Due to be travelling in India in December 2005, and need some advice on how to travel from Varanasi to Goa.
We'll be coming from Kathmandu to Varanasi and would like to spend a few days in Varanasi before heading to Goa for New Year. Does anyone know the best route to do this?
After New Year, we plan to travel from Goa up to Mumbai, around Rajasthan, and finally to Delhi for our flight home.
Not having been to India before and only just starting on my research, I'd be grateful of any opinions on our planned route, and additional must see places/must-do activities on the way.
I'm mostly stuck on the travel from Varanasi to Goa though - is flights an option? Or train? Or bus?
Would really appreciate any help as can't find any answers to this anywhere.
I'm just in today on these boards 30 dec 04. I was in India from mid oct to mid dec last year. Although my friend Janet & I came in at Mumbai, we had planned to go to Nepal & Kathmandu. We had to go to Pokhara instead because of the Maoist rebels trouble or, as I thought the guy at the border guesthouse said, 'mouse' infestation.
I left for the Sunauli border alone as Janet decided to go on one of the treks around the hills near Pokhara. We were to meet a week later at a prebooked hotel on the banks of the Ganges. You might be better off getting your tickets for Varanasi just after you get back across the Nepal/India border as I was told MY bus back to Varanasi was cancelled. Bull probably but that's India for you.
Once you've finished with this most holy of places, feel the tangible atmosphere even in the city itself. You might like to go to Bodhgaya in Bihar state to the right. This is where the Buddha gained His enlightenment. Fantastic place.
You could take bus/train south to Khajuraho to see the Kama Sutra temples. Southwest travel will take you through Ellora & Ajanta & then on to Mumbai through Aurangabad. Goa is obviously only south from there.
If you're in no real hurry, it's best to book tickets yourself as you go along or maybe book a little way ahead to be sure.
I hope this is some help
Catch a train over to Delhi via Agra (The Taj Mahal), bus or whatever down to Goa