I'll probably be getting to India around November 2005, on the return leg of my trip and I'll probably have about 6 weeks. I'm finding the idea of it quite daunting, although but hopefully by then I'll be a much more experienced traveller.
I'm looking for some advice on an itinery. Since its such a huge and diverse country I'm obviously not going to be able to see all the best bits, so would rather pick one or two areas. At the moment I fly into Chennai and out of Mumbai. However I'm thinking of changing my flights to Delhi so I'm further North and can explore Rajasthan, as it looks like a beautiful and fascinating area and I've heard good things from other travellers. Are there any other areas that I could easily fit into six weeks as well, or would I need more time?
Well, Clara, I'll be heading to India for 6 weeks too (in Feb). I'll do a lot of things!!
Go to Kolkata, Varansi, Delhi, Agra, Srinagar (Kashemir), Leh, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), Khajuraho (the Kama Sutra temples) and some others, also going to Nepal and Tibet...I hope I'll have enough time!!
From what I've seen on pictures and internet, Rajasthan really looks amazing!!
I can tell you if my itinerary is good or not when I get back!
At first I was looking at Goa and Kerala, however I figured by next November i will probably have seen a lot of beaches and perhaps be keen for something totally different, hence heading north to Rajasthan. If I had time i'd love to do both... But I suppose if like India enough i guess I can always start saving and go back there someday.
Thanks Michelle- It'd be great to hear how you find India. Hope you have a fantastic time.
Rajasthan seems to be the choice of the seasoned travellers to India
Many travellers go to northern aras such as Delhi, Rajasthan,Agra etc and don't visit the southern india due to ignorance.In India every state has its own beauty and importance and it is a pity that many skip beautiful southern India where you come across to experinece actual culture, the architectural marvel of the temples etc.If you miss the south,you haven't seen India.
Many travellers go to northern aras such as Delhi, Rajasthan,Agra etc and don't visit the southern india due to ignorance
I don't know if ignorance is the best word, Citybell- Although maybe you're right in that an inexperienced traveller like myself is more inclined to head somewhere they've heard more about from other travellers.
I'm sure the South is great- But as you've said- each state has its own beauty in its own way, and India is a big place, so it'd be hard to visit both North and South in a short space of time. Gotta start somewhere eh?
So perhaps I'd have to go to the South another time if I get the chance!
Hey, I have read your emails and I'm in a similar situation, I'm planning to go North of India in August 05. Reading guides and Internet there is so much information of this huge country that is difficult start to plan a trip and some advices could be great. Anything I find out about beautiful and exotic places I'll post them here. Right now I'm planning to start the trip in Dharamsala, over there settled the refuge Tibetan people and home of Dalai Lama, from there I'll start to move towards Calcutta.
It is true that India is a vast country and each state there is country itself as distinct and different from the rest. Considering the fact that a traveller who comes to India may not be able to see the whole in a trip it is always advisable to make the best out of the trip by prioritising the places.
In India North India has definitly some historic places.but quite backward and not clean while South is more beautiful, clean and highly literate area and with high cultural heritage. So to get the best I would suggest:
Visit the Golden triangel: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in the shortes time possible and head for Goa by train and spent two days max there and then to Kerala, the tru beauty of nature..One visiting India should never this state..which is highly literate..and neat, clean and naturally one of the beautiful places in the world ( Ref: National Geographic Magazine website). You would find this tiny state..entirely different from the rest of the country and closest to the west in all kind of facilities!
how long does it take by train to get from the North to the South?
Is it better to fly? I have a friend who keeps going back to Kerala because he loves it so much. I'd really like to go to...