I'm planning to visit India in June.
I'm attending a wedding in Madras(Chennai).
I want to see the Ganges river (I know this is at the very north and Madras is at the South) and Taj Mahal too.
Plan to spend 2 weeks there with shoe string budget.
Where are the must see places?
What is the best way to travel from North to South or vice versa?
What are the must eat, must try?
Btw, I do not know where exactly Taj Mahal is but I would LOVE TO SEE IT !!!!
I know 2 weeks is a little short but I want to make the best out of it.
Need advise from yous
Looking forward to hear from you soon!!
Well as you said you are coming to india in june to attend a marriage. June is the hottest month in north india. Well in chennai or other southern cities you may not feel much heat but in Delhi and around the temperature will be 40+. But I think this will not be a hurdle for you to visit Ganges river and Taj Mahal. As the ganges river is about 2500 km (or more!) hence there are many religious and beautiful cities at the bank of ganges . Most polular are Gangotri (just from where ganges starts its journey from himalaya- very cold), Hardwar(cool weather and 2nd best) , Allahabad( sangam of 3 rivers including gages) , Banaras. These all cities i mentioned are thousands of years old and has great culture. I will prefer Hardwar for you.
If you wish to visit Taj Mahal , it is near Delhi and just some hours drive from delhi. You can go by Special Trains , Buses or by Plane from delhi.
Travel between north and south india by Air. Fare is about Rs 4000-7000.
I am sure you will enjoy your stay in india.............Aman
if you have still not booked your travel plans... i would suggest that you can see following places
Ganges in varanasi
Red Fort in Delhi
Bahai Tempple in Delhi
the proposed plan would be
chennai-delhi-agra-varanasi-delhi-to your country
2 days in delhi 1 day in agra and one day in varanasi.
if thi suits you pls send a mail across to firstname.lastname@example.org for the detailed plan.
Ifyou want to see taj mahal (which is in Agra)and baneras, where ganges flows after attending the wedding in chennai , then you can take trains like Tamilnadu express or Grandtrunk experess from chennai to Agra directly.These train run daily but you might have to book in advance as these are long distance trains and that June is the holiday season.Rememebr that all north indian cities including Agra would be around 40-45DegC!! From Agra you can again take a train to Baneras. You can complete within 2 weeks.
Alternatively if you want to see before attending the wedding, then suggest you to arrive in Delhi and visit Agra next day taking sameday trip by sightseeing bus. Then go to Baneras by train. From baneras (also called varanasi) to Chennai you can take a direct train but not everyday..seems once a week or thrice a week.
In south try Idly, masala dosa, vada for breakfast and for lunch and dinner try tandoori chicken, roti, fried prawns, freid fish...to name a few.
As i will be in Chennai in Jume, pls let me know if you need any more details.
you are very lucky to be able to attend a indian wedding in india an experience in its self. About travelling in June,it is so,so hot in the places that you have mentioned,chennai,(can,t do anything about that ,you have a wedding to go to,)varanasidon,t go is a night mare of a train journey from delhi,the fastest trian express is 14 hours minimun thats if it turns up on time,also varanasi has frequent power cuts of up to 12 hours daily so i would suggest you go to rishikesh a 5 hour bus trip from delhi which is a much nicer place than hartidwar.from rishikesh you cann take a bus to near the source of the ganges gangotri it is a nice 7=9 km wakl flat.taj mahal you can get a train at 5.30 in morning taj express it takes little over 2 hours get the train back to delhi at 5ish night time.there is nothing else to see in agra and the touts are the worst in INdia.I lived in India varanasi and rishikesh for 15years,so i know what i am talking about as a tourist,some of the comments from indian people are well meaning ,but are not quite accurate for tourists enjoy india its a experiance any other questions please ask
Thanks for your great tips and advise...
June is coming real soon! Today I received the invitation card!!!!!!!
However, this trip, I can only make it to Tamil Nadu.
I'll be able to stay for only 10 days.
Nonetheless, all your advise are great and I will keep them in mind for future reference!!!
I AM GOING TO INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!! YOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
Oopss. I missed something.
I have one important question.
I was told Malaria is dangerous in India and there's some kind of special stuff Indian use to keep oneself away from mosquito.
Can I know what that is (the name), where I can get that thingy, and how much it costs?
Appreciate you advice
You will be glad to know that this time most of the days of May, Tamilnadu had rains and even Chennai was relatively cool.Also next a few days rains are forecasted.
Regarding the mosquito repellents you will find in coil and liquid forms.The liquid in a plastic bottle gets vapourised.This has become popular in south india. Anyway it costs around 60 rupes per bottle, i think and is available in all stores.
Hope you will have a happy stay in south india.
Oh, it's raining season. then I'll have to prepare a raincoat or an umbrella
No need to carry umbrella or rain coat because as you would visit only in June, may be rains would stop by then. But if you visit down south of tamilnadu then rain coat woud be better.
one word of caution....Drink only bottled water while in Chennai.
A good news...a Malaysian restaurant has been opened in Chennai recently!!!