Hi again, Claire
I think you will like Delhi. After all, it is supposed to the mythical seat of power (Indraprastha) for the Pandavas in the Mahabharata so, it is a city with so much ancient history mixed with the modern city development.
I liked the Qutb Minar and the Rajghat, Gandhi's place of samadhi the best. I had only stayed there for two days so I really did not get to see more of the city.
If you like the mountains, Dalhousie and Chamba a little north to Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj) would also be good to visit.
I am trying to go all the way to Badrinath and Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal and up to Spiti in Himachal, but that alone would take nearly three weeks.
If you want to fit the above Himalayan journey into your six weeks, there will have to be a huge cut on the rest of the places you visit. Maybe, Bikaner and Kajuraho could be cut out and the time you spend in McLeod Ganj, Pushkar and Varanasi also. I don't know about Orchcha but I hear that it is also a beautiful place.
Good Luck with your planning!
My proposed six-seven week route starts in Calcutta 1st april and ends in Mumbai mid-late may:
Calcutta 2 days
darjeeling 2 days
Varanasi 5 days
Agra 2 days
Delhi 1 day
Shimla, mcleod ganj, dharamsala area 7 days
delhi 1 day
Ranthambore nat. park 3-4 days
jaipur 2 days
pushkar 2 days
jaisalmer 3 days
udaipur 3 days
delhi to goa flight
goa 7 days
mumbai 4 days
im factoring in a week or so of actual travel time on trains/buses etc as well.... literally just moving from place to place, but will try to journey overnight as much as possible.
varanasi, taj mahal (like i wanna miss that) and then rajasthan and the himalaya are my main must-visit places although i have hopefully given myself time to chill in goa too. if i need to drop goa i dont really mind.
if anyone sees this and has any advice then that would be smashing
claireh, hope this helps your plans too
In 6 weeks i did:
Goa (Anjuna for a couple of days and then Palolem for 2 weeks)
Back to Mumbai
Very easily done, 6 weeks is a lot longer than you might first think.
Am happy that Goa and Kerala happens to be in Southern India.
Otherwise, no one seems to back Southern India.
Rajasthan has Palaces. So does Mysore, Madurai, Cochin,
Karaikudi( rows of houses that are built like palaces).
Delhi has Museums. So does Hyderabad, Chennai,Thanjavur..
Himalayas? Southern India has the whole Coorg, Kodaikanal,
Tamilnadu's Temples are'nt 1000 years old. Some of them are
2000 years old as some in Kerala and karnataka.
Wildlife parks in Mudumalai, Nagarhole and Wynaad. Chennai has the
World's only National Park located in a Metro city area at Guindy.
Beaches. Yes. The Northern India's beaches pale in comparison to those in the South.
And finally, South leads the Rest in Infrastructure,Economic development, health and law and order parameters. So safer to go around.
Plz come to the Southern India..it has a pace that is slower, people who are softer and a culture that is vibrant and living..U surely cant miss out on these..
- would suggest not to skip delhi..combine delhi & agra for 3 days
- Rajasthan a must see
- Goa the slip ...if uve been tehre
- Kerala must see.. n u will get the goa like beaches too
I like a good mix travelling -
mountains, u might wanna check some places in Himachal Pradesh
food, thats every where..india is full of it
sightseeing, but mainly just soaking up the atmosphere & culture of a place. thats surely RAJASTHAN
if u a wildlife freak...u might wanna check out one of these national parks....Ranthambore in rajashtan, kanha or Bandhavgarh in Madhya pradesh
Hey! Thanks all for your suggestions. I have arrived in Delhi (hoorah!) and am off to Agra tomorrow. I have decided to do Rajasthan, Mumbai, Kerala. I'm going at my own pace as have no flight to fit in with (yet..!) and if I have time for more...I'll see more!!
Have fun, Claire and do posts your photos in the TP gallery!
hey...have a great trip...need to know or ne help in mumbai then shout..