Hi all, I have 16 days in India before meeting my wife and kids in Goa for a further 3 weeks. I fly into Delhi on the 11th November and was planning to do the Golden Triangle for 7 days but then not sure where to go from there. I need to be at Goa Airport for the night of the 27th November so will have around 9 days to get from Delhi to Goa. Any ideas or help appreciated!
I have done a trip similar to yours.
I would suggest you to add Manali and Amritsar in your plans.
Relax on your first day in Delhi.
1) Visit Manali first then to Amritsar. Bus service is available. There is an Airport in Kullu, if you want to avoid the tiring bus journey of 16-18 hours. But the journey includes awesome views of Nature (Winter Time). You can spend a couple of days in Manali if you like hill stations, snowfall, and nature. Amritsar can be done in a day. But take up Amritsar only if you are okay to travel a long distance.
2) Come back to Delhi, relax for a day or two, include sightseeing and shopping if you like. Keep in mind, luggage is a burden to any traveler :p
3) Travel to Agra in Bus or Taxi or Train. Taxi is costlier. Travel time is around 5-6 hours on Road. Taj Mahal can be done in 3-4 hours maximum. Staying in Agra for the night is optional. But I wouldn't suggest.
4) Then travel to Jaipur. It will be around 4-5 hours journey in Car. It will take a couple of days to cover Jaipur.
5) Travel towards Mumbai. Udaipur is optional if you're taking train or bus.
If not, enjoy the Mumbai city life and sightseeing areas for a couple of days.
6) Proceed to Goa (26th), so that you can comfortably receive your family without any last minute rush.
Always relax in between, most of the travelers suffocate themselves by planning the trip without any proper stops to relax. There's no fun in that.
This is my opinion. Soon you will receive more inputs from our fellow travelers
Have a wonderful time, Don
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Feb-2016, at 04:15 by Vorion ]
You have options. One might be to travel after the Golden Triangle to places such as Khajuraho, Orchha and Gwalior.
If time is a factor; and you need to cover great distances, consider flying. Fares are reasonable. I like and use Jet and IndiGo airlines.
Sometimes it's worthwhile to hire a car and driver. I've done so in southern India, Madhya Pradesh and Assam.
I'm returning to India in June, flying into Delhi, then to Amritsar; and traveling overland through Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Kashmir. The journey includes the Zanskar and Nubra valleys.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Feb-2016, at 10:04 by berner256 ]