Delhi to Mumbai in 3 weeks by train, too far?

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Hi all,

I'm brand new to IndiaMike.com (I registered a while ago but never posted) and I've been intrigued by many of the posts here, but I need some specific advice. I've managed to scab three weeks off from work next year specifically to travel to India. I'm way off planning my trip down to what I'm doing from one day to the next but I have a rough idea and I am curious as to whether it would be truly feasible, or would end up with me feeling like I've spent most of my holiday moving and not seeing anything.

I would like to travel from Delhi to Mumbai, and back to fly out, in three weeks, preferrably by train. On the way I'd like to stop off at Jaipur, Udiapur and Ajmer and Ahmedabad as well. I'm thinking this is too ambitious and I just need someone to talk some sense into me :-)

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If you are visiting only the places mentioned 3 weeks is more than enough. Is Agra not included intenionally? Also as per your plan are you flying in and out from Delhi?

Your route would be Delhi - Jaipur - Ajmer (Pushkar) - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Mumbai. If you decide to include Agra it would be between Delhi - Jaipur.

If your visit in the later part of March or after book your train tickets as soon as possible since it would be vacation time and most of India would be travelling by trains.
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@Saes: You are quite on track. Three weeks are just good enough for the places you've mentioned. They are doable by train. In fact, you can do a few more places such as Agra if you plan properly.

One question, why do you want to fly back from Delhi? If you fly out from Mumbai, you'll again save a day or two. No need to go back to Delhi.
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Three weeks is perfect for such a trip. To get an idea of the Indian railway go to erail.in.
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Hi all, thanks for the responses.

Yes I would hope to fly out of Delhi - I would love to take the return journey via Mumbai but the cheaper deals (Kingfisher direct via London, Emirates via Birmingham and Dubai) seem to be for return journeys via the same airport. I am a relative novice to booking long-haul, is there a cheap way I can do UK-Delhi and Mumbai-UK?

I didnt leave out Agra intentionally but I don't think I'd want to spend too much time there really. I read somewhere on here that there's only really two attractions there. I'll have a think about an itinerary tonight.

Cheers, S.
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Oh, and I'm planning to fly out March 19 to return either April 9/10
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You can easily spend around 3 days in Agra and Bharatpur. Apart from the regular sights of Agra (Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Baby Taj, Mehtab Bagh) there is Fatehpur Sikri. In Bharatpur there is a bird sanctuary and Lohagarh Fort and Deeg Palace are also nearby. Check these places to see if they are of interest to you.
Near Udaipur a few places to see are Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh, Chittorgarh, Jaisamand Lake, Sajjangarh.
Near Ahmedabad a few places to see are Adalaj Step-Well, Shaking Minarets, Modhera Sun Temple
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go via jaipur,ajmer udaipur ahmedabad etc and return via bharatpur and agra.you will save time and money.
look at a map and decide.
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Try Southall travel or Brightsun travel. Google them.
I have flown in to Deli and out of Mumbai many times and vice versa. I book with the above agents for a decent price
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cheers Dhasap, I had happened on a few threads on India Mike which suggested something similar. So it appears I can fly out from Mumbai for pretty much the same price, even from Birmingham with Lufthansa and Emirates, which will be easier for me considering my base in Cardiff. I think this is what I will do now

Now just to decide where to go in between...
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I usually fly direct with JET.........in to Delhi and out of Mumbai and vice versa. I prefer to fly direct however Emirates are pretty good however I've only been to Dubai with them!


Go to Agra for the day, the Taj is worth it!

Enjoy!
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Here's an early Delhi-Mumbai itinerary. How does this look?

March 20th, Day 1: arrive in Delhi
Day 2-3: Sight-see in Delhi
Day 4-5: Agra
Day 6: Leave Agra for Jaipur
Day 7-8: Jaipur
Day 9: Leave for Ajmer
Day 10: Ajmer
Day 11: Day trip to Pushkar
Day 12: Train to Udiapur
Day 12-13: Udiapur
Day 14: Train to Ahmedabad
Day 15-16: Ahmedabad
Day 17: Over night bus to Mumbai
Day 18-20: Mumbai
Day 21: Fly home (April 9).

I thought I should take a bus to Mumbai as the hours look a bit more human than the train, which leaves at stupid o'clock at night but doesn't seem to be a long enough trip to be able to get a kip.

I am a little worried that, with the exception maybe of Ahmedabad, I'm not fitting in anything thats not on the tourist trail or isn't a bustling busy area. Is there anyway along the route where I could get a bit of peace and quiet?
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I cant comment on this as dont know the country that well, hopefully someone else will be of use to you.
Have fun!!!
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No worries, if anyone can help tho that would be grand
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I looked at your itinerary very intently and think you've made it just right. Not too hectic and you can see places at ease though I personally feel you can add 1 or 2 places more. e.g. Agra includes visit to Fatehpur Sikri ?

The weather will also favour you... not too hot or cold. But you need to book train reservations in advance since it is holiday time in March.
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