I am travelling to India in June with my girlfriend to fulfil a long standing dream!
We are flying into Delhi and spending 4 weeks working our way down to Bangalore from where we depart again.
I have been researching for a good few weeks and am making progress but struggle to find real hidden secrets from amazing local accommodation to hidden sights to see. We are keen to avoid the over touristy areas as we want to see the real India.
We have a plan that is slowly filling in, We start in Delhi and visit Agra and Jaipur; from here we intend to head down to Mumbai - is there anywhere in-between here you would recommend?
From Mumbai we are hoping to head into the region of Karnataka to avoid the overly commercialised Goa; any must visit beaches or places?
We would leave to visit a national park and we are looking at working down to Kerala and taking on a trek with PERIYAR ECO TOURISM (anybody had an experience with these?)
Our final section will be a trip up to Pondicherry to scuba dive (Any other recommendations of where to do this?) Then finally over to Bangalore!
We really want to find local accommodation to stay in and avoid paying to the western companies and find some really hidden secrets! I am searching everyday and will eventually stumble across some but any help is great!
That is a really a good idea sir.
you must find a local accommodation than western hotels to have a memorable trip.
But, what secrets you are talking about. If you want to explore real india then you'll have to make some local friends over there
Hello Jacob, If you want to view traditional India, you can go to Madurai , a town with 3000+ years history, and then you can view the 3 oceans meeting point Kanyakumari.
If you want an adventurous trip you can go to haunted historical town of Dhanushkodi and reach the narrow land strip where you can feel breeze from 3 sides and a touch of water from 3 different oceans at same time.
Wikepedia link about Dhanushkodi : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhanushkodi
I would not advice a local accommodation especially in northern India , with concern to safety, Apart from that you will have nice trip visiting India.
[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2014, at 04:57 by billy.nestor123 ]
andrewsmith03 Yes I figured having friends over there would be extremely useful! A hard task when the only way to do it is online! But I shall have to keep trying.
In terms of specific secrets, resteraunts in any of the mentioned places, and most of all, the thing I would like most but am struggling to find, a quite reserved, hidden beach with a beach hut on it!
Its really a amazing schedule you have planned in the places you have chosen the visit a really very awesome from the point of view a seeing real India.
I think you have made a best plan to explore real India.Best luck for your traveling and enjoy this amazing country.
Kerala: close to Periyar, you should see wild asian elephants !
Tamil Nadu: don't miss the fabulous temple-cities of Madurai and Tiruchirapalli. I also loved the city of Karaikudi with its deserted palaces.
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Sep-2014, at 05:38 by Alain13 ]
hi i am a north indian girl interested in exploring north india places such as rishikesh for river rafting and all please guide me
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2014, at 04:14 by charu2014 ]