2 months Mumbai - North India

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Hi all,

So i know i should have done more research before posting here but would love any ideas on a 2 month itinery for Feb to March. I have been to Kerala before so keen to stay north. Is there something that you would recommend (I'm a woman travelling alone) that i can use as a starting point. I'm a physically active social scientist and I love nature> i'm keen to do some trail running where possible. I also want to do it on the cheap (night trains and the like are cool).

Would you suggest any retreats..i'm not really a yogi but i'd love something for beginners...maybe.

Sorry again that this is the first bit of research i am doing...will read up later and would love your advice.

Sabrina
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Weather wise Feb & March is good for northern India. You can visit Haridwar/Rishikesh region and might want to spend some time at some Ashrams. If you are interested in history & monuments you can explore Rajasthan. You can fly in to Delhi and start your tour.
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Sabrina- Could'nt agree more with Jyotirmoy.
Feb would be summer in Mumbai and around. So either give it a miss and move directly to Delhi and ahead OR if you are keen on mumbai and maharashtra then travel around mumbai 1st thing on reaching so you might gather some cool breezes in mahabaleshwar or lonavla. Or maybe some VERY Early morning - treks to the forts around pune/mumbai , cycling, riding etc.
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Originally Posted by Sabrinaj View Post Hi all,

So i know i should have done more research before posting here but would love any ideas on a 2 month itinery for Feb to March. I have been to Kerala before so keen to stay north. Is there something that you would recommend (I'm a woman travelling alone) that i can use as a starting point. I'm a physically active social scientist and I love nature> i'm keen to do some trail running where possible. I also want to do it on the cheap (night trains and the like are cool).

Would you suggest any retreats..i'm not really a yogi but i'd love something for beginners...maybe.

Sorry again that this is the first bit of research i am doing...will read up later and would love your advice.

Sabrina
Hi Sabrina,

First of all very Warm welcome to Indiamike, though could not get the topic name 2 months Mumbai-North India, but while going through your post what i can figure out. you are going to arrive in Mumbai and then want to plan up towards north, and you have 2 months period, Hope i figured it out right...

Lets come to point, Feb - March is like going to be end of winter weather wise it will be cold to mid range, You can start from Mumbai to Rajesthan cause later weather wise it will be too hot.. watch around Jaipur beautiful Mehals, then move forward to jaisalmer, Udaipur , from there u can move to Amritsar to see Golden temple from Amritsar to Delhi 7 hr 20 min journey , You can spend few more days in delhi, and take a Trip towards Hardiwar, Delhi - Hardiwar will take u 3hr 30 mins try spending time in hardware/Rishikesh region some Ashrams.. you will love the nature "like God alone is with YOU"

Wile if u choose go around the hills of Darjeeling or another 3hr 30 min long from Hardiware Agra you can see the Th Great "Taj Mehal" Symbol of Love

After that fly Back to Delhi Come to Mumbai and do Goa and Hampi bit west south side, Just My recommendations not to miss

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Sabrina

Ideally people read up and post something rough here for others to fine tune. Now, given that this is your first post and the two month time frame gives me all sorts of ideas, I'll post something rough cut, starting with mumbai and ending in Delhi given your interests, which appear to match quite well with the area you're thinking of. There's only one catch, by mid march (holi) it would start warming up north so it's ideal to get out of Rajasthan immediately after holi (if you plan to be here for holi that is and not in Mathura).

You can form something like this:
Mumbai - 4 days - the city does have significant Raj era attractions and other highlights (elephanta caves spring to mind). Move up through Gujarat slowly covering Champaner / Pavagarh and Jambughoda around Vadodara, (3 days maybe) and then another 3 in Ahmedabad before going to Palitana for the superb temples. Gir can be exciting too as can be Junagarh due to the muslim buildings and the temples on the hill but I suspect that would make this leg too long (you need more time for Rajasthan bit). So, leave Gujarat in about 10 days or so moving up to Mount Abu from Ahmedabad covering Patan, Modhera en-route. Afterwards, the Rajasthan leg would roughly be Abu-Udaipur (day trip to chittor) - Ranakpur- Jodhpur - Jaisalmer and train to Jaipur. This would consume 15 days easy with all the small trips / detours.

Next, move to Agra and if Holi is around your dates (dont have a calendar handy), then spend that in Mathura. You may want to move to Haridwar/ Rishikesh as Jyoti and N_T have suggested above and finally make your way up the hills. Perhaps back track a bit to Delhi and then move to Manali area? Or if you'd need more buildings and culture, weave in the bundelkhand leg ex-Agra by moving to Orchha-Khajuraho and finally Varanasi.

