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1. Posted by M.A. (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

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Hi everyone! My boyfriend won free tickets to India (yay!). Neither of us know much about the country and are trying to figure out where to go. We'll be there for about 10 days in early August (monsoon season, I hear). We fly in and out of Delhi. Does anyone have recommendations of where we should go and what we should see? Will the rains interfere much?

Thanks

2. Posted by sudip33 (Full Member 2 posts) 8y

monsoons won't be much of an issue, unless you want to travel to the mountains. it will be a great time to go to the deserts. one can happily plan a trip to Rajasthan which is not far from Delhi but a good ten days can be consumed over there. you can also go to Madhya Pradesh another state which is comparatively dry. let me know if you have something specific in mind. things you would possibly wished to see in India.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

You should visit Agra (Taj Mahal), Jodhpur (a beautiful blue city with a huge fort) and Jaisalmer (known as the golden city, also with a big fort, in Thar desert). Dont waste time in Jaipur, its nothing much compared to the other cities i mentioned (although other people would think otherwise). Delhi itself is also extremely interesting with the old city part, although it can be kind of intimidating for a first time India traveller). 10 days is still not much but it is doable if u plan it well.

4. Posted by aqua11 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi

Good for you. I think you would enjoy the trip since India is totally diffrent from the west and the part of the country you come from.

India is vast big and diverse and totally diffrent from the western perception. Each part of India is diverse in culture and terrain and hence no single place will give you the total representaion of the dicversity of India.

Since you are planning to arrive in Delhi and your first time you can plan for Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan. Being a first time visit you will enjoy the visit there since the infrastructure and facilities are equiped for western tourists. August should not be a problem to visit Jaipur.

You could see around Delhi , Agra ( TAJ MAHAL ) and then plan for Jaipur which you could spend a week and return back to Delhi.

As in all places there are good and pbad people and you need to be alert and cautious of unauthroised touts. English is widely spoken and understood.

You could browse the net for Jaipur and rajasthan and plan in advance.

Have a good time.

Aqua11

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

I would agree with everyone else that Rajasthan is the place to go. It is the monsoon indeed, but Rajasthan is mostly desert and sees little rain even at that time of year. When I was there in August it was overcast and hot most of the time, but I can't recall a single drop of rain.
For the most part I agree with wouterrr's itinerary, but I do fear that 10 days is too short to go all the way to Jaisalmer. A shame since it is the highlight of the state, for me at least. But maybe you can work it in. If you do decide that Jaisalmer is too far, I would suggest......
At least a day in Delhi, and a day in Agra to see the Taj is a must. I agree that Jaipur is not fantastic but I think it is worth one day (or at least a half day) to see Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort. After that, you could consider instead of Jaisalmer, visit Pushkar. Pushkar is a place that many people hate, and many, like myself, love. So I think it's a good option. Another option is Udaipur which I think is the second highlight of the state and slightly closer to things than Jaisalmer.
So basically, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, plus 1 or 2 of Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, or Jaisalmer, which ever ones interest you the most and fit best into your schedule.

6. Posted by rajuindia (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

You should do the most exclusive part of NOrth India as follows:-
Delhi - Mandava - Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho (kamasutra temples) - Varanasi (Ganges) - Delhi.
Best wishes.
Raju India.

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting M.A.

Hi everyone! My boyfriend won free tickets to India (yay!).

So lucky u people, maybe some day i will also win some free tickets

As Dego and Wouterr mentioned Delhi--Agra--jaipur are must. Each of these places are separated by 3-4 hrs of travel by road/rail. Then u can also explore other beautiful cities of Rajashtan, like Jodhpur, Ajmer, Pushkar and Jaisalmer if possible.

Rain will not be an issue as Rajasthan does not receive much rainfall. Since ur on a very tight schedule i will advise u not to spend more than 2 days in any city

Do let me know if u need more info about any specific place:)

Cheers
Arif

8. Posted by Harry668 (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Quoting M.A.

Hi everyone! My boyfriend won free tickets to India (yay!). Neither of us know much about the country and are trying to figure out where to go. We'll be there for about 10 days in early August (monsoon season, I hear). We fly in and out of Delhi. Does anyone have recommendations of where we should go and what we should see? Will the rains interfere much?

