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One month to explore India – practical advice needed!

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1. Posted by kaxlee (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y

Hi All,

I’m planning a month long trip to India (from mid-November to mid-December) and I’m looking for some sensible, practical advice.

From the UK, I’m an inexperienced traveller in my late 20’s and will be travelling with my partner. I have a basic to mid-range budget and I’m happy to explore and experience a variety of options with both accommodation and travel options in order to keep costs down (and research has given me an insight into what I can realistically expect)

From my initial research , I would love to spend time in both North and South India, but understand that will a combination of both appreciating what an area has to offer and planning travel around the country; a basic itinerary needs some careful thought

Is it feasible to look at spending time in across many key places across the country, or do I need to skim this down to just a couple of key areas?

It was suggested that I fly into Delhi, explore there; and potentially move around to other areas of the country from there. I do understand that I will need to make sacrifices to where I can visit, in order to practically get from one place to another, and appreciate where I am without having to move on after a day or two.
I am purposely not suggesting any places on this forum that I want to go (as every area of India has something I would love to visit) and no doubt after I have been on this trip I will be booking subsequent trips to explore more of what country has to offer.

I’m a blank canvas and would love some of your experienced advice on what my trip could look like. Also any general feedback or tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance everyone!

2. Posted by NicoleMcDonald (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

I guess it all depends on your budget. If you can afford to fly from place to place you'll be able to fit a lot more in. If not then probably best to focus your trip on a few specific places. We were planning a 3 week India trip to combine the golden triangle, Mumbai, Goa and Kerala but after trying to plan transport from place to place it became obvious it would have been just too rushed. We're just doing the golden triangle now and will do South India in an extended trip next year

3. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 526 posts) 1y

It's best to focus on an area or two. Go online and take a look at some tour itineraries to get an idea of places to visit. Rail journeys aren't expensive; but they are time consuming. Flights will allow you to cover great distances at reasonable cost. Jet and IndiGo are preferable to Air India. Hiring a car and driver is an option you also should consider. Some hotels and hostels can help make arrangements. Try a mix of transportation ... rail, car, flights, etc. Check my previous posts. Hope this helps.

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5. Posted by poojaboard (Inactive 6 posts) 1y

I am from India. It all rest on your budget. If you can pay to fly from place to place you'll be capable of to visit more places. If not then maybe best to focus on a rare exact places. In India many travel services available and they provide you best facilities , travel guidance , transport also.

6. Posted by anjali365 (Budding Member 15 posts) 1y


When it comes to India, the country has plenty to offer in terms of tourist attractions. If you will be touring India in November and december time, then you can always head to Himalayan states to catch the glimpse of beautiful snow-capped mountains. And yes, going to South India is also a great option.

For accommodation, you could easily find good budget options. And for travelling, you can always take overnight buses from one place to another. Also, if your budget allows, you could always go for taxis and flights.

7. Posted by Natalie89 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Hi! I'm so excited for you because India is AMAZING! I would fly into Delhi and have two days to explore before going to Agra by train in the morning to see the Taj Mahal. You could probably leave Agra that day but it depends what you want to do really. I would then go to Varanasi to see the river Ganges and then ld recommend jaisalmer and pushkar before flying or getting a train down to Goa for a week or so to relax on the beach. because trust me you will need it! You can get an overnight bus to a place called hampi which is just beautiful and magical! Then end in Kerala!

That will take up a month and be amazing, although you will miss out the north north like Darjeeling etc.

Good luck! :)