Hello to all.
I need help on planning my trip from Goa in Septmeber this year to Kathmanud. I have about two weeks to reach Kathmandu from Kerala.
My interestes lie in yoga so any suggestions in that area.
I do not want to fly straight to Kathmandu I would like to see some of India, on route to Kathandu. I would prefer to miss large cities as I am a single female and I will be traveling by myself.
This will be my first time in India and Nepal.
So any help will really be appricated.
Hope by the time you visit Kathmandu, situation there would have settled and peace prevails.
The best thing for you would be to take a train as far as possible up to Gorakhpur. Then bus journey.
Since this would be your 1st visit to india, sugegst you to read guide books about the places you wish to visit.Then you may have questions and it is easy to explain to you with suggestions.
Feel free to ask for any assistanceor help.
all the best.
citybell has given a good suggestion....If you are visiting for the first time, you should go thorugh some guide books, as you wish to avoid bigger cities, smaller cities would not offer the kind of convenience and resources you are looking for, plus Food and Hygiene are the major concerns of all travelling to India for the first time...The best would be train journey till Gorakhpur...lest the Situation of Kathmandu is under control. The train journey offers your the option to break your journey on the way of some important cities you wish to visit....and then continue further.
As far as Yoga courses are concerned, In Kerala there is a famous institute Sivananda Yoga Vedant Centre, you can search for that on the net and get info. on their course schedule.
Please check the political situation of Nepal before you enter the country.
As suggested by citibell, please read a book on India and look at a map to judge the distance. While coming from Kerala to Gorakhpur, you may visit Ajanta & Ellora (cave paintings and sculptures), then Bandhavgarh National Park (Reserve forest famous for Tiger), can also opt for Khajuraho (temples). These are not big cities, but have decent tourist amenities.
You can travel slowly at your own speed from Kerala. Kerala is further south of Goa. While in Kerala, please visit spice gardens and Periyar reserve forest.
Hope you will have a nice trip.
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.