Hi, I've been volunteering in Bangalore, South India for the past 4 weeks, next weekend a friend and I have decided to travel around India for 2 weeks. I have to end in Mumbai by July 14th and she has to return to Bangalore, can anyone reccomend a realistic route for this time of year??? We've already seen Hampi and Goa, we want to go to Delhi and Mumbai but other than that, we're quite open.
Thanks for any help.
you could do any number of things in two weeks, thought much about Rajasthan? theres some awesome places to see there like Jaipur I can also recommend Pushkar really cool little town nestled in amongst some hills. You could also do a camel safari, that was one of the best experiences I had in India, I know its a kind of kitchy thing to do but you cant beat sleeping out under the stars and getting freshly cooked beautiful local food. I can recommend a quality guide if you want to do that. Theres also the foothills if you're going up as far as Delhi you could continue on up to Mcleod Ganj and Manali and do some day treks...
anyway, happy planning!
I totally second mim's suggestion of going up to Manali and Dharmshala.
Rajasthan would be amazing but it's gonna REALLY hot at this time of the year. It's WAAAAAY better in winter. Hope this helps.
Pranav is right in suggesting that Rajasthan would be terribly hot now.
I would suggest you to take a flight from Bangalore to Delhi. spend a day or two in Delhi.
From Delhi move to shimla
shimla to manali. also spend some time in the beautiful Solang Valley which is just 15km from Manali.
Then from Manali u can consider going to Leh. This year due to less snow the land route to Leh has opened much earlier. Just book the Himachal tourism bus from Manali to Leh and enjoy the spectular landscape as the journey unfolds. The bus has more foreigners than Indians. The Journey is long and tough with an overnight halt in a tent in the beautiful valley of Keylong, but still u reach fresh and refreshed in Leh.
Once u reach Leh u have 2 important excursions....one to Nubra Valley and other to Pangong Lake.. the road to Nubra valley passes through Khardung-La, the highest motorable road in the road at almost 6000metres. Pangong lake at an altitude of 4200m is a beautiful lake which is 120Kms, half of which is in India and the rest in China.... Apart from these there are numerous trekks available ranging from 4 days to a month
while returning back u can take a flight from Leh to Delhi and then to Mumbai
Do let me know if u need any more info
Two weeks is really not enough to go to the North you'll waste a lot of time in trains and buses and there are so many fantastic things and places in the South! Go to Badami (there is a bus connection with Bangalore) a stunning little village with amazing landscapes, fantasic people, few tourists and beautiful cave temples. There is also Hampi with so many things to see in and around, go to Ajanta and Ellora to see the most fascinating cave temples - I can guarantee you'll be delighted. Mumbai (Bombay) is also a great place to explore. With buses in the South you can get everywhere, travelling is easier than in the North.
Best of luck in discovering Inia
Two weeks is really not enough to go to the North you'll waste a lot of time in trains and buses and there are so many fantastic things and places in the South!
Alex has already seen some of south india, like Hampi and Goa, hence i recommended him to explore the north, moving up from delhi-shimla-manli-leh.
I totally agree with u that there are some beautiful places to explore in the south and travel is much easier and hassle free.
I must say u have nice pics in ur profle, especially of the castle and the catherderal.
Hi. I recommend staying in the south after Delhi. There were a couple of places i thought were worth seeing. One was Mysore in the south. There is good silk to buy there and the palace is quite fantastic. It lights up once a week at night. Unfortunately i can't remember which night, but i think it was a saturday or sunday. You could also try the backwaters from Kollam to Alleppey. It takes about a day on the boat, but it was really really relaxing. From Alleppey i took a bus to Cochin 2 nights there. You can then fly back to Bangalore quite easily using Spice or Kingfisher airways. I've added some pictures in my gallery if you want to take a look
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You could also try the backwaters from Kollam to Alleppey. It takes about a day on the boat, but it was really really relaxing. From Alleppey i took a bus to Cochin 2 nights there.
Kollam to Allepey stretch of backwaters is my favourite too... U can just sit and relax on the boat while it moves slowly in the serene waters. Very relaxing indeed!!!
the boat usually makes 2 stops..one for lunch and then another one for tea. The lunch served also is good, the local kerala cuisine with rice and sea food.
You have enough time to visit Rajasthan and Agra, where you can easily spend your 2 weeks vacations joyfully with your partner. Here at Rajasthan you can have joyful ride of Camel safari, horse safari, elephant safari, visit over forts and palaces, monuments, museums, etc. And at Agra you have one and only symbol of love TAJ MAHAL. Here at Agra you have more places to visit that makes your holiday an unforgettable one. Both the places are very cool and the hospitality is comparatively cheaper. One more thing why to visit Rajasthan and Agra, as both the places are very near to Delhi at a distance of around 4-5 Hours run by Road. Here at Jaipur in Rajasthan you can also have daily flight service for Delhi and Mumbai.
Wish you best of luck for your vacations. Whenever you need any kind of help, i am always here to suggest you.
[quote=Ansheel]You have enough time to visit Rajasthan and Agra, where you can easily spend your 2 weeks vacations joyfully with your partner. [quote]
No doubt Rajasthan is a nice and colourful place, but it will be too hot for alex to handle.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 2, 2007, at 3:54 AM by arif_kool ]