Hi guys, if anyone's got any advice on the below, or will be travelling around the same time, please give me a shout!
16 - Fly out of London to Kolkata.
17 - View Victoria Memorial, BBD Bagh, China Town, Jain temples.
Overnight train to Bodhagaya.
18 - Mahabodhi Temple (where Buddha attained enlightenment).
19 - Day trip to Rajgir (where Buddha preached the 'middle way').
19 - Day trips to Vaishali, Sarnath (Buddha's first & final sermon locations)
20 - Varanasi trip to the Ganges.
12 hour train to Delhi.
21 - Day exploring Delhi and visit to Agra's Taj Mahal.
22 - Flight to Mumbai.
23 - Beaches, bars, Bazaars, Reiki course and Elephanta Island sculpture.
24 - Flight to Amritsar.
25 - India/Pakistan border ceremony at Attari.
Bus to Mcleod Ganj state.
26 - Day exploring Dharamasala - Tibet in Exhile Complex, Tibetan cooking class.
Tibetan Astrological Institute, Yoga classes and Amchi doctor.
27 - Teachings by His Holiness Dali Lama.
28 - Teachings by His Holiness Dali Lama.
01 - Teachings by His Holiness Dali Lama.
02 - Ayurveda/ doctor.
Five day silent meditation retreat.
07 - Trip to Leh's Himalayan sights, Japanese Buddhist Stupas.
08 - Flight to Delhi > London.
+ Rishikesh - Beatles tour!
I don't have any experience of India and haven't heard of many of the places except the main cities, but it still seems like a huge amount to cover in a short amount of time!
Are you sure you want to only spend a day or less in Delhi after a 12 hr train ride? Very short time for Mumbai as well.
It all depends on how you want to travel I guess. If you've gone o/s before and like to spend a lot of time going from place to place with a rigid itinery that's cool, but you may want to keep some days free for a rest/organise things that may not be done/go back to or spend more time at your favourite place/etc.
BTW there's 29 days in February this year if that changes anything
I think this plan is very unpractical. You do not have enough time in each place, and you haven't taken into account the time it takes to get between each place. I don't think you will have time to see anything if you stick to this. To get from Varanasi to Amritsar taking in Delhi, Agra and Mumbai on the way over 5 days is not a good idea.
I think you need to drop Mumbai for starters, plus consider dropping a couple of other things. Also Varanasi > Agra > Delhi might save you some time, instead of going from Varanasi to Delhi first.
You should start by picking out the things you really want to do, and drop most of the others.
sounds interesting but hectic too
From Delhi ur coming to Mumbai then back to Delhi for doing Amritsar and Himachal sounds quite hectic
Secondly how u will proceed from Dharamshala to Leh, the roads are closed till June due to heavy snowfall, if u wanna reach Leh before June u have to invariably fly from Delhi and then back. If u intend to fly from Delhi make sure that u rest fully for a day before u explore Leh and its surroundings because ur body needs to be aclimatised for the high altitude areas.
Do let me know if u need more info
Hi everyone. Thanks a lot for all of your really helpful comments. It's definately made me think about a few things!
I agree that my itinery is quite hardcore, but I'm sure once I'm out there I will be dropping a few things off the list in order to prioritise what I most want to do.
That said, I did practically the whole of Mexico in a month and Iceland in a couple of weeks so I'm fairly well trained when it comes to rushing around in foreign lands. I'm travelling solo so don't want to be left on my lonesome. Best to keep on going!
How much money do you guys think will cover me? I will be backpacking and staying in budget/hostel accomadation and wont be living like a king as such.
I think I will make Leh one of my highlighted objectives and do the flight method you suggest.
I plan to take £1,000 so 77,619.19 INR.
PS. Thanks for reminding me it's a leap year, bonus!