I will be visiting India for the 2nd time in December or January, but it will be for vacation instead of a work trip. I have around 12-15 days and I'm most interested in Indian food, cooking and of course visiting different cities. What will be the best option for me ?
Going solo and discover everything or my own or joining a group tour ? I have searched on internet and made a short list of places, group tours run by a few companies.I am most interested in visiting Delhi, Jaipur and Agra of course for Taj Mahal. For solo tourists, there are a bunch of food walks, cooking classes etc. arranged in different cities, but I am not sure about how to fit them in to my itinerary.
As of now, What will be good options and will it be possible to cover some other worth visiting places in 12 days ?
Is it OK if I share the name or url of the tour operators that I short listed here ? If someone has any good recommendations, please share.
Joining a tour would be a better option. One of my friends recently visited India and the places she visited were:
She visited some parts from South India as well. I don't remember what places she told. You can search for the tours.
Joining a group tour is not a good idea when you are going solo there.
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are not far from each other. you can travel alone taking your time to each spot you like most.
and when its December and January, you must visit Mumbai and Goa also
And Jodhpur and Udaipur - all close to Jaipur and on the way to Mumbai. It's quite easy to buy tickets on night-buses between each destination a day or two in advance and probably even on the day of travel.
Delhi, Agra, Udaipur and Jaipur are must visit places.
for Cooking classes you will have to consult locals who are into catering or food business.
You can visit easily Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur. These places are the best historical places. And you can also enjoy Indian food. I hope you will enjoy in this places.
Thank you very much for the replies and advice. I think I will make it a mix of group and solo travel. I have done a bot more research and found a few tour packages of interest which cover most of places that I want to visit. If someone has any idea about how good are they or have any relevant information, I'll be really grateful.
I want to visit Jaipur and Agra for sure. I have spent some time in Delhi, but not as a traveler. I will have about 10 days not including flight times. Following are some of the group tour packages that I have shortlisted.
It seems interesting because of all the amazing Indian food and their food tours in Delhi, Jaipur have excellent reviews on Tipadvisor.
Shorter tour which will leave enough time for traveling on my own and big trusted company. Cheapest too.
Seems good and covers Pushkar which will probably be nice in December.
Covers Udaipur and Jodhpur too. Is it a good idea to see so many places in this time period ?
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. Noticed you have dropped the same links on other forum sites. Sorry if this wasn't intentional. ]