First time in India. Does it look like a reasonable itinerary?

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First time in India. Does it look like a reasonable itinerary?

Iíd reconsider Mathura during Holi. India overwhelms senses for foreigners and going to Mathura during holi would up that by a factor of 10. A lot of Indians from major cities also carefully consider going to Mathura during Holi.

Its a major festival, only festival when bhang (marijuana infused drink) is legally allowed and super duper crowded. A foreigner with expensive equipment in tow, huge crowds with lot of drunk people and very different ideas of fun for different folks will frustrate you. At the very least ditch the equipment while on the street, stick to a good camera phone and maybe watch from rooftops or distance.

If its your first time in India, you are likely not prepared for Mathura during Holi.
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Second that. Here's a someone's report - http://datravelography.com/un-holi-a...uttar-pradesh/

Significant number of comments below point to this not being a unique or one time observation.
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Originally Posted by SimoneDF View Post in March 2019 I'll be in India for the first time. I'm mostly interested in taking street photos, I'll probably be around with my cameras from sunrise to late night and walk 8-10km a day
I'll be traveling solo.
Tell me again, why Jodhpur ? If you are interested in street (humans) photos - Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur before Jodhpur. Unless you want to shoot the interiors of Umaid Bhavan Palace.
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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post I went to Jaipur in 2011 and didnít like it. Then I went back last year, still didnít like it. As others have said, Iíd drop it and make better use of the day.

As an aside, Varanasi is great, but poses you a logistical problem. You could look at Maheshwar or Omkareshwar which will give you a similar experience but much more aligned to your journey.

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Omkareshwar is a total crazy blast and will definitely give you a "same same but different" experience!
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Tell me again, why Jodhpur ? If you are interested in street (humans) photos - Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur before Jodhpur. Unless you want to shoot the interiors of Umaid Bhavan Palace.
Agreed! Jaisalmer and Udaipur, both beautiful...Ajmer: it's REAL and interesting, and close to Pushkar, a small beautiful place that I really love despite all the hype, spent a month in Jodhpur, but still would go to these other places if in a time crunch (which a bad place to be when in India! )
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Tell me again, why Jodhpur ? If you are interested in street (humans) photos - Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur before Jodhpur. Unless you want to shoot the interiors of Umaid Bhavan Palace.
Because of the blue painted streets/alley.
Jaisalmer and Udaipur are too far and not well connected, especially the first. I had considered them, but I only have 9 days. Maybe on my second trip to India?
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Thanks all for your precious suggestions.
I decided to skip Mathura/Vrindavan and I'm currently working on a new itinerary
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Originally Posted by SimoneDF View Post Because of the blue painted streets/alley.
Jaisalmer and Udaipur are too far and not well connected, especially the first. I had considered them, but I only have 9 days. Maybe on my second trip to India?
I have to say Jodhpur is great for photography...
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Originally Posted by sab kuch milega View Post I have to say Jodhpur is great for photography...
I'm in agreement - I want 3 nights there next trip...minimum.
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All right, here's my revised itinerary:

Day 1 (14): Delhi
Day 2 (15): Delhi
Day 3 (16): Varanasi (flight 10.15 ó 11.30)
Day 4 (17): Varanasi
Day 5 (18): Varanasi
Day 6 (19): Varanasi --> Delhi (8.05 - 9.35) then Delhi --> Jodphur (12.55 - 14.15)
Day 7 (20): Jodphur
Day 8 (21): Jodphur
Day 9 (22) Jodphur --> Delhi (12.55 - 14.20) rest of the day in Delhi then train to Agra in the evening
Day 10 (23) Agra all day then back to Delhi to catch return flight in the evening (1am so plenty of time)
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I think it will work fine.
Consider to take the overnight train from Jodhpur to Agra on day 8 and spend day 9 in Agra.
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post I think it will work fine.
Consider to take the overnight train from Jodhpur to Agra on day 8 and spend day 9 in Agra.
Yes, this is a good plan, and a little more time in Agra is good...yes, take the train if you can! It would be sad to miss the overnight train experience also, I just love the overnight trains in India. 2AC is best in winter and I do like sleeper if it is warm enough because the window is open! And the clientele a little more varied
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March would be fine for sleeper class, and after four days in Varanasi, you will now be a seasoned pro!

Tips for a great time in Agra: don't rush through in an afternoon or partial day. Don't make one of those days a Friday or you may miss Taj. Try to go to the Taj in the morning and not on a weekend. Don't stay in Tajganj ....I can really say the touts are overwhelming and will kind of wreck the experience. The Tourist hotel is a ways away from the melee, but it is quiet and well run and close to good restaurants. But VERY budget, maybe you would like a little more comfort...Having said that about distance from the Taj, I ALWAYS procure a rickshaw driver for the length of my stay...this will save you endless hassle and you will have a good time too! Around ten bucks a day and worth it. Pick a nice older guy who will take care of you, I had a guy who had attached himself to the Tourist, he was great. Took me to visit his family also, which is also a great chance for photos if you want to get away from postcard shots. BTW, some great Taj shots to be had from ACROSS the river, the drivers all know where to take you. Lastly, go with a positive attitude, so many people go there with an "Agra chip on their shoulder"...it is an interesting place, just needs some planning, have fun!

Oh, get your hotel to pick you up at the train in Agra so that you don't waste time and energy navigating the station and touts
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I like your itinerary too But if that Jodhpur to Delhi flight is delayed like mine was, how will your Agra trip pan out? I'd really move everything up a day
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Or just fly from Jodhpur right to Agra....

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