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1. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 5y

Hey.

Its been a couple of years since my last trip, though now I'm heading to India

I'm setting off between Christmas and New Year for around 18 days and I'm after some advice on Itineraries.

I'm wanting to visit the likes of The Taj Mahal and The Ganges in Varanasi so was thinking of starting and finishing my trip in Delhi. Up to now I'm looking to visit Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur though needing a bit of help with some more places. Would it be possible to get over the border and visit Nepal? Or another route which would maybe get me to the West Coast?

Any advice would be great

Thanks

John

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1827 posts) 5y

From Delhi you can take day trips to Agra and Jaipur using a local travel agent Then get a train east to Kolkata / Calcutta. You might stop off at Khajuraho to see the temples with their carvings which the puritan christians missed, so did not destroy. From Kolkata you can get a train south to Varanasi. Make sure you get up before sun rise so you can see the people washing themselves in the Ganges in the morning. Maybe then Madras?

There are a number of places to visit in Delhi. A sight seeing tour may be better than getting ripped off by taxi drivers. I don't know if they still hold it but there was a big Sunday morning market near the Red Fort. Opposite there is a temple and they let you climb one of their minaret towers which gives you a good view all around.

You will of course need a visa. Also malaria tablets and maybe injections. Boots or similar will tell you what.

3. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 5y

Thanks for that. I just love the planning stage...

I'm liking the idea of heading East from Delhi to Calcutta. I could stop off in between at Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi. Maybe getting over the border into Nepal could be fitted in too????

4. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 5y

hey john...u could probably do the following

delhi...jaipur...agra....varnasi....gaya....calcutta...fly bk from cal or fly back to delhi n fly out

think 18 days would be enough...nepal would be a squeeze.

tc
cheers!

5. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 5y

Thanks for that. That seems like a plan; Delhi to Calcutta....

Cheers

John

6. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 5y

What do you reckon... Its Agra only worth a day visit, or shall I spend a couple of nights there???

7. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 5y

day and half would be more than enough...taj mahal...agra fort and fatepursikhri ...taj is closed on friday...keep that in mind
cheers!

8. Posted by jsonam (Budding Member 31 posts) 5y

i agree with the suggestions above...delhi is ok, not much to see apart from red fort, chandni chowk...day trips to agra...fitting in taj mahal, fatehpur sikri and agra fort is good.there are taxis that will cost you approx between 150-200 aud to take you to agra and maybe another 100 aud more to show you around the places.agra fort and taj mahal are less than 10 km apart but fatehpur sikri is about 42 km from agra. with the taxi you can do agra etc in a day at a relaxed pace
from delhi you can take the bus to jaipur...spend a few days there and even try and squeeze in jodhpur, a trip to the desert etc...
varanasi is a good idea..the hindu rituals and the cremation of bodies along the banks of the ganges is a sight to behold.
not much in calcutta...but near calcutta is shantiniketan and puri beach/chandipur on sea which i found nice.khajurao is very nice too.along the west coast there are a few nice beaches..south goa--palolem and hampi in karnataka.goa as a whole is generally chilled.
south india is excellent with its diverse terrain and culture...the backwaters of kerela or a few days spent in a houseboat in kerela is excellent.going back to the north, check out ladakh-leh...excellent place too.
lots of places to see in india..but given your time schedule, i would suggest that to fly to most of these cities and fit in nepal at another time

9. Posted by Theguide (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

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