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Hi everyone! This is my first post to this board, but I must admit that I have been lurking around reading everything I can for a while. I am going to be spending 62 days in total in India and Nepal plus travel days at the start and end of my trip. I really enjoy walking places and was really hoping to see if people thought some of these walks were a bit nuts... so here it goes

get into Mumbai stay over take 6am train to Kolkata.

Spend week with old friends family and friends in Kolkata.

Go to the Gaya/ Bodhgaya area, with trips to Rajgir and Nalanda all in the Bihar state. I wanted to know if anyone had walked between these towns instead or taxi/ train/ bus ect...

from here we are taking a bus to the start of the toy train and then on our way to Darjeeling. We are going to go north into Sikkim and areas around there. Suggestions?

cross into nepal. We are trekking through Nepal stoping in Kathmandu and Pokhara. But mostly doing teahouse treks. Suggestions?

Cross back into india to go to Varanassi for a week?... what are good side visits? any that you can take a walk to?

from here we are either stopping in New Delhi or going straight to Hardiwar.

Has anyone ever walked from Hardiwar to Rishikesh?

I really wanted to try. Only about 40km a 4 hour walk, more adding the breaks

Rishikesh

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HAVE NOT REALLY figured out everywhere we should go in the desert. On one hand we dont know how much time we will have left but any suggestions in this region are appreciated!

and then back to Mumbai for a proper weekend and fly off!

Thanks again for getting close to reading this whole post!!!
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to Rajgir and Nalanda all in the Bihar state. I wanted to know if anyone had walked between these towns instead or taxi/ train/ bus ect...
You do know this is a bit off the tourist circuit because of a reputation for lawlessness. Now I don't know of forens who have been affected. But..
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"reputation for lawlessness. "

while I understand where your coming from how often do you think people minding there own business just get in trouble... I would think if we keep to ourselves...

thoughts?
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Originally Posted by mauraemily View Post Go to the Gaya/ Bodhgaya area, with trips to Rajgir and Nalanda all in the Bihar state. I wanted to know if anyone had walked between these towns instead or taxi/ train/ bus ect...

Has anyone ever walked from Hardiwar to Rishikesh?
I really wanted to try. Only about 40km a 4 hour walk, more adding the breaks
When are you planning on doing this?

Aside from the lawlessness mentioned above which in itself is a very serious concern even if you mind your own business. You don't need to be having a lot of valuables/money to be an easy target/at risk, because you will have more than any one thinking of targeting you.

The climate till about end June/early july will be searing hot. You may need to carry all the water you may need, or have unreliable water (both availability and drinkability of whats available).
And are you sure you can walk 40km in 4 hours, even at a brisk pace on a flat smooth surface it is tough.
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Mauraemily

There is a big difference in trying these wonderful activities in North America, Europe and India.

Sounds like fun, but, highly impractical. I would not recommend it for reasons already mentioned, viz, safety, weather and so on.

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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post And are you sure you can walk 40km in 4 hours, even at a brisk pace on a flat smooth surface it is tough.
It sounds a bit more than being tough. World record for Men's 50 kilometres walk is now a little over 3 and half hour mark. And he didn't have to carry his water.

Men's 50 kilometres walk world record progression
"There is no happiness for him who does not travel ... Therefore, wander!" - Aitareya Brahmana, Rig Veda.

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Originally Posted by biman View Post It sounds a bit more than being tough. World record for Men's 50 kilometres walk is now a little over 3 and half hour mark. And he didn't have to carry his water.
Or luggage/backpack or whatever.
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Noticing this post now after your Haridwar post. There's a book called Rude Awakenings: Two Englishmen on Foot in Buddhism's Holy Land (or something like that) where they did the Buddhist circuit as a walking pilgrimage. Their pilgrimage was cut short, though, when they were robbed on the Rajgir-Bodhgaya road. So, yes, someone's done it before. And clearly they were minding their own business, and it didn't stop their troubles.
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if you love walking lets find some places for you that make for enjoyable walks.

No point suffering the heat of central India and risking muggings and sunstroke.

Are you willing to change the travel destinations and waypoints or do you want to stick to the original list?
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you all have very good points here. Making me really think twice. Maybe our walking really should be reserved for the places we are in and shorter day walks to a monastery on the edge of town kinda thing... not trying to defend myself if I don't need to.

Thanks for the advice!
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And to respond to an earlier question I am ALWAYS will to switch up my list of places. Though I have traveled much before this is my FIRST India trip, I am COMPLETELY open to any and all auggestions!!

Bring them on
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A beautiful walk would be the 85km from Udaipur to Ranakpur, though you'd be hard-pressed for finding someone to share their house with you on the last half approaching Ranakpur. You wouldn't have much trouble finding a tentsite though.

A beautiful short walk and very safe is the 12km from Pushkar to Ajmer via Kharekheri. I could walk this forever.

I realize these are Rajasthan, but if your itinerary changes.
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we are thinking about that area being the end of our trip...

I WILL KEEP THIS IN MIND!

Thanks!!
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Originally Posted by mauraemily View Post ...
Has anyone ever walked from Hardiwar to Rishikesh?
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This is both doable and can be nice. If serious, I'd try going via the road that passes through Chilla. When my wife and I visit Haridwar to visit my parents, we go past Chilla for our morning walks. If you go early in the morning (the only time we have experienced), it is a very pleasant walk with some wild animals and very little traffic. We've only been about 3-4 kms past Chilla - so can't say what comes after, but it is a rather nice and peaceful walk. There have been times when we have considered whether we should just carry on to Rishikesh as it is perhaps not too much more than the distance we walk back.

Anyway, I'd recommend it. Not sure how much longer it is than the regular route...

PS: Distance from Haridwar to Rishikesh is not 40 km. It is closer to 20. That said, 10km/hour is more than a walking pace...
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Has anyone ever walked from Hardiwar to Rishikesh?
I really wanted to try. Only about 40km a 4 hour walk, more adding the breaks
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PS: Distance from Haridwar to Rishikesh is not 40 km. It is closer to 20. That said, 10km/hour is more than a walking pace...
Yes, I noticed that. 10k is double the average walking speed

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