Again, the above is more suitable for someone who's inclined to visit monuments and enjoys history (khajuraho, champaner, elephanta are all unesco world heritage monuments as are some other places I've mentioned).

Since youve mentioned nature, March would be excellent for Corbett as well, when its a bit drier.

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Thank you all for your responses. This gives me a great starting point to plan from. I don't want to be too stringent with planning as i quite like to see where the mood takes me, but i also want to be sensible so i'm safe and don't waste too much time and miss the good stuff

To be honest i'm looking for a travel partner. Do you have any tips on the best way to find one?

Thanks again - very helpful. Sabrina
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To be honest i'm looking for a travel partner. Do you have any tips on the best way to find one?

Thanks again - very helpful. Sabrina
Me for one never dip outside in summers

Try the Travel partners section, but do not forget to read the sticky thread.
MAch not around else he might have given a link to the thread. Let me do it this time Women/Men looking for travel partners


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HI Guys,

I started some planning last night and here is the vague plan i came up with. I'm still not very clued up but getting better. Your advise would be much appreciated:

1st Feb 2013 – Fly to Delhi – 3 days
4th Feb 2013 – Visit Agra – 1 day
6th Feb - Udapuir – 2 days (visit Chittorgarh?)
8th Feb - Jodphur – 2 days (Pushkar and Ajmer?)
10th Feb - Jaipur - 2 days
13th Feb - Delhi - overnight
14th Feb - Hardiwar – Rishikesh – 5 days (ashrams – which one?)
20th Feb - Corbett reserve – 3 days (too expensive??) – where to stay?
23rd Feb - Into Nepal (how - from where to where?)
Trek for 10 days/2 weeks (what and how?)
9th March - Kathmandu – 3 days
12th March – Darjeeling – 3 days
15th March - Varanasi – 2 days
18th March – Goa (fly?) – 9 days
27th March – Hampi – 2 days
29th March – Mumbai – 1 day (already been here)
30th March – fly to CPT

I think this is too packed now so I need to decide what I should take out.
I would like to visit an ashram for a few days - any suggestions?
I’d like to do some kind of tour by bike? Any ideas here?
Does Darjeeling and Varanasi add too much time to the journey – I would really like to go there but should I consider not going in order to spend more time in Rajasthan?
Is it worth going up into Leh/Ladakh or should I rather focus on trekking in Nepal? I can cut down the time I spend trekking – maybe a five day hike is enough for me. I also love to trail run…I wonder if there is a way of finding out about this?
I don't NEED to spend 9 days in Goa (bit it would be nice...is it too hot then though?)

Please do give me your thoughts and pull this apart, also any ideas on how I get between places would be helpful – night trains and busses would be perfect. Happy to fly sometimes, but its not as much fun).

Please feel free to add the gems i have missed, I'd love to get off the beaten track (it will depend on how confident i am to do this alone though- still working on travel partners).

Thanks so much!!!!

Sabrina
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Adding Pushkar and Ajmer would be a bit too much. You can include Ranakpur / Kumbhalgarh or both on the way from Udaipur to Jodhpur.

Rishikesh would be a good option for a ashram experience over Haridwar.

There are a few threads on Corbett National Park in this forum read them to find out about costs and accommodation.

2 days in Hampi might be less.

www.erail.in is good to check train connections between 2 cities.
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Originally Posted by Sabrinaj View Post HI Guys,

I started some planning last night and here is the vague plan i came up with. I'm still not very clued up but getting better. Your advise would be much appreciated:

1st Feb 2013 – Fly to Delhi – 3 days
4th Feb 2013 – Visit Agra – 1 day
6th Feb - Udapuir – 2 days (visit Chittorgarh?)
8th Feb - Jodphur – 2 days (Pushkar and Ajmer?)
10th Feb - Jaipur - 2 days
13th Feb - Delhi - overnight
14th Feb - Hardiwar – Rishikesh – 5 days (ashrams – which one?)
20th Feb - Corbett reserve – 3 days (too expensive??) – where to stay?
23rd Feb - Into Nepal (how - from where to where?)
Trek for 10 days/2 weeks (what and how?)
9th March - Kathmandu – 3 days
12th March – Darjeeling – 3 days
15th March - Varanasi – 2 days
18th March – Goa (fly?) – 9 days
27th March – Hampi – 2 days
29th March – Mumbai – 1 day (already been here)
30th March – fly to CPT

I think this is too packed now so I need to decide what I should take out.
I would like to visit an ashram for a few days - any suggestions?
I’d like to do some kind of tour by bike? Any ideas here?
Does Darjeeling and Varanasi add too much time to the journey – I would really like to go there but should I consider not going in order to spend more time in Rajasthan?
Is it worth going up into Leh/Ladakh or should I rather focus on trekking in Nepal? I can cut down the time I spend trekking – maybe a five day hike is enough for me. I also love to trail run…I wonder if there is a way of finding out about this?
I don't NEED to spend 9 days in Goa (bit it would be nice...is it too hot then though?)

