8 days: Kolkata-Varanasi-Agra-Jaipur-New Delhi-Kolkata. Possible?

#1 Dec 3rd, 2009, 10:15
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Hello. I've been reading this amazing website for the past few weeks and am always impressed by how helpful the fellow forumers is in IndiaMike.

Now that I've decided to travel to India with my partner, I wish to seek for advice and suggestions from my fellow forumers

My gf and I will be in India from 8th to 16th December, around 8 days in total. During this period of time, we wish to cover Varanasi-Agra-Jaipur-New Delhi. Not sure if the trip will be very rush but here's the breakdown of what I plan:

8/12
-Arrive @ DumDum Airport, Kolkata at 3.50pm
-Wander around the city
-Hotel

9/12
-Half day city tour
-#2175 Cambal Express (5.45pm) overnight train to Mughal Sarai (Varanasi)

10/12
-Arrive @ Mughal Sarai at 4.50am
-Tour around the gnats
-Hotel Alka (they charge us Rs.750 for standard double + Rs.550 for pickup, is that reasonable?)

11/12
-Half day in the city
-#4863 Marudhar Express (6.15pm) overnight trains to Agra

12/12
-Arrive @ Agra Fort Station at 6am
-Tour around the city
-Hotel (wanted to book Hotel Sheela but they said they are fully booked any suggestion for good hotel nearby?)

13/12
-#4853 Murudhar Express (6.15am) morning train to Jaipur
-Arrive @ Jaipur at 11.30am
-Tour around

14/12
-Half day in the city
-#2016 Ajmer Subhati (5.50pm) train to New Delhi
-Arrive @ New Delhi at 10.40pm
-Transfer to hotel

15/12
-#2314 Sealdah Rajdhani (4.30pm) overnight train back to Kolkata

16/12
-Arrive @ Sealdah at 11am
-Transfer to DumDum airport for departure at 4.30pm

What do you think of the itinerary? Will it be very rush and tiring to travel like this? We just don't feel like missing out the Ganges River and the Taj Mahal.

I've booked all the trains ticket mentioned above but some of them are waitlisted (Agra-Jaipur WL25, NDLS-Kolkata WL11). Based on your experience, do you think it is possible for us to get on board by then?

Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions!
#2 Dec 3rd, 2009, 13:50
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Dear leohanwoori,

Welcome to IM.

Given the compressed time frame, your itinerary looks good to me...

To me Agra - Jaipur WL seems tough, NDLS - Kolkata should sail through...

Even if you can't get a confirmed seat for Agra - Jaipur you can still board the train, as the journey time is not that big....or you can board a bus also, there are deluxe buses on this route...
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#3 Dec 3rd, 2009, 18:59
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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post Dear leohanwoori,

Welcome to IM.

Given the compressed time frame, your itinerary looks good to me...

To me Agra - Jaipur WL seems tough, NDLS - Kolkata should sail through...

Even if you can't get a confirmed seat for Agra - Jaipur you can still board the train, as the journey time is not that big....or you can board a bus also, there are deluxe buses on this route...
Thanks! I just check the status. Still in waitinglist. I hope to get at least RAC.
#4 Dec 4th, 2009, 11:14
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So you'll get a seat to place your bum....that's good enough for Agra - Jaipur.

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Originally Posted by leohanwoori View Post ... I hope to get at least RAC.

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