Must-Visit Cities Around India in 13 Days

If you were in India, what would you do first? As the seventh largest country in the world, it’s safe to say that India is huge. There is a rich number of cultures, colours, temples and architecture allows you to rediscover India again and again. India’s iconic Golden Triangle marks a neat circuit that is popular amongst visitors. This triangle includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. If you are someone who is short on time but eager to travel across India then this is the guide for you. Here are the main six places to visit in thirteen days.

The mosque facing the Taj Mahal

Who is India best suited for?

No matter your age, there is something for everyone in India. From bustling cities to serene temples, there is an atmosphere and a pace that will best suit you. Ultimately though, India is best for anyone with an appetite for adventure and exploration. It’s a great place to be pushed out of your comfort zone and experience something new.

When is the best time to visit?

As you can imagine, India’s huge landscape means that climate varies throughout the country. That being said, October to March is generally the best time to visit. At this time, you will also miss out on monsoon season and the intense heat waves. During these months it’s cool, dry and the heat sits at a bearable temperature.

1. Delhi

First stop at your visit is Delhi. We always recommend experiencing the lush chaos of Delhi first hand. The city will suck you in to explore cuisine, temples and markets. One third of the Golden Triangle, it is the place to shop, get lost and settle in at the start of your adventure. The area contains New Delhi, the capital of India, and a whopping population of 11 million.

One of our top spot here is Red Fort, a stunning structure known for its striking red hue. It is located in New Delhi and the vast structure is surrounded by a moat. The 12th Century Qutab Minar or “Victory Tower” is another must see. It a UNESCO world heritage site that towers over southern Delhi. The tower is a remarkable piece of history that showcases the collaboration of South Asian and Islamic architecture.

We also recommend checking out:

Chandni Chowk by rickshaw

Humayans’ Tomb

Lakshimi Narayan Temple

The Raj Ghat

Red Fort, Delhi

2. Jaipur

Jaipur is one third of the Golden Triangle and is also known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the buildings peachy hue. It is home to India’s second most visited site Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’. The palace has unique architecture and visitors are able to enter the building to appreciate it in detail. In Jaipur you will also find Amber Fort, named after the signature red hue that marks the architecture.

We also recommend checking out:

The Traditional Hindu prayer ritual

Aarti at Birla Temple

City Palace

Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur

3. Agra

The final third of the Golden Triangle, Agra holds perhaps the piece de resistance of India. The Taj Mahal is probably sitting and waiting on your bucket list and now is the chance to see it. For centuries, visitors have been magnetised to the palace and for good reason. The palace is actually a tomb for the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal. You can witness the palace in its full glory by stunning sunrise or sunset.

We also recommend checking out:

Agra Fort

Taj Mahal

4. Varanasi

Varanasi is situated on the banks of the river Ganges and is widely recognised as the spiritual capital of India. Consequently, there are plenty of temples to discover each with their own unique appeal. Just walking down the streets and observing the sublime architecture is an experience within itself.

We recommend checking out:

Bharat Mata Temple

Tulsi Manas Temple

Aarti prayer ceremony

Abhaneri Stepwell


Dausa loosely translates into ‘Beautiful like Heaven’ and visitors will be able to see why. The city is located in Rajasthan and is enthusiastically Instagram-worthy.

The Galta Temple is another must see that is also known as ‘Monkey Temple’. Make sure to keep an eye out for the monkeys!

Abhaneri Stepwell

5. Orchha

The moment you step into Orccha, you will be immersed in historical fancy. In Orchha, you’ll find that it is a Medieval city preserved in original formation. Visitors will be satisfied enough with walking through the streets and taking in the scenery.

We also recommend checking out:

Fort Complex

Ancient 10th Century temples

Palace temple complex in Orchha. Madhya Pradesh. India

6. Khajuraho

Khajuraho brims with UNESCO Heritage sites and holds a bundle of 10th Century temples. Historians believe there were originally 85 temples in the area but today there only stands 25. They are dedicated to the two religions Hinduism and Jainism. Here you come face to face with erotic sculptures and Nagara style architecture. The temple art celebrates every aspect of daily life – from farmers to women applying make-up.

Khajuraho temples, famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.

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