Hi All, I am leaving with girlfriend for a spur-of-the-moment trip to India in August.
All I know is that I'll be spending a week in the western arriving in Bombay, moving onto to Agra and Jaipur and then a week in the South down in Goa. I have a couple of questions I hope you might be able to help me with:
How to travel inside India?
Tips about the weather would be much appreciated.
Are there any particular vaccines that I'll need? I mostly have everything from previous travels. Do I need malaria meds or is it past season?
Would like to rent a motorcycle to travel around goa. Is it safe and easy?
Any important informations would also be much appreciated, like best itenerarys, best sights and general informations.
Thanks a lot
A couple of answers:
Train or plane would be the best ways to travel within India.
It's also the rainy season so be aware of that (particularly near the himalayas).
I'm no professional but I'd say it's better to be safe than sorry with malaria tablets, remember it's reasonably warm all year round in many areas.
In Mumbai you should at least check out the Gateway of India (pretty much the central tourist area), Marine drive (chowpatty beach) which is nice for a stroll, particularly at night. Get lost in the markets looking at what they sell. Also you might want to take a boat trip to Elephanta island to check out the caves/ruins (they were damaged by the Portugese many years ago, maybe don't flaunt your nationality too much there, hehe ). You might wanna watch a Bollywood flick while your alongside the home of it, they can be pretty entertaining even if you don't know the language. Colaba is the area where most tourists stay, although even there you'll still experience the intensity of what is Bombay.
Enjoy your trip!
I think Erik has answered most of ur queries just to add a bit more
Yes, it is safe and reliable to hire a bike in Goa, that is the best option i believe.
Travelling within is best done by train though u can take the ariel if u prefer. Try to book in superfast trains and travel in AC-3T compartments which are safe and affordable too. Indian railways website (www.indianrail.gov.in) will give u comprehensive information about the train services.
I would advise u to spend some time in Mumbai, then visit the golden traingle area of Delhi--Agra--jaipur befor heading south to Goa and if u still have some time left u can explore the beautiful state of KERALA too