8 weeks in india

#1 Jul 24th, 2003, 22:15
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Hi there, we are traveling to India at the end of October for 8 weeks and have got an idea what we want to do, but as it is our first trip - not sure if we are packing too much in...

So we fly into Kolkatta, will then make our way either up to Darjeeling and then to Kathmandu for a week or so including a 2-3 day trek or go directly to Agra via Varanasi. If we miss out on Nepal we will aim for Himal Pradesh for a couple of days trekking. From either direction we will wind our way down south (missing Delhi) to Goa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. As our flight leaves from Kolkatta we will probably take a train from Mumbai directly back. A couple of things we really want to do are - a cooking course, a short trek (as fitness does not permit much more at the moment!!) and houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala.

We've really just started looking into all the possibilities - and already i'm addicted to this site - so would really love some suggestions, advice, anything!!

thanks guys!
#2 Jul 24th, 2003, 23:06
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your plans do cover a lot of ground but certainly do-able. Good timing for Darjeeling and Nepal -- you could continue from Kathmandu to Pokhara as there are some nice scenic short treks on that side and then proceed south to Gorakhpur where you can catch a train direct to Agra (#5064 Avadh express, dept 13:30, arrv Agra 05:00) and continue your way through Rajasthan perhaps after a visit to the Taj Mahal, and the not distant bird sanctuary at Bharatpur. (you will be able to book a combined bus/train ticket from a Pohara travel agent which will save a hassle at Gorakhpur -- perhaps you could arrange a visit, and stop-over, in Tansen on the way to the border)

One suggestion would be to try and get an open-jaw ticket, returning from Mumbai, or better still, Bangalore or Chennai, to save you a lot of back-tracking and an excruciatingly long train ride to Calcutta at the end of your trip. Depends on the airline you're flying with, but might be worth checking.

#3 Jul 24th, 2003, 23:28
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Tamil Nadu to Kolkota!!!

Hi Chirpa agree with m2 as usual just one little suggestion failing the purchase of a open jaw ticket a very good suggestion by the good soul above, try rejigging your southern itinery. It should be something like this Goa then Kerala and lastly Tamil Nadu, from where you can make a sprint up the east coast to Kolkata!
The coramandel express does this trip in around 28 hours (Chennai-Kolkata) and costs 1264Rps in 3 tier AC. This will at least save you doubling back on yourself to Mumbai. This is the nicest time of year to travel in the south I think so enjoy your stay!!
#4 Jul 25th, 2003, 05:58
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cyber's right, if you can't get an open-jaw and must fly out of Kolkata then at least wind up your travels in Chennai so you can return in the most direct way. Logistics can eat up a lot of your travel time so it's nice to avoid backtracking where possible.

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