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India: How long to go for, and where to start and end

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1. Posted by yaakovdov (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

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Hi all. I've almost finalised my plans for a 12 month world tour, but I need to make some decisions on my final destination, India. How long do you reccomend I stay in India (possibly with a visit to Nepal too if you reccomend it)? I would like to see the variety that India has to offer, so I presume that this would mean going both North and South. Where is a good place to fly into and out of to give myself a good chance of visiting some great and varied places? I'm aware that India may be too hot before October, so I'm currently thinking of ending my tour at the end of November - so is all of October and November too long or too short? Thanks

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

2 months is definitely not too long in India. There is so much to see and things move very slowly sometimes, so you can easily fill several months on a first trip.
If I had 2 months and wanted to see a bit of variety, I would spend one month in Rajasthan and breifly in the Himalayas at McLeod Ganj and maybe Manali. Then I would take a week to head to Varanasi and maybe Khajuraho along the way. Then I would head straight down to Kerela for two weeks and finish with a week in Goa. If possible, I would fly into Delhi and out of Mumbai.

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Yes India has a lot to see and many spend several months there. I would definately recommend Nepal, you'd only need to spare 1 week or so (plus a few days for trekking even if you only remotely like it).

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

Quoting yaakovdov

Hi all. I've almost finalised my plans for a 12 month world tour, but I need to make some decisions on my final destination, India. How long do you reccomend I stay in India (possibly with a visit to Nepal too if you reccomend it)? I would like to see the variety that India has to offer, so I presume that this would mean going both North and South. Where is a good place to fly into and out of to give myself a good chance of visiting some great and varied places? I'm aware that India may be too hot before October, so I'm currently thinking of ending my tour at the end of November - so is all of October and November too long or too short? Thanks

As erik and Dego said India is big country and not possible to see in short span of time but I think you can cover all India tour if you have desire to see north and south but a lilttle fast mode....it will take atleast 80-90 days.

if you like i will send you the details of tour.....sorry this is not business ad here:))

thanks

5. Posted by sunhimalay (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

October and November are amazing days to end your tour in India. You may like to Spend October in North starting from delhi visiting Amritsar, Dharamsala, Manali and perhaps doing a trek in the Great Himalayan National Park as its really amazing to trek during that time. Then you may move upto Delhi and Rajasthan going to Jaipur, Udaipur towards end October and finally moving to Kerela and Goa towards November. Orissa is also an amazing destinnation for spending november especially Puri, Konark circuit.

Cheers

Ankit

6. Posted by yaakovdov (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

Thanks for all the replies people its been great. At the moment it looks like I should consider flying into Delhi and flying out of either Mumbai or Goa. I'm still thinking 2 months maybe as it may be hard going, although people are making me tempted to maybe extend that slightly. Is 2 months enough time to do Delhi to Mumbai or Goa while fitting in Nepal aswell? Any more opinions are more than welcome!

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

Quoting yaakovdov

Is 2 months enough time to do Delhi to Mumbai or Goa while fitting in Nepal aswell? Any more opinions are more than welcome!

It might be little tough but u can fit in Nepal too if ur running short of time. If ur flying into Delhi, spend some time in the golden triangle area of India(Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) and then u can take an overnight train from Delhi to Varanasi and spend a couple of days exploring the holy city of Varanasi and taking a boat ride on the holy Ganges river. once ur done with Varanasi depart for Gorakhpur by a day train which would take around 6 hrs

From gorakhpur u can reach the Nepal border at Sonauli in 2 hrs by bus, where u can complete the visa formalities and take the bus to Pokhara and Kathmandu from the Nepalese side of the border. this is the best overland route available to Nepal.

While returning back u can also fly from Kathmandu to Varanasi or Delhi and from there mumbai can be reached by either train or air. Explore Mumbai and Goa and if u still have time left, i would advise u to visit the beautiful state of Kerala which also has a golden traingle which is not to be missed( Munnar--Alleppy--Thekkady)

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

cheers
Arif

8. Posted by Archieq (Inactive 6 posts) 8y

Hi,
Check the Indian Airlines 3 week pass (you can hop on and hop off) - to see major cities in India. Time saver.

If you want the rail experience (lot nicer), buy an Indrail pass. Kerala (south west India) has monsoon rains till September/October. so does Goa. Not the best season, but you can get discounted hotel (off season) rates. East coast monsoon starts in October. Chennai - well worth the visit now. Bangalore - the IT capital of India.

If you get an Indrail pass and a big map of India - you can map your route.

If you dont have an Indian passport, you can book tickets at the special counters (usually in bigger train stations) to avoid the queue. Again, smaller stations might not have a queue - :)

Good luck and shubh yatra.