India travel advice route inspiration - 3-4 weeks North

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Can someone give me some inspiration about a India trip in november? I want to visit India for the second time and need some advice where to go.

- I fly in from Myanmar (or Bangkok) and need to get back from Bankok. I will have around 3-4 weeks;

- I travel on a budget, so backpack-route welcome

- I saw already i.o Golden Triagle: Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, OrchaJaipur, Jodhpur, Jailsamer, 


I like to experience the ' Streetlife'  , culture, colours and food. I though about West-Bengal,but not sure this will meet my requirements.

Any more inspiration or advice about a cool route for 3-4 weeks?

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I thought he already saw Golden Triangle and Varanasi, etc on a previous trip?.
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@AroundA : You may spend first 4/5 days of your trip in Kolkata to enjoy Street-life , colour, food & culture of the city. Then you may move to the Hills of Darjeeling & Sikkim. Spending a couple of weeks in these hills of Eastern Himalayas could be an option. You may spend another week visiting Bhubaneshwar , Puri, Konark & Gopalpur on Sea too.
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I think it'd be best for AroundA to pick up a DK Eyewitness guide - it has pictures and can be quite inspirational. Otherwise, its just a bunch of random words here.
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Thanks. I dont want to spend couple of weeks in the hills. Just Want to enjoy India cities and culture. 


Uttar predesh probably better to go?

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Since you've seen Varanasi, Agra, Orchha, Jaipur and Jaisalmer it would be worth looking at Maharashtra (Kolhapur / Mahabaleshwar / Ajanta / Ellora / Panchgani , etc) for this duration and of course Pune. They're culturally quite distinct though not North, they're also not South . Other options are -

1. Odisha - Bhubaneswar, Cuttack,
2. Gujarat - Kutch and Saurasthra each can consume 2 weeks easily.
3. Punjab - Amritsar, Kapurthala, Chandigarh, Anandpur Sahib, Taran Taaran, Patiala, etc.

Suggest you pick up a good guidebook.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post I think it'd be best for AroundA to pick up a DK Eyewitness guide - it has pictures and can be quite inspirational.
Here in the Netherlands it is translated as "Capitool Reisgids".

An option is to go from Kolkata to Odisha and then further South. Fly out from Chennai to Thailand.
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For streetlife, colour, culture and food, you really cannot beat Kolkata!

From there you could take the train or fly to the south....

Maybe arrive in Chennai in December in time for some classical music concerts?
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from Kolkata to Odisha and then further South would be an option. Have you been there? How would you discribe that area from Kolkata to the South?  It is more off the beaten track. As im backpack dont know if this will fit. 


Chennai - Bangkok is ideal. 


What are nice places for 3-4 weeks? 


Start Kolkata 

Then Odisha - Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Chennai - Thailand 


Or Kolkata up North, West Bengal Djeerling. 


Hmm. Difficult to choose  



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My feeling is to visit Kolkata and then go south, given your preference for cities and culture.

Darjeeling is famous, but many folk seem to feel disappointed by the reality on the ground, when they get there.

I enjoyed Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar from where you can also visit Konark and Puri. Mysore and Chennai are interesting cities too.

You have to decide your own path...

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AroundA : You may do this -

A) Kolkata ( 4/5 Days ) -

B) Then by overnight train (from Sealdah/ Kolkata) to New Jalpaiguri (10 Hrs) & then to Darjeeling by shared jeep (3 Hrs) from NJP station ( stay at Darjeeling for 3/4 days) -

C) Then By train to Puri from New Jalpaiguri ( a 24 Hr journey , One direct train that runs on each Friday from NJP to Puri ) . Spend a couple of days at Puri & visit Konark. Then reach Bhubaneshwar by car /bus/ train from Puri / Konark. Stay at Bhubaneshwar ( 2/3 days)

D) Then proceed to Hampi ( Hospet Junction ) from Bhubaneshwar by train (24 hrs) . Spend 3/4 days in Hampi

E) Catch an overnight bus from Hampi ( Hospet) to Bangalore . Spend 2/3 Days. Reach Mysore from Bangalore By tain / bus. Spend 2/3 days.

F) Mysore / Bengaluru to Chennai.

G) Chennai to Bangkok.


* I've included Darjeeling in this plan as the city is still a paradise for backpackers . However you can skip it if you feel so.
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You have to decide your own path...

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Such profound wisdom - as in life, so in travel.

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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post AroundA : You may do this -
Sounds great. But would this not too much for around 3.5 week?

And why is Djeerling a backpackers heaven?

Hmmm. When i not go to India, will stay 4-6 weeks around Thailand and Cambodja. Have nog diceded yet
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Such profound wisdom - as in life, so in travel.

Not meant as profound wisdom, any more than your snarky post was meant as a compliment...

Simply meant at the end of the day, the OP will have to decide their route, no one can choose for them.

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