2 month itinerary July/August

#1 May 11th, 2015, 13:02
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Hello all,

I'm seeking advice on a itinerary I put together. It's basically combining two suggested routes in a Lonely Planet guide book.

As for me, I'm a 34 y/o male, solo budget backpacker, travelling via bus/train. Interests are food, high altitude trekking, nature, spending time off and on the tourist trail, impressive archaeological sites, temples, and forts, beautiful chill out areas, and one or two crazy parties. No beaches or coast.

My main concerns is the monsoon. My return is flexible so I can wait a day or two at times for travel routes to open up, but I don't want to be stuck somewhere for 3 days or more. Also, any alternate routes, destinations, suggestions will be welcomed.


Kolkata Fly in July 1st
Bodhgaya
Varansasi
Khajuraho
Orchha
Sanchi
Bhopal
Jalgaon
Ajanta Caves
Udaipur
Ranakpur
Pushkar & Ajmer
Jaipur
Agra
Delhi
Rishikesh
Dehra Dun
Chandigarh
Shilma
Manali
Leh - (8 day Markha Valley & Stok Kangri Climb)
McLeod Ganj
Srinagar
Jammu
Amritsar
Dehli Fly out around Sept 1, flexible, no ticket booked.

I appreciate any input, thank you.
#2 May 11th, 2015, 13:32
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PS - I have traveled SE Asia for 5 months and lived in Bangkok for another 9 months. So I think I am acclimated to the heat/humidity of India, but you may have a better idea.

Avshin
#3 May 11th, 2015, 18:09
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I have no idea how much the monsoon will have influence on your trip but here are some general remarks.

Apart from the 8 days in Leh you want to visit about 24 destinations in 54 days, taking in account the travel time you have less than 2 days in each place.

Transport in India is slow, for planning by bus or even train assume an average speed of 40-50 km an hour.

Trains between places don't always go every day, and in most cases you must reserve them well in advance.

Erail.in gives a good idea about the trains. In the railway forum is a lot information about reservations etc.
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Thank you Vonkla for your response.

I redid the itinerary noticing that it was more of a route and not necessarily every place I wanted to visit in depth. Below is the list of main cities or areas. Anyone see any issues with this for a 2 month trip during the monsoon?

1 Kolkata Fly in July 1st
2 Bodhgaya
3 Varansasi
4 Khajuraho
5 Sanchi Bhopal
6 Jalgaon Ajanta Caves
7 Udaipur Ranakpur
8 Pushkar Ajmer
9 Jaipur
10 Agra
11 Delhi
12 Rishikesh
13 Shilma
14 Manali
15 Leh 8 day Markha Valley Trek & Stok Kangri Climb
16 Srinagar
17 McLeod Ganj
18 Amritsar
19 Dehli Fly out around Sept 1, no ticket booked.

Also, any thoughts on adding Jodhpu & Jaisalmer to the trip? Would it be too redundant or do those places offer something unique to the itinerary?

Thank you,

Avshin
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Adding to Vonklas suggestion that you were doing too much (which you were!) I'd also suggest that if possible you flip the route.

From a weather perspective I would imagine starting the northern/Himalayan part first would be best as July is pretty much peak for the Himalayas/leg route before moving on to the rest of your trip as the monsoon begins to subside.

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Also, any thoughts on adding Jodhpu & Jaisalmer to the trip? Would it be too redundant or do those places offer something unique to the itinerary?

Thank you,

Avshin
If you google images of Jodhpur fort and Jaisalmer , it'd be self explanatory I cannot imagine Jodhpur / Jaisalmer not being called 'unique'.
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Thank you NomadicBoo and vaibhav_arora for your responses!

I agree it might make more sense to run the trip in reverse when considering the monsoon, but I have a friend who lives near Shimla who is helping with the relief effort it Nepal and I'm not sure when he'll be back. So it's best to try and wait if I want to see him. Plus I'm too cheap to fly from Kolkata to Rishikesh!

I added Jodhpu & Jaisalmer to the itinerary and cut out some other place (such as Dehli in the middle and McLeod Ganj) . You were right vaibhav_arora, Jodhpu & Jaisalmer are pretty unique to the itinerary for me. Hopefully I'll have time for those, if not then I will just push onto Pushkar & Ajmer.

Any other suggestions for my itinerary? Is it doable?

1 Kolkata Fly in July 1st
2 Bodhgaya
3 Varansasi
4 Khajuraho
5 Bhopal, Sanchi
6 Ajanta Caves
7 Udaipur, Ranakpur
8 Jodhpur
9 Jaisalmer
10 Pushkar, Ajmer
11 Jaipur
12 Agra
13 Rishikesh
14 Shimla
15 Manali
16 Leh 8 day Markha Valley & Stok Kangri Climb
17 Srinagar
18 Amritsar
19 Dehli Fly out around Sept 1, flexible, no ticket booked.

I usually plan about a day out for travel, but I'm concerned about what I'm hearing about trains and the need for reservations. Worst case scenario, I get a bus or ride 2nd class right?

Thank you,

Avshin

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