Thanks

Congrats on your free ticket!!

You already got many good suggestions for the trip .I would like to add something more in it.
As you have less time to make a tour to India though you can cover some most excited places of India.As mentioned by earlier Delhi and Agra(taj) is must see places even can't think of avaoiding this.
Now further I would like to suggest you move further either Jaipur,jaisalmer and Jodhpur or you can move Varanasi,Bodhgaya,Nalanda and Rajgir.

Varanasi is very nice place and famous for ganges and temples,Baodhgaya is Mecca for Budhist and many old Hindu temples...Rajgir has many things as temples(Hindu,Muslims,Jains and Budhists) ,ropeway forests and hot water springs....Nalada has old world famous Nalanda university remains and now again Nalanda University going to be started by 2009.you can see the India's 1st digital library at Nalanda.....:(

Hope this helps you if need more info please write me

9. Posted by jitub (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hello Dear M.A., First I would like to Congratulate you both on winning the free ticket. Now as you say that you will fly in

and out of Delhi, I would like to suggest you first to visit Delhi, the Five Thousand Year "Young" City of Inida. There iare

3 indian cities famously known as tourist triangle of India .Three must see cities of India are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Delhi is a city of Phenomenal Past and a Bright Future. It is the Capital of India. The city has tremedous political,

historical and economical importnace for India. The life never stops here. You will see a lot of Historical Monuments here.

dont forget to tantalize your tastebuds with the tempting, mouth watering food of Delhi. As you have 10 days in hand you can

stay in delhi for 3 days.
Then you can come to Jaipur the Pinkcity of India and nearest neighbor of Delhi. Visiting Jaipur is like reliving the bygone

era of Royal times. It is like seeing a huge piece of art comprising of various artistic works.. You will feel that you are

revisiting the royal history. In jaipur you will find lots of historical monuments, museaums, palaces, temples, forts etc.

Here you can see the perfect marriage of artistic beauty and architectural craftsmanship. The Jaipuri Art is the perfect

concoction rajasthani and Mughal schools of art. The intricate designs, minute mirrorwork, compelling architecture and

stunning display of collectibles and weapons are sure to leave you spellbound The people are very helpful and cooperative.

The First Properly planned city of India is three hundred years "Young" with its vibrant culture, colorful clothes, a past to

be proud of and a bright future to be sure of. In fact teh HIghest canon of the Worls is in Jaipur (Jaigarh). Other

Attraction Includes Markets of Jaipur/. Jaipur has a specialized Market of various items such as books, food items,

clothes/redaymade garments, shoes , handicrafts etc. dont forget to shop while in jaipur .Here also you cna stay for 3 days.
Then you should head to the most Romantic city of India, Agra. there also you wills ee a lot of historiccal monuments. But

the main attraction is TajMahal. Built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, this unique, unmatched piece of

beauty is as attractive as a moon in the dark sky. Filled in White Paint this is something out of the world.
All the above mentioned cities are best, mustsee cities of india for a First Tie Visitor. If you want us to plan your tour

If you would ahve given your email address in the thread then it would be easier to mail you and let you know much more about India.

10. Posted by Maneck (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

CONGRATULATIONS
I am jealous....n also surprised there is some truth to these competitions...!!!
With the time constraint ya theres a limit to what u can see....
Most people have given suggestions that i agree with .

Delhi has some a lot of history and culture... a lot of old buildings ... n a pretty good night life... n of course shopping
Jaipur Agra etc are smaller cities have a lotta interesting buildings probably less entertaining night life if any and some shopping....

A few tips
BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE WATER YOU DRINK
use only bottled water , even to brush yur teeth... n avoid ice in yur drinks (unless u in a fancy place)

Learn to say no to hawkers
Its a new country and a new culture go with an open mind...you will love it!!!
Its a warm hospitable country respect its people will love you.
Safe travel