The three of us are planning on going to India for approximately 35 days between 23rd April and 25th May 2007. We will fly from Heathrow into Delhi, and hopefully stay there for a couple of days. We then want to go down to Agra to see the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal (obviously). From Agra, the plan is to go down to Goa and chill out on the beaches. We have looked at Indian Rail services, but cannot work out how to interpret the site it has. If anyone has any information on travel between these places, it would be very much appreciated. Also, if anyone knows of any particularly good hostels in these places, we would be very grateful for any information on them.
Jack, Dan and Rob
The train is the cheapest and most comfortable option. There is a fast connection between Delhi and Mumbai by Radhjani express. That one takes 17 hours. From Mumbai its another 10 hours or so. Good luck
The train is the cheapest and most comfortable option. There is a fast connection between Delhi and Mumbai by Radhjani express. That one takes 17 hours. From Mumbai its another 10 hours or so to Goa. Good luck
A lot of budget airlines have appeared in India. Its cheap for locals. Foreigners (still) pay more. Otherwise the plane is a nice option as well. Especially at large distances as Delhi-Goa.
Definitely fly, much more comfortable and quicker.
10 hour trips are my limit for trains in India, it's impossible to sleep because you have the waiters running down the aisles selling food and drinks every 30 seconds (not exaggerating). It's great fun for anything under 10 hours but after that it gets extremely frustrating.
I agree with flying. Try Jetair, GoaAir, Kingfisher, Deccan - a few days in advance if possible.
I swear on overland travel. You will see a lot more, and every bus or traintrip is an experience at itself. You meet a lot of Indian people in the train. The train is a good place to get to learn the culture a little bit. I have met some very interesting people in all the Indian trains in which I have criscrossed the country. The train is also quite comfy because you have a bed. You can even choose for AC.
But I can imagine that some people have difficulties with the amount of tiring hours. It could be frustrating. Such trips take a long time but for me that makes it part of the adventure. Only if I would have very little time I would fly. But you miss a big part of your India experience by flying
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2007, at 3:36 PM by wouterrr ]