I am visiting India in Novemeber. I was hoping to visit Mumbai, Goa and hopefully Rajahstan. The problem is that I only have two weeks. Is this realistic or am I planning too much? Also is there much to see and do in Mumbai? Would it be possible to get from rajahstan to goa easily?
There are a few things to see in Mumbai like the shopping on Colaba Road, the snacks at Chowpatti Beach, and Haji Ali's Mosque. You could probably see quite a bit in 2 or 3 days. The old palaces and forts around Rajasthan are pretty interesting, but after seeing quite a few, they all start to seem the same. And Goa is a nice place for just relaxing and doing nothing for a few days.
For transportation, getting from Mumbai to Udaipur in Rajasthan would probably take about 18 hours with an overnight train and a bus. Getting from Mumbai to Goa takes 12 hours on an overnight train. So it would take quite awhile to get from Rajasthan to Goa by train. Assuming you're flying into Mumbai, I would recommend travelling north to 2 or 3 cities in Rajasthan, perhaps Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaipur. Then you could take a cheap flight to Goa, and I think you would have enough time to spend about three days there before taking an overnight train back to Mumbai.
Greetings from India!
Here i would like to make you aware of this thing that two weeks is not enough to visit india. But as you said that you have only two weeks then you may do one thing. You may folloe this itinerary to to make this tour feasible.
Day 01: New Delhi
Day 02: New Delhi
Day 03: Agra (By Train)
Day 04: Jaipur(By Bus)
Day 05: Jaipur
Day 06: Jodhpur (By Train)
Day 07: Jodhpur
Day 08: Udaipur (By Bus)
Day 09: Udaipur
Day 10: Mumbai (by Train or by Air)
Day 11: Mumbai
Day 12: Goa (Bus or train or by air)
Day 13: Goa
Day 14: Mumbai (Bus or train or by air)(Departure)
I hope it will help you.
Thanks for the advice, sounds good. I think it will be very rushed but interesting. I am gutted that I only have two weeks but such is life. Would I be better getting a train or bus? I heard booking train tickets can be a problem in India?
Although our other 2 friends have given u a fair idea about what and where to go.
But the good news is that in 2 weeks, you can sure cover all the 3 places u want to go provided you are landing in Mumbai.
U can follow the schedule and travel to Rajasthan from Mumbai,come back to Mumbai and go to Goa ( there r no direct connections between Rajsthan and Goa)
Nearest city of Rajasthan, Udaiput will be 16 hrs from Mumbai and Goa is also around the same by TRAIN. By Air its faster.
Even if you travel by train 2 weeks are sufficient for all the 3 places.
U have already got sufficient idea from the other 3 friends about the places to visit so come and enjoy our country..
u will fall in love with us, I am sure,
I did a similar route myself last September.
I landed in Delhi, then went to Jaipur, Bharatpour in Rajasthan, on to Agra and then back to Delhi. Took about 5 days. Which is not near enough time to even touch on the place but youll get to see enough to ensure you return someday with time on your hands!!
I then took a train to Vasco De Gama in Goa. Great way to travel i might add!! Ticket type AC3 gets you a bunk in a compartment of 8 people. Which can be a great way of meeting interesting people!! Or not so interesting! AC2 and AC1 are also available. The journey took ME 40 hours. Could take you 20....or 80 !!! Its India.
Goa is a place you could easily get stuck in as its such a beautiful oasis but youll know yourself how long to stay. I then took a train, 12 hours, to Mumbai. I had 1 month but I chose to spend 2 weeks in Goa. Next time I go...i think ill stay! Hope this helps...
Hi i am from Mumbai - India
i suggest that it should be enough time you can have around 2-3 days in mumbai take a overnight train to Goa spend around 3 days in goa and take a flight to Delhi (To save time) and balance days could be spend at Delhi (2 Days)-Agra(1 Day)-Jaipur(2 Days)-Jodhpur(2 Days)-Jaisalmer(2 Days) and back to jodhpur.
Jcuk, I'm sorry to dampen your spirit but these itineraries that you and others have lightly planned are very unrealistic and I really don't think you will enjoy your time spending 1-2 days in 6 or 7 different cities.
You have to keep in mind that almost every travel day is a full day wasted, whether it be a 4 hour bus ride, a 16 hour train ride or a 3 hour plane ride. You have to take into account getting to the airport/station/stop, packing, signing out and in of hotels and don't forget delays & weariness from travelling. So if your planning on seeing 7 different cities, that's probably 7 days worth of travel to take into consideration.
Also, you have to plan your trip around their timetables, so you may want to get the 12 hour train from Goa to Mumbai at 10pm but the only train for the day may be leaving at 10am from Goa (example only), so your whole days is gone just like that.
I think you would enjoy your time a great deal more if you did a few day trips from Deli (Agra can be done as a day trip) then fly to Goa and bus to Mumbai (or something similar) Try not to cram too much into 2 weeks.
As for your question on Mumbai, for me, the best experiences I had were meeting the locals and just getting a feel for a city, try not to let the tourist attractions determine which cities you visit.
Anyway, make sure you have fun, India is a fantastic country, don't try and see it all in one visit.
[ Edit: Edited at May 25, 2006 8:47 PM by ikey ]