50 days in the North - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarhakand

#1 May 14th, 2018, 23:10
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Namaskar!

I finally have a window to fulfil my longstanding dream of visiting India, travelling solo. I will start my journey in Lucknow, as I have a buddy there, and then venture forth. I have a full 51 days and when travelling,

I have a strict policy of slow travel, which means I stay in a place at least 2-3 nights to really take everything in and avoid a "Neuschwanstein fatigue". Even doing this, 51 days is plenty of time and I would like to visit some of the places I have always dreamt of going to.

These places are spread across four neighbouring states. Maybe you could advise me on where to explore a bit deeper and what to do or skip, keeping in mind that I like to stay 2-3 nights at a place. I'd really appreciate your help!

I have a google maps here with all the places I want to visit:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J1...1r&usp=sharing

These places are in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarhakand. I have allocated 2-3 weeks for Rajasthan as I really want to explore that place in depth.

My questions would be:
  • if there is anything missing in the other states that would be not too far off my path but worth seeing? I feel like I have not given enough attention to them!
  • which of the parks I marked in the map is your favourite for spotting tigers and other wildlife?
  • anything off the beaten path, as many places I go to are firmly on the tourist trail

I travel for food, awesome video and photography and wildlife. A shorter hike would be great too!

Thanks!
#2 May 15th, 2018, 00:06
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Hi,
I think you have a good plan, which time of the year do you intend to go.
Some remarks
-do you know that for train rides you cannot simply go to the station and buy a ticket.
-Consider to go to Orchha/Jhansi after Khujaraho. Then a train to Udaipur and start the Rajasthan leg from there.
-Bikaner will not add much to your other destinations
-Scroll down to see some other threads about similar itineraries.
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post Hi,
I think you have a good plan, which time of the year do you intend to go.
Some remarks
-do you know that for train rides you cannot simply go to the station and buy a ticket.
-Consider to go to Orchha/Jhansi after Khujaraho. Then a train to Udaipur and start the Rajasthan leg from there.
-Bikaner will not add much to your other destinations
-Scroll down to see some other threads about similar itineraries.
Thanks for the answer! For the train ticket I have to book in advance online/in person, I reckon?

That Udaipur tip is gold! Do you know anything about Panna National Park? Worth visiting?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by detherion View Post Thanks for the answer! For the train ticket I have to book in advance online/in person, I reckon?
The man on Seat61 site has the best information about booking trains, see here.

On the etrain site you can examine which trains run between destinations and if there are seats available.
#5 May 15th, 2018, 07:59
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Panna is definitely worth visiting.

For food, in Jaipur stay at Tara’s Place Home Stay On Bany Park. Search for these terms even on my blog. A cozy homestay with interesting people and amazingly food.

Try and add Dharamshala to your trip. For a quant Experience try and add Landour in Uttarakhand.

Ranthambhore is fantastic. Many Indian National parks will be shit during the monsoons so be careful.
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You could do Bhopal and around. Look at my trip report in signature for what to see and how to plan. All core areas of national parks are closed during 15june-30sep timeframe. Plan accordingly. Everything as you correctly identified is on the tourist map. However, slow travel will help you see and experience more from the same places.
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Thanks a ton guys for the advice. I should have mentioned, I am leaving on Friday and staying until early July. So, I should plan to visit one or two Parks right at the beginning of my trip (probably Panna and Ranthambore).

I'll add the places you mentioned to the map. Sound so interesting! Please feel free to suggest more
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I hope you realize it will be very hot in June, see here for an example of last years temperature in Lucknow and Jodhpur.

Think of an alternative to spend more time in the Himalaya.
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post I hope you realize it will be very hot in June, see here for an example of last years temperature in Lucknow and Jodhpur.

Think of an alternative to spend more time in the Himalaya.
I am here now and while it is very hot at 42 degrees it is not as humid as in South East Asia, so I am actually comfortable walking around during the day haha.

Thanks for all the advice! I will try to make Panna and Ranthambore before the parks close.

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