Simply put, India is too vast and too complex a country to explore in just one simple trip. It, therefore, makes more sense to focus on one, two or even three cities depending on how much time you have. The following three-city itinerary showcases the top attractions and gems of three cities that you can cover in 10 to 15 days.
Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, which means the land of kings. The city holds the distinctive honor of being the first city of India to be planned. The city is also globally known for its colored gems that attract numerous visitors coming in flights like Indigo Airlines from all over the world.
Jaipur offers you an interesting combination of ancient history packed with all the modern conveniences of a metropolis. The city is also part of the three corners that form the golden triangle made of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi.
The story behind the Pink City stems from Prince of Wales’ visit to India in 1876. At that time, the color pink was a symbol of hospitality, and Jaipur’s Maharaja Ram Singh painted the whole city pink in honor of his guest!
The Pink City is a spectacular site to behold if you are ever in India. A backdrop consisting of forts Jaigarh, Nahargarh, and Garh Ganesh Temple further enhances Jaipur’s beauty.
Jai Singh II first established the city in 1727. The Raja of Amber shifted the capital from Amber due to a rapidly growing population and the scarcity of water. Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a celebrated architect, applied Vastu Shastra principles to design and build Jaipur.
Some of the notable things to see and do in Jaipur include:
- Amber Palace
- City Palace
- Jantar Mantar
- Hawa Mahal
- Nahargarh Fort
- Birla Temple
Varanasi is one of northern India’s most historical, beautiful and spiritual cities with the first settlements recorded back in the 11th century BC. This also makes it one of the oldest inhabited regions in the world.
Also known as Kashi or Benaras, this city is considered a holy place for Jains and Hindus. It’s also home to numerous vendors, entrepreneurs, pilgrims, families, priests, and sadhus. Spectacular scenes of devotion unfold right before your eyes in the river, against a background of stunning temples.
Some of the best things to do and see at Varanasi are:
- The Ganges River
- Banaras Ghats
- Jantar Mantar
- Statue of the Standing Buddha
- Garden of Spiritual Wisdom
As you save money for your dream holiday, make sure that you add Bangalore to your itinerary of your 3-city Indian destinations tour. The city was once called the Garden City of India and Pensioner’s Paradise due to huge green spaces.
While recent developments have reduced the green areas in the city, it’s still one of the most beautiful cities to visit in India. The city is also India’s Silicon Valley with lush green forests right in the outskirts.
Some of the best things to do and see while you are in Bangalore include:
- The Bangalore Palace
- Sai Baba Ashram
- The Nandi Hills
- The Cubbon Park
- Wonder La Water Park
- Lal Bagh
- MG Road for shopping and entertainment
Pack for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Indian Vacation
The list above can go on and on here; but if you only have 10 to 15 days of vacationing in India, you may as well make the best of the situation by visiting the three cities above. These cities best showcase the diversity, beauty and wonder of this huge, complex and very spiritual country.