HELP! East or West?

#1 Aug 15th, 2018, 21:07
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Hi everyone,
I will be travelling to India for the first time in Oct/Nov for a friends wedding. Iw ill be spending a total of 3 weeks there. The first week will be in Delhi (for the wedding) with some day trips on the side. After the wedding festivities I will have about 2 weeks to travel with a small group of friends. Many people have recommended going to Goa and Mumbai, but I have little interest in a beach holiday.
Anyways, to the point... is 2 weeks enough to go to Darjeeling/Sikkim and Sundarbans (Flying Delhi -> Kolkata) and is it worth missing out on Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, etc?

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#2 Aug 15th, 2018, 21:12
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side note: I understand this is a simplified understanding of what India has to offer!
#3 Aug 15th, 2018, 21:32
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Originally Posted by grapeescape View Post Hi everyone,
I will be travelling to India for the first time in Oct/Nov for a friends wedding. Iw ill be spending a total of 3 weeks there. The first week will be in Delhi (for the wedding) with some day trips on the side. After the wedding festivities I will have about 2 weeks to travel with a small group of friends. Many people have recommended going to Goa and Mumbai, but I have little interest in a beach holiday.
Anyways, to the point... is 2 weeks enough to go to Darjeeling/Sikkim and Sundarbans (Flying Delhi -> Kolkata) and is it worth missing out on Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, etc?

Cheers!
I would do Sikkim/Darjeeling over Rajasthan anyday, but you'll find many people who might disagree with that. Keep in mind that to enter Sikkim you need a permit (easy), and to go close to its border with China/Bhutan etc you will need another permit which can only be obtained if two or more foreigners are travelling. Some tourist agencies can help by putting two foreigners who don't know each other on the permit (once you get the permit you don't need to actually travel together).

Sikkim is a beautiful part of the country, as is Darjeeling - albeit more touristy. I haven't been to the Sundarbans so can't advise on that.

2 weeks should be fine, though of course you won't be able to see everything...
#4 Aug 15th, 2018, 21:49
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Thank you! I'm suffering from major FOMO (fear of missing out). I've also been recommended Southern India, but I don't know if 2 weeks is enough time.
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Have you bought a guidebook yet? If not, you might want to. it'd help more than asking people over the internet. These voices, though helpful, will all be colored by perceptions based on their own good or bad experiences.

Also sometimes reading a book can be more helpful as there's no 'counter view' springing back the moment you post an opinion about what to include.
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For Darjeeling/Sikkim fly to Bagdogra, from there you can find busses. I wouln'd include Sundabarans on this option.

Another option is to visit the Himalayas North of Delhi, for instance Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, and end in Amritsar.
Depending on your travel speed, from nearby Jalandhar is a direct train to Jodhpur.
Early this year we did there a nice desert trip, see https://www.indiamike.com/india/jodh...esert-t268381/.
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Meghalaya is lovely in October/Novemeber.
#8 Aug 17th, 2018, 21:22
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Hi grapeescape.
Do your travel companions have any say in your two week plan after Delhi? Maybe you could ask them for some input... or maybe that would end up complicating things (one would say 'two weeks of beach', whilst another 'tiger hunting').

Since you'll be in Delhi for the first week which you said would include day trips, perhaps it would be best to hit another part of the country, ie south?

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