Personally I LOVE maps :D I spent many happy hours as a child pouring over my atlas and planning my world travels. Geography was my favourite subject, I was always happy trecing maps of countries & adding in rivers, capital cities etc. I'm sure my desire to visit India was sparked by my Geography teacher, ex British army, and his tales about the "colonies" (this was in the 60s & he must have been near 60 himself)
I can't think of any films/documentaries that cover the whole of India but there are lots of great photographic guidebooks that you could buy/borrow.
Most will have suggested itineraries depending on how long you are going to stay, what kinds of things you want to see/do etc.
Have you made any decisions yet? e.g. when you are going to travel (weather may be a factor in some places at certain times), how long you'll stay, which airport you will fly into/out of ?
Why did you decide to go to India? There must be something that attracted you, that could be the starting point for a plan. What do you like to do when you're on holiday in other places?
Have a look at some of the photo travellogues on this site, I can recommend Davidx2, he's only just started but it will give you a real insight into trvelling in India & the photos are fabulous. There are many others too.
Happy planning! :D
What vaccines? And when are you travelling? - narrows the choice a bit.
whichever ones they tell you to get when you say you're going to india... hep a, typhoid, polio, malaria tablets, perhaps rabies... japanese encephalitis (this is why i need to figure out where i'm going, and if i'm going to be staying in a rural area for a while or not.... this shit is expensive.)I'm sure it is all expensive when you fill yourself up with every jab going, anyhow, When are you travelling?.. rather determines which jabs may be relevant.
I'm sure it is all expensive when you fill yourself up with every jab going, anyhow, When are you travelling?.. rather determines which jabs may be relevant.
travels begin around jan 2015. will end up in india in march, hopefully. would like to get there for holi! but yes my travel doctor told me you don't necessarily need the japanese encephelitis one if you won't be there in a rural area during monsoon season, which begins in may, correct? i don't think i'll be there in may, but i am not setting a definite time limit on it if i fall in love so it makes the decision a bit harder. let's assume, for the purpose of this chat, that i will be in india all of march and april. just in case it doesn't work as i'm thinking.March into April is wonderful in the hills, like Uttarakhand, where Rishikesh is, which you might be keen on given that you mentioned 'spiritualities' as an interest.
March into April is wonderful in the hills, like Uttarakhand, where Rishikesh is, which you might be keen on given that you mentioned 'spiritualities' as an interest.
Holi, usually in March, marking the arrival of Spring. My favourite location for that is Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, between Delhi and the Taj Mahal at Agra. You may want to see the Taj? and from there Jaipur, Rajasthan and a few other locations in Raj. makes sense. So with your itinerary you could work backwards so to speak.
Post Holi = Rishikesh
Post Rishi = Hills
Thank you, I feel like this is really good info for me. I am interested in seeing Varanasi as well... and the Elephanta caves, or really any caves for that matter. So much to see! It's overwhelming! Any other suggestions for ancient spiritual sites?Varanasi yeah, could come from there to Agra, in late Feb after the fogs have disappeared.