In and out of Delhi in two months

#1 Nov 18th, 2010, 23:17
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Hi guys,

I am travelling to India for 2 months in January 2011, flying in to and then out of Delhi.

I was hoping to spend a good amount of time in Rajahstan, see the Taj Mahal, see old Goa and maybe Kerala as well as some trekking in the North East of the country. I had been considering 'popping' over to Nepal at some point, but I'm not sure if this is really feasible with the Indian visa? In terms of interests I want to soak up as much local culture as possible, meet fellow backpackers and have some crazy adventures. I don't really want to take any internal flights and was hoping to travel by train for most of the big distances. My budget will be a pretty standard backpacker's budget, i.e. as little as possible but I always have the credit card. I don't want a very rigid itinerary, but I also don't want to end up unable to make connections by leaving things too late.

Does this seem like a lot of ground to cover in two months? I don't want to be particularly rushed and I do appreciate the vastness of the Indian sub-continent.

Can anyone suggest a logical and feasible route which wont mean spending too much time in Delhi or backtracking unnecessarily?

Thanks guys!
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Too much for just two months, and Nepal is definitely out. If you want to go to Goa by train, you need to book well ahead. If you want to keep things open, flying is a better option, as you can book that on short notice.

I'd suggest: Get the touristy stuff out of the way in the beginning (Taj, Rajasthan), then travel southward gradually, for instance via Varanasi (there are trains Rajasthan-Varanasi) as you are going to meet many backpackers there. Then Goa, probably via Kolkata, and back to Delhi. Do not know about the North East, what you mean, if necessary do it at the end, as it is going to be winter as you arrive.

The main point is: You have to book your trains before you are in India, with flights you can wait until a few days before the actual date of travel. There are also buses, but less safe and inconvenient, at least for my taste.
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Thank you for your advice. How far in advance do you generally advise booking the trains? I want to keep a bit of freedom in my schedule so don't want to book my whole 2 months up- but then again I also don't want to get stuck in one place for too long.

Thanks in advance!
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Booking of trains is open 90 days ahead of the date, and reservations are filling up fast. Generally only a few seats are available 60 days before the date.

See for yourself at this site, to get a feel of what is possible:
http://www.indianrail.gov.in/between_Imp_Stations.html

If you do not want to commit to a date early on, and have a few days to about a week at hand to wait in an (interesting) place (like Varanasi), you can ask for the foreign quota at the booking offices in the cities you visit. That you get at shorter notice, but you have to be flexible.

For the trip to Goa I would advise to take a flight. The train trip is too long, and a flight, say with Spicejet, not too expensive. (Example: Kolkata-Goa, via Delhi less than Rs 6000)
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Originally Posted by Why_of_fry View Post Hi guys,

I am travelling to India for 2 months in January 2011, flying in to and then out of Delhi.

I was hoping to spend a good amount of time in Rajahstan, see the Taj Mahal, see old Goa and maybe Kerala as well as some trekking in the North East of the country. I had been considering 'popping' over to Nepal at some point, but I'm not sure if this is really feasible with the Indian visa? In terms of interests I want to soak up as much local culture as possible, meet fellow backpackers and have some crazy adventures. I don't really want to take any internal flights and was hoping to travel by train for most of the big distances. My budget will be a pretty standard backpacker's budget, i.e. as little as possible but I always have the credit card. I don't want a very rigid itinerary, but I also don't want to end up unable to make connections by leaving things too late.

Does this seem like a lot of ground to cover in two months? I don't want to be particularly rushed and I do appreciate the vastness of the Indian sub-continent.

Can anyone suggest a logical and feasible route which wont mean spending too much time in Delhi or backtracking unnecessarily?

Thanks guys!
Hey! well if you really want to explore rajesthan, the best way is to travel by bus, Though i really appreciate your time but in order to feel authentic rajestahni culture you should travel by road. However, in October i spend 22 days in order to explore rajesthan, i visited remote areas of jaiselmer and spend nights in villages.
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Which train journeys would you recommend booking now? I want to get the barebones of my itinerary sorted with a few of the longer train journeys booked. What would be the best route between Rajahstan and Varanasai?

Thanks!
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I am going to join basic mountaineering course from HIM. I am in April 2011 batch. Is there anyone from Delhi who is also going if yes please let me know. Though i just want to from where would have to book trail from njp to Darjeeling toy train.

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