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1. Posted by Travelbob (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

Hi,

Can anyone recommend good places to visit in India? Flying to Mumbai and making our way to Thailand from there. Will be spending about 3 weeks in India but not sure of what places to include on our travels.

Cheers,
Bob

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Hi travelbob, three weeks is not very much but you should be able to see these highlights in northern India:

From Mumbai:
Udaipur (monsoon palace, lake-palace, nice relaxed city)
Jodhpur (beautiful blue city. my personal highlight)
Jaipur (also known as the pink city (stay at hotel diggy place))
Agra (what can I say more......Taj Mahal)
Delhi (main bazar, connaught place, red fort, jama masjid mosque)
Varanasi (the Holy city for hindous)
Kolkata (great bustling city)

From Kolkata its easy to fly to Bangkok (probably US$160,-)

3. Posted by Travelbob (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

Excellent, that's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Cheers :-)

4. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hi Bob,

I did exactly 3 weeks in India last November.

I did Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Pushkar-Jaisalmer-Udaipur -> Goa (palolem beach) -> Mumbai. I travelled mostly by train, except Udaipur -> Goa and Goa -> Mumbai, which I did by plane.

If you start from Mumbai, I guess you could do exactly the opposite!

Alternatively, you could go Mumbai -> Udaipur -> Jodhpur -> Jaipur -> Agra -> Varanasi -> Delhi

The downside of this is that you would leave the "rougher" side of India to the end of the trip, which could be a bit tiring. But still worth it!

It was absolutely excelent, and I had enough time for it all, including 1 week relaxing in Goa for some beach time. But the absolute highlight was the Pushkar Camel Fair, which takes place in November and is crowded with people, very colourful, very sacred with ritual baths in the lake, etc.

So my tip would be for you to take a look at what festivals are taking place around Mumbai or northern India when you go, and maybe plan around that.

Cheers, have a great time!

5. Posted by Travelbob (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

Cool, cheers Joao. How do you mean the rougher side of India? Also can you get between all those places by train? Any idea how i'd find out about festivals?

Thanks a lot

Bob

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Google "India Festivals" and several sites will come up that list festivals thoughtout India and throughout the year.

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Travelbob

Any idea how i'd find out about festivals?

When are you going to visit India? Which 3 weeks?

8. Posted by Travelbob (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

14th Sep to 5th Oct roughly

9. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hi Bob,

By "the rougher side of India", I just mean those bustling places where you are more probably overwhelmed by the poverty, the crowds, etc. Delhi for certain is chaotic and noisy all day, and I hear Varanasi is incredibly impressive, with the crematories next to the river, etc. All this is part of India, of course, and one you should see.

Planning my trip I just decided to leave some time to really rest in the end, staying steady in one place for a while and so I had one week of beach time in Goa.

But that was just my choice, and India has so many difficult choices to make, specially if you don't have much time!

Cheers

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Quoting Joao

"the rougher side of India"

You will get used to it very quikly (as you probably now). Just ignore the touts and sometimes give a few rupees to the poor.