I'm really keen to visit India for the first time this August (unfortunately it's the only time we can go... I know it's rainy season).
We're hoping to spend around 15 nights there and we're hoping to visit at least 3, maybe 4 destinations.
We would love one of those destinations to include a wildlife or nature reserve, if there are any open at that time of year?
Where is the best city to fly into at that time of year? and what areas can we travel to nearby?
Many thanks in advance for your help,
Personally I would fly on Delhi because Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal (in Agra) is nearby. I don't know a lot about wildlife reserves but the Sunderbans south of Kolkata boasts a healthy wildlife including Bengal tigers. So eventually you could fly on Kolkata as well. Kolkata (Calcutta) is an interesting city and worth spending a few days. Using Kolkata as basis is also good if you want to visit some sacred places such as Bodh Gaya (buddhism) and Varanasi (Hinduism). Hope this helps.
many thanks in advance to choose india as your destination. well you are right august is rainy season. so avoid east india there are lot of problems because of rain at that time. so avoid landing in kolkata. take new delhi as your destination to start with. as it is capital of india so you will find a lot of flights.
most of willife parks are closed during rainy season how ever i will try to find some for you in couple of days.
visit AGRA( most important for TAJMAHAL ), KHAJURAHO ( for its world heritage temples and nearby KANHA WILDLIFE SANCTURY, a tiger reserve.), choose one or two destinations in nearby Rajasthan. and your trip is done. as Rajasthan does not have much of rain fall so you will not face any problem regarding that.reply again for more information and do visit our national web site www.incredibleindia.org, run by Government of India.
thankx and gud luck.
Delhi is first and best choice.Just near Taj when you enter in Rajasthan there is Bharatpur which is famous bird sanctury and towards Jaipiur you find Sariska,you may be lucky to see lion.Rich culture ,history and above all pushkar.
Hi, 15 days is a good time to see Rajasthan with Agra (Along with Delhi). There are many things that you can see durning these 15 days trip. You can visit more then 10 most beautiful destinations of north india. please let me know if you want to do that i will rope the destinations and send it to you.
If you like I can put in an itinerary for you. I suggest, you arrive into Delhi and cool your heels and get over your jet lag. Spend at least a couple of days which will help you to get used to your suroundings spend time knowing and seeing Delhi although could be hot and humid and then move on.
You can also make Delhi your base or transit Do you want to use train journies or cheap flights, both are available?
Start by visiting Agra. Either take a train super fast Shatabdi or hire a car for the entire trip which eventually is very useful if you can afford.
If using train then the next day go to Jhansi for onward by road via Orchha to Khajuraho, where you have the most beautiful errotica temples. It is like poetry on stone, a wonder.
After this options are
1Take a flight to Varanasi
2 or return to Delhi and then on to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranakpur temples and Udaipur.
Train to Mumbai, Goa.
or train to Delhi and on to Amritsar and then into the hills in Dharam sala, Mcleodganj.
Read on Leh Ladhak the highest mountain ranges in the world.
Best time to visit when you are here. This area only opens from June to October, so see if you want to go there.
Let me know and we can go further from there.
Sunderbans is dismal for tigers in the monsoon and Kanha is closed. Suggest you land at Delhi and do the usual tourist spots. Sanctuaries within easy reach which will be open are Keoladeo NP(Bharatpur, Rajasthan), Madhav NP(Shivpuri, MP) and Karera WLS(Shivpuri again). I think the Desert National Park out beyond Jaisalmer would be open too .
Thank you so much for the replies. They have been really helpful in thinking where we want to go.
We have decided to stick more or less to 'the golden triangle' We're planning to fly in and out of Delhi, taking in some of Jaipur and Agra. What is the best way to travel from Delhi to Agra and on from there? We both drive but I hate driving in other countries as they usually drive on the right hand side, and we drive on the left. I usually find public transport more relaxing! (but if the car is much handier for getting places I can put up with it )
Mayaroy - your suggestions sound great but I think we'd like to stick to a smaller area and see it well. Hopefully this won't be our only visit to India!
I will check out the sanctuaries suggested...
Finally apart from Delhi as our first and final base, where else should we stay on our way? We don't like to spend a lot of time in big cities, preferring smaller towns and countryside. We also don't want to be moving every day. It would be great if you could suggest 2 or 3 bases on our journey from Delhi through Agra, Jaipur and back to Delhi where we could spend 3 or 4 nights at a time!
Thanks again for the advice!
My vote for a place to stay for a few days is Pushkar. A magical little town built around a holy lake. Get out of the town for a sunset from the water tower, hang out at the lake edge at twilight and people watch or do a camel safari. If you don't like cities then you may not like Jaipur and you really won't like Delhi.
Don't drive, take the public transport-a more authentic, slightly less harrowing journey
About travelling, do not think of driving by yourself, better to take the luxury bus or trains. I agree with ghostdog that Pushkar is a wonderful place. In Rajasthan, you can also visit Mount Abu.