New Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai in 9 days!

#1 Jun 18th, 2013, 03:02
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I will be in India from June 21 - 30 and will be travelling to New Delhi (June 21 - 25), Chandigarh (June 25 - 27) and Mumbai (June 27 - 30). I'm a Canadian woman and will be travelling with another woman. Neither of us have been to India before and I'm stressing out about making it the best 9 days ever. We will have limited free time in each city (2.5 days in New Delhi, an evening in Chandigarh and 1.5 days in Mumbai).

Specifically, I would like to know:
  • How bad is the monsoon for those cities? Will we be able to get around and sight-see?
  • What gifts would be appreciated from Canada for our guides/hosts?
  • What should be on our bucket list for each city? I'm a foodie and love India fabrics.
Thanks in advance for any guidance!
#2 Jun 18th, 2013, 11:15
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Parts of Mumbai and delhi are currently under water. and since your journey date is so close, i would not expect much difference in status from now to when you arrive. In fact, delhi domestic airport was under knee-deep water..

You will be able to go around and sight see, if you keep somewhat upto date with the local conditions. try and get some local help when you arrive, so they can give you a clearer picture.

gifts, that is a minefield. Me, i like maple syrup..

since your trip is very short, i would avoid road side stalls everywhere, and eat in some clean and decent places. New water can cause problems.

bucket list is too long to mention, but i'll try and link some posts...

New delhi metro and tourist destinations.

Mumbai foodies.

mumbai sights

chandigarh wikitravel
#3 Jun 19th, 2013, 02:07
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You are asking the weather questions just before the trip??

July-Aug is the rainy season and it's pouring heavy specially in North Hilly areas and Mumbai is known for serious floods as well. Massive Flooding in Uttarakhand, June 2013 In Delhi Monsoon was slated to come in late June but its raining heavy in spurts.That said there might be some dry days in between so you can make use of those.

As for gifts.By host you mean you would stay with Indian family or some sites where they offer free hosting? It depends who they are.The tourists guides are not supposed to be given "gifts" as they might charge you enough to get some gifts themselves.

For sight seeing there are enough threads already.So good luck for travels.

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