1st time to INDIA (8 DAYS max)

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1. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

1. Any tips for 1st timers to India ?
2. Most likely going to Oct/nov. is that a good period ?
or when is the best time to go ?
3. I can't make up my mind which capital cities to go.
Any suggestion ?
I would like to see the scenaries, culture-temples/shrines, trying local top-notch delicacies, checking out stuff that you can't see in Singapore, rest & relax.......
I have got 8 days (max) to spare. hope to squeeze in as much in 8 days! If you have an draft iternary that is already being planned out, it would be fantastic !

Thanks !

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ariqu,

1: be prepared for total chaos, take your time to get used to this.
2: oct/nov is normally a good period. Its just after the monsoon rains (it could be raining till half october). The best season to visit India is between november and february (no rain and not too much heat)
3: In the state of Rajasthan you will find everything you mentioned within short distances.

hope this helps,

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I agree with wouterr!!

Be prepared to be hassled endlessly, the best way to take this is to be relaxed about it!
Take light modest clothing I did and got along fine

8 days as you know is not long you dont want to spend a lot of your time travelling from place to place either eh? so Id reccomend picking just a few places, Rajasthans a nice idea or maybe west coast? Goa etc...?

happy planning! and please dont hesitate to ask anything else


4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I also agree with the above posts. Rajasthan is the best area to see a lot in a relatively small area. Also Agra and the "Taj" are not far away. So you could start in Delhi and be close to Agra and Rajastan.

5. Posted by abhi6227 (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Dear Ariqe,

Greetings form India’s Invitation!

I am glad to receive this wonderful opportunity to provide you information about your forthcoming trip to India. I would like to answer your question one by one. The answers for your question go as under:

A) Any tips for 1st timers to India?
Visa: A proper VISA to enter and stay in India is a must. There are reported cases when travelers are advised non-requirement of Indian VISA by their travel agents. Practically every foreign national requires VISA to enter India.

When traveling on your own: Carry proper maps of the places proposed to visit in India, as signboards are often absent. Try to reach a station during daytime if traveling on your own. In any case avoid persistent touts and taxi drivers at airport/stations/bus stand to help you find your hotel. Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice. Don't eat anything offered by fellow travelers on train or road travels. It might have sleeping pills. Always travel reserved class in trains. Always chain and lock your luggage under your berth in a train. Don't keep anything valuable near the window. Always carry plenty of water, fluids in trains.

When you are at Religious Place: Don't ever enter a temple, tomb, dargah or Gurudwara with shoes on and/or scantily dressed. You should cover your head with a cloth while in a Gurudwara or Dargah. Parikrama or walking around the sanctum sanctorum should always be in clockwise direction. Do not wear black clothes while visiting a Jain temple. Do not visit places which encourage orthodoxy, social injustice and inhuman practices (like visiting a sati temple). Be careful of cultural and social sensitivities of the regions. There is no single rule for that, the best way is to observe and follow.

Money Exchange: While changing money, insist on getting encashment certificate.

While at Hotel: Do not leave your cash and valuables in your hotel rooms. Keep your cash divided in different pockets.

While eating: Avoid Indian food for minimum two days as most of the Indian dishes are spicy or deep fried. It may cause you stomach problem. Avoid eating buffet meals, even in expensive hotels. The food may become contaminated due to over-exposure. Take care of contamination of water and food problem. Always drink safe mineral water and take well-cooked food.

While Buying: Do not buy any thing from street hookers. Many persons will come to you and insist you to buy something; try to avoid them in a proper manner. Don't buy antiques more than 100 years old. Selling and buying "shahtoosh" shawls is a crime. The same goes for ivory and wildlife. Buy at genuine shops only. Bargaining is a popular practice in India and necessary too. Don't ever believe in lucrative offers of antique dealers in which they offer you to carry a parcel of some other buyer back home with your own margin described. Entire transaction should be legal and transparent so that you may claim later if dissatisfied.

While Photography: Don't photograph women without permission.

Personal Advice: Don't accept offers of visiting anyone's home unless you are confident of the person.

2. Most likely going to Oct/Nov. Is that a good period?

The traveling season in India stats from mid of the October and ends in the month of March. And between this period the climate remain pleasant. October and November are few of the best months to travel to India.

3. I can't make up my mind which capital cities to go. Any suggestion?

As you have 08 days in your hand I would suggest you to go for the Golden Triangle (New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) along with Ranthambhore National Park. These entire destinations will give you few of the unforgettable moments of your life. Below I have designed and exclusive itinerary for you. The itinerary goes as under:

Day 01: New Delhi: Welcome in India! On arrival you will be transferred and assisted till your room in your hotel. Remaining day at leisure.

Day 02: New Delhi: After a leisurely breakfast move out for a daylong sightseeing of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad), which includes the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk & Jama Masjid. Later after lunch drive past through impressive boulevards and buildings such as President’s Residence and others in Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi). Evening free to move around the busy Connaught Place.

Day 03: Agra: Drive to Agra and check in at your hotel. After lunch visit the most extra vacant gift ever been gifted to anyone the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. Evening free to relax.

Day 04: Ranthambhore: After reaching Sawai Madhopur, take a jungle safari on jeeps to see the rare Indian tigers in full glory at the Ranthambhore National Park.

Day 05: Ranthambhore: At 0700 in the morning visit the National Park once again as morning hours are better time to view the wild animals. After lunch there awaits another safari to explore what you missed in the first two. Evening at leisure.

Day 06: Jaipur: In the morning you will be transferred to the charming Pink City of India. On arrival check in at your hotel. In the evening take a walking tour of the colorful streets and bazaars of Jaipur City. The beauty of Jaipur is that its unique architecture and town planning is visible at even the most commonest places such as its squares and lanes.

Day 07: Jaipur: Take a full day long sightseeing tour of Jaipur city that includes the City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal, Birla temple, Albert hall and excursion to the old capital Amber. Here at Amber, you’ll ascend till the gates of majestic fort on elephant back. The fort displays a beautiful mix of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. In the evening take a trip to ethnic village resort where you may enjoy traditional Rajasthani dinner.

Day 08: Departure: In the morning drive to New Delhi in your exclusive vehicle. Check in to your hotel and Relax for a while. At appropriate time your will be transferred to the international airport of New Delhi to board the flight back to home the tour ends.

Hope the above furnished details are perfectly in the order and assuring your very best of my attention.

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6. Posted by sjthomas (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The advice already submitted is all wonderful.

I will just concur that October is a good time to travel almost anywhere in India. I would strongly urge that you resist the temptation to "pack it in." Travel takes time in India and things are farther apart in terms of travel time and things to see than you would assume from looking at a map.

It is my advice that you will have a much more wonderful time if you spend your time visiting a few places that are close by and take the time to get to know them a little better. You will feel less rushed, will find out where is a good place to eat, feel the rhythm of life -- all the things that are great about travel.


7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Abilash, that information is all given for free? No rupees at all? ;)

The information you gave is perfect for someone going first time to India, we need more people from India to take part in the forums.

8. Posted by happy1 (Full Member 63 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi. I am going to India in the middle of May, next year for 2 1/2 months, Im a little worried about the weather then? Will it be raining?

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting happy1

Hi. I am going to India in the middle of May, next year for 2 1/2 months, Im a little worried about the weather then? Will it be raining?

Monsoon in India starts in june till october. Heavy rains are in july and august. So take a raincoat with you.....

10. Posted by happy1 (Full Member 63 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Ow no! Does it generally rain all day?!Is it worse in the South? Do you also know if you can get a flight from Varanasi to Goa or Bombay?Thanks