A friend and I are travelling to India in October/November for 5 weeks. We are doing a tour for 22days that starts in Delhi and ends in Calcutta.
Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how to spend the last 2 weeks of the trip. We are flying out of Mumbai and want to visit Goa but were wondering about the best way to get there. How long do you think we should spend in Goa?
You can spend a week or so in Goa. October November are good times to visit as monsson will just be over and it will be lush green. Also hotel rates will be a lilttle on lower side.
Getting there from Mumbai (Bombay) is quite a breeze. There are Aircondition Private transport (14-18 hrs) to Budget and National carriers to choose from like trains, AC Volvo Buses etc. For ground travel your hotel can help and for air travel - Google for GoAir India, Deccan Airlines, Kingfisher Air.
You can also plan a jaunt to Gokarna which is near to Goa.
Hope this helps!
You can add the project tiger reserves to your iterinary. Kanha, Pench & Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves are in the state of Madhya Pradesh and are reachable from Jabalpur.
October and November are the very good period to visit India.
Have you picked up the places to visit during your 22 days?If not pls select with help of a guide book.
In Goa tourists stay for weeks, some months and some for years!!!
So i suppose you could stay there for a week exploring Goa.
You can reach Goa from Mumbai by air, train or bus bus.I suppose you can reach by ship too..(not sure though).
If you can name the places of visit,then memebrs can suggest.
I would say head straight from Calcutta to Mumbai and spend you two weeks in Mumbai, Goa, and Hampi. You could easily spend a week or two or three in Goa and not get tired of it if you are beachy person. I spent three I think without complaint. But I would say spend just over a week, and then head to Hampi for three days, and spend two day or so in Mumbai.
Alternativley, fly from Calcutta to Trivandrum, and spend a week or so going through Kerela, and then a bit in Goa, and out of Mumbai.
Good to hear abt your travel plans. The posts posted by fellow travellers is correct and good. Also if you are visiting calcutta then you can tell me the dates then i can help you in getting accomodation and can help you as a friend and take you through the city if i will be in town till then. Calcutta also has some amazing places to visit so come prepared. Also from calcutta you can take Air Deccan to Mumbai it works out very cheap and you reach there fast too. Also you have direct flights from calcutta to Goa.
Let me know if i can be of more help
Going by train from Calcutta to Goa would be the easiest way to get there, but it could take as long as about 60 hours, so you would want to make a stop along the way, and the train from Goa to Mumbai takes 12 hours. If you wanted to take trains, you can find the right ones and make reservations at http://indianrail.gov.in/ Otherwise, you could fly there and save some time. Airline tickets can be found at http://www.jetairways.com Keep in mind that November is the busiest travelling time of the year in India because of the Diwali holidays, so you need to book tickets in advance.
Nice to know that you will be visiting India, welcome home and especially to the God's Own Country(read Kerala for those who are lost).
If you would like to travel from Kerala to Kathmandu and visit Goa as well it will be best to start either with Kerala or with Kathmandu as this will help you in reducing the travelling time.This again depends on how much time do u have, if you have say a month and if you are going to be here in September i would suggest you start with Kerala,then to Goa in a Air conditioned Volve bus and from there to Kathmandu.Goa to Kathmandu, you can travel by road,train or flight depending on the time that you have.
If you enough time i would suggest you to trave partly by bus and then by flight to Kathmandu as train travel is not such a great option in some areas of northern india as far as safety is concerned.
If at all you have any queries i would be more than glad to be of any help to you as iam a native of Kerala and have travelled extensively in motorbikes through the length and breadth of India.Regarding Kathmandu i am afraid i wont be of much help to you as i have never been there.
Sorry for posting a wrong reply in your thread,please ignore the earlier post i have done.It was meant for another traveller from Scotland.
Anyways if you have 2 weeks of spare time in Inda i would suggest you to cover Goa n Kerala as both are fabolous places.
If you have any queries or would require any help for making your travel arrangements please let me know.I would be more than happy to help you out in whatever way possible.
Would you like to travel further to the the North East India where you find virgin beauties and one horned rhinos etc. etc. Great to travel in Nov - dec.