1st time India- 1 month honeymoon- Dec-Jan- India in 3 parts???
sbelleo
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1st time India- 1 month honeymoon- Dec-Jan- India in 3 parts???

First: love this site!

Man and I are planning our first trip to India together this Dec for our honeymoon (Dec 5-Jan 5). I have a good deal of backpacking experience around Europe, Egypt, Lebanon and China. It's his first non-European voyage. I work in art and food industries and he works in music. We're interested in artist colonies for craft/ music items, food and culture in general-- My honeymoon requirement was "somewhere I can get cool things for cheap and eat deliciously." :) (not cheaply made, just less expensive than NYC where we live!)

Our budget isn't huge, but as we're in our 30's we're more likely to stay mid-range than backpacker budget of our younger years, also being our honeymoon...

Very excited and realizing the more we read the more likely it is we'll need to come back.

We approached India in three sections we most wanted to see: The Raj area, Kolkata area and Kerala. From there as we speak with people we've nudged things here and there. Here's the outline we're working with. Advice and guidance from seasoned folk is much appreciated! (There are a few unaccounted for days to play with in this itinerary.)

DELHI-- arrival, 2 nights.
overnight train to
UDAIPUR-- 3 nights
hire driver
JAIPUR-- 2 nights (or should we go with JODHPUR???)
hire driver
AGRA-- 0 nights
overnight train to
VARANASI-- 2 nights
overnight train to
KOLKATA-- 2 nights
fly to
MYSORE-- 2 nights (random, but we know some peeps there)
fly to
COCHI
drive to
ALEPPY-- 2 nights then
houseboat to
VARKALA-- 2-3 nights
train or hire driver to
TRIVANDRUM to...
fly to
MUMBAI-- 2 nights, depart from Mumbai back to NYC


--> Side trips where apropo along the way like Jain temple, spice plantations in Kerala.

We'd also really like to go to some sort of national park. Can't decide between:

SUNDARBANS-- would be organized from Kolkata
RANTHAMBORE-- maybe between Agra and Varanasi?
BANDHAVGARH-- how do people usually reach this on their Raj tour/ when???


Thanks in advance for any advice/ thoughts!

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Once in Kerala, you'll be in the area of Ooty, Coonoor and the Ooty toy train, tea plantations. There is a farm stay that offers cheese making classes, if you are into that.

You'll also be within a few hours drive to Kodanad elephant sanctuary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y83uB...e_gdata_player
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We'd also really like to go to some sort of national park. Can't decide between:

SUNDARBANS-- would be organized from Kolkata
RANTHAMBORE-- maybe between Agra and Varanasi?
BANDHAVGARH-- how do people usually reach this on their Raj tour/ when???


I guess you have mixed up Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh.
Ranthambore is at Sawai Madhopur, not so far from Jaipur.
Bandhavgarh is down in Madhya Pradesh and far away from your route.

I don't think it is possible to do Kolkata and the Sundabarans both in the time you have.

Just read your question about Jaipur /Jodhpur, my favorite is the latter. To include this and Ranthambore my suggestion is
Delhi Udaipur
Udaipur Jodhpur by car
Jodhpur Sawai Madhopur by train or car
Then to Agra and the further.
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Thanks!

VONKLA- Yes, you're correct, I mixed up Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh when typing-- not in my head ;) Thanks for the clarification.

Really, you don't think it's possible to add Sundarbans? We have about 5 days that are not included in the itinerary-- I thought we could do 2 nights Kolkata, 2 nights Sundarbans before hitting Mysore.

OR-- include either Ranthambore OR Bandhavgarh in there for 1-2 nights around Raj. It seems like people go to Bandhavargh post-Agra. 1/2 day or so by car-- or train and then we'd go to Varanasi.


DREW60- We plan on tea plantations! Psyched for those!
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I thought you want to do the Sundarbans in the 2 days you mentioned for Kolkata. If you have some days extra it sure worth to try it.

As for Bandhavgarh, according to Google Earth it is over 600 km from Agar. I don't know the road conditions but it will at least take a full day. For trains, the nearest railhead is Umaria, for the connections see erail.in
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Originally posted by: sbelleo View Post

Thanks!

DREW60- We plan on tea plantations! Psyched for those!


If thats the case,you shouldn't miss Munnar whilst in Kerala.


vandy :)
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Vandy that pic is amazing! Munnar on the list.

Yes, so we think 2 days in Kolkata then 1 or 2 nights in Sundarbans but it seems so hard to get to-- but I guess easier than Bandhavgarh!
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As you mentioned earlier that you had some spare days in your overall itinery that you had not allocated as yet,consider this

Cochin > Munnar > Thekady(Kumily) > Allepey > Varkhala > Tvndm.

The road trip from Munnar to Thekady is pretty amazing.

Car & driver for Cochin through to Allepey then after Allepey,Tourist Backwater ferry to Kollam(takes all day)then cab to Varkhala then cab to Tvndm.Or If your'e backwatered out after Allepey take car to Varkhala.

If you want to help wash an elephant in the river you can stop in at Kodanand on your way up to Munnar, this happens in the Mornings.

vandy :)
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Originally posted by: sbelleo View Post


...also being our honeymoon...

We approached India in three sections we most wanted to see: The Raj area, Kolkata area and Kerala.


Hate to 'route-crash' your itinerary., but you say it's your Honeymoon!!! Sure you want to miss KHAJURAHO, the temple of love? :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

However, it's not exactly your-itinerary-friendly place( it is in the state of MadhyaPradesh ), but it will be well worth it.


A sneek-peek into Khajuraho...
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ha! We considered Khajuraho but went for Varanasi. Slightly more itinerary friendly tho less romantic. We'll have Udaipur and the western ghats for romance ;)
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Originally posted by: sbelleo View Post

ha! We considered Khajuraho but went for Varanasi.

Aah, From 'Romance' to 'Spirituality'! Spoketh like a true Indian-traveler!



Originally posted by: sbelleo View Post

Slightly more itinerary friendly tho less romantic.

Did you know that, in popular Indian culture, the father of the bride ( playfully ) stops the Groom-to-be who has ( mockingly ) decided to give up worldly pleasures and go to Varanasi for enlightenment( Varanasi being the seat of 'Vedic' studies ), and when the Groom relents, he marries his daughter to him, and then presents him with a walking stick and 'suitable' footwear to, ironically, visit the same Varanasi for the couple's HONEYMOON( bcoz this is where the epitome of love, 'Parvati-Shiva' reside )!!! So, 'less romantic'? Well, definitely not if you ask the bride's father :D


NJOY!
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Years ago we visited a temple in Osian. In the back of it where some erotic sculptures.
The priest that guided us around persisted that they original where used to instruct the newly married couples.
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Kolkata(Calcutta),India

@sbelleo
When are coming Kolkata?I can help you on kolkata tour.
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Vandy (and others)- In your opinion, how many days should your suggested itinerary take?

Cochin > Munnar > Thekady(Kumily) > Allepey > Varkhala > Tvndm.

10 days enough? Doable in 8?

Also, we'll likely be coming from Mysore/ Wayanad now (keep tweaking that itinerary!).

Suggestions from getting from Mysore/ Wayand into Cochin???
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PS- love the philosophical honeymoon/ spiritual vs romance discussion happening on the side ;)