ROUTE

Throughout our trip to India we hired a car with driver through the agency Sumit Rajasthan Travel which we highly recommend for their professionalism, punctuality and honesty. We had a driver from Delhi to Agra, one in Varanasi and another one for the last days in Delhi. Everyone was always punctual, friendly and had very valuable advices to give us.
The overall cost of the car with driver including all driver’s expenses (accommodation, meals, tolls, petrol) amounted to €480 (36500INR, tip not included).

The itinerary was made entirely by us and the agency did not have any problem with it. We selected and booked hotels ourselves separately. The prices of the rooms were contained between €20 and €35 euro per night.

Some of the restaurants were recommended by our drivers and we really enjoyed the food. The others were chosen by us following the advice of Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Travel Guide) and by doing research online.
The cost of the meals varied between €3 and €8 per person.

Sometimes in cities we used the local rickshaws spending between €0.50 and €2 per route.

We flew with Aeroflot for €535 per person.

DAY 1 ··· Rome - New Delhi

12:40 Rome (FCO) – 03:40 (+1 day) New Delhi (DEL) · one stop in Moscow

DAY 2 ··· New Delhi

We arrive at the hotel early in the morning accompanied by our driver and after resting for a few hours we start our tour around the city.

Not to miss in Delhi

Red Fort, €6.50
Humayun’s tomb, €6.50
India Gate
Gandhi’s tomb
Jama Masjid Mosque (we will visit it our last day in Delhi), €4 for each camera used

Lunch at Hot Chimney.

Price: €6 per person
Our vote:

Overnight in New Delhi ··· Hotel Metro Heights

Price: €22
Our vote:

Continues below
Red Fort, New Delhi

DAY 3 ··· MANDAWA

Leaving Delhi at 7am with destination Mandawa (6h).

Guided tour of Mandawa and its beautiful havelis.

Dinner at Hotel Heritage Mandawa‘s restaurant.

Price: €3.50 per person
Our vote:

Overnight in Mandawa ··· Hotel Heritage Mandawa

Price: €34
Our vote:

Continues below
One of the haveli in Mandawa

DAY 4 ··· BIKANER

Leaving Mandawa for Bikaner (4h).

What to see in Bikaner

Junagarh Fort, €4
Old city
Camel farm, €1.30 + €0.70 for camera. Here you can taste camel milk with which they produce delicious ice cream!

Late lunch at Gallops.

Price: €7 per person
Our vote:

Overnight in Bikaner ··· Maharaja Ganga Mahal

Price: €26
Our vote:

Continues below
Ice cream with camel milk, Bikaner Camel Farm
Local celebration, Bikaner

DAY 5 ··· JAISALMER

Traveling to Jaisalmer (6h) bound with destination the Khuri desert.

Camel Safari at sunset on the desert dunes with Desertview Resort.
€7 for the safari + €0.70 entrance fee in the safari area.

We did not spend the night in the desert but with €15-20 you can sleep in nice tents and have dinner around the fire with a dancing show.

Dinner and overnight in Jaisalmer ··· Hotel Shahi Palace

Price: €20 + €5.50 for dinner
Our vote:

Continues below
Jaisalmer Fort
Camel Safari, Khuri desert

DAY 6 ··· JAISALMER

What to see in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort
Fort Palace, €4
Jain temples
Bada Bagh

Dinner and overnight in Jaisalmer ··· Hotel Shahi Palace

Price: €20 + €5.50 for dinner
Our vote:

Continues below
Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer

DAY 7 ··· JODHPUR

At 9am leaving Jaisalmer for Jodhpur, the blue city (6h).

What to do in Jodhpur

Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, €5
Overview of the blue city from the fort
Toorji ka Jhalra
Clock tower and market

It’s possible to jump down six zip-lines between the fort walls with Flying Fox.

In Jodhpur there is also the great store MV Spices to buy spices of excellent quality at low prices.

Dinner at Jhankar Choti Haveli, overlooking the magnificent fort.

Price: €3.50
Our vote:

Overnight in Jodhpur ··· Geeta Mahal

Price: €20
Our vote:

Continues below
Toorji ka Jhalra
Jodhpur, the blue city

DAY 8 ··· PUSHKAR

Leaving at 9am for Pushkar (5h).

What to see in Pushkar

The holy lake with its 52 ghat
The bazaar around the lake

Let lunch at Om Shiva Garden Restaurant

Price: €4 per person
Our vote:

Overnight in Pushkar ··· Hotel Everest

Price: €22
Our vote:

Continues below
Ghats on the holy lake, Pushkar
Sadar Bazaar, Pushkar

DAY 9-10 ··· JAIPUR

Leaving for Jaipur, the pink city (3h).

What to see in Jaipur

Old city and its bazaar
City Palace, €5
Hawa Mahal, €0.70
Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, €2.50
The observatory Jantar Mantar
Monkey Temple

Located at 11 km from Jaipur there is the city of Amber with its walls and the imposing Fort, €6.50.

Meals at the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant located on the roof of our hotel.

Price: Average cost €5 per person
Our vote:

Overnight in Jaipur ··· Hotel Pearl Palace

Price: €21
Our vote:

Continues below
City Palace, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

DAY 11 ··· AGRA

Leaving for Agra stopping at the Chand Baori in Abhaneri and the fortified city Fatehpur Sikri (€6.50, Mosque free entry).

At sunset visit the park Mehtab Bagh in Agra from where you can see the back of the Taj Mahal.
If the park is closed when you arrive you can walk down a bit towards the river. Also from there you can observe the majestic palace with no one around you.

Dinner at Indiana restaurant.

Price: €5.50 per person
Our vote:

Overnight in Agra ··· Seven Hills Tower, with swimming pool

Price: €24
Our vote:

Continues below
Fatehpur Sikri

DAY 12 ··· AGRA

What to see in Agra

Sunset at the Taj Mahal, €13
Agra Fort, €6.50

Lunch at Vedic.

Price: €4 per person
Our vote:

Overnight train to Varanasi at 20.30 (14854 Marudhar Express – Mon, Thu, Sat). Class 2A sleeper €18

Continues below
Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal, Agra

DAY 13-14 ··· VARANASI

Arrive in Varanasi at 11am, quickly refreshed at the hotel and lunch at the New Hotel Broadway.

Price: €4.50 per person
Our vote:

What to see in Varanasi

Hindu ceremony on the Assi ghat
Buddhist Temples
Monkey Temple
Cremations on the Manikarnika ghat
Boat tour on the holy river Gange passing by the Dasaswamedh ghat (we have not been able to do it because the river was in flood)

Overnight in Varanasi ··· Hotel Grapevine

Price: €23
Our vote:

Continues below
Night train, Varanasi
Assi ghat, Varanasi

DAY 15 ··· NEW DELHI

Internal flight 9:30 Varanasi (VNS) – 11:00 Delhi (DEL)

Visit the Jama Masjid Mosque, €4 for the camera

Walk around the Main Bazaar of Paharganj area and dinner at Kitchen Cafe Rooftop.

Return night flight 1:05 New Delhi (DEL) – 11:40 Rome (FCO) · one stop in Moscow