Please do give me your thoughts and pull this apart, also any ideas on how I get between places would be helpful – night trains and busses would be perfect. Happy to fly sometimes, but its not as much fun).

Please feel free to add the gems i have missed, I'd love to get off the beaten track (it will depend on how confident i am to do this alone though- still working on travel partners).

Thanks so much!!!!

Sabrina
I might not be good at responding on all the zones you have chosen in your plan, but would respond on things which I have some knowledge.

Hope that helps!

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20th Feb - Corbett reserve – 3 days (too expensive??) – where to stay?
Before making reservations - check which zone of Corbet you are planning. The core zone which is Dhikala or Dikala whichever way it is spelt is where most of the tiger spottings happen. There is only one FRH (Forest Rest House) for which booking is VERYYYYY tough as the booking method is or atleast was pretty manual untill a few years back.

There are resorts and hotels on the outskirts of other zones like Bijrani etc where I stayed (which are not cheap either, but you might find something not too expensive) from where you can then take safaris to the other areas of Corbett.

An hour on the Corbett centric website shall give you a fair idea on the zones and what to expect. In whichever case the tiger spotting might be easy as the jungle might be withering its green cloak at the advent of summers. Enjoy the wild life and jungle experience instead of focusing on just the Tiger



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18th March – Goa (fly?) – 9 days
27th March – Hampi – 2 days
29th March – Mumbai – 1 day (already been here)

Goa would be warming up in Feb and March is gonna be pretty hot and humid. So either ways if you enjoy the heat then good else you could also try for Coorg and around.


And now the biking So are you a biker girl? by bike I mean a motorcycle.

Do you plan to rent a motorcyle OR buy one OR need some agency to ride you around?

Looking at your ittinerary (tentative) I see 2 opportunities for some good rides.

1. Darjeeling - Beautiful mountains I have done some riding around it and sikkim and can say this is beautiful and scenic. The only issue I see is your number of days. Either borrow a few days from your other locations and do some riding here. Warning - The roads are small and need constant honking on the blind turns. The regulars and locals can manage it, but can be a little tough for newbies to manage the crazy bad roads.

2. Goa - Maharashtra - This can be a good place to do some riding via the coastal maharastra. Some small beautiful places worth exploring with amazing local food. The roads are not as tough but the sun is going to be a killer here.
Warning - Start early - take long times off in noons and maybe some little riding in the late noons.

And Finally Leh - I do not have a clue on what your idea of Leh is but then even if you fly to Leh (I think the snow might not have melted on many passes), you should atleast need 6-7 days including acclimatization.) Leh is a big discussion in itself - Try checking the sticky threads in the Leh Zanskar Forum.
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Hi Guys, the plans has changed a bit...here's the idea now. Woudl appreciate your input. Thanks so much...

3rd Feb 2013 – Fly to Mumbai
4th Feb – fly to Goa - 9 days
12th Feb – Hampi- 3 days
15th Feb- Mumbai - (overnight) - 1 day
17th Feb - Udapuir – 2 days (visit Chittorgarh?)
19th Feb - Pushkar/Jodpur – 2 days
20th Feb - Jaimsalmer – 3 days
23rd Feb - Jaipur – 2 days
25th Feb - Delhi – 2 days
27th Feb - Rishikesh – 5 days (ashrams – which one?)
5th March – Amaritsar – 1 day
6th March – Dharamalsala – 2 days
8th March – Leh/Ladakh – 6 days
14th March – fly to Delhi (Rs3, 567) – Meet Jess
14th March– Delhi – 2 days
16th March – Fly Kathmandu – 3 days
16th - 26th March Trekking ( from where to where?)
27th March - Delhi
30th March – Fly home 

Questions:

Worried this is a bit packed:
Should I leave out Leh/Ladakh in favour of going to Darjeeling and Varanasi.
Should I leave out either Leh/Ladakh or the trekking in the Himalayas?
Is there anything that is a must see and other places skippable. Should I add more days/lessen days in some places?

Thanks for all your help.

Sabrina
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Hey!!

The scedule is gonna be really hectic. It takes about sometime to know a place and have a feel about it, also travelling in and around in india is not always that comfortable. Hence suggest to make it little fewer places and spend some good amount of time there.
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Originally Posted by Sabrinaj View Post Hi Guys, the plans has changed a bit...here's the idea now. Woudl appreciate your input. Thanks so much...

