You’ll never forget India – simple as that. There is something magical about this vast country that will stay with you forever. The cultural diversity, the incredible beauty, the rich history, the people, the smell (not always pleasant), the noise, the colours – those things will drag your thoughts back and back again to the fantastic, enthralling land of mystery once you’re back at home. From spice-scented Rajasthan in the north to green Kerala in the south – here are some recommendations for a four-week India itinerary. (AKA, the one we did – and loved – back in 2015).

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Udaipur Lake Pichola | © Crabs Move Sideways

Udaipur – a must on any India itinerary

If you’ve never been to India and are wondering which is the best place to start your adventure, you should definitely consider Udaipur in Rajasthan. Looking back at our trip, this was not only our favourite place in India – call it first-place nostalgia – but also the most relaxing place in the whole of the north. This beautifully located lakeside city has loads up its sleeve, from ivory-hued palaces to wandering elephants. We recommend to stay in Lassi Guesthouse – lovely location and the best cooking lessons with Chanda.

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Jodhpur

One of India’s desert cities, Jodhpur is also known as the blue city. It’s an unforgettable experience to get lost between the blue houses in the old town. Make sure to stay in a place with a rooftop to get a magnificent view of the Mehrangarh Fort. Oh, and if you can, get casted in one of the many Bollywood films they shoot here – we did, but that’s another story.

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Jaipur

Another one of India’s most colourful cities, Jaipur is a mainstay on any India itinerary. Known as Rajasthan’s pink city, it’s the largest in the state. it’s not really walkable, so the easiest way to get around is to rent a tuk-tuk or taxi. There are lots of magnificent temples dotting the place, with Galtaji Temple a must and the Amber Fort also right up there.



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Agra

Home to the famous Taj Mahal, Agra is one the most visited cities in India. Although the UNESCO World Heritage Site is not the only attraction going, of course. One magnificent Mughal Fort and numerous mausoleums and tombs are also worth a visit. The downside of the city is that it’s not easy to avoid the scams. Don’t be surprised when your tuk-tuk driver will tell you that some road is blocked or closed and the price you agreed has doubled. Be confident and make sure to pay the original price. Arguments are fun sometimes.

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Kochi

Located in the southern state of Kerala, Kochi can easily be accessed from the north by plane. Because of its colonial history, walking around the old town can transport you to to the cobbled cities of Europe. It’s much more laid-back than the hectic north. Head to Qissa Cafe to try some amazing coffee and cake. The Keralan Backwaters are a good idea for a half-day trip – big up the bloke who punted us around for 5 whole hours!

Munnar

This stunning tea kingdom is about 130km away from Kochi. It takes a while to get there but is worth the effort. Munnar town is located in the heart of the beautiful Western Ghats mountains. Wherever you look there are endless green hills covered in tea plantations. We stayed in Jade Munnar – the best homestay we had throughout the whole trip. (Dori’s cooking will seriously BLOW YOUR MIND)

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Palolem, Goa

We decided to end our 4-week trip with a relaxing couple of days on a beach. Goa was an obvious choice but we were not sure which town would be the best for us. Palolem is in the southern part of the state which means it’s far away from the party-orientated north. It gets quite crowded in the high season but we were heading there at the end of October, which meant we could definitely find a quiet spot for ourselves. The beach was stunning and the area around it was very peaceful. We were lucky to get a dolphin show over breakfast one morning. Move over SeaWorld.


Some would say that our India itinerary lacked the big cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. 4 weeks may seem like a lot of time but to properly explore India you need way more than a month. We decided to give the metropolises a miss to have more time to get to know other places. We will be going back.



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