North India Itinerary, 2003: Delhi- Jaipur- Agra- Delhi- Haridwar- Rishikesh- Mussoorie- Delhi- Jhansi- Orcha- Khajuraho- Varanasi- Delhi
The Golden Triangle Tour is a very popular way to explore Rajasthan. Usually departing from Delhi, the tour takes in Agra (the home of the Taj Mahal), Jaipur (the pink windy city), and can also include Udaipur going further south and east.
Off the beaten track you might want to consider going north up the Ganga river or river Ganges, to Rishikesh (a favourite haunt of the Beatles back in the day), and Haridwar, home of this giant 100ft Bronze Siva statue pictured below. Continue even further north, past Dehradoon, you will eventually reach Mussoorie “The Proverbial Queen of Hill Stations”. Despite the dizzying height, the views across to the Himalayas, and down over the tree- carpeted Doon Valley, are unparalleled.