7 Weeks in India (Ladakh/Kashmir/Rajasthan)
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 17, 2013 8:48 AM Last Post By: JacobJames
Feb 6, 2013 4:25 AM
I will have around 7 weeks in India between July-September. This will be my first time in India after extensive travelling in SE Asia over the last couple of years. I am a cultural documentary photographer and therefore I have an primary interest in culture and religion first and foremost but also love extreme landscapes. During the 7 weeks I want to visit:
- Rajasthan (Jaipor, Jodhpur, Bundi, Gujjar villages)
- Kashmir (Srinagar/Jammu)
- Ladakh (Leh and maybe motorbike touring)
At the moment I am looking at 3 weeks in Rajasthan, 1 week travelling to, spending time in and travelling back from Varanasi and then 1 week in Srinagar before driving over to Leh and spending 2 weeks in Ladakh. My questions are:
1) Is this a realistic time frame to work in?
2) Do you have any off the beaten track recommendations for Rajasthan?
3) If I wish to do Srinagar and Leh, is it best to fly to Srinagar then travel by road to Leh before flying back to Delhi? I am trying to minimize altitude sickness so I can spend maximum time exploring
Any recommendations, advice etc is greatly appreciated!
Feb 6, 2013 4:50 AM
1Would Agra be a part of your plan? If yes, then I would suggest Delhi - Varanasi - Agra - Rajasthan - Kashmir - Ladakh.
I think you could visit the places that you have listed in 7 weeks.
You have already included one offbeat place, Bundi. A few would be Osiyan, Bharatpur (Deeg Palace), Abhaneri. Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh is on the usual tourist circuit between Udaipur and Jodhpur or vice versa.
Yes, flying to Srinagar and then traveling by road to Leh is good idea to minimize altitude sickness.
Feb 6, 2013 6:40 AM
2On the leg Srinagar to Leh, you'll see three different cultures/religions - Hindi, Muslim and Buddhist, plus some stunning views of the mountains. You'll have Kargil en route. From there you can take a jeep to Padum and maybe Karsha, to get a bit off the main highway.
If you find an opportuninty, it would be even more interesting doing a trek with donkeys/horses, when you get to Leh. You could try Markha Valley, four days.
Another side trip (two days) from Leh that you can make would be to Nubra Valley.
Feb 6, 2013 5:34 PM
Feb 6, 2013 5:47 PM
Feb 7, 2013 10:42 PM
Feb 8, 2013 3:00 AM
61) 7 weeks is comfortable. No worries there.
2) Shekhawati, like Doss puts it. The area around Bundi is fairly quiet. Although your July-September time frame makes it a low season visit anyway.
3) Yes, that makes more sense, as Srinagar is at a lower altitude, and driving to Leh will help you acclimatise better.
Obviously there's lots more to see as #5 puts it, but its better if you stick to this relaxed routine and focus on North India alone. Consider the suggestion of heading into the Zanskar Valley (Padum), although itll add another week to your plans.
Amritsar, Anandpur Sahib are regional cultural strongholds thanks to their being Sikh pilgrimages.
I'm working on a documentation for Old Delhi, and personally, I'd recommend a week here alone for photography.
Feb 9, 2013 5:34 AM
as a photographer it would be great for you to go to the Pushkar Camel Festival, creazy, colorful, I edited great videos there as it gives great images. Well, the only problem is that it is in November...
Haridwar is another great spot for good traditional pictures. The rest of the places you said are great, mainly Varanasi.
I edited some videos, it might help you to have an idea of some places. Check Pushkar Musical, and Pushkar videos.
all the best
Feb 12, 2013 2:18 PM
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Feb 17, 2013 8:48 AM
10Wow guys, thanks for the incredible amount of info. Sorry I haven't been back to you, deadlines have all come at once. I'm going to spend some time digesting this and then ill probably come back with some questions. I'm glad to see my itinerary doesn't look too terrible time wise. I'm sure there will be repeat visits to India so not seeing everything in one go isn't an issue.
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