I'm planning a trip to India in a few weeks and frankly I've no idea where to start! I have about 6 weeks and haven't yet booked a flight, so am flexible where to start/finish. Has anyone got a good itinerary they can suggest? I should point out that I am a lone female traveller, so do need to stick to safer places 'on' the beaten track (unless anyone fancies joining me for a bit more of an adventure??!!) and I don't have much in the way of cold weather clothes, so can't spend too long in the mountains. And, Lonely Planet or Rough Guide for India? I would greatly appreciate any help. Cheers!
For a first time trip to India I would suggest heading to Rajasthan and a few other spots in the North. There is so much to see up there that you'll have trouble fitting it all into 6 weeks. An itinerary also depends alot on how much time you like spending in places, and whether or not you are keen to be on the move every couple days. I suspect that since you are travelling on your own you may wish to do things slow and when you find a place that you like and that you are comfortable with, youll probably stick around for a while. Though I was in India for 6 months, my favorite bit was alll within a 6 week period and you could follow by flying in and out of Delhi. Here's was I did in 6 weeks:
Delhi 2 days
McLeod Ganj 5 days
Amritsar 1 day
Bikaner 1 day
Jaisalmer 5 days
Jodhpur 2 days
Udaipur 3 days
Puskar 3 days
Jaipur 1 day
Agra 1 day
Orchha 3 days
Khajuraho 1 day
Varanasi 5 days(easy to get back to Delhi from there)
I did this route without being too busy. Some places on this list you'll notice only need about 1 day so you can keep moving, but then some towns, especially McLeod Ganj, Jaisalmer, and Varanasi, which are evenly spread, you'll need as much time as you can spare. With this route there is also 10 days or more left out, but that's for travel time.
Hi claireh , I am a 24 year old guy from Ahmedabad , Gujarat state living with my parents and a younger sister. It is the safest city in India, especially for women, and a friendly one! Built in the 15th century it is the best example of how old heritage and new development can go together. And since you r from UK I ought to tell you that it is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. You can always look abt Gujarat in goolge search , i am sure you will come across interesting ideas. I really don’t know what to advice you regarding where to visit bcoz u r coming 4 a very short time! But what degolasse has written below is quite an intelligent way of traveling, but don’t keep sticking to only one state! You r most welcome here and if u need any help let me know!
What are u more intrested in - history/ wildlife/ partying/ mountains....
figure out and then lets plan your trip
i would suggest you visit goa and kerala, very much safer place. once you are done with these 2 places i would suggest move up to north in himilayas. and rajhistan. i would suggest you do visit mumbai too.. nothing much to see in mumbai but if you came to india and didnt see mumbai you have definatly missed something. i live in mumbai. and if you need any more information just gimme a buzz
If you planning to come in next week ( near 30 Jan ) then this is the right time to see the Colourful Rajasthan. Desert Festival is about to start ( 31 Jan, 1,2 Feb ). Also as it will be winters in Rajasthan its the right time to come there. Apart from this you can visit other places in India like Kerla...nice beautiful green place.
I am also going to Desert Fest this time so if u need any info do let me know.
Endorse Degolasse's suggested itinerary above.
And, for a first time visitor to India, Rajasthan is a great place to start.
Have a good time!
its really a tough decision were to start with in India, 'cause North and South has its own uniqueness and wonders. In north you can do palaces, monuments(its simply rich with these), Rajastan will be different experience, Himachal wil b an outstanding experience, the national parks- very rich if you are interested.,
In south you can try Kerala- a green world and you will get different experince at the same time, nature, art, culture, adventure beaches.....
Goa - beaches.. outstanding, nature
Tamil Nadu - ancient temples almost 1000 years old....
So its start with your interest, if you are coming to kerala, send messages.
hey there . . if i had 6 weeks ..would do this...but it really depends what you'd like to see...n wot interests you...India's got it all...ke lemme share my route..would like to spend more time n absorb each city...
Land in Delhi
Delhi-Agra 4-5 hour drive
Agra 2 days
Varanasi 2-3 days
Bk to Delhi - Rajasthan
To Jaipur via delhi 5-6 hour drive
In Rajasthan (Jaipur-Ajmer/Pushkar-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Udaipur) for 10 days
Udaipur to Mumbai
Mumbai 2-3 days max
Mumbai to Goa
Goa 4 days-a week am sure you will love it...
Goa to Kerala
In Kerala (Kochi,Kollam, munnar, kovalam, periyar ) for 10days
get back to mumbai n fly bk home,,,
as i said you would need specify what interests u for some relevan info...hope the above helps...if u a wildlife enthusiast ..n i mean animails..haha..can suggest a few places...
n of course thare are lonely planets n rough guides on india..
have a great trip
Thanks for all your responses, it's given me a few ideas which is good. I really want to try to fit in the Taj Mahal (just because it's a must!) and Mumbai. Rajastan sounds great too. Goa - I was there last christmas, so will probably give it a miss this time as only have a short while in India (although...it is beautiful!!). Are there other nice beaches like Goa I could visit instead with a bit of a backpacker scene?
Also, I've been advised to skip Delhi if I can help it..what do you think?
I like a good mix travelling - mountains, food, sightseeing, but mainly just soaking up the atmosphere & culture of a place. I tend to stay 2-3 nights in each place just to keep things chilled. After 3 days, I tend to get bored.
Are there any really really must sees anyone can recommend? Going to invest in an LP soon and check everything out..