Mirror Hall, Amer (Amber) Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

West To East India Trail Itinerary

West To East India Trail Itinerary
West To East India Trail (3 Weeks)
Desert To Ancient Ruins To Culture To The Road Less Traveled

West To East

3 Weeks

New Delhi — Jaipur — Jaisalmer (&  Bikaner) — Jodhpur — Udaipur — Ajmer — Pushkar — Delhi — Rishikesh — Varanasi — Bodhgaya — Kolkata — Darjeeling — Mirik — Sikkim — Delhi

* Apply for the Sikkim permit online, or you will have to stop at the border and get one

Day 1: Land in New Delhi. Night at Pahar Gunj (for budget travellers).

Day 2: Check out Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Night Party at Hauz Kauz Village

Day 3: Depart for Jaipur (prefrable 6:45 am Shatabdi Train; arrive in Jaipurby 11 am). Accomodation around MI Road area. In the evening walk down MI Road and drink the Lassi at Lassiwalla

Mirror Hall, Amer (Amber) Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Mirror Hall, Amer (Amber) Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Day 4: Start your morning with a coffee at Indian Coffee House at MI Road, followed with a trip of the monuments, forts & palaces of Jaipur. End the evening at Nahargarh, drinks at Padao

Day 5: Spend the day with your camera, go for a stroll into the old (walled, pink city) if you dare. Just watch life happening, eat samosas/pakodas, and drink chai at a street side stall. Window shop at Hawa Mahal. Overnight train to Jaisalmer

Day 6: Arrive at Jaisalmer. Stay at one of the many permanent tents at the sand dunes in the Thar Desert. Sunset camel safari, followed by drinks in the desert. Catch the passing Banjara Nomad musicians and have yourself a folk music in desert evening

Day 7: Travel to Jodhpur. Spend a night at one of the Palace Hotels/ Haveli_home stays

Amber Fort, Jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur

Day 8: Explore Jodhpur. Visit the Blue City and Jodhpur Fort

Day 9: Travel to Udaipur. Enjoy the lakes – Pichola, Fathesagar, City markets

Day 10: Read: UDAIPUR

Day 11: Leave for Ajmer. Check out the Durgah before heading to Pushkar,11 km away. Over night at Pushkar

Day 12: Early morning trek (45 min) to temple of Savitri Devi on the hill, the wife of Brahma, who sits gazing down upon her husband’s temple in a rage that has lasted centuries; Check out the various Ghats of Pushkar during the day. Visit the temple of Brahma. Try the Falafel at Doctor’s Cafe. Avoid Bhag Lassi. Overnight at at the Peacock House Guest house. Read: Pushkar unveiled for the Backpacker

Day 11: Travel to Delhi. This is the mid point of your journey. The West India trip ends here, and the East begins. Do a back to back DelhiRishikesh bus if you can manage it

Banjaras performing for us at Jaisalmer Desert
Banjaras performing for us at Jaisalmer Desert

Day 12: Arrive at Rishikesh. Head to Ram Jhula. Stay at the Bombay House. Explore Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, meet the painted gods, cross the bridges on River Ganga, meet a baba, let life happen

Day 13: Stay at Rishikesh (because you will want to). Check out the many small river beaches of Rishikesh. There is a tap outside the Bombay House that runs Ganga Jal. Enquire around, but this is safe to drink. Ganga Jal is infused with minerals, and is very good for health

Day 14: Train to Varanasi (Benaras). Arrive at Benaras, go to Assi Ghat, stay at the Om Guest House

Day 15: Visit the Shiv temple, hang out at Assi Ghat. Dinner at the Pizzeria @ Assi Ghat. Overnight train to Bodhgaya (Gaya)

Day 16: Arrive at Bodhgaya. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple at the famous site of the Bodhi Tree where Buddha allegedly attained enlightenment or moksha. Overnight to Kolkata

Day 17: Arrive at Kolkata (Calcutta). Overnight at one of the over priced, insanely shabby guest houses at Sudder Street. Morning coffee at the Indian Coffee House. Overnight train to New Jal Paiguri (NJP)

Day 18: Shared Jeep from NJP to Darjeeling (2 hours, Rs 200). Arrive at Darjeeling, find a guest house at the market road, visit monasteries around, and the town square. Eat mandarin oranges here. Overnight at Darjeelng

Day 19: Shared Jeep to Mirik. Arrive at Mirik. Overnight at Mirik

Day 20: Shared Jeep to Gangtok (in Sikkim). Obtain permit enroute, if not applied before. At Gangtok, check out the mall road. Overnight at Gangtok

Day 21: Back to destination

 Hope you enjoy the trip itinerary. For customized itineraries for experiential travel, contact me.

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