trip in Delhi, a city extremely central to some of the most prominent locations in North India. Head north to Dharamshala (the home to Dalai Lama), followed by Amritsar (known for the beautiful Golden Temple) and Rishikesh (the Yoga capital of the world, also known for its adventure sports).
After Rishikesh, you come back to Delhi before heading south-west, this time into Rajasthan. Start with the state’s three gems -Jaipur, Jodhpur & Udaipur – before visiting Pushkar and Agra and then taking an overnight train to Varanasi. Varanasi is quite intense, it’s one of the oldest civilizations in the world and also a great place to end your trip in India. If you’re up for an assault on the senses, you can take a bus from Varanasi into Nepal.
Like the first route, this is also extremely popular among travelers, so if you decide to take it, you might want to book your train tickets in advance. It is a hectic route, so we would recommend it to active travelers.
Apart from that, this is a good route to cover three regions (the Himalayas, Rajasthan and Varanasi) in the month you have in India.
Cost of such a tour?
Again if you if you plan to backpack, take train and buses you can do the tour for as little as 600 Euros/ 700 USD per head. You would want to double your budget to travel comfortably.
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route 3: Exploring the south
Route: Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Bangalore – Chennai/Pondicherry – Trichy/Thanjavur – Madurai – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey – Fort Kochi – Varkala.
As a country, India has a myriad of facets and each region is often drastically different from the last. This travel route through the South of India will be extremely gratifying – a full trip in itself.
Fly into Mumbai and head south to the fabulous beach state of Goa. Next, you can catch a bus or train to the evergreen Hampi and then spread out across Karnataka from royal Mysore to urban Bangalore before moving south-east to Chennai. Take a long break in Francophile Pondicherry or break it up with the southern spice of Trichy and Madurai. End the trip on the beach in Varkala or carry on to the stunning hill station of Munnar, and the backwaters in Alleppey.
For more detailed information about the best things to do in the South of India, read our blogs.
South India is a beautiful region to explore, but it is slightly more expensive compared to the north. Flying into Mumbai and staying there can be quite expensive. There aren’t too many budget options in the south, even though there has been a rise in the number of hostels. It’s also sometimes convenient in the south to hire a car to get from one place to another, which racks up a higher bill than buses.
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route 4: mix it up down south
Route: Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Wayanad – Calicut – Fort Kochi – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey – Varakala
This route, like the previous one, is all about exploring South India. However in this route, you will not be travelling south-east. You’ll fly into Mumbai and head south to Goa, Hampi and Mysore before crossing into Kerala and spending the rest of your days exploring God’s own country.
This route is more relaxed and moves at a slower pace than the others, giving you time to soak in the beauty of the South without dropping dead from exhaustion. Getting from Mumbai to Goa to Hampi by bus is not tough, but if you throw in a few trains and maybe a car hire, it’ll be easier.
Limited to the south alone, and includes all the same drawbacks as the previous route.
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ROUTE 5: THE NORTH AND THE NORTH EAST
Route: Delhi – Bagdogra – Gangtok – Ravangla – Pelling – Namchi – Darjeeling – Kolkata – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Orchha – Agra – Jaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Delhi
The Himalayas, the Taj Mahal and the serene backwaters are a few things that people associate with India. And rightly so! However, India is also home to the divine but underrated North-east, a virtual paradise nestled in the out-flung arm of the country.
If you are looking to go off the beaten track, this is a great travel route for you to take. Travel through Bagdodra, Gangtok, Rvangla , Pelling, Namchi and Darjeeling, then make your way west to Kolkata; one of the oldest metros in the country. From there you can catch a train to Varanasi, then move thorugh Khajuraho (known for it’s erotic temples), Orchha (the quintessential Indian town), Agra and Rajasthan, before heading back to Delhi.
Apart from being diverse, India is also simply large, you may have to take a few flights, Delhi – Badgogra , or Bagdogra – Kolkata to save time, since there is only have a month and so much to see and do in it. Travelling in the North-east could be slightly more expensive as the local transport, though very economical, is inconsistent with its timings and you may want to trade some of your other luxuries on the trip for a comfortable car ride.
Places like Khajuraho and Orchha are beautiful places to visit, make sure you’ve made travel arrangements in advance, because of the lack of options and not very great connectivity.
Further, depending on the time of year you are planning to travel, the North and North East can get pretty cold, especially in the mountains. For more information, contact us or check out our blog. Don’t have a month? Here are a few two week itineraries you could follow for North India or the South. For any further assistance, or for help with planning the trip foa lifetime, simply click on Plan Your trip.