One Month In India: Our 3 Favorite Cities

 

It has over a month since we left but it feels like just a few weeks. We set off in South India and are currently in the Land of Kings: Rajasthan. India wasn't the obvious choice from where to start our year long trip around the world and traveling here for over a month only confirmed that it would become a love-hate relationship.

 Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer.

Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer.

Getting from A to B can be frustrating and take a long time if you want to stay on a tight budget. Also, now that we're in Rajasthan, temperatures are going through the roof; 40°C and up makes traveling exhausting and temperatures will only rise more in the next weeks and months. Add a case of Delhi Belly for both of us and well... you get the picture.

On the other side, we've also visited some of the most beautiful and interesting places and traveling in India is something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime. The rich history of India oozes from every crack in the walls of palaces, temples and forts. And the food -even though we need a break from it once in a while- is delicious and abundant.



 Just outside Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Trichy.

Just outside Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Trichy.

In the first month we've traveled from Mumbai to the South and from there we worked our way up North. The cities we've visited are Mumbai, Kochi, Munnar, Madurai, Trichy, Pondicherry, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar and Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. This are our top 3 cities in India so far.

In chronological order:

1. Tiruchirapalli

We loved the Meenakshi temple in Madurai but visiting Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Trichy or Tiruchirapalli was an even more unforgettable experience. It's difficult to explain what we felt while we were there. Maybe reading this will convince you to visit it... The city itself is not that memorable but if you make a visit to the South of India, you can't miss out on Sri Ranganathaswamy. Just wander in and around the temple and soak up all the impressions of Indian life.

 Inside Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.

Inside Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.

2. Udaipur

We loved Udaipur. It was the first city where we had the chance to relax because we both needed to recover from some stomach bugs we picked up in Delhi. Known as the Venice of Rajasthan the city sits in a valley and is surrounded by three lakes which makes the views exceptionally beautiful at sunrise or sunset. On top of all that, the James Bond movie Octopussy was filmed here. What more do you want, right?

 Roof tops after sunset in Udaipur.

Roof tops after sunset in Udaipur.

We actually didn't do much here but chill in the many roof top restaurants and indulge on Indian food and drinks. A must visit, though, is the City Palace where you can still feel how life as a king in India must have been 100 years ago.

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3. Jaisalmer

Famous for its camel safaris, Jaisalmer is a real desert city: dry, hot and dusty. We also came for the camel safari but were surprised to find out that we liked the Golden City more than we expected. For Indian standards, it's a fairly clean city and everything is within walking distance. Like Udaipur, there are a lot of roof top restaurants and if you're looking for a stay here, make sure you try a haveli or a guesthouse inside the Fort. It'll make your stay just a tad more special...

 Desert around Jaisalmer after sunset.

Desert around Jaisalmer after sunset.