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1. Posted by julianne (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

So from what Ive heard this is probably a really crazy time to be travelling throughout India because of the heat. I will be hanging around for about 3 weeks - so Im fairly sure I'll be able to manage it.

Ive never done any real travelling before - Ive been outside of Australia once or twice, but nothing like what I believe India shall be!

Im looking for ANY advice possible.
Im thinking of the following - Mumbai - then possibly down to Goa - Ahmedabad - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Agra and then flying out of Delhi. I was hoping to use both domestic airlines and trains as a means of travel around the country - as I understand you can pick up some fairly cheap flights. Hence the trip south to Goa.

Places to stay - places to see? Im generally clueless at the moment. My time frame is fairly limiting - so I was thinking that I might be cramming way to much into too little time.

Suggestions.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

I've never been to India at that time, but I hear its pretty nasty in that heat, which gets well into the 40s. So all I will suggest is that you have a back up retreat in the mountains to escape to if it gets too much for you. McLeod Ganj is a fantastic place, and Manali is a very popular tourist desination, as is Shimla and Rishikesh.
Other than that, your itinerary looks good. One week in Goa, and then two weeks doing a pretty quick trip through the other spots.
Heading down to Goa and back can also be done on overnight trains which in effect wastes no more time that a flight during the day.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Degolasse

I've never been to India at that time, but I hear its pretty nasty in that heat, which gets well into the 40s.

I went two times to India in off-season (April to October). For myself I need to say that I have problems with extreme heat (I am born in a slightly cold climate) . But if you prepare for extreme heat you will survive and have a great time. Luckely there are many airconditioned places in India (restaurants, coffee cafes such as Barista, Cinemas) if you get roasted. In addition. On every streetcorner you can buy ice cold water or limonade....

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 6:04 AM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting julianne

as I understand you can pick up some fairly cheap flights. Hence the trip south to Goa.

Places to stay - places to see? Im generally clueless at the moment. My time frame is fairly limiting - so I was thinking that I might be cramming way to much into too little time.

India has a few budget airliners. But foreigners pay a lot more for those flights. Look on the website of spice yet or Kingfisher and try to make a reservation. You have to fill in that you are a foreigner. If you are, there is a different (and higher) tarif.

Why are you clueless. Seems like a good trip. Goa is seems little unhandy. But I guess you will manage if you take one flight from Goa to Ahmedabad or straight to Udaipur. What do you expect of Ahmedabad? (we all know who is living there;
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=33430)

I would only go for Rajasthan and Agra if I had that amount of time, though.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 6:26 AM by wouterrr ]

5. Posted by liekesys (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Hi Julianne,

We are two girls from Holland who are going to travel to India too around 14 may 2007.
We are going from Varanasi to Agra, Rajasthan and flying back from New Delhi at 14 June.
Where are you from and what date are you going to India?

6. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Julianne

The only advice I will give you is don't try and do too much. India is a massive country and travel takes a long time. Even the smallest distances on a map usually take a full day of travel when you take into account checking out of hotels and getting to and from airports/train stations/bus stations then checking into a new hotel and having a rest.

There is also a lot to see and do in each city you have listed and you probably wont want really busy days when it is over 40 degrees, so be careful not to try and see too much.

For example, I just got back from 1 month in India and spent 1 week doing Agra and Delhi, 2 weeks in Goa and 1 week in Mumbai.
You've listed possibly 7 different cities in 3 weeks, be careful your not over doing it because 7 cities could mean 7 days of travel alone. Best advice is to have a rough plan then play it by ear when you get there.

Have fun, India is an absolutely fantastic country!

7. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

hey julianne,

like ikey suggested , dont cram i too much - but i think ur itenary seems reasonable enough - ofcourse this would depend on how deep u want to go into each of these places.

Maybe u cud do it reverse - land in delhi, do the rajasthan belt.... Goa , then fly out of mumbai.... this way you move the relaxing bit to the end

May is extremely hot, but i think like another tp helper mentioned in another thread, u can always sleep through the hot afternoons and do all the sight seeing early in the mornings or in the evenings!

have fun
ps: i am also curious - why ahemadabad ?? i havent seen too many people ask about this place

8. Posted by helloworld (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

julianne,

I agree with Degolasse.
Anywhere in Rajasthan (Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaipur) would be unbearably hot maybe except for Mount Abu!
Goa too, would be very hot.

You should look at places near the himalayas and/or even the North East India; so something like Darjeeling - Gangtok - Kalimpong would be better.
If you are interested in river rafting, you could at River Teesta in Kalimpong.

Access:
There is a overnight train from Kolkatta (Calcutta) to New Jalpaiguri. And the heritage Himalayan Railway from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. Alternatively you could take the road from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.
Gangtok & Kalimpong are connected by road from New Jalpaiguri.

"Drum Bun" (Good Journey!)

9. Posted by julianne (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

All of these suggestions are appreciated. The heat is going to be a large factor for me - I may decide to put the trip off until the end of the year possibly. Im moving to London and wanted to stop off somewhere in Asia on the way - India has always been a destination of choice for me. I do come from a tropical state, so Im not completly oblivious to extreme heat and humidity, which is why I was thinking I would be able to hack it. I understand the heat is probably different, and moreso worse. I do however like the idea of beginning in Delhi rather than Mumbai - it makes alot more sense to travel down. I hear there are also some great festivals in India - perhaps I should take this into consideration when considering what time to travel throughout the country. Does anybody have any other suggestions about places I could visit throughout asia before I stop in the UK?

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting julianne

The heat is going to be a large factor for me - I may decide to put the trip off until the end of the year possibly. I do come from a tropical state, so Im not completly oblivious to extreme heat and humidity, which is why I was thinking I would be able to hack it. I understand the heat is probably different, and moreso worse.

Get up early, like 6AM. Take a siesta between 11AM and 4PM and relax. From 4PM enjoy a lovely Indian evening. There are a lot of air-conditioned places to spend some time if you are overheated. I wouldn't worry too much about the heat. I went in low-season twice and like I said before, my system is not used to extreme heat. Though, I did not have any problem during those 2 times, when I went in the hottest period. For your route it is much better to fly on Delhi.