I intend to take a career break in March 2008 and go travelling by road across India for a couple of months.
The plan is to travel from Goa to Ladakh by road and then fly back home via Delhi. Along the way, i plan to criss-cross through Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Kashmir.
It seems the way things are planned at the moment; it will take me about 60 days to get back to Goa (57 days up by road - 3 days down by air with a 2-day stopover in Delhi), as i do not intend to spend a night on the road throughout the journey. The intention is to make a film of my travels, that focuses on the common man, the unseen and unheralded Indian who lives a rather nondescript life. For this purpose, i want to stay close to the common man as much as possible, which means i will be traveling by public transport and sipping tea at roadside stalls and chatting people up at public squares.
I have slotted in enough off days in places of interest where i hope to explore the place a bit more than normal ..
I'm just curious to know, if this is a realistic plan! I m flexible when it comes to the route, but i m not so sure i can be flexible beyond a week or so, when it comes to the time.. If ever i lag behind, i guess the only option would be to skip some places and catch up with schedule.
I also need to consider getting into Ladakh after June 1st, which means i begin somewhere towards the end of April. Unfortunately, the temperature especially in Rajasthan will be stiflingly high. So there is some trade-off dilemma as well.
For someone who has never travelled alone, this may seem a little far fetched and dreamy, which is why i would like seasoned travellers to tell me what they think.. Will i be able to get back on schedule, and as planned in one-piece?? Or is it too dreamy a plan? and asking for too much?