From Delhi to Chennai- 2 weeks
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 8:17 AM Last Post By: raphyc
Nov 12, 2012 8:26 AM
i would like to have your opinion about our itinerary- we only have two weeks, i wanted to see Taj Mahal, and then we head to SOuth INdia and leave from Chennai to fly back home. We have tried to cut it down to our priorities, but it still seems rushed, with many hours of bus/train...
What do you think of :
Sunday 2 décembre PLane Paris-arrival in Delhi on sunday 10am
Monday 3 décembre train to Agra Taj Mahal
Tuesday 4 décembre Train Agra => Delhi and plane Delhi => Bengalore Bengalore
wednesday 5 décembre Bengalore => Mysore 3h by bus Bus 3h N° 150
thursday 6 décembre Mysore =>Coimbatore Bus15:05 pm drive lasts4h30
friday 7 décembre Bus Coimbatore =>Cochi bus départ 6h arrival 10h30am
saturdayi 8 décembre Cochi
sunday 9 décembre cochi all day and then night train Cochi => Madurai . Bus ride seems shorter bus it is comfotable enough to get some sleep on a semi-sleeper bus?
Monday 10 décembre Madurai Temple
tuesday11 décembre Madurai to Pondichéry Bus takes 8h. Train takes 5h 6h45-11h45
wed 12 décembre Pondichéry
thursday13 décembre Bus Pondichéry=>Mahabalipuram by Bus 2 hours
friday 14 décembre Bus Mahabalipuram=>Chennai by Bus 2h
saturday 15 décembre Fly back toParis
Thanks for your input!!
Nov 12, 2012 10:20 AM
Nov 12, 2012 10:28 AM
Nov 12, 2012 10:49 AM
3You are trying to do far too much as you can only hope to get the briefest view of India in 13 days.
There is no point in trying to cram in Mysore and Kochi, both of which are worthy of several days browsing and Pondi is only really interesting to Gallic travellers.
#1 advice get yourself a decent new guidebook and also a used version of brand X if possible.
#2 advice You will get parasitic touts trying to gouge money off you by sending you private messages - just ignore this lowlife - you dont need a tour organiser.
How about this for a suggestion
Day 1 arrive DEL
Day 3 AGR
Day 4 Return to DEL airport by cab and catch flight to Madurai
Day 5 MAD
Day 6 MAD then bus or train to Thanjavur
Day 7 THAN
Day 8 To PONDI by bus ( there are no thru trains for Pondi to anywhere.except one daily to Chennai, I think).
Days 9 -12 Chill out in Mammallapuram
Day 13 Cab direct to Chennai airport.
This gives time for contingencies and also for lingering longer in places that appeal and also organise side trips to eg Fatehpur Sukri .
Note TM closed on Fridays and get there early morning anyway, preferably not weekend.
No need to book accommodation or cabs..
Thanjavur is great and was the centre of a dominnt empire - the Chola empire - about the time of the fall of Rome - also plenty of side trips.eg Trichy.
Take your time and really enjoy it - if you like it - you can come back and concetrate on kerala, or Karnataka or Rajesthan or whatever. You surely wouldn't plan a tourist trip to Europe and visit Paris, Rome, London and Athens in under 2 weeks!
Nov 12, 2012 1:27 PM
4Yes, it is way too rushed.
The following is also a bit rushed but will give you a good cross section of India:
Monday 3 train to Agra
Tuesday 4 Train Agra => Delhi and plane Delhi => Mysore
Wednesday 5 Mysore
Thursday 6 Mysore => Cochin
Saturday 8 Cochi => => Thanjavur
Monday 10 Thanjavur => Mamallapuram
Tuesday 11 Mamallapuram => Chennai
Wednesday 12 Chennai => Delhi
Thursday => Saturday: Delhi.
Although you live in France, the only French influence I found in Pondicherry was the street signs and some of the names. Other than that, it's not a great city.
It depends on how tired you are. Personally, I find it difficult to sleep on buses - no problems with trains.
Nov 13, 2012 1:49 AM
5If the only reason for your arriving into Delhi is to see the Taj, and you have no interest in Delhi itself, you could take the Intercity Express to Agra on the day of your arrival.leaves Delhi at 5.40pm.
You need not return to Delhi and can take a train instead to Bangalore from Agra on Monday midnight which would get you into Bangalore on Wednesday afternoon at 1340. There would be a connecting train at 3pm to Mysore which takes 2.5 hours.
Not sure why you are going to Coimbatore as usually people like to stop at Bandipur or somewhere in the Nilgiris ( Ooty,Coonoor,Kotagiri) and then carry on to Coimbatore for continuing into Kerala.
If the intent is to reach Cochin it would be better to return to Bangalore for one of 4 trains to Cochin.
There is a train from Cochin to Madurai, though most people like to stop at Periyar Forest.
From Madurai you can get a train to Tindivanam which is just 40km from Pondicherry.
Train journeys with a reservation are more comfortable than long bus journeys.
It is better to linger in a few places than try to pack in so much.
Nov 13, 2012 8:33 AM
Nov 13, 2012 11:58 AM
Fly+bus/train/taxi. Fly to Delhi, take bus/train/taxi to Agra. Likely to kill most of a day.
Air fare to Delhi likely Rs 5000-9000 (one way) depending on date, bus/train to Agra another Rs 100 to 400; taxi higher.
Cheapest (minimally reasonable way):
Train. In SL, Rs 516, in 3A, Rs 1447 (one way). Takes about 31-35 hours. Unfortunately, of the two direct daily trains, one leaves Goa around 3 or 4 AM and the other arrives in Agra about 3AM.
Nov 13, 2012 12:24 PM
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