Im still in the planning stages of my trip and keep hearing about places to visit i'd never considered before which is causing quite a disturbance to my itinerary! I was wondering if you can tell me if I am doing too much in a short time!
I was thinking of a trip thats 12-13 weeks going from:
India (Rajasthan and some of the more northern regions)- Thailand-Malaysia-Indonesia-Australia (Melbourne to Sydney by bus and then a flight up to Cairns)-Japan (Tokyo through to Kyoto with some stops along the way)
I have only just added Indonesia, do you think i can fit it in, if so where is best to visit i was thinking of limiting it to just 1 or 2 places max!
There is so much to see in India that you can never do it all in one short trip. The same thing happened to me when I was planning an India trip, and the advice I got was not to try to do too much in too little time. And I now agree! Do one area and save the others for another trip. I think the same goes for everywhere - if there's too much to see, the best compromise is to find one area with lots of interesting stuff rather than zig-zag a country trying to do ALL the highlights, no matter how far-flung they are! Or build some flexibility into your itinerary (book tickets that can be changed, don't pre-book too far in advance) and decide as you go.
My goodness! Fitting all that into 3 months is a big ask! I'll give a few opinions, take them on board or not, it's up to you.
India is amazing, BUT it can be a big culture shock if you have not 'travelled' before. So, for it to be your first stop....I don't know...maybe leave it to last? The majority of people that I met that did India 'first' did not enjoy it as they found it just too much. To give you an idea, I spent 3 wks in Rajasthan, Agra & Varanassi, moving every other day. It's huge and most journeys between the main spots are an overnight train/bus away.
Thailand is great and an excellent place to start a trip. Malaysia....people have mixed views. Personally, I didn't get much out of the Malaysia Peninsular, but I did not visit Borneo etc. If you haven't got much time and you're thinking just the Peninsular, I'd recommend you to leave it out.
Indonesia, Bali in particular, is an ideal stop over on the way to Aus from Thailand and there are some great beaches on the Gili Islands (just off Lombok).
I haven't actually visited Australia or Japan, so cannot comment there!