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
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
Overnight in New Delhi ··· Hotel Metro Heights
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
Overnight in Mandawa ··· Hotel Heritage Mandawa
DAY 4 ··· BIKANER
Leaving Mandawa for Bikaner (4h).
What to see in Bikaner
Junagarh Fort, €4
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
Overnight in Bikaner ··· Maharaja Ganga Mahal
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.
DAY 6 ··· JAISALMER
What to see in Jaisalmer
Fort Palace, €4
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.
Overnight in Jodhpur ··· Geeta Mahal
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
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
Overnight in Jaipur ··· Hotel Pearl Palace
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
Overnight in Agra ··· Seven Hills Tower, with swimming pool
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
Overnight train to Varanasi at 20.30 (14854 Marudhar Express – Mon, Thu, Sat). Class 2A sleeper €18
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
What to see in Varanasi
Hindu ceremony on the Assi ghat
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
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