26 days kolkata to Mumbai itinerary
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2013 3:34 AM Last Post By: silviartw
Mar 16, 2013 2:34 PM
26 days kolkata to Mumbai itineraryHello all I am asking about a 26 day itinerary from the 22nd Oct to the 17th November. We will, be travelling mostly by train and there seems like there's so much to see we are getting stuck on what to choose. I am going to write our proposed itinerary down but of course it is by no means fixed. Thanks in advance!
Day 1 arrive afternoon in Kolkata
Day 2 Kolkata
Day 3 Kolkata to Varanasi
Day 4 Varanasi
Day 5 Varanasi overnight to Delhi
Day 6 Delhi
Day 7 Delhi
Day 8 Delhi
Day 9 early morning Delhi to agra
Day 10 Agra to ranthambore morning train
Day 11 ranthambore evening train to jaipur
Day 12 Jaipur
Day 13 Jaipur
Day 14 pushkar
Day 15 jodhpur
Day 16 udaipur
Day 20-24 Goa
Day 25&26 Mumbai
As you can see we have 3 days unaccounted for which could be placed anywhere and also we could take a day off goa to just have 4days there. Now pushkar camel fair would be towards the end of our trip. Do you think we should go straight from Jaipur maybe down to Goa then after goa head to pushkar for a few days to experience the camel fair then do udaipur and 2 days in mumbai before flying? Seems like a once in a lifetime kind of thing and whilst we are in that part of the world....
Thanks in advance!!
Mar 16, 2013 3:05 PM
If it were me, I would go from Ranthambore to Bundi, and then from there to Udaipur. I would give Pushkar and Jaipur a miss completely. They aren't in my opinion nice places to go to even with the camel fair on.
You are going to some very busy, big city places on your trip, in India, the smaller places tend to be more enjoyable in my opinion....I would definitely recommend spending a few days in Udaipur, it's a fabulous place, and it's fairly relaxing even for a city. Bundi is a nice relaxed, smaller place..good for recharging your batteries after the craziness and hassle of the big cities...if you only stick to hectic places, you could end up not enjoying your holiday.
From Udaipur go to Ahmedabad to catch a flight to Goa
This part of your suggested trip:
Day 14 pushkar
Day 15 jodhpur
Day 16 udaipur
Is not doable, way, way too busy...you will spend all day getting from one place to the other only to move on straight away again....pointless.
I would also spend one more day in Varanasi and one less in Delhi...Delhi is cool, lots of historical places to visit, and sights to see...but Varanasi is one of the most special places in India...and worth another day.
Mar 16, 2013 3:30 PM
Mar 16, 2013 3:44 PM
Mar 16, 2013 5:11 PM
4Honestly, i think you are packing in too much because you don't understand the reality of travel in India.. Hopping a train straight to Goa from Jaipur for example. Do you understand that' can be 30 hours??? Even in 1st class, its still a long time and you need recovery days.
Jaipur...not much in Jaipur .Dirty, ugly smelly city that people go to for silver. Sorry guys!! Sure its OK to do the fort, but you could go in and out of jodphur in a day in my opinion quite easily. The flight option that #1 mentions. Great idea. Its about 4500 rupees with a stop in mumbai and takes 6-7 hours all in all.
Also, Goa to Mumbai.....take a flight if you can. I realize you want to see it all....but you really could give Mumbai a miss....Go out with a nice impression after a short little beach holiday! Ask anyone who's been and they'll say to avoid mumbai like the plague!
I know...once in a lifetime...... but you're moving to quickly for India. It's a very exhausting country that doesnt work in the normal way. Maybe twice in a lifetime, or 3 times, or like a great many of us who've spent months and months and yeasr there, always going back...It's not going anywhere. Dont' try to see it all.
You might also consider an alternative route...Varanasi to agra to jaipur, pushkar, Bundi etc then back to delhi... A few days R and R then fly direct to Goa??? It's probably as broad as it is long..
As for the Camel fair......i think its hit or miss. Many Indian proprietors try to pay for their year in the one week of the fair, if you understand my meaning. Its packed, overpriced, and definitely not the bet time to be there but Pushkar is a special part of India for sure . I like Bundi a #1 suggested and a nice place to recharge. Go on the Cleartrip train section and look at train times. This might give you a better idea of just what is in store for you.. Given the time issue that you have, I'd try for a few planes if you can...
Use the people on this forumn....alot of India experts who know the time and energy needed for India.
Mar 16, 2013 8:09 PM
Mar 17, 2013 12:25 AM
Mar 17, 2013 2:37 AM
7“one of the best places for first timers to go, it's spectacular, quintessentially Indian, and fairly easy. “
“it's spectacular” - no more than many other destinations (e.g. Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim).
“fairly easy” - full of touts.
If there is a quintessential India it is at the railway station.
For quintessential accommodation, take a dorm bed at Jhansi Railway Station platform 1.
To gain the full benefit of the experience do not leave the station and get chatty with the staff.
For somewhere less busy try Chitrakoot or Hoshangabad, however these smaller stations may not offer accommodation !
Mar 17, 2013 7:06 AM
8Well we fly in Kolkata and out of Mumbai so we will have to see those either way. Even if its only half a day sightseeing. And I don't think we could go to India for our first time and not see the taj mahal I've read that agras not a nice place hence we would only stay there one day. We are looking into flights now maybe getting a return from Mumbai to goa and that way it'll save time too. Thanks for all the other suggestions of where to go I'll look into them asap! Thanks for everyone's advice!!
Mar 17, 2013 9:01 AM
Mar 18, 2013 5:24 AM
10… “seem fairly … perhaps you just seem” …
Mattyboy, just how sure are you about unexceptional thoughts.
So I seek to bring other perspectives (to suggest the dissimilar) to the forum, should that be a problem for you.
Even ‘first timers’ do sometimes step off the ho-hum well-trodden path, while others will never leave it.
Mar 18, 2013 4:11 PM
Mar 19, 2013 3:34 AM
12Just came from India. I was in Goa - yoga of course :-).
I really liked Mumbai. I was there only for 1 day but it was amazing experince, since I had a motorbike tour with a local guy Pranav ( Grand Mumbai Tours )! It was the best think I have done in India :-).
India is one big country, so I think it is better to see just few spots and feel it, rather than be in hurry all the time.
Enjoy big time!
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