5th time to India, where else should i go?

#1 Aug 4th, 2010, 03:59
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Well i'm dreaming about India again for a couple of months Dec-Jan respectively. Last time i did two months in India was in Oct-Dec 2001, my first time in India. Since then i have had three, two to three week vacations in India, where i was mainly in Goa partying hardand spending far to much money.
So it's back to basics on a tight budget but a flexible schedule
Places i have been thus far in Chronological order: Chennai,Mahabalipuram,Pondiche rry,Madurai,Trivandrum,Kovalam ,kanyakumari(daytrip),Kollam,A llapuzah,Ernakulam/Chochin,Goa(everywhere in Goa),Delhi, Agra, Mumbai.

Forthcoming trip i will be starting in Mumbai, ironically i have yet to see much of Mumbai even after visting there three times
So Mumbai needs exploring and then i will be going to Pune, after that it's a blank canvass with no time limits. Places i fancy going so far: Puri in Orissa, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore.....

So if anyone can come up with some more places to add to my list and tell me why they think it's a good option, please fire away
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I guess it would be a right time for a Rajasthan trip.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post I guess it would be a right time for a Rajasthan trip.
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Rajasthan, definitely...

Amazing place to visit!
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If you have plans to go to Banglore or Hyderabad, then a trip to HAMPI & GOKARNA would be worthy!.
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Well ...

Places I could suggest in MP would include Kajuraho and Orcha plus Mandu in MP. Mandu might involve a happy adventure on the local buses ... see note 1

Aurungabad for Ajanta and Ellora plus Nashik with Trimbak in Maharashtra.

Puri for Konark in Orissa.

Hampi and either the Badami area and Bijapur or Bangalore Mysore and Belur + Halebidu in Karnataka. If you are a fan of Wittgenstein there is a lovely guy working in the tourist office in Hassan who enjoys discussing his philosophy and would like a copy of the Blue and Brown books.

For Rajasthan I would suggest Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur plus the less well known Bundi (drying ones washing where Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" is quite something) rather than the towns in the Thar desert ... see Note 2

I liked BodGaya in Bihar and Varanasi with Sarnath, but then I have form as a Buddhist and have visited many of the sites connected with Sid the Sahdu and the legacy created by his followers. To piss where the Buddha pissed is an odd experience.

And Kolkata ... no visit to the Indian sub continent is adequate without taking in that magical city.

My daughter would not forgive me if I missed out Hyderabad as she lived there for a year and is there as I write ... but if you go there venture out to Warangal ... when the bosses allowed the local Maoists to hold a meeting, just to to show how little support they had ... over a million people turned out... but then old one stone is an odd place.

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But be prepared for some harassment from the local lads ... although ones fellow passengers may initially be a little shocked suddenly and directly informing the ring leader that should they want a long life and many children they should not assume that a gora can't understand Hindi insult. Ones fellow passengers should prove quite supportive one the ice has been shall we say broken.

The bus conductor was a great guy despite being a United fan and was quite relieved that someone had 'reasoned' with the lad. I liked him.

Note 2

The daughter said that if you are there in the 20/20 cricket season and fancy trekking the Rajasthan Royals had some first rate powder to help a chap march, which they were willing to share with impecunious students.
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L'Orissa, it's not only Puri and Konark...
It's also has Chilika lake, the hotspring in Tatopani, some tibetan settlements, and lots of tribes in the south, close to the beautiful Araku Valley...

Have a look here: http://www.indiamike.com/india/off-t...rissa-t111034/
I'm leaving tomorrow to Delhi then Varanasi and Orissa, coming back end of september...
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http://www.indiamike.com/india/journ...owentry&e=1309
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Originally Posted by Chundi View Post L'Orissa, it's not only Puri and Konark...
It's also has Chilika lake,
Some mighty fine days out from Puri ... charabanc trips organised by the local tourist board are a good bet. We thoroughly enjoyed ours.

The beach just down from Konark has a very interesting fisherperson village ... those guys get a real poo-poo deal from the local bosses and by visiting and interacting you can get first hand experience of how oppression damages the cognitive development of the oppressed.

The nearby craft village (you can walk the couple of miles from the bus stop on the main road) is also quite an experience ... you get to meet people from there at all sorts of unexpected places.

As for the tribal areas ... they are very interesting but take care ... the comrades are taking on the bosses and landlords ... and should you get caught up in it the lads won't believe your claim that " I'm really on your side, mate" even if your grasp of Marxist-Leninist-Mao-Tse-Tung thought allows you to make clear ideological distinctions between Lin Biao, the Gang of Four, Deng Xiaoping and Zhao Enlai and equivocate between Lin and Zhao as an appropriate revolutionary model.

Should you wish to discuss politics with the ultra-left I would suggest striking up a conversation with those found 'keeping the faith' on the MG road in Bangaluru. I enjoyed my conversations with them and liked them a lot. A little hint whatever you do don't admit to being a member of the SWP, whilst not totally supportive of Ice Picks they do recognise their significant contribution to the fragmentation and disunity of the left in the UK. ... and don't mention the Peoples Front for the Liberation of Judea OK
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Thanks guys, there's more than enough to add to my list there. Keep em coming though
I'm not sure if i should be disturbed by Uncle_Martins tips. I have a feeling that i should dust down my Che Guevara t-shirt and carry that little red book around How can i explain to my Indian brothers that i have too been oppressed by the corporate world. That my home town is a left wing strong hold with long held working class values and poor literacy rates that are probably the same as Orissa at 63.61% average. Anyways, you have all given me some places that are to be researched pronto

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