Goa to Delhi - 4 week itinerary on a budget [Advice]

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Hello everyone,

I've been advised to post an itinerary here for some good feedback, from a traveller's perspective.

I'm a 24-year-old British male, travelling with two friends of the same age and gender. We're all active, physically fit and enjoy sport whilst also looking to explore along the route. We are all recent university graduates and are therefore looking to travel on a fairly tight budget of around £1100, including flights.

We've booked flights to Goa on the 1/3/19 and from Delhi on the 1/4/19, for ~£430, giving us exactly one month to travel within the country. Our e-visas have also been recently accepted. I realise the planned route is a fairly generic one, but we have limited time. I would like to re-visit with more time and money in the future!

Due to the limited budget, we are very to happy to travel on buses and trains, avoiding internal flights and costly airport transfers. Overnight travel is preferred to avoid wasting precious time. This itinerary serves as a guide for travel and is in no way set in stone, we're just looking for an idea of things to do in a location, how much time and money it takes to get there and where to stay once arrived.

We have a housemate from India, who we are going to visit in Mumbai and continue the rest of the journey with. Our aim was to be in Rajasthan for Holi, with Jaipur seeming like a good option.

Any advice on the best trains / buses to catch is hugely appreciated. I've used seat61, rome2rio and redbus, as well as the IRCTC website, but it can be fairly overwhelming and quite tricky to select the best option. I'd also love to hear your experiences and recommendations within the locations shown.

Many thanks, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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#2 Jan 4th, 2019, 01:06
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Hi Horgs,
The general idea of your trip is fine.
Just curious why you don't get straight to Agra after Jaipur, see erail.

A good alternative for the camel ride from Jaisalmer is this trip to the Thar desert out of Jodhpur.
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Another option could be to take a train to Bharatpur which is closer to Fatehpur Sikri than Agra.
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post Hi Horgs,
The general idea of your trip is fine.
Just curious why you don't get straight to Agra after Jaipur, see erail.

A good alternative for the camel ride from Jaisalmer is this trip to the Thar desert out of Jodhpur.
Good point, I've adjusted the route to go from Jaipur>Agra>Varanasi>Delhi now. Do you think this is feasible, provided I use overnight trains on the 12hr routes?

Great pictures on the linked post.
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Any feedback, recommendations or suggestions are welcome.
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You've got a lot of really exhausting long bus/train trips in there....much as I love Indian trains, coordinating everything can be stressful...as well, it will be quite hot in March. The train trips are enjoyable but the long bus trips will be killers. You'll find out.

Why not just stay one place in Goa? No point in getting all worn out at the beginning. I would possibly choose between Jodhpur and Udaipur but not both. I would add a day to Agra (it's an interesting place and right now it's sandwiched between two longish trips) and add a day to Varanasi for sure! You really need a little time there, and again, it's a long trip.

I can see why you might want to go to Shimla in March but I bet you a million dollars you will be kind of tired by then, I would leave it off and re-allocate it to Agra and Varanasi. Jaisalmer is really great and worth the trip, and the camel rides (go from Khuri) are great. Have fun, but maybe take it a little easier!
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To add to the above and what Aarosh was probably saying -

Skip Shimla - is good, but then so are so many other places in India. Keep it for the next trip as that one is out of the way as compared to the rest of your trip.
While going to Agra, Aarosh was talking about Bharatpur - most probably for Deeg. Do check that place up. Pretty much on the way and you may like what you see.
Add a day or two for Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and if interested Mathura and Vrindavan.
Add a day for Varanasi.

Can't add anything different for the rest of the days, seem pretty good.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post While going to Agra, Aarosh was talking about Bharatpur - most probably for Deeg.
And for the government museum inside the fort and if during the year end / year start for the bird museum.

Also an option to avoid over nighting in chaotic Agra.
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How to enjoy Agra: DO NOT stay in the Taj ganj (the area in proximity to the Taj I have never seen anything like the touts in Taj Ganj! Having said that, there is lots to see in Agra besides the Taj. If you are on a budget, stay at the Tourist Hotel (pretty basic and not perfect, but OK, and quiet location (relatively). Then, get a rickshaw driver for a whole day (ask the guys at the desk, they will always know someone, and if the desk gives a reference the driver will probably be on his best behaviour), shouldn't cost more than $15 and totally worth it. No fighting with drivers over fares, and the good ones will design a "tour" for you and it is quite fun. Just have a good attitude and don't rush through!

PS Very good restaurants near the Tourist Hotel also
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Thanks for the great suggestions! Iím having a look at all the recommendations.

I agree that the travel may be quite taxing and will definitely consider adding a few recovery days in place of a destination.

My grandfather was born in Shimla, so Iím going to leave it on the itinerary.
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I agree with previous posters and glad to see you're including as many suggestions as you can . In addition -
1. Given that you're doing jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer, recommend you drop Jaipur. Distribute the two days between Varanasi and Shimla (one each). Shimla outside the tourist season should be quite Ok plus it's a huge change in scenery. In my trip report (see signature), called kinnaur spiti, I devoted two days to Shimla.
2. I would also, in your case, consider taking a good hard look at the need to include hampi. It's a fantastic place, but you need about three days, and in your case you are doing two overnight bus rides to and from. Instead if you added those days to Goa to explore you'd be less tired. The Rajasthan leg, typically , wears anyone out - it's a lot of stone and a lot of heat and the lot of color will make you want to walk around to get photos.
Otherwise, good plan. Should be fun.
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I like Mt. Abu, sort of on the way to Udaipur. If you cut Shimla it'll still give you a hill station.

As the others say, I think you'll ultimately find the itinerary exhausting and cut whatever comes in the last week. Or two.
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I think he did mention that Shimla was a must do.

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