Itinerary advice please - five cities in 20 days
Sheffielder
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#1
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Itinerary advice please - five cities in 20 days

Hello

I've finally booked my flights, into Delhi (Feb 6) and out of Cochin (Feb 26)!

My plan is to visit Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Mumbai and Kerela.
Does that sound feasible in 20 days? I'm happy to do internal flights from Delhi to Mumbai and Mumbai to Cochin...well if they're cheap enough!

I imagine on spending two days in most places, and then chilling out in Kerela.
But I've not pre-booked any travel or accomodation and hope to do this while I'm there.
Am I crazy or can this be done?

Also because the areas I'm visiting are low malaria risk, is it worth getting any considering I may pass through high risk areas on the train?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Cheers:)

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#2
| ElderS
Personally, 2 days anywhere is too little time. You will not remember much of what you saw - and transport in India is slow so you may be in transit a lot. Drive times are long - and airports require you to arrive early before flights so you'll spend a lot of time getting from a to b.

That said... about malaria - everyone on IM has an opinion on this. I couldn't imagine going anywhere in India without taking Malarone - except the Himalayas (and you still have to travel through malaria areas to get there). I know malarone is not the prophylaxis of choice in the UK, so do see a travel clinic or travel doctor or check out IAMAT.com to see their malaria recommendations.
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#3
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Is there a particular reason you want to go to Mumbai?

You could go from Agra to Udaipur (much nicer than Jaipur and then to Ahmedabad and fly to Cochin from there. This way you would get a few more days in Rajasthan than lugging all the way down to Mumbai to catch a flight.

You don't sound like you will be going to any high risk areas for Malaria.

If you go to Cochin, I would check out Allepey, it's not far from Cochin and If you do, I would highly recommend staying at the Malayalam Lake Resort, it was the best place we stayed in (about 1000 rs a night), there are reviews of it in the hotel section on this site.
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#4
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If you can make sure you know when you're going to be at Ranthambhore and book your Gypsy jeep seats now. The large Canter vehicles are better than nothing but a Gypsy is so much better.

There's an overnight train from Ranthambhore, well actually Sawai Madhopur, to Mumbai which may be of use. This means you'll only need the Mumbai to Cochin flight. If the train is of use then booking that is a good idea but possibly impractical if you don't know how long you'll be at each place.

If you're going to do a couple of nights only at each stop it may be worth considering hiring a car+driver up until Ranthambhore. It can work out pretty cheap and given that you haven't got a lot of time to book any trains it may be easier....if the budget stretches that far.
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#5
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Cheers for all your help and advice folk. Really appreciate it.

I know what you mean about rushing from place to place, it's just so hard to narrow down the places I want to see - though I could easily add 10 more places!

Think I might take malarone just to be safe, even if there are side effects. It's a bit pricy at £2.22 a tablet mind!

Thanks to for the tip on Udaipur and Allepey. Will have a tihnk about that.
I've not booked Ranthambore because I'm not sure when I'll be able to go so all a bit last-minute - though will try and get a canter as they sound better.

Thanks again - been a real help.
So excited, yet to unorganised -what to do, what to do, que sera sera...
#6
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Originally posted by: Sheffielder View Post

though will try and get a canter as they sound better.


*cough* Gypsy *cough*

I could be being a bit simple but if you land on the 6th and you like spending two days in places, or you're limited to that, then won't you doing your first safari on the 13th or something? If so, then you can book it.
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#7
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Haha doh, I meant gypsy!
God that bodes well doesn't it if I do manage to book a place...

See what you mean about the time ahead, just not sure if I'll be spending two days in every place until I'm there.
I think I really need to nail down what I want to do so I can plan ahead, just trying to keep it as open as possible.

Would you say trains are easy to get tickets for even if you book them on the same day?
#8
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Originally posted by: Sheffielder View Post



Would you say trains are easy to get tickets for even if you book them on the same day?


No.

Would you be dissapointed if you didn't see a tiger?

It's always a bit hit and miss, but the reports I've read lately suggest mostly misses.

If that would defeat the object, consider instead going Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur then fly from Udaipur to Kochi via Mumbai.
#9
| Senior Member
You should be fine as long as you don't expect to find the best places empty or expect to travel on better than 2nd class sleeper. Best thing to do is when you arrive in a place, book your travel out once you arrive....or decide some sort of plan and book all the journeys at once. You may need to be a little flexible as well in case the trains are fully booked at the time you want to travel.
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#10
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don't count on getting sleepers on trains without adequate notice.trains are always full no matter what the season is.
.....and now I travel mostly in spirit.
#11
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Thanks again for the advice. I thought there was a special tourist visa for train tickets that were held back and was hoping to get these.

Would love to see a Tiger evenif the chances are slim, but will have to try and book travel in advance or on the first day - just against this as it will tie me down to leaving at set times when I might want to stay longer.

But as they say you can't have your cake and eat it...or something like that!
Decisions, decisions, do I book ahead, do I cut down where I want to go...god damn my procrastinating:(

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