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I know India is big,so where is suggested to arrive ? There is difference of ~250-300 US dollars..

I am not looking for beaches. Not looking to sky also..
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So Xochi, what do you want to see? When are you planning to go? Beaches or Temples? Tourist places or off the beaten track? These are just a few questions so the helpful people on this forum can help you. Help us help you. Zamba.
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What to see..

This is list of no want to see.

No beaches.
No ski locations
No hunting or fishing.
No spa, spiritual, emotional retreat.

Ruins, Ancient tradional architecture, festivals, food, wildlife.

I have 20 days in India I must leave on a Friday night or Saturday morning, to start Monday's at the shop.

Gracias
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First time arrival airport ?

Delhi would be best for you. Every thing you want to see is close by.
Which airline are you looking at and which city is the cheapest?
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I'll go with Delhi although Maharashtra and Karnataka have great sites ergo Mumbai or Bangalore. Open jawed to both would be best of all..
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As you have no preference as to what you want to see it where you want to go, it doesn't matter where you arrive. Just get the cheapest ticket to somewhere in India!

Except... There must be something you want to see, or some place you want to go, or... Some reason you want to visit India?
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Originally Posted by xochi View Post No beaches.
No ski locations
No hunting or fishing.
No spa, spiritual, emotional retreat.

Ruins, Ancient tradional architecture, festivals, food, wildlife.
All of that is easily available ex-chennai, ex-kolkata, ex-bangalore.....none will be available in Delhi or in Mumbai , you'd still have to go out of those cities as much as you'd have to go out of these cities.

Have you figured out when are you coming?
Have you got yourself a good guidebook?
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Fly to Trivandrum, and explore Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
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Have you got yourself a good guidebook?[/QUOTE]

Great advice. I gather Lonely Planet's best-seller is their guide to India.

I'd like to hear IM's advice about what possibly-clueless first-timers ought to do on a two-week trip, aside from the standard Golden Triangle. Also, what reading would they recommend before arrival aside from a travel guide?

For architecture I like Pushkar Sohoni's profusely illustrated little book "Aurangabad with Daulatabad, Khuldabad and Ahmednagar" which shows many hidden treasures off the beaten track, soon to be mowed down by rampant development; available on Amazon. (I'm inviting him to come speak to the architecture societies at my resort in Ellora. Very enthralling speaker.)

For history - daunting topic - too many centuries - I liked "Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives" by Sunil Khilnani.
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Is there a thread/sticky offering advice to first time posters intending to travel to India? There may well be but if not, why not? Zamba.
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none will be available in Delhi or in Mumbai
?I assume you don't find the innumerable sites in Delhi itself to be interesting. The DK guidebook is good for these along with the revised Spear guidebook. Its fun to compare the revised to the first. The Brits didn't always know what was what (surprise). Agra, Rajasthan near, etc. I presume entry doesn't mean staying all that time stuck in that city, yuck. Mumdai proper would only mean Elaphanta I agree. But, its a short trip down the rail to Lonavala, Aurangabad, Daulatabad, etc. Ahmednagar I won't push because some of the best takes a local to find. The marvelous unknown museum there could be a source. The British oldest district gazzatteers are great for that and can be borrowed on microfiche. But, that doesn't seem to be practical in all but the most extreme antiquity nuts Even Hyderabad has places in and nearby. I don't recommend that since it takes a good guidebook specific to that area (hard to find) and very few if any locals know where such things are. Karnataka is a great place for the above interests including Hampi. But, most places in India are just a rail journey sometimes overnight away. I am already working on my spouse to go back..
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Originally Posted by zamba View Post Is there a thread/sticky offering advice to first time posters intending to travel to India? There may well be but if not, why not? Zamba.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post ?I assume you don't find the innumerable sites in Delhi itself to be interesting. .
Oh I stand corrected. We do have wild animals here - they drive cars.
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post Delhi would be best for you. Every thing you want to see is close by.
Which airline are you looking at and which city is the cheapest?
Many airlines. Turkish, United, Air India.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post As you have no preference as to what you want to see it where you want to go, it doesn't matter where you arrive. Just get the cheapest ticket to somewhere in India!

Except... There must be something you want to see, or some place you want to go, or... Some reason you want to visit India?
I forget I must list places. I listed interests. Ancient architecture, food, wildlife.
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