July/August 7 Week Itinerary Advice Please

#1 May 22nd, 2015, 18:06
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Hi really hoping for some advice on here regarding a 6/7 week itinerary for July and August 2016.

First some background: we are teachers so our itinerary will be during school holidays with approximate dates being July 1 Aug 20. This will also be our first trip to India and the only must-see for us is the Taj Mahal. After that we are quite flexible and would just really like to get a sample of life/travel in India.

We would rather take it somewhat slow and really enjoy places/spend a few days in each rather than rushing and trying to see every area/city etc. Our priorities/interests in order would be culture, scenery, wildlife (for variety), beaches (not essential but some days might be nice for variety).

I know from research that it is monsoon season and the north might be better weather-wise. Temperature is a bigger issue for us than rain (we are used to rain in Ireland!). We would hope to avoid very high temperatures. 20-30celsius (60-86f) would be fine and up to 35c (95f) would be manageable. But over 38c (100f) and we would really be out of our comfort zones!

Also some time visiting areas of Nepal might be nice. In general we would hope to avoid air travel in order to keep costs down.

Would love for advice or some itinerary recommendations
#2 May 22nd, 2015, 18:57
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My suggestion would be to fly into to Delhi and fly our from Goa / Mumbai.

The core zone of the wildlife sanctuaries will be closed due to monsoon. However the buffer zones would be open.

You could check out a few places in Kumaon division of Uttarakhand or Himachal Pradesh (Mcleodganj / Manali).

Goa would be pretty quite during the monsoon as it is off season.
#3 May 22nd, 2015, 19:16
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Hello fellow teachers/India in Monsoon season travelers!

When I did my first trip to India (for roughly the same amount of time)a few years ago, I did a loop of Delhi--Shimla--Manali--Leh--Srinigar--Amritsar--Delhi (storing everything I bought during part one of the trip)--Jodhpur--Jaipur--Pushkar (bleh!)--Agra--Delhi. I definitely felt like I got to have a lot of diverse experiences without being rushed.

This summer (maybe we can meet up!), I'm doing Valley of the Flowers (with some Uttarkhand not worked out)--Delhi--Bundi--Chittorgarh--Udaipur--Jodhpur--Jaisalmer--Delhi--McLeod Ganj--Spiti (with some Himachal Pradesh not yet worked out).
#4 May 22nd, 2015, 20:48
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Another option is
Mumbai - Aurangabad (Ajanta & Ellora caves) - Bhopal (Sanchi & Bhimbetka) - Indore (for a side trip to Mandu) - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur.

From there continue through Rajasthan ending with Agra - Delhi.

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