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1. Posted by Matt4130 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


My Girlfriend and I are planning to travel to India in 2008 and I was hoping someone might be able to help us with information.

How long would it take to really see India (Time is of no consequence, money is!)
How much is it wise to take for 3 / 6 / 12 months
Is there any way to cut down on the amount of flying from the UK? (Trains, Cars, Boats)
Is there a resource for ancient India? Somewhere that deals with some of the more historic and less tourist populated sites in india, Gawilghur, Assaye and some more of the old Mahratta Empire?

I think that's it for the moment.

Thanks in advance


2. Posted by Travel_N (Inactive 161 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi matt,

I dont think there are any trains into india from another country. u will have to fly or come by a ship. what is the budget u are looking at? u shd be easily able to fly in and out for Rs.30k or 350 GBP. - check srilankan airlines - very cheap... to and fro comes to about Rs. 24k... maybe within europe travel, u cud do by train if it helps.

as for how long u shd stay - this would depend on how thorough u want to be and how taxed u want ur trip to be. u can find things to do for 3 or 6 months if thats what u want. Each state has a story to tell, and there are more than 30 .... i suggest u really look through some guide books and see what u like.

personally, i have been going thru guide books, and dont find them very satisfactory. pick up the locations and names from lonely planet - and search the web for peoples experiences.. thats a much much better way to go!

i would suggest u keep a maximum Rs.500 per person per day for acco and food ( might undershoot in a lot of places and overshoot in cities) and then see wht that leaves u with.

as for maratta states - i jus looked it up on google/wikipedia - (my history is quite rusty :)) , this is the list i get

Dewas (Senior and Junior)
Sandur, India in Bellary District of Karnataka India

take a look at this also

hope this helps! will let u know if i come across some book on the same

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 15, 2006 7:05 AM by aprilsgal ]

3. Posted by Matt4130 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much!

What I've found out is that there is a train, but we're not getting it:

It is possible to travel from Europe to India overland by train and bus via Turkey, Iran & Pakistan. It will take a minimum of 2-3 weeks (preferably more), and you should consider it more as an adventure or expedition than a routine way to travel there. The main difficulty is getting an tourist visa for Iran, although this is becoming easier - see the London to Iran page. If you can get a visa, the only logistical problem is building an itinerary around the weekly train from Istanbul to Tehran and the twice-monthly trains towards to Pakistan border. There are security problems in southeast Iran to be aware of - see the official travel advice for Iran and Pakistan at the British Foreign Office website,

The FCO says don't do it!

Also, the Wikipedia entry on Gawilghur reads:

Gawilghur (also Gawilgarh) is the name of well-fortified stronghold of the Maratha Empire. It was popularly considered impregnable at the time but was successfully assaulted by Arthur Wellesley (later the First Duke of Wellington) in 1803. The remains of the fortress are located in the vicinity of Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati District of Maharashtr

But that doesn't tally up with any of the locations although the spelling is quite individual, so a bit more research methinks.

Thanks for all your help, any more info I'd be happy to have.



4. Posted by Travel_N (Inactive 161 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

O right - i totally forgot that they have indeed started a bus service from Lahore to amritsar... - i am not sure of the frequency and stuff... even i should look it up :)

Personally- i wouldnt want to come to india via pakistan - because its quite a vulnerable situation and its a thing i would avoid. But, i am not very up-to-date on the same, and maybe u shd specifically start a thread on traveeling from pak to india!

isnt gwaligurh what we call gwalior??/ anyway, if i get info will let u kno.. do keep posting in interesting links if u get some too on the subject!tx

5. Posted by Matt4130 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Right, need some help on this,

Is Gwalior the same place as Gawilghur? I think not, but I'm not sure.

Wikipedia says:


I think they're different places?

I think we're going to go from South to North, that sound like a good way round?

6. Posted by Travel_N (Inactive 161 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

looks like its not [:)] - think i shd refrain from answering anymore on this thread - or i shall have led u totally astray!!!