Best amount of time for India?
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#1
| Member

Best amount of time for India?

Hi all,
I know perhaps this is an impossible question to answer, but for those who are experienced of travelling in the region, what is the absolute ideal amount of time? I am off for 3 months next, my shortest time yet, and I wonder if it'll be enough... I am going to go at the end of the British summer so to catch a bit of Himalayan stuff then South. I would love 6 months, but commitments don't allow!! A fixed time might suck a bit too, afterall India tends to be kinder to those who are free with time. Thoughts on time etc in India...?

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#2
| Loud Noisy Bird
Two weeks to find out if a person really likes it...

(not applicable to you, as you're not a first timer, but I do wonder why people routinely commit to long, long periods in this strange place!)
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#3
| Member
3 -4 months, I think you could cover alot of places and wouldnt be much of a hush-hush also.You will have to be choosy about places and would have to book ur tickets all in advance.
#4
| On the Road, wherever I am
My first trip to India was just under four months (with a two month break to go trekking in Nepal.) I burned out several times during those four months - on that trip I hadn't yet learned to pace myself. In September of this year I returned from my fifth trip, a six month stay, only in Varanasi (plus a ten day road trip in an Ambassador/w/driver). India still drains me (though my last two trips have been to Varanasi, both for six months, and Varanasi is an intense place.)

Nicks point is well taken, to commit to a long stay has it's downsides. I, however, would probably give it a month. Coming from the States the jetlag works me for a while; then it takes time to know how long I can be out 'in' India, and how long I need to chill, for me.

Three months is a niceamount of time. One of all time favorite stays in India was right around three months - two months in Rajasthan and a month in Dharamsala.

Have a great trip. Scott
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#5
| Maha Guru Member
(not applicable to you, as you're not a first timer, but I do wonder why people routinely commit to long, long periods in this strange place!)


No stranger than the U.K.! Politicians spouting on about the NHS schools, hooligans etc. Football season going on and on and winter approaching - why wouldn't you want to get away? [cry]
#6
| Loud Noisy Bird
Good Point!

One does have to balance the ideal time to be somewhere with the ideal time to be away from home!

For me, UK would be fine for a couple of good days in July :)
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