5-6 weeks North & South india
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 15, 2012 6:23 AM Last Post By: torontomm
Oct 14, 2012 12:45 PM
5-6 weeks North & South indiaHello
Me and my partner are planning to travel North & South India for 5-6 weeks leaving in mid January 2013 from London.. We've put a draft itinerary together and wanted to see if anyone has any thoughts or if anyone thinks we're trying to do too much in the time we've got!? We are planning to travel by train as much as we can with one internal flight and would really appreciate any input or alternative suggestions anyone may have :).
Delhi 2/3 nights
Jaipur - Rathambore National Park - Jaipur 3 nights
Varanasi (Night train from Agra) - 2/3 nights
Darjeeling (Night train from Varanasi) - 3/4 nights
Kolkata (1 day mainly to catch flight)
Mumbai (Fly from Kolkata)
Mumbai - Ellora/Ajanta (stay in Aurangabad)- Mumbai 4nights
Goa 2 nights
Hampi 2 nights
Mysore 2 nights
Kochi/Alleppey (houseboat stay)
Varkala 2 nights
Chennai (unsure how to get from Varkala to Chennai??)
Oct 14, 2012 5:18 PM
Your plan is fine and 6 weeks starting mid January sounds great as you will be in nice warm sunshine most days although it does cool down a bit in january in north India after sunset.
Oct 14, 2012 11:05 PM
Oct 14, 2012 11:40 PM
3This trip can be done.Not by me but it can be done.You have to many places and to little time.These plans make me think of the movie"It's Tuesday,this must be Paris"..India is going to knock you around,both physically and mentally.You will need some time for a mental health day.or 3..May I suggest 2-3 days in Delhi to see the Lotus and get your feet on the ground and your wits with you.You will need them.Day trip or 1 nite in Agra..Skip the Park and skip Varanasi,maybe Jaipur,do Kolkata 5-7 days...Fly to Mumbai,and then head south..You pick;Goa?Hampi or Kerala/boats/Mysore...This is just an idea,travel your own path and find...
Oct 15, 2012 12:22 AM
4Frankly you are being too ambitious with your India Itinerary. India is a huge country just like USA, one should not try and see so much at one go. I would suggest you do North and east combined OR west and south. Since you are from London in the month of Jan you are probably trying to get away from the bitter cold. I feel you should not do North and East in this trip as it is too cold in India at that time of the year.
I would recommend you only stick to west and south of India and feel you will like it much more than the north and east of the country.
So I suggest you fly to Mumbai, head south to Goa via the Konkan route, then do Kerala, cross over to the south east to Pondicherry and Chennai and tirupathi temple.
Option1 Mumbai, Goa, Hampi ,Kochi, Alleppey, Pondicherry , Chennai, Mumbai.
Option 2 Jaipur , Delhi , Agra , Varanasi , Darjeeling , Kolkotta, Delhi.
Hope this helps. Good luck and enjoy our country.
Oct 15, 2012 6:23 AM
5Good weather related suggestions from #4 parag
If you are weather sensitive but still want to see the North and East then another option would be to go to South India first (Goa, Kerala etc.) and do the North and East after mid Feb. when it will be warmer and more pleasant in the North and East part of India.
For Delhi area high temperature for the day in mid January is a pleasant 20 degrees and mostly sunny but the temperature drops after sunset and nights are quite cool (5 to 10 degrees) and in the evening and early morning in Delhi it will feel that you are back in London and only missing the rain !
At that time (mid Jan) Mumbai, Goa,Kerala will be basking in 30 degrees sunshine with the low temperature never dropping below 20 degrees.
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