My girlfriend and I we are travelling trough India from 6.April till 3.May (yes we know its not the best time to see India, but there is no other option).
So far we made a small route, because we want to pre book some trains to make travelling a bit cheaper and easier.
New Dehli 3 days
Agra 1 days
Jaipur 2 days
Jophur 2 days
Udaipur 3 days
Then further to Goa, Hampi, Kerala but for the south we dont know how long to stay where. Maybe you gives have some advice.
But for the first part are there any better routes our any ideas ? We want to do everything by bus or train (mainly train).
1. we dont want to visit Varanasi because its to far off of our route, so we save it for another trip.
I would be happy if somebody has some input about the route, days or anything which might be helpful in any certain way.
Thanks upfront :D
Perhaps The Man in seat 61 would be of help to you .. all.
Thanks but booking trains,busses or accommodation is not my concern. but still thanks ;D
It looks like you have done your research well. That's the correct circuit for Northern India.
For South.. Goa 3 days - Mangalore(optional) 2 days - Kochi (optional) 1 day - Alleppey 1 day - Trivandram/Kovalam 2-3days - Kanyakumari 2 days - Madurai 1 day - Ooty(Optional) 2 days.
I personally prefer Buses over trains. Redbus site is a good place to book buses. It is convenient than trains.
For the South of India:
HAMPI 2 WHOLE days at least
FORT KOCHI 2to 3 whole days
BIJPUR 24-36 hours Great for Islamic architecture
GOA is nice, but needs time.
KODAIKANAL 2-3 days
MANGALORE - not particularly special, although I liked it.
HYDERABAD - 2-3 days. Very interesting city
BANGALORE - only pass through it in transit if neccessary
Hope some of this helps!
Adam - a frequent visitor to southern India
With four weeks, suggest you revise your plans. India is a huge country; and if you're traveling by bus and train I don't think you'll have much time to explore given your current itinerary. You'll be constantly on the train or bus peering out the windows.
For example, there's a train going from Haridwar Junction to Agra leaving 5:55 a.m., arriving Agra Cantt 15:15. There's also one leaving 7:15, arriving 16:40. The longer the journey, the more time it takes. Suggest you consult an Indian Railways timetable, particularly since you want to travel mainly by rail. In some cases, buses might be quicker.
Suggest concentrating either in northern India or southern India. But if you want to do both, consider a flight or two. Fares are reasonable.
I have friends in India; and they note that many domestic tourists like to dart from place to place, perhaps so they can say they've been there. If that's your aim, your current itinerary would fit that bill.
India is one of my favorite countries to visit. I was there last year; and plan to be back this year.
P.S. I have friends in Austria who rented a house in Goa and spent a month there.
[ Edit: Edited on 22-Feb-2017, at 06:39 by berner256 ]
Hi I think you are being a little ambitious!
1 day Agra is OK! but the rest i would recommend adding 1 day each atlas
don't forget the heat and resulting fatigue will set in ....!
Rishikesh will be just touch and go...!!!
So depending on what you wanna see/ do... i reckon you would require more time.
May be cut out on a city and save it for next time!
The scale of the cities and distances between each is very different from Europe!
Urge you to review your timelines!
Stay hydrated and Safe Travel
I suggest you spend at least three days in Mumbai. It's one of my favourite cities in the world! It offers everything; culture, history, night life, and of course the food!!
To savour India, you have to adjust to the pace of India. Don't rush: relax, venture away from the tourist traps , and EXPERIENCE India.
Your itinerary looks somewhat rushed. Of course , it depends on how you paln to spend your time there.