Decision Time: Badami or Not?

#1 Dec 3rd, 2011, 22:22
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Hi guys we've got two choices on part of our itinerary in India.

1. Mumbai, Bijapur to Badami (with the day trip to Pattadakal) then to Hospet for Hampi and down to south india. This is obviously a great historical sight and we'd love to see it. The only problem is with time issues.
2. Mumbai overnight train to Goa and then the memorable train ride to Hampi which gives us more time on our trip and an excellent train ride (any pictures and memories of this trip?)

I know this is completely subjective but we can't decide on our own

THanks guys

Lew and Kat
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#2 Dec 3rd, 2011, 22:47
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Originally Posted by lewclark View Post Hi guys we've got two choices on part of our itinerary in India.

1. Mumbai, Bijapur to Badami (with the day trip to Pattadakal) then to Hospet for Hampi and down to south india. This is obviously a great historical sight and we'd love to see it. The only problem is with time issues.
2. Mumbai overnight train to Goa and then the memorable train ride to Hampi which gives us more time on our trip and an excellent train ride (any pictures and memories of this trip?)

I know this is completely subjective but we can't decide on our own

THanks guys

Lew and Kat
I have nattered on and on (read, ranted endlessly) on this site about the mistakes people make in trying to cram in too much on their limited time in India. It's a rotten idea to do it you'll return home exhausted, probably sick, and undoubtedly so glazed over that it'll take you months of sorting through photos to figure out where you've been.

That said (and said and said and said), I'd vote for your first option unhesitatingly. The chance to see Badami and Pattadakal (and don't forget Aihole) should not be missed, if only because it gives you an opportunity to see some small-scale village life.

As to memorable train rides, yeah, they're memorable. Mostly hideously overcrowded and uncomfortable. Even if you wangle the sort of private compartment available only to Indian VIP's and military, and a few aged and infirm tourist couples, the accommodations are rarely more than amusingly adequate. Besides, you'll be asleep overnight and miss everything. And by day the windows will be opaque with grime and cracked into the bargain, so you still won't see anything.
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Badami is worth more time. Check out the the more obscure temples! The town Arch. museum was great for that. Goa is Sunset Blvd. P. was not much but my spouse differs strongly on that..
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We have never felt the urge to visit Goa so I cannot comment on that.

Some years ago we did the Bijapur - Badamai - Hampi leg and we enjoyed it.
To save travel time we took a car for transport between the places. Both trips where about 3 hours, including a stop for chai.

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