Rasjasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh
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There is something for everyone and for all budgets. For "backpackers" and those who want to save money, host families, guest house and Indian standard hotels are often under 10€ per night. For those who want to enjoy the cost of living to be accommodated in luxury hotels or palaces, the price remains mostly in the range of standard French hotels (except for a few Palace where prices can be quite high).
Pay attention to the fact that all the destinations do not offer the same choices. Jaipur and Udaipur provide access to all types of accommodation, including wonderful Palaces. Some cities in Himalayas or smaller cities of Rajasthan do not allow to target the accommodation of high standing.
Several options are available, again depending on the desired comfort. A Backpacker may attempt to negotiate directly with Riskshaw drivers. The reservation of a vehicle for a whole day (Rickshaw with driver or air-conditioned car with driver) is a more relaxing solution.
For the most adventurous ones and those looking for high savings, Train or Bus are good alternatives. But for maximum comfort an A/C car with driver is the ideal solution. Depending on the planning and distances a mix of both solutions may be the best compromise.
A stay in India is a great opportunity for deep cultural experience. North India and Rajasthan are full of cultural attractions and monuments that worth a visit. Why know enjoying your stay in the region to experience Sari or Hennea's workshops, cooking or Hindi classes, visits in villages and handicraft workshops?
North India is also a great destination in prospect of relaxing activities. Swimingpools, Spa and other healthcare activities are available. This type of stay is also an opportunity for Yoga and Meditation initiation via classes and workshops.
A trip to Himalaya (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand) offers a great range of thrilling activities, such as Rafting, Trekking, paragliding. Discovering some cities by bike (Jaipur for example) is feasible, but beware of traffic and heat if you come in the hot period.
One of the most comfortable solutions for the traveler is to go for for a guide / driver with an air-conditioned vehicle that accompanies you for the urban journey and the visits of monuments. These guides are carefully selected on criteria including cultural and human aspects.
Budget approximation (not contractual), based on 10 days
According to our Travelers
The best period regarding weather extends from September to March. The best period regarding the price of hotels is the "low" season, from April to August.
If you have enough flexibility try to be present in India during the two big local festivals: Diwali (end of October / beginning of November) and Holi (usually beginning of March) to enjoy the festive atmosphere.
For a short stay (about a week), target for example 2 or 3 days in Jaipur, 1 day in Taj Mahal, 2 days in Udaipur and 1 or 2 days in Jodphur.
For a longer stay (two weeks or more), take the opportunity to fully explore Rajasthan through activities and workshops to probe the traditional local culture, or target the main cities of Rajasthan (Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodphur ) as well as the Taj Mahal and spend 5 days to a week in the calm of the Himalayas.
It is tempting to plan to visit one city a day. To fully enjoy your stay, take the time to discover the main cities and their atmospheres by staying a few days. This alleviates fatigue related to travel, cultural shock and possible health concerns.
We never get bored in India, there is always something going on, and it is important to take this aspect into account to better apprehend the Indian experience. There will be unforeseen events, your patience will be put to a test and some aspects of Indian culture (especially the differences between social categories) are sometimes hard to accept for westerners. But the cultural challenge is well worth the counterweight of human and touristic experiences. The price/value ratio is also a big asset of India.