Hi guys, ive recently, well 4 months ago, returned from a trip around the world that lasted 5 months. it was proper good! but i had to come home and find a graduate job. having done that i am in the enviable position of only starting work in september so im going to go away again.
Im pretty sure that ill be doing some voluntary work in the North of India for about a month and then have a month or so to do some more travelling in the country, before going back to thailand again to head to Laos (didnt get to go last time).
the thing is im at a loss as to where to go in india in, say, a four week window. I know Nepal is amazing so may go there. not sure on the ease of actual travel though as ive heard that trains get booked up very early on. anyone got any tips for me?
Rajasthan is the place to be for you. Its the real India and u will enjoy it to the core. Google for Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner, Pushkar). Take a camelsafari in Jaisalmer or Bikaner, its fantastic. Delhi and Agra (for the Taj Mahal) is very near. Just enjoy!!!
Depends on which places you have NOT visited?
Or rather visited - to avoid advising them.
There is soooooo much to see and know that time flies before you
If you are in the North you could visit Leh Ladhakh if here during June
As already advised Rajasthan
Wild life in the Bandhavgarh region in central India and so on
Frenetic travel does not really help know a country as large as India. Suggest you first decide the month you will be travelling, then what kind of stuff you like seeing [historical/architectural, wildlife, natural beauty], and then get back to us. Trains do get booked early [tickets are opened for reservation two months before journey date] but you can almost always get a TATKAL ticket which is given 24 hours before train departure. I have done long distances by bus... it's not as comfy as a train, but you do get very close to the people and the terrain.
Nepal. Cheaper and less hassles than India. Amazing to be up in the Himalayas. You can go there through Sikkim; a unique, tucked away part of India with strong Nepali and Tibetan influence. And I throw in another vote for the deserts of Rajasthan.
cheers guys Rajasthan is one of the places i could end up doing my voluntary work, so it bodes well. i think i will end up staying in the north from what you have said. only been to india once before went to Goa, as thats where my dads family originates from but i was only about 15. is it easy/cheap to travel from the north to goa (rather than flying)?
You can get a train to Goa easy enough from Rajasthan, but do book it in advance as the trains do get booked up. I'm in North India at the moment, Varanasi to be precise. I've got appx 4 weeks for Nth India and doing/have done Delhi-Agra-Varanasi in a week, now I'm heading to Rajasthan for the remainder 3 weeks. Varanasi is an amazing place. Do look into coming here. It's very spiritual and the atmosphere in the Old City is really special. The ghats are amazing at sunrise viewed from a boat.