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Please help me with itinerary in India Nov. 26 - Dec. 16.

Travel Forums Asia Please help me with itinerary in India Nov. 26 - Dec. 16.

1. Posted by stacypat (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hello, all. As a longtime professor of religion (generalist), my dream of visiting India is coming true. I will fly into Delhi on Nov. 27, and out on Dec. 16. But what do I do? My initial plan is to stay in the Delhi area for a few days, then visit the Punjab where I have a contact, then maybe travel by train or air to Mumbai, and then get over to Bangalore before returning to Delhi. I am on a limited budget but do travel light. Please, any suggestions on a travel itinerary and/or ways to find reasonable housing?

Thank you

2. Posted by riverine (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Hi stacypat. Given that you have limited time, I would suggest sticking to Northern India, especially as you're flying into Delhi. There is a well worn travel route starting from Delhi that goes through Agra and Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer) and you will find accomodations aplenty. While Agra and Rajasthan are spectacular for the monuments (Taj Mahal, Rajasthan's forts and palaces), as a religion professor you will probably find Varanasi fascinating as the birthplace of Hinduism. This is also an easy trip from Agra. Amritsar in punjab will be a good next stop, and you can visit the Sikh golden temple there.

I would say that such an itinerary: Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Jaipur/Jodhpur - Amritsar - Delhi would give you a good mix of culture, religion, history, daily life and countryside. If you still have time then Mumbai is worth a 2-3 days visit to see bustling Indian metropolitan life and colonial architecture. I wouldn't necessarily venture into the South on a tight time frame, though if you fly to Bangalore you could squeeze it in.

Hope this is helpful!

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

Riverine has beautifully planned the itinerary, i mostly agree with him/her.

I also would suggest u to concentrate on North india and then flying into Mumbai and also vist Goa, Bangalore and Mysore which are more or less in a straight line, then u can fly back to Delhi

4. Posted by stacypat (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks to both of you. As it turns out, I booked a flight from Nov. 22 to Dec. 21. My initial plans are to stay in Delhi a few days, then up to the Punjab and Amritsar for a few days, then back down to Agra, and if time allows, over east to the Ganges/Varanasi area. Then a flight to Chennai or Bangalore and a week or so in the South, then back to Delhi and home. Unreal? Likely. Let me know, if you care to, what you think.

5. Posted by foxysardar (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Stacy i am little surprised that your trip does not included rajasthan rest seems fine specially amritsar which is my fav place to visit. The most beautifull people in india live there :)

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

Quoting stacypat

Thanks to both of you. As it turns out, I booked a flight from Nov. 22 to Dec. 21. My initial plans are to stay in Delhi a few days, then up to the Punjab and Amritsar for a few days, then back down to Agra, and if time allows, over east to the Ganges/Varanasi area. Then a flight to Chennai or Bangalore and a week or so in the South, then back to Delhi and home. Unreal? Likely. Let me know, if you care to, what you think.

It is very much possible.... If u intend to visit Varanasi, it is better to take a flight from there to Mumbai and then proceed southwards and u can return back to Delhi from either Bangalore/chennai

If ur running short of time in southern india, just concentrate on goa, Bangalore and Mysore

Hope this helps:)

7. Posted by Kuku (Full Member 56 posts) 8y

Well, the itinerary given by riverine is good enough. I won't recommend you to Goa, Bangalore etc. if you really want to experience those places. Yes, if you want to just mark a checkbox for completing a formality then go ahead.
Two months back I have visited Goa for 10 days and it wasn't enough to know the place fully. I'll go there again.

Stick to north India. Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Varanasi etc and you won't realize how the time flies.

One more thing which no one has mentioned... it'll be winter time in north India in all the above mentioned places.

Have a nice time.