Advice for Goa to Dehli trip
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 12, 2012 11:34 AM Last Post By: ajinkyakolhe
Dec 10, 2012 12:18 PM
We are a group of three guys who land in Vasco da Gama the 6th of january and we depart from New Dehli the 5th of February.
The temporary plan is to travel by train up north via Pune, Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad. This streak will be pretty quick. Maybe 10-14 days, and we will then hire a chauffeur in Udaipur or Jodhpur and see a lot of places in Rajastan. Then we would like to end up seeing Taj Mahal and have maybe 3 or 4 days in Dehli.
We would love to have some feedback on this plan, and most of all, we would love to know of all the "must see"-places on the way, both along the way up the coast and in the region of Rajastan. I would say that our interist is 50/50 in nature/culture, so all suggestions are welcome.
Then a couple of more specific questions:
What is the easiest way to book and buy train tickets in India?
I see three options: Buying them on the train stations.
Buying them through a tourist agency.
Buying them online through cleartrip.com or something similar.
Does anybody know if there's a nice place in New Dehli, where we are able to watch the Super Bowl?
Dec 10, 2012 12:42 PM
Dec 11, 2012 10:29 AM
You are treading the well-worn path that works for the majority of visitors but 2 weeks aint very long and that path is thru Rajesthan to Agra and Delhi.
Just acouplabits of advice
#1 Buy at least one new guidebook- if there are 3 of you get an old used one also of a different brand - you may split up!
#2 You will try to do too much - dont - cos travelling in India takes much longer than you expect - much, much longer.
#3 Dont rush to organise things and do it all in-country eyeball to eyeball
With the exception of the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays and visit at sunrise before the hordes arrive) - there is no MustSee - but since there are 3 of you laden with surplus cash - you may try the following
i)Car + Driver Goa to delightful Udaipur - bibi Sanjeev (the driver) - for at least 2 nites (stay in one of the havelis on Lal Ghat which you've pre-organised yourselves by phone and confirmed by email, all the guidebooks list 2 or 3)
ii)Buses or a cab to Jaiselmer - 2 nites
iii)Overnite train to Jaipur ( everyone thinks its a MustPlace as it is on all the tours - most of us posters despise it - but you'll go there anyway) 1 nite is 24 hours too many.
iv) cab to Agra (for TM and Red Fort) via Fatehpur Sikri
vi) If you run out of time skip Jaipur and perhaps stopover in Jodhpur instead
There are zillions of touting Goan travel agents that'll organise the trip for you - ignore the buggars - just get a good deal on the vehicle. The colonials had the best idea in India - divide and rule - it still applies to travel agents - dont put all your eggs in one tout's basket!
Dec 12, 2012 11:34 AM
For a start, the official site for booking online for railway is www.irctc.co.in and you can refer other trains at indianrail.gov.in. Having said that, I don't think you will get good enough reservation on such a short notice except for Tatkal(urgent) tickets which are available only a day before the actual departure at a nominal extra fee, but which however are just difficult to get because there are too many people who try to get there first. Will give you all details if you wish. Your best options are luxury buses which are generally good enough to cover your route between the major cities. OR flights maybe? the site which is good enough for buses is www.redbus.in. There are better places in India than Surat, Pune and Ahmedabad (in my opinion). I am from Pune and know it in and out. There are couple of places around Pune but nothing grand in Pune per se. Rajasthan is really great and worth all the planning. If I may add, spend lesser time around your earlier itinerary and cover places around Delhi like Amritsar or even spiritual places like Hrishikesh and Varanasi. They are the cultural hotspots of India. Or some other places like Dharamsala or near the Himalayas like Manali or Dalhousie. Most of these places have overnight buses from Delhi and will be worth the ride.
If however your itinerary is fixed, you must add Ajanta in the "must see list". It is an overnight distance from Pune and is a world heritage sight and really amazing.
Also beware that India is filled with brokers or agents who will promise you reasonable fares and will loot you eventually. Not everyone is bad, but just be warned.
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