Itinerary for a first-time traveler in India for 7 Days 0

11th Jan 20
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Harshal, Indian Travel Blogger

India is the only country in the world with a plethora of ethnic, religious, geographical and cultural diversity. You will hardly be able to come across a perfect backpacking itinerary. But this 7 Day India itinerary will surely make you get your bag and go on a vacation. Planning an itinerary especially for India is never easy, but we have made it easier for you right here!

One of the best things about backpacking India is the breathtaking vibrancy of its lanscapes. From towering Himalayan Mountains to pristine beaches, from serene backwaters to bustling cities and valiant forts. Even after incorporating such a diversity, India is still one of the cheapest places to travel in the world.

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Before leaving for India a must-do checklist & travel tips

  • Travel Insurance - Suggest is the insurance has to be taken before you start your journey
  • Local India Sim Card - If you are not carrying a global roaming sim card you can avail one local sim card when you arrive in India at Airport. Check out a detailed overview on how to get a local sim card in India.
  • Indian Rupees Currency - You can carry at least USD 500 with you in cash for a situation where the credit card or debit card doesn't work for any reason, also ideally you should NOT exchange money at the Airport. If you are thinking of carrying a multi-currency card that also its a good idea to remove cash from any ATM in India.
  • Packing list You must make easy to carry the packing list beforehand to avoid any last-minute misses. Although Indian cities offer all lists so you may not want to carry unnecessary luggage with you.
  • Sightseeing list It is better to do good research as India is a diversified country you must explore the local authentic experiences
  • Accommodation in India Hotels, Hostels, Airbnb, Homestays, Guesthouse and lot can be counted for your stay options. Having a fair idea pre hand can help what to choose and the kind of accommodation you would want.
  • Food in India This is a critical part for visitors coming to India. Here food would be so appealing that it will be difficult to resist sometime even for street food. You must eat at a safe good restaurant or street food which local recommended but not everywhere. Don't eat pre-cut fruits on the street, don't drink tap water it is not safe as it is in western countries. To stay healthy it is always suggested, if you are out to drink bottled water in restaurants & home filtered water is drinkable to Delhi belly.
  • Medicine to carry in India Even though you can get medicine easily in India by Doctor's prescription but carry basic medicines with you for stomach ache, headache & loose motion.
  • Cab or local transportation - Your arrival will happen mostly in the metro which happens to be big cities of India so getting airport transfer is reasonable easy. You can find cab booking app services like Uber in India in almost major cities, similar cab service like Uber in is called "Ola". Apart from the app-based cab's you can also book fleet cab booking services like Meru which has counters before arrivals gates book that or take a pre-paid cab. If your ride is short and you don't have much luggage you can get a tuk-tuk (3 wheeler rickshaw) also from even major metros like Mumbai.

Being a first-time traveler visiting India, it is quite difficult to figure things out. It is not sorted Western country, it's India and its sheer dynamism is quite capable to make you lose your track. The destinations are far off each other, the culture shock and crowds can be exasperating and therefore traveling here can at times be excrutiatingly painful. Even coming across the world-famous 7th wonder of the world, the iconic Taj Mahal can get tricky if you don't have a handy guide. But all of this doesn't dampers the idea that a trip to India is totally worth the effort! If India is one of your ultimate travel destinations, then you shouldn't hold back at all.

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How to travel in India for the first time?

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On your first trip to India, it is completely fine to be nervous. It is quite obvious that you know very little about this huge country, but that shouldn't scare you. All you need to do is prepare and be ready regarding where you want to go and where you want to start. It all comes down to your perception and how mentally you are prepared and open to embrace the culturally diverse nation.

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Get your copy of "#FREE Travel Guide to India" - link in bio * The town of Mandore is located 9 kilometres north of Blue City of Jodhpur. In ancient times, it was the capital of Pratiharas who ruled the region in 6th century AD. The old capital was shifted to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur due to security concerns in 1459 AD. The remnants of the ancient capital can be still found if you visit the famous Mandore Gardens of Rajasthan. The town also exhibits other historical monuments such as Mandore Fort, old Mandore Palace and Ravan Temple. * Explore the historical monuments of India; Experience the culture, tradition and heritage of India with #theindiantrip * Picture Source: @rajasthan.clicks

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A few to tips to prepare yourself for your first trip to India:

  • Be confident and just go for it.
  • If you have previously travelled in other developing country then India is no biggie!
  • India is country of welcoming folks. Even though it is important to be alert at all times, it really helps using your intuition mostly.
  • India is moderately conservative country, so make sure you follow local customs, traditions and practices.
  • An open mind would go a long way while travelling in India**

If you’re wondering where to begin your journey from, we recommend starting in South India (which is more relaxed) and working your way up north.

