I'm planning a trip to India next year for 3 weeks (all the time I can get off work!!) and wanted to know anybodys recommendations on where to go. Am planning on going October November so places that are suitable at this time of year. I know its only a short time to be in such a big country so can probably only see one region? Any help and anybodys must sees from where you've been would be a great help.
Depending on what you're looking for, you could either do Western India or Southern India. Western India would mean Mumbai, Pune, Goa and many other nearby places. Mumbai has the heritage, the culture, the museums and so on. Goa is laid back and has some really nice beaches. Pune has the Rajneesh Ashram.
Southern India would primarily mean the very beautiful Kerela, with its calm, peaceful backwaters and the very relaxed pace of life.
Do go to http://outlooktraveller.com/ and browse through their articles and archives.
I would suggest focusing on a certain part of India based on your interest. Great timing for an Indian visit and also the peak season for tourism.
(1) Relaxing and spiritual holiday: Kerala - Tamil Nadu - Karnataka (Bangalore/ Mysore) - Goa
* Kerala - Trivandrum (Kuthiramalika palace, Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple), Varkala (Sivagiri where the ashram of 19C social reformer of Kerala is and beach), Kovalam or Poovar (for relaxing by the beach for a couple of days), Ponmudi (hill resort with trekking trails) or Padmanabhapuram Palace close to Kanyakumari.
Of course the north of Trivandrum has its own attractions: Kumarakom to Allepey for the houseboat experience and in the east of Kerala - Munnar and Periyar.
* Tamil Nadu - Madurai (old temples), Ooty, Kodaikanal (hill stations), Chennai (Valluvar Kottam, Mahabalipuram) etc.
* Mysore Palace
* Goan beaches
(2) Exotic and colourful holiday: Delhi - Agra - Rajasthan (Golden Triangle): You can very easily spend three weeks in Rajasthan and have an adventurous and cultural learning experience in Rajasthan, besides tasting some great vegetarian Rajasthani food. As always, I recommend my favourite drive (Jodhpur to Udaipur via Ranakpur)
(3) Himalayas: Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal (my upcoming 2007 trip in planning): the Himalayan foothills and the Hindu pilgrimage sites (Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath etc)
(4) Blend of art and Himalayas: Calcutta - Sikkim - Bhutan (also a route that I think will be good and propose to take in the future)
Enjoy your holiday planning!
Three weeks must be enough to travel
in one of three sectors that are popular.
1)The North..Kashmir, Delhi,Agra, Rajasthan
2)The South..Kerala, TamilNadu,Karnataka and Goa
3)The East..Calctta, Darjeeling,Nagaland,Sikkim,Meghalaya,etc
Chose between these three sectors and travel less to seemore.
Often more time is spent travelling than on seeing places.
http://incredibleindia.org should help.
I would stay stick to Rajastan. There is lots to see and it's easy to make a good time efficient route from Delhi.
Try Delhi - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
I agree with above.
This is best.
I think the last suggestion (vipingoyal) is way too much stuff to see in only 21 days. With 11 places listed, that's less than 2 days per place without adding travel time which usually takes a day between places. That wouldn't make a very fun trip. Stick to one area, and don't plan on seeing more than 6 or 7 places.
hey Rach . . could advice you better if you let us know what you like to see when u travel ... is it adveture..history...beaches...SUN..temples..wildlife...etc...this country has got it all .. n 21 days ..umm is a good holiday duration but unfortunately not enough to see all... so let us know what interests you n may be then the replies would add value to your trip.
I was reading this thread of conversation about travelling for 3weeks in india and found it very helpful. Im headin there in October with 3 friends. We're all girls. Do you think we'll have any problems travelling alone? Some people have suggested hiring guides or drivers? Any thoughts???
We're still not too sure where we're going, althought the golden triangle is sounding promising!