I have wanted to go to India for as long as I can remember, I don't know why it took me so long! I think I wanted to give it a decent amount of time as it is so huge, but then just decided that was never going to happen anytime soon so picked one area and just went for it. Chris had no interest in going at all, so I started off looking at different group tours to see if I could join one. In the process, I discovered India Someday and Chris decided he was going to join me.
Unlike the group tour companies like Intrepid and G Adventures, I had never heard of India Someday, but they looked interesting so I pinged off an enquiry. Within a day or two we were planning an itinerary. They were amazing and I'm so glad I took a chance and booked with them, as they advised and helped with planning our route, put together all of our accommodation, a mixture or transport and suggested tours and activities based on our interests and budget.
We were originally going to do a group tour with them, but no-one else booked and it fell through, but they went out of their way to make sure we had an incredible holiday and sorted out a sim card for us to make sure we could contact them any time we had any questions or needed any help. They even picked us up from the airport in Mumbai and took us out for lunch. It was amazing. And on top of that their prices were incredibly reasonable.
Ojas, who was our contact for the holiday told us at the start of the trip that India had three religions: Bollywood, Cricket and Religion and it was so true!
This was by no way a luxury trip, we asked for a budget holiday. It was very real... the poverty was in your face, which I was expecting, but still. It was everything I love about travelling though, the people, the characters, the colours, the smells, the food, architecture, art, noise, heat, seeing how they live and understanding a bit about their culture... I told Chris before we left, if it wasn't good, it would be memorable and that it was! We have so many incredible memories, I can't wait to go back!
As it was our first time in India we wanted to see the Taj Mahal, obviously, and as we had limited time we thought we should do the golden triangle (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra). India Someday suggested Rajasthan and Mumbai too which we went with as it sounded amazing... Over the next week or so I am going to share our trip around India, so check it out if you are interested, but for now this was our itinerary:
Day 0: Fly to Mumbai/ accommodation in Mumbai
Day 1: Explore Mumbai/ accommodation in Mumbai
Day 2: Explore Mumbai / accommodation in Mumbai
Day 3: Explore Mumbai/ overnight bus to Udaipur
Day 4: Explore Udaipur/ accommodation in Udaipur
Day 5: Explore Udaipur/ accommodation in Udaipur
Day 6: Explore Udaipur/ accommodation in Udaipur
Day 7: Private car to Jodhpur with a stop at the Ranakhpur temples/ accommodation in Jodhpur
Day 8: Explore Jodhpur/ accommodation in Jodhpur
Day 9: Private car to Pushkar/ accommodation in Pushkar
Day 10: Train to Jaipur/ accommodation in Jaipur
Day 11: Expore Jaipur/ accommodation in Jaipur
Day 12: Private car to Chand Baori and Fatehpur Sikri/ accommodation in Agra
Day 13: Visit the Taj Mahal/ car to Delhi/ accommodation in Delhi
Day 14: Explore Delhi/ accommodation in Delhi
Day 15: Fly home