i hope someone can advise!
will be heading to India beginning of Feb next year for 6-8 weeks. I am a little unsure about the best way to cover the country.
my initial thought was to fly into Mumbai head south to Goa/kerala, head north up to Calcutta then head west to Delhi and fly out.
Does this seem OK? I dont really know any places to go to on the way up to Calcutta you see except maybe Bangalore and Chennai. Is it worth heading across to see these places then take a flight from Chennai to Calcutta?
Or any other route to take, maybe fly in and out of Delhi to do Rajashtan first then take the route above?
Is it best to see Delhi and Rajasthan first?
I am kinda confused?!
You could rush through India touching on the highlights in 4-6 weeks but it will be quite a culture shock. Anyway, if you are going to fly between cities, you can cut down on travel time which is a lot. Your plan and cities mentioned seems okay for a very rushed visit. I took a week travelling between three cities in Rajasthan alone and it was very rushed, so you can imagine how it is going to be for you, travelling around India.
Whether you decide to focus on some states or the higlights of round-India trip, don't skip Rajasthan though. You could add it onto the tail end of your visit from Delhi. If you can fit in the scenic drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur (via Ranakpur), it will be an experience that you will not forget.
Presuming you are here for 6 weeks i.e a whooping 48 days...
Week 1 - Cover Mumbai and Goa.
Week 2 - Train/Flight to Bangalore -> Chennai 5 hours by road
Week 3 - Take a flight/ train to Delhi
Week 4 - Rajasthan
Week 5 - Back to Delhi from rajasthan -> flight/ train to Kolkata
Week 6 - Kolkata - fly out of the country from Kolkata.
You can increase the number of days in the week as your likes and dislikes.
We advice you to
Mumbai - Kolkatta - Delhi - Rajastan - Goa - Kerala - Tamilnadu
This all you can cover in eight weeks.
Try out the details in the net with this idea.
If you want any help regarding Kerala and Tamilnadu tour mail me.
Kerala - a place rich with backwater, beaches hilstations and artand culture.
Tamilnadu - a place rich with ancient temples,monuments, handicratfs, beaches etc.
Many thanks for your replys,
we have decided to fly into Delhi, so how about this:
Delhi (Visit Rajasthan and back to Delhi) -> train to Kolkata (include a visit to Varanassi)-> Train/Flight (mammoth train journey? so probably best to fly?) -> Bangalore -> Cochin -> Goa ->Mumbai
wow... just spent 4 months in india... really... the 1st few weeks are just adjusting... then there is usually stomach sick time for everyone coming from abroad...
to be honest, i would suggest you take a section of india (it can be a large section) and get to know it in a more chilled out fashion... there is so much to know and it can be dizzying at first....
personally, i love the north... anywhere calcutta and delhi northward.... some love the south.... temps are perfect in the south in feburary and slightly cooler in the north at that time...
if you are intent on covering all this ground... spicejet.com and others have cheap flights... i´d suggest that... the long long train rides will get to ya... and eat your time... the domestic planes are cheap and efficient....
The plan seems fine except that you are missing out on the Great backwaters of Allephy and the Cultural Wonder called Madurai Meenakshi Temple. It just like skipping the Pyramids in Egypt.
Indian Temples are a must. Not the contemporary ones.Classical architecture that were built thousands of years ago.
Hi I would suggest the following:
Start from Kolkata (Spend 2-3 days here) then fly to Delhi (Spend 1-2 days) then go to jammu on the way back touch punjab & Himachal and then back to delhi. Then go to Rajasthan, touch gujrat and land at Mumbai. From mumbai go to goa then from there come to Banglore. From banglore go to chennai and further to kerala. Come back to chennai and fly back home with sweet memories.
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we have to fly into Delhi or Mumbai, we cannot fly into or out of Kolkata, so we are limited there.
thanks to everyone, things are getting clearer,i hope i am not getting carried away with what i want to fit in to the time scale.
hiknalways - sounds like you had a great time - what were your 'must sees'?