2 months backpacking India - north and south - itinerary advice please!!

#1 May 28th, 2010, 02:23
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  • jenlou is offline
Hi everyone,

I'll be backpacking in India for two months from early September this year

I'm flying into Dehli and plan to see the usual tourist parts there, but I'd like to see some some of the following areas;

Himachel Pradesh / Goa / Kerala / Calcutta / West Bengal / Darjeeling.

Can anyone suggest a good route between these?

Will this be too much for two months?

Thank you
#2 May 28th, 2010, 02:43
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  • SmritiGeorge is offline
Hey there

You can easily travel those areas in two months if you aren't looking at spending a lot of time in each of these places.

If you're landing in Delhi, I'd recommend you start off with Himachal Pradesh. You could head to Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla which are the usual tourist hot spots and if you're up to some trekking then head off to Spiti which is beautiful.

Then you need to come back to Delhi and can head to Calcutta which is in the state of West Bengal. From there you can catch a train to New Jalpaiguri from where you catch a taxi to Darjeeling which is brilliant that time of the year. Right now there's a lot of political instability there so would recommend you check on the status of Darjeeling before you head there. Since you're planning on going to Darjeeling you should also head to the state of Sikkim. Gangtok which is the capital of Sikkim is about a 6 hour drive by taxi from Darjeeling and there are regular taxi services. You'll find a lot of info on Sikkim and where all to visit on these forums. It's a beautiful place and possibly the cleanest state in the country.

From Sikkim you need to head back to Jalpaiguri and can either take a train back to Calcutta or Delhi from where you can fly out to Kerala. I recommend flights as train journeys are rather long. From Delhi it takes 3 days and 2 nights to get to Kerala. Again you'll find a lot of stuff on the forums on places to visit in Kerala. From Kerala you can head out to Goa which is a good way to end your India tour.

Hope this has been of some help! Have a good trip!
#3 May 28th, 2010, 20:24
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  • ananda2193 is offline
First, you can fly into Delhi and out of Mumbai for around the same price!

I would do Delhi-Himachal-Varanasi-Darjeeling-Calcutta-Kerala-Goa and then fly back home from Mumbai. And you should have plenty of time to visit some other places between Calcutta and Kerala if you don't linger too long in one place.
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#4 Jun 8th, 2010, 00:19
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  • jenlou is offline
thank you for the suggestions, your ideas have really helped!

i'm struggling to find flights from Calcutta to Kerala - do you think this is only feasible via Dehli?
#5 Jun 8th, 2010, 02:36
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  • vonkla is offline
Emirates http://www.emirates.com/uk/english/index.aspxis not the cheapest company and you have to change planes in Dubai. But then you can fly to every international airport in India.

For Kerala, have a look at Kolkota - Cochin in http://www.makemytrip.com/

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