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Trip Report

A month in North India

Travelling the North of India with a Friend

by julietteAtlasGuru Contributor

India16 days / August 2016

Highs & Lows

Don't miss on the montains region, it is amazing.

Beware of the water you drink !

Itinerary Overview

Celine, one of my best friends was living for a year in India, so before she left, we decided to take a trip to the places she didn't go to. So I arrived in Delhi, where she was waiting for me. We took an Uber directly to the train station to go to the amazing village of Agra. The train is one of the best and cheap ways to travel in India. You can choose the class you want to travel to, and it will add you more comfort if you need it. Agra is a very famous village because it is the home of the Taj Mahal. We stayed at the Taj Ganj Hotel, where we could enjoy the view of this amazing construction. We visited it in the morning with a rainy then sunny weather. This is what you can expect of the monsoon season! Don't miss the view from the other side of the river and also the Red Fort is really beautiful. We passed by the city of Orchha with its amazing temples and went straight to Varanasi by train. Varanasi or Benares, is a very well-known city where all people from different casts come back to die. We stayed in the Rajmahal Hotel with a view of the Ganja below. When you walk in the streets you may find people getting their head shaved, lying on the ground, or even carrying their loved ones to burn to the Ganja River. It is a very strong image and vibe that you will not forget but just be prepared.  You can also see people getting their ablution in the river and kids playing and jumping from the famous steps. At night, you can go on a pirogue on the Ganja River to enjoy fireworks and music with the people who are celebrating. We visited other places during this trip such as Delhi, Jaipur, Chandighar, but the one you shouldn't miss is Ladakh. From Delhi, we took the plane to Leh which is one of the highest airports in the world. Ladakh is in the Himalayan mountains, the temperature is lower and the people are really chill. We stayed at a grandmother's house, we actually found an ad in the street. The house was super cute with an amazing aromatic garden, every morning you got your hot water from the tank in the middle of the garden, with a bucket. We did several activated such as renting a scooter and visiting all the Buddhist temples or going for a three days hike with a guide to a 5000 meters high mountain top. Don't hesitate to taste the Momo's, a kind of sheep ravioli which are delicious, the local tea and bring back a lot of natural products made with apricot (oil, scrub, lip balm...) they have a lot there, and it is delicious! Enjoy :)

  • 3 Nights: Agra
    Taj Mahal
  • 3 Nights: Orchha
    Temples
  • 3 Nights: Varanasi
    Ganga River , ablutions and ceremonies.
  • 7 Nights: Leh
    Hiking and peacefull time

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Try not to pass through Delhi that many times

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I got sick but as a lot of people in India.

  • How was the food?

    Food from the street is cheap and good.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Go to the mountains !

  • Packing tips?

    Very light, India is really hot, only natural fabrics and a spear day trip back pack.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Trains and buses are really efficient.

  • Any surprises?

    People from India wants to take pictures with you all the way.

  • Booking details?

    We found everything on the internet fiew days before each locations.

Lodging

  • Taj Ganj Hotel, cheap. The room was not really clean but a great view on the Taj Mahal from the terrace.

  • Tikamgarh Hotel, bugs in the room and monkey visited the entrance

  • Rajmahal hotel, nice people, nice rooms, i got sick there and they were super nice, even called me a doctor.

  • A Grandma house, we found the ad in the street. A lot of people are offering accommodation because Leh is a very famous place for Buddhism ceremonies and hiking.