3rd Feb 2013 – Fly to Mumbai
4th Feb – fly to Goa - 9 days
12th Feb – Hampi- 3 days
15th Feb- Mumbai - (overnight) - 1 day
17th Feb - Udapuir – 2 days (visit Chittorgarh?)
19th Feb - Pushkar/Jodpur – 2 days
20th Feb - Jaimsalmer – 3 days
23rd Feb - Jaipur – 2 days
25th Feb - Delhi – 2 days
27th Feb - Rishikesh – 5 days (ashrams – which one?)
The above seems quite alright even if hectic! Have you booked train tickets though? cos travelling that much by bus is really tiring!

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Originally Posted by Sabrinaj View Post 5th March – Amaritsar – 1 day
6th March – Dharamalsala – 2 days
8th March – Leh/Ladakh – 6 days
THATS the tricky section! From what I can gather, you will get on the road to Dharamsala on the 6th morning and reach aorund late afternoon. Probably spend time there and McLeodganj (you will have to hurry cos you would be looking to leave the very next day!)

Also the route from Dharamsala to Leh is a seriously long haul! There is no direct bus...you will have to come to Manali and then board the bus to Leh. Reaching Leh in a bus takes 48 hours, with an overnight halt at Keylong. If you take your own vehicle you could save osme time, but then again, the Manali Leh route is a really tough one and you have to give enough time to get acclimatised to the altitude.

You need to decide which of the states you would prefer and stick to it - Leh or Himachal. If its Leh, then you should head off to Manali from Amritsar, and board the Leh bus (or hire a vehicle the next day) Ladakh is brilliant but as is the case with places at high altitude, needs time to explore. The good thing is that you can catch a flight from there to Delhi direct. (which I presume you have already booked?)

If you have, then give Himachal a skip and just pass through.


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Originally Posted by Sabrinaj View Post 14th March – fly to Delhi (Rs3, 567) – Meet Jess
14th March– Delhi – 2 days
16th March – Fly Kathmandu – 3 days
16th - 26th March Trekking ( from where to where?)
For the trekking, there are lots of options - the most popular treks are the EBC (Everest Base Camp) and the ABC (Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara) You can look up the trek travelogues and decide for yourself which appeals to you

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Originally Posted by Sabrinaj View Post 27th March - Delhi
30th March – Fly home 

Questions:

Worried this is a bit packed:
Should I leave out Leh/Ladakh in favour of going to Darjeeling and Varanasi.
Should I leave out either Leh/Ladakh or the trekking in the Himalayas?
Is there anything that is a must see and other places skippable. Should I add more days/lessen days in some places?

Thanks for all your help.

Sabrina
1. Worried this is a bit packed:
Have pointed out the sections that are just too packed

2. Should I leave out Leh/Ladakh in favour of going to Darjeeling and Varanasi.
As someone who absolutely LOVES the Himalayas, Varanasi holds no interest for me BUT its quite high on the to-visit list of Westerners. If you really wish to go eastwards, then you will have to drop Himachal/Leh and move to Varanasi. Going to Darjeeling from there is another longish journey and you have to remember that there are no direct flights from Darjeeling airport (Bagdogra) that take you to Kathmandu. HOWEVER, you can catch an overnight bus from there to Kathmandu (Nepal)

3. Should I leave out either Leh/Ladakh or the trekking in the Himalayas?
As above, to me, that would be the highlight of my trip. It depends on you and your personal choice (and physical fitness) Being constantly on the move all these days might take a toll on you and you might probably like to relax up in the mountains, or conversely, feel exhausted from all the trekking! You know your body better and can decide accordingly.

4. Is there anything that is a must see and other places skippable. Should I add more days/lessen days in some places?
There is always the possibility of you having the infamous "Delhi Belly" (stomach upset) which might waylay you for a few days. Add to it general travelling delays... and also the possibility that sometimes you just might enjoy a place and want to spend at least a day more, rather than hurriedly doing the tourist circuit with a guide and rushing along packing/unpacking virtually every day. I would suggest to reduce places off your list ... you have a lot of good/mustsee places and Im sure you will enjoy and remember them more, the longer you spend there!

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Please check the road status to get to Leh / Ladakh before planning to visit. The time you will be here the roads are usually closed. Flight will be the only option to get in / out of Ladakh.
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Hello,

Thank you all so much. I think i sadly will have to leave out Leh and Ladakh as it seems the temperatures dip as low as -15 degrees. I think i would rather focus on the Himalayas on this trip, and plan a good trek there. I'd love something without too many tourists (can you suggest anything really good, fairly challenging..for about 5 days? Do you know if any good tour companies who could help?

If i have extra time i'd love to go tot national park...can you recommend any in the areas i'm visiting?

Thanks very much.

Sabrina

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