The train timings, days of operation, fare can be checked on www.indianrail.gov.in . On the home page click on the “Train/Fare Accommodation” link and type in the names of originating and destination stations. On the next page u would get a list of trains available along with their numbers.
For online booking of train tickets use www.irctc.co.in , booking of tickets open 90 days in advance. Check the fares and if it suits your budget, try travelling in AC-3tier coaches in trains, the fare of which is slightly more than the ordinary sleeper class but you will have a comfortable and safe journey.
Pl search Indian Railways on Google. There will be some sites which ask for only destination and starting point of the journey. Pl reserve your seats in advance, because Indian Rail is a very crowded affair.If you can, travel only First Class. For europeans it is quite affordable. Indian trains, their toilets, and railway stations are a far cry in cleanliness compared to European trains.
Drink only bottled mineral water.
No street food for you.
Carry some medicines (anti diarroheal, just in case) .
My wife Alka Jain can advise you in lots of detail. Her email can't be given here as per rules.
You should search with the name of destinations then you don't need train Number.
India is like an ocean. See Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.Kerala backwater is an amazing place to see.
Try staying with a family .If you need help I'll be glad to help out.
Can you help out im heading to Kerala later next month!! im wanting to do the back waters on a house boat!
as most of the msgs said...3 weeks would be good enuf time to cover Delhi, Agra, a bit of rajasthan, n goa.
would suggest u visit Ranthambore National Park for Wildlife/tiger safari ... an awesome place to be...suggest min 2-3 days stay for a good visit....if you need more info let me know.
Our itinerary is coming together nicely
nkjain, thank you for your advice, I will be travelling with a friend and will check out those books you recommended. Much appreciated!
As for Tiger trekking, can anyone tell me which if the following would be better - Ranthambore or Panna National Park? We are now looking at fitting in the Karma Sutra temples which are closer to Panna but feel we are spreading ourselves are a bit thin ... which would be best 1. time wise 2. actually likelihood of seeing a tiger?
Also, how far by car is Jaipur from Agra? Would we best just to see the Taj in Agra and the Fort and then head straight to Jaipur rather than staying overnight in Agra?
- would suggest Ranthambore NP for a better change to spot the tiger, it's a wonderful place; a must visit if ur into wildlife. However, as mentioned earlier you must have sufficient days for wildlife spotting, would suggest a minimum to 2 days (4 trips inside the jungle) for a decent viewing of wildlife, if u can do more nothing like it
Ranthambore is around 4-5hrs from jaipur by road,
jungle safari's need to be booked online in advance else u might not get seats later..holiday time would be difficult
bookings can be done form the rajasthan off site http://www.rtdc.in/ can book hotels ther too
Panna is nxt to kajhurao ... but recommend ranthambore
- Delhi to Jaipur is 277kms .... so would be arnd 4-5 hrs, ya u could just do agra in a day .. unless u want to see the Taj in the night...but i think one needs a special permission for that n it does not happen everynight
am sure u will have a lovely time
Ooty, kodaikanal, kunnor are one of the best hill stations in India
Go thru the www.indianrail.gov.in u can find train names as well as train numbers too...