How much is too much? India in six weeks.

#1 Apr 18th, 2005, 18:12
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Hi everyone, just finished my first lot of research and have made a v. rough itinerary for my six week trip to India from July 5th. I'd appreciate any comments on it. I know I'm trying to pack a lot in and anticipate that at least a couple of destinations are going to get cut -it'd be great if someone could tell me which ones should go. Having said that, from previous travel experience, I know that I don't mind moving around a lot and don't really like spending days and days in one place.

Right (deep breath) here goes:

Delhi, to Shimla, to Manali, travel around HP, back to Delhi, to Jaipur, to Jodhpur, to Jasisalmer, back to Delhi, to Goa, up to Mumbai, back to Delhi, fly home.

I know that the Goa leg's a long way away, but I really love beaches (eating good food, watching the sun set over the sea, blah, blah, blah) and so am quite keen to go. However, I'd like to know if there are any other beaches worth going to closer to the North of India?


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The Delhi and H.P. leg of your trip is okay. Cut out Rajasthan, as it'll be hot in July. You may try M.P. instead - Mandu, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar.

As for Goa, you'll be lucky to see any sun in July - the peak monsoon month- ; setting or otherwise!

Try the East coast for beaches in July - Puri and Gopalpur-on-Sea, in Orissa.
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Not to mention Goa will be closed for business in July.
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(Sigh)

It's what I was afraid of -looks like Goa is getting cut from my itinerary. - Is it worth visiting in August, or still too monsoom swept?

Thanks for advice so far

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India in six weeks

If it is not too late, try to book flight to Delhi and coming back from mumbai.
So you don't have to travel back from Deep south to delhi. I am doing the same. Madhya Pradesh is beautiful. Pachmadhi is one of my Fav for Summer.
If you want to see beach try Kanyakumari. I heard it's one of the best place for sunset and sunrise.
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Newmark, Goa doesn't really start to reopen until late October. I was quite surprised at the difference between October and November. Restaurants, stalls etc which had been closed up and even dismantled popped up again during that time. Was particularly noticeable in Palolem.
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If you do stick to your itinerary, consider Diu in Gujarat for a very pleasant and safe beach. A search on this forum will tell you more about it.
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Beaches

Thanks so far everyone - you've all been really helpful and I'm checking out some of the other sites you've reccomended now.

One question about beaches that's just occured to me:

Given that the areas I've travelled in before (Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc) are renowned for having some of the greatest beaches in the world, am I making a mistake in going out of my way to visit beaches in India at this time of year? Am I likely to end up disapointed and would I be better off exploring India for what it's known to be great for - eg, Himalayas, Hill stations, amazing, vibrant cities?

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From my own experience, I would have skipped my week in Goa and gone to Rajasthan or to Varanasi for those few precious days. I could see hanging out in Goa if I was here for a really long trip - like two plus months or was working here and needed a break. It is not that it is not beautiful etc. but if you are looking for the tropical beach setting you find in thailand etc, then this is probably not for you.
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Renedu, Newmark, I'd have to agree. Not everybody here will like to hear it but India just wouldn't be my top beach destination, and I'm surely not the only one to say so. The beaches are no match to e.g. Thailand's, moreover swimming is often dangerous due to tricky undercurrents. So, yes, the beach makes for a nice getaway on a prolonged trip, and for resident Indians I'm sure, but other than that if it's a beach holiday you're after head for somewhere else. (Diu is surely one positive exception both for beauty and tranquility and for safe waters.) As for snorkelling or diving, apart from the islands I'm not aware of any opportunities in India. I've read surfers looking for spots on forums like these and I don't think you'll find any; in fact the waves would be good enough in some places I imagine but again the sea conditions in terms of safety wouldn't be.

btw The weather aside, with 2 weeks give or take per area your itinerary seems doable to me in 6 weeks yes.
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Originally Posted by Newmark ..... would I be better off exploring India for what it's known to be great for - eg, Himalayas, Hill stations, amazing, vibrant cities?

YES !

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