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i will be arriving in delhi on December 16th at night and leaving back to the states on the night of January 6th. Traveling with my 2 brothers. ive traveled extensively just never to india. i recognize that its a large country and obviously i cannot cover a lot of ground. also, i dont want to run around crazy where i cannot enjoy my vacation. could someone please shed some light on a possible 3 week itinerary? would it be possible to fit a flight to goa on this short vacation for 3-4 days? thank you and hope to hear from you guys soon.
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Three weeks should give you enough time to see Goa, but it's peak season so start looking for hotels now.
What sort of stuff do you want to see?
Rajasthan is the obvious choice from Delhi. Maybe 10 days heading to Udaipur via some of Agra/Jaipur/Ranthambhore/Jodhpur. Flight from Udaipur to Mumbai. Train to Goa, then back to Delhi to get a flight out.

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Hi, your question is quite open ended, as in India there are lot of possible experiences. Do you like mountains, or beaches. Cultural, heritage, Religious shrines, mosques, temples, old India or rural india or even wildlife. What really is your preference. If you narrow it down then you may get better responses.
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Around Delhi - you can opt for the hills or the golden triangle (as is known popularly) i.e. Delhi - Agra - Jaipur. If you like hills then you have hundreds of options to explore - it all depends what is your preference.

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i would like to spend a couple weeks up north to see temples, get a taste of indian rural life, and the obvious tourist attractions. i heard jaipur, agra, udaipur, and varanasi are the places to go. its too confusing reading all of the posts bc it seems those with 3 wk itineraries wanna run around and see 15 places. also im not familiar what the path/sequence would be. i dont wanna be on buses or trains for 3 wks, every single day. i like authentic places but also would like to see what people feel are "musts" when visiting the north and then i would like to fly to goa and spend a wk down there. im 28, i like culture and sight seeing but im not interested in writing books about temples, so for others seeking to see an abundance of temples and historical sites would definitely be overkill for me. i like beaches, diving, bars, etc but dont wanna go to india from the states to sit on a beach for 3 weeks, especially since i live in miami and a beautiful beach is a 10 minute drive from my house. could someone propose a quick plan for the 2 wks up north and a wk in goa? would one week be spent entirely in goa or also in surrounding areas? thank you for the help. the 5 minutes it takes an experienced india traveler to come up with something for me takes hours of research on my own. im in medical school at the moment, so it has been quite difficult constructing something. thanks again
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wanted to add a couple things: not interested in wildlife or staying extended periods of time in metropolitan areas
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I agree with Hal - spend your time first in Goa, then fly to Udaipur. Quieter places in Rajasthan (which by the way will be really nice weather for you for your dates - not hot, not too cold) are Mt Abu - Ranakpur - Jodhpur to see the Fort - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - quiet places in Shekawati region e.g. Mandava. Jaipur is the busiest of the lot but has some good sights if you are interested in palaces, forts etc. If you can fit it in after Jaipur , Pushkar is also good. After this head back to Delhi.

You can do all this in a fortnight. As for temples - they are in all places but spectacular ones are at Mt Abu (Dilwara temple) and Ranakpur. The Jain temples inside Jaisalmer fort are worth a look too. Pushkar has many - some more elaborate than others.
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If interested in temples spend a day in Brindavan (I usually drive from Delhi in the morning and return back in the evening - believe me it is not hectic as it is only 120kms from Delhi). Nothing worth the architecture like what Aishah mentioned but the aura around the place is just amazing. Or try something in Almora - it has some very nice sights - not just the hills but the architecture as well. Some places worth visiting are Jogeshwar complex and Sun temple.
Though myself never been to Varanasi but it is obviously a place to be seen. With no one able to trace back its origination it holds special place in everyones mind. So many places from history and loads of temples. If at all you are interested in buying Indian Sarees then Banarasi silk is world famous anyways.

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i did a trip to Rajasthan and Madhadya Pradesh (Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho). One option is delhi-agra-gwalior-orchha-khajuraho-delhi-rajasthan.

You can get off the tourist trail, even in touristy cities by going to the regular parts of the city and not a touristy part of a city. If you are going in December-January, watch out for fog--not that much fod in the w. areas of rajasthan, so that might be a good option to spend more time in (such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer)
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how is this?

1. Arrive in Delhi and spend two nights (Qutub Minar, Red Fort-Old delhi -Chandni Chowk (gurudwara, etc.)
2. Overnight train to Varanasi. Spend two or three days there.
3. Overnight train to Agra. See Taj Mahal. Anything else to see in Agra? Should we spend the night, another day, or leave the same night?
4. Take a day train /drive to Jaipur. 2 days in Jaipur: (Amber, Jaigarh, Nahargarh, also Gaitor. Old city - Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, etc.)
5. Overnight train to Udiapur. Spend two or three days there. What are the most popular sites in Udaipur?

*****Someone mentioned that Khajuraho is not to be missed. Is this place place worth a visit and where would it fit into the itinerary mentioned above? Is a drive to Chittorgarh from Jaipur on the way to Udaipur worth a visit? What about Jodhpur or Jaisalmer?*****
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The fort in Agra is very good, as is Fatehpur Sikri which is 40km out on the way to Jaipur. Viewing the Taj from across the river is also nice. An overnight stay may not be bad: see the Taj from across the river and the fort on the day you arrive, then go to the Taj really early in the morning to avoid the crowds and head on to Jaipur.

If there's 3 of you you could consider a car and driver for the Rajasthan leg. It gives you a lot of flexibility.
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are jaisalmer and jodhpur worth a visit?
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I think so! Jaisalmer is quieter than Jodhpur and no air pollution - google both for a look at what attractions are there. Jodhpur's fort in my mind is one of the best in India.
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I too have heard that the Fort in Jodhpur is worth visiting.

I think it may be possible to Fly Jaipur to Mumbai ?


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You can also fly Jodhpur to Mumbai - daily flights there.

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