HELP 4 weeks, Varanasi, Kolkata, Darjeeling, Yuksom, Hampi Goa - any advise welcome

#1 Oct 23rd, 2017, 04:38
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Hello!

I'm visiting for the first time 1st of Dec 17, for 4 weeks with my other half we are both 29.

We have backpacked around Asia and the world within the last 2 years so are used to traveling around. As this is an individual trip we arent on a backpacker budget we are happy to get flights if these are more efficient use of time. Our daily budget will be 100+

We are conscious that we must book train journeys etc asap, we plan on having this all done, but wanted really struggling with the itinerary. The itinerary below is totally flexible excluding the start and end date.

We love to experience countries and the people of the countries rather than follow the tourist paths if possible. Another key thing is we are aware we have packed in a lot 7 we are aware this will mean hours of night trains and traveling.


Current Itinerary

2nd Dec - ND - 1 Night

3rd - Agra 1 night

4th - night train to Varanasi from Agra

5/6 th Varanasi 2 nights

7th - night train to Kolkata

8th Kolkata 1 night

9/10 th -Sunderbans Tiger Reserve 2 nights

11th Kolkata - New Jalpaiguri Night train

12 th - NJ - Darjeeling train/jeep - Darjeeling 2 nights

14/15 - Singalila 2 nights ( would it be more worth while to continue to Sikkim
and skip Singalila or vise versa )

16/17 - Pelling or Yuksom 2 nights

18/19 - Float days

20/21 - Bagdogra Flight to Bengaluru/ goa - night train/bus to Hampi

22/23 - Hampi - 2 nights

24 - NT hampi to goa

25/26/27 - Goa 3 nights

29th Dec fly from Goa 2am


Some other spanners to through in -

Seeing one horned Rhinos (outside of a zoo)?

Rajasthan are we doing right to miss this out/ in favor of the above?

Complete curve ball....Would it be better to go north of Delhi to see the Himalaya rather than Darjeeling.

Thank you some much for reading and any help would be welcome even if you think Itinerary is

#2 Oct 23rd, 2017, 08:06
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Hello littlelondon,

I think I would fly into Kolkata and then take the domestic flight south from either Varanasi or Agra even, if the Taj must be done. Forgoing Delhi and Agra would give you back a couple days to get more out the the areas where you're intending to spend your time. Night travel isn't all that restful. Finishing up with some chill out time is the way to go, good move.
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#3 Oct 23rd, 2017, 08:38
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What you include and what you leave out on your first India trip depends on what you like to experience. By and large no one part of India is typically unmissable nor is any place worth going out of the way for unless you're say, wedded to a particular food, or historical period. That said, my home state Rajasthan is the picture postcard India you may have seen and it's very easy to get to from Agra and Delhi. I'd also recommend you look at a good guidebook for sample itineraries as you're moving around a whole lot. Kolkata for a night? Delhi for a night? You'd likely see one or two main sights and the airport/station and little else. Similarly hampi to goa transit is not easy - nine hours in a bus. Also as SG says, night travel isn't restful. Replan, please.
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Thank uou

Thanks for your feedback guys.

With regards to replanning what would you recommend.
#5 Oct 23rd, 2017, 16:33
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My suggestion would be skip West Bengal / Sikkim this time. Darjeeling has just come back to normalcy after a 100+ day strike. Not sure if the agitation would start again.

If you want to take a chance then start from Kolkata and cover those region first. For one horned rhino you could consider Kaziranga or Manas.

Also during December - January fog usually creates a havoc with train and flight schedules in Delhi and surrounding regions. So trains starting from Delhi could be delayed or cancelled depending on the fog situation.
#6 Oct 23rd, 2017, 18:04
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I agree with Aarosh , right now it will be a wise decision to skip Darjeeling and Sikkim . Even if it is cool now , fight can break out any time .

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