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You must also prepare the top 10 must things to do in India beforehand. Few suggestions are

Experience a local city walking tour

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Local city walking tours are an inexpensive and authentic way of exploring a city. If you would like to experience the culture, history, people, food, architecture, and much more then these are must do in any city you visit. The easiest way to find such tours is to search for "Walking tour of Mumbai" or "Heritage Walk of Jaipur". In these tours or excursions, you will meet a local experts who residents of the given city and know everything about it.

Experience local homemade cuisines

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Visiting India gives an opportunity to explore the local authentic food from more than 6000 cities. Indians have been using spices since the ancient times. One should explore the usage of spices, oils, ghees, vegetables, and meat products. India is also one of the biggest vegan population country in the world. Indians eat mostly vegetarian here and you will get to see a variety of dishes. Indian food is also pretty diversified and tastes change from one place to another. India has 5 main regions classification divided into North, South, East, West, & Central.

Monuments of India

India has more than 33 UNESCO recognized heritage sites. Indian monument are world-famous. Be it Taj Mahal or Baby Taj in Agra, Qutub Minar or India Gate in Delhi, history lovers and archaeological afficiandoes have plentiful to explore here.

Street Food

Indian streets offer delicacies found nowhere else across the globe. One of the best street food you should not miss is the "parathe vali gali" if you are in Delhi. In middle of Chandani Chowk, this food street offers lip-smacking tasty delight.

Visit to Palaces and forts

India has well maintained historical palaces and if you are visiting India you must not miss them. These palaces and forts not only offer magnificent historical sights but also a great place for capturing moments. Most of the palaces, forts captured images are instant hit on Instagram as well.

So as we all know how to travel solo for the first time in India, But where should you go on your first trip backpacking India? Here is an answer to that, your very own incredible itinerary:


Group Travel 7 Days India Itinerary

If you’d prefer to experience India with some travel companions, and/or have some of the organizing work done for you, a group tour of India is a great option. Group tours in India are generally good value for money, provide a good level of comfort (depending on the trip), and are a great introduction to India travel.

DAY 01: Delhi to Manali

  • You can start your journey by taking a flight or a train from Delhi to Manali.
  • On the way to Delhi, visit Pandho Dam, The Pandho Dam stands on the Beas River in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Its primary purpose is to provide hydroelectric power to the Hanogi Mata Temple.
  • On arrival you can check-in at a hotel, along with having dinner and overnight stay.


  • After some scrumptious breakfast, proceed to sightseeing of places in and around Manali.
  • These places include Hadimba temple, Manu temple, Vashisht Bath, Tibetan Monestry and much more.
  • Later, go to shop in the evening at the local market located at the Mall Road.
  • Have dinner at hotel and overnight stay.


  • After breakfast, get ready to depart for Rohtang Pass. It is situated at height of 3980 meters above the sea level. It is used as the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti Valley.
  • Rohtang Pass is closed during extreme weather conditions and so visit the Solang Valley to enjoy good ski slopes and picnic spots.
  • You can also enjoy snow sports like scooter ride, Skiing, Paragliding and Zorbing at Solang Valley. In the evening drive back to the hotel, night stay, and dinner in the hotel in Manali.


  • After having some breakfast, proceed to Dharamshala.
  • On the way, visit the Vaishno temple which is a small temple of goddess Vaishno Devi.
  • Also, check out the iconic Kullu Shawl Factory. Their embroidery and fabric work will fascinate you at all costs.
  • On the way, get some adrenaline rush by enjoying water rafting at Babeli Kullu. * Later, check-in at hotel and then reach the Dal Lake.
  • Finally have some dinner at hotel and overnight stay.


  • Early morning depart for Dalhousie. Khajjiar which is often dubbed as the “mini Switzerland of India”, is a small town in Dalhousie offering incredible and aesthetic natural sights.
  • The nine-hole-golf-course is the most popular spot in Khajjiar that is nestled amidst lush greenery and a fantastic landscape.
  • Also incorporating old temples and churches, Khajjiar is the prime destination for adventure lovers.
  • Activities like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking offer some of the best experiences of a lifetime.
  • Later, have some dinner at the hotel and overnight stay.


  • Leave early in the morning for Amritsar. After arriving, visit Wagha Border Parade.
  • Later visit the local market in Amritsar.
  • Enjoy dinner at the hotel and overnight stay.


  • Early in the morning, visit the Golden Temple. The temple is spiritually the most significant shrine in Sikhism. The temple is covered with gold foil and hence the name “Golden Temple”.
  • Later proceed to the Jallianwala Bagh. It is a historic garden that was the site of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
  • It consists of a museum, a gallery and a large number of memorial structures.
  • Later on depart for the airport and take a flight to Delhi.

This itinerary is not an ideal itinerary but a better option for first-time travelers. This trip will give you an overview of how India looks like, how beautiful is the natural habitat and how hill stations look like.

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