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1. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I'm planning a trip to India over Christmas and was appreciate suggestions on best areas to go. Will be flying into Delhi on 18th December and out of Mumbai on the 7th Jan..Rough plan is to go straight Varanasi, do a tiger trek....then train back to Agra for usual sights then fly to Jaisalamer and make my way down to Goa at some point for new year.

Is there enough time to do this? Is there anywhere I should make sure I go that I haven't mentioned?

Are there specific trains that are faster or better than others?

Hope you can help!

2. Posted by nkjain (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

India is like an ocean. See Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.Kerala backwater is an amazing place to see.
Try staying with a family .If you need help I'll be glad to help out.


3. Posted by jitub (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Three Places Must Visit- Jaipur, Delhi, Agra without which the India Tour is incomplete even if you have visited all the rest of india.
Dear Friend,
Gretings. I am Jitendr B from Jaipur, Pinkcity, India.
as You will come to Delhi, It is highly recommndable to visit the Royal City- Jaipur that is near to Delhi and there you can really exprience the Royal Charm. The place is full of and world famous for its Palaces, Forts, Temples, Jovial and Helpful people, Mouthwatering Food, Snacks and Sweets. Jaipur is an ideal place for shopping too as there you can get quality items at very economical rates. It is famous for memoirs of journey like Handicraffts, Blue Pottery, Jewelery, Rajastahni Costumes that wil givfe you a look adn charm of a Princess. Also nearby Jaipur wil you find Ranthambhore- A national park for Tigers and Bharat pur's famous Kewladev Bird Sanctuary will also be near.
Then Agra. Agra is famous for Taj Mahal, Taj- means Crown and Mahal means Palace. Youwill find the name proves itself when you will se the beauty of teh palace you wiill e mesmerised. The Time, it will seem will stop at a standstill. You will be taken to the fantasy world of Romanticism, ful of Love. Along with this such oter place sare there in Agra to visit. Dont Forget Agra ka Petha- A speciality of Agra.
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4. Posted by jitub (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Three Places Must Visit- Jaipur, Delhi, Agra

5. Posted by mtmnet (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

i suggest the best place u have to visit is kerala. truly the god's own country. get info abt kerala from the web.

if u want more info, u can always contact me.


6. Posted by rajuindia (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Peace be in your life.
Since I had been traveled many times in this part so according that your route should be as follows:-

  • Delhi to Varanasi by night train or flight
  • Varanasi stay - 1 night stay is enough
  • Drive by car to Bandhavgarh National park - minimum 2 night stay
  • Drive to Panna National park and stay over night there or just 40km from there Khajuraho Kamasutra temples so you

can stay over there too. 1 Night either in Panna or Khajuraho

  • Orchha by car - 1 night
  • Agra - one night stay
  • Jaipur - Minimum 2 nights
  • Night Train to Jaisalmer
  • Jaisalmer - for 1 night
  • Jodhpur by night train, visits Jodhpur and continues to Ranakpur Jain temples by car from Jodhpur and stay at Ranakpur for 1 night
  • Udaipur - for 2 nights
  • Flight from Udaipur to Mumbai to Goa

It will not good idea just to travel by trains all the way better to make it by trains, flights, car and local transport as required.
I hope this information will help you lot.
Wish you all the best.
Raju India.

7. Posted by Maneck (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey my suggestion is pick what all you would like to see....
Sandy Deserts-Rajasthan
Beaches/ Sub tropical - Kerala
Mountains- Himachal Pradesh
High altitude deserts - Spiti/ Leh Laddakh

Goa in my opinion is overrated for New years....
But hey thats just me

Delhi has some cool nightlife- clubs/bars
also some nice blds....historic n new ones...
Lotus Temple is a must, safdurjung tomb , humayuns tomb
Lodi gardens ...n ofcourse the red fort n old fort....
there is a light n sound show at the old fort which is quite nice aswell

If there more u wanna know jus drop us a line or another post...
safe travel

8. Posted by nkjain (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

If you can bring along a companion it will be a lot safer.Avoid night
travel please .


9. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Firstly I think u would be able to manage the places that u have mentioned in 3 weeks.

Coming to Trains there are indeed some fast trains that u can consider for long distances. Regarding internal transportation, where long distances are to be covered, it would be preferable to take the ariel route. Some of the domestic airlines operating are:

U can prefer train/bus for shorter distances. Train tickets can also be booked upto 60 days in advance at
Trains that are designated as " Rajdhani" and " Shatabdi" are excellant high speed trains which can also save time for u.

I will advise u to start with Delhi and then head straight to Varanasi, spend some time there and then take a direct train to Agra and then u can also visit Jaipur which is 4-5 hrs by road/train. From Jaipur u can head straight to Jaisalmer which is a beautiful town indeed.

There are no direct trains from Jaisalmer to Mumbai, u will have to change at Jodhpur so it is advisable to spend a couple of days in Jodhpur also before heading back to Mumbai.

Mumbai to Goa is just an overnight train journey, relax in Goa for 4-6 days, explore all the beaches before heading back to Mumbai to catch ur flight.

My personal favourite is the State of KERALA, which is called the God's own country. This state has a number of backwater cruises to suit every budget. In Kerala, the traingle of Munnar(hill station), Thekkady(wild life reserve) and Alleppy(Centre of backwater activites) are not to be missed. But since ur running short of time u can consider visiting Kerala and down south on ur next trip

Do let me know if u need any more info:)


10. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Oh my gosh, thank you all for your kind messages and advice, I really appreciate it.

We have now included Jaipur and Jodphur in our itinerary and as much as I would love to go to Kerala, I'm afraid it'll have to wait til next time.

Can anyone tell me where to find out the train numbers as when I looked up the official site, it was looking for train numbers for the schedule search??

Thanks a million once again