3 weeks around Kolkata - itinerary

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I will arrive into Kolkata in early January - would have liked to have travelled to Dharjeeling, Varanasi - Delhi.....but, guess this is too much.....!!!???? Can anyone advise of an itinerary - I won;t want to stay in Kolkata all of two weeks, and would like to see some of this corner of India... I love train-journies and don;t mind if I need to fly to another city and from there return to London. Many thanks for any help.
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Trains will be jam packed during this high tourist time. Best set your itinerary and see about booking your trains with cleartrip.com Book your hotels as well.

You definitely need to see Varanasi, a 14 hour overnight train trip from Kolkata. Varanasi is worth 3 days or more.

Delhi is doable too, you can see a lot in three weeks.
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thanks, good point, I hadn;t thought about it being tourist season!
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Darjeeling would be another great place to visit from Kolkata.

Or the Sunderban Wildlife Preserve, that would be fun too.
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While in Kolkata please consider doing Sutanuti Trail - journey thru history and heritage buildings of north kolkata. I did the trip last Saturday and it was excellent.

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yes, I so wanted to do the little toy-train up to there, but, I believe that it is too cold at this time of year? Thankyou for the suggestion though
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Two weeks is plenty of time to spend a couple of days in Varanasi, or you could take an overnight train from Kolkata to Puri and spend a week on the beach... or any number of other nearby places.

Pehaps you should spend a little time with a guidebook and see what else is in the vicinity.
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Thankyou - You are right, I do need to spend some time looking into it all, but I find the help from this website just so useful, and sometimes the books are not quite so good. However, back to the bookwork!
Did begin to toy +with Kolkatta, Varanasi (overnight train) on to Kathmandu (fly) and then back downs to Delhi and from there back to UK.....maybe too much in just over 3 weeks??????
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Originally Posted by asiagirl View Post Did begin to toy +with Kolkatta, Varanasi (overnight train) on to Kathmandu (fly) and then back downs to Delhi and from there back to UK.....maybe too much in just over 3 weeks??????
Leaving the country and getting straight back in isn't so easy anymore.

If so, I'd seek to fly into the one country, out of the other, to avoid the whole issue. (Then if the cold concerns you, I wouldn't expect Nepal to be all balmy that time of year, no?)

You need to be prepared for the northern plains, so e.g. Varanasi and Delhi, to get quippy at night, too, btw. Temperatures can drop close to freezing point; daytime ought to then just be more-or-less pleasant. (If foggy, can still not reach much above say 15C. Ditto for Varanasi with its winding and so shady alleys in the old city, can take a while to warm up by day. Darjeeling in winter is just really quite cold; small wonder, it lies at 2,000 meters up.)

The one mid-winter I visited Kolkata and some of rural West Bengal I didn't find it gets very cold there, but I'm sure it may vary yearly.

Check maybe also http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...size=_original for some general idea.
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Thankyou so much! I think that you have really confirmed what I was already beginning to think......I do want to see this part of the country, and I do want to visit Kathmandu....but, to be honest, I really need to be warm and see the sun (lots of it) during the winter, and I appreciate everyones help, but I think that I will postpone this trip until the weather is more clement, and I have more time to do it justice.......Your responses have been most helpful.
My situation is that my husband is travelling back from Australia across Asia, so we are going to meet up, as I have man aged to get 3 weeks off work, but, India always appeals to me more than Asia = so I was hoping that he could have flown over to meet up in Kolcatta - but, I think that I will change plans now and meet up in Asia......sad, because I so want to return to India - next year for definite!!!!!!!
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Well, meeting up together in Kolkata then heading off into some of rural West Bengal/Sundarbans/Orissa shouldn't throw up much issues, weather-wise.

I mean even the northern plains aren't all that bad; I just meant it as a common caution of mine that it does get quite chilly there, and then indeed notably and mostly by night, much more so than many seem to expect. (I know I wasn't at all prepared for it, the first time I ran into it, and having first spent quite some time in the [sub-] tropical south.)

A thing is always, too, that just very little of anything, anywhere, will be heated. So up north, this makes any cold or clamminess far more pervasise, even if it may not look or sound all that cold to you in absolute terms, or compared to where you live. There's just scarcely anywhere to warm up.

But say in the wider Kolkata area and southwards from there, I don't think it would have to be any issue. I've slept on an open rooftop in Kolkata with just a light blanket in early January, but then as said I'm sure the weather may vary. Rural West Bengal again at that time, I guess nothing that that light blanket and perhaps a light woollen sweater by night wouldn't fix. Daytime, just balmy, if not pretty warm.

Then stuff heats up quickly after the arguably brief winter, more slowly so in the mountains, of course. I guess in the northern plains (and so as noted, I think Kolkata and thereabouts has a bit of a different climate. Maybe influenced by the Bay of Bengal?), I'd prefer to be there in say October/November or mid-January/late February, to avoid the winter cold and hopefully the fog, as well as the heat before and after. Can really heat up quickly after that.

The mountains, I suppose something like late March/April until the onset of the monsoon (June/July or thereabouts?) would be preferred to many.

South India by contrast, no doubt mid- (European) winter would be your best bet. (How's about he flies into e.g. Chennai, and you do a bit of that region?)
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thankyou, that is most helpful....I feel that I will postpone the trip until a. the weather is more clement, and b. I have more time to do it all justice and visit other places also....however, I will look into the Chennai idea, but that would depend on cost of flying from Asia......
I am grateful for your time in replying and your knowledge. When I am more sure of coming over to that area I will write again and hope to receive such help - Thankyou

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