kerala or rajasthan? or both with shorter time?

#1 Jan 15th, 2003, 14:01
michin Future Member
sorry to be flooding the forum with my questions, but 10days and counting until i embark, and i usually get a late start on things. any info is greatly apprecaited. anyway...

i was planning on just doing dehli. agra, and rajasthan with the month i have. but now my indian friend i'm going to travel with says that kerala is really something else. i don't like to be too rushed, but i fear this might be my only trip and i want to get a taste for the north and the south. so, could i take a roundtrip flight from either jaipur/admedabad/mumbai to a major city in kerala and get a taste for the south.

i hate rushing shit, but i don't want to miss anything great, and am willing to pay for the plain airfare.

any suggestions would be great. thanks
#2 Jan 15th, 2003, 15:15
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take it easy....even if you manage to visit both you definetely will miss a lot of india
there is just too much to see and experince in this huge country
altogether I spent years in india and I ve maybe seen 2 % or
even less of this country..
I promise if you fall in love with india this won t be your last trip
#3 Jan 16th, 2003, 04:56
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michin you can spend no more than a day in Agra as the touts and the pollution and power cuts really get to you quickly (unless it's changed for the good). You can spend two or three hours at the Taj which has to be said is absolutely incredible but that will be enough. Otherwise I found this city oppressive and dirty.

Delhi is one big place with a hell of a lot of great things to see but I felt I had "seen" Delhi in the five days I had there.

Rajasthan is something else though with the amazing stone cities and the deserts. I loved Pushkar especially and there are many more places to see.

Do not forget there are 360 points on the compass from Delhi but you will need to decide if you can stand the colder weather north of Delhi.

I suppose the consideration as to whether to fly south going to Kerala is about when you are likely to be able to return to India.

If your "month" is three and a half weeks rounded up then stick with the north. If it is 35 days or so rounded down and you can afford it then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend flying down south.

You need to ask whether your trip is a "holiday" or bona fide "travelling". I tend to believe they are ultimately one and the same - but it just depends whether you are in a rush or not.

Whatever, enjoy your trip. I am jealous!

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#4 Jan 16th, 2003, 15:43
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both places are nice. since you have limited time i'd suggest you stick to rajasthan. there is plenty to see there too.
#5 Jan 17th, 2003, 15:36
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Keep in mind how long it takes to go from Kerala to Delhi by train. India is a big country. I took a train ride from Fort Cochin to Mumbai which was something like 38 hours. Then you still have another 24 to get to Delhi (+/- a few hours depending on which train you take, of course).

You might get tired out with all the train travel. You could spent months in Rajasthan alone. Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Pushkar are some of my favorite places in India (though I seem to have many favorite places in the country now)!

Enjoy your travels.
#6 Jan 21st, 2003, 14:43
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If you have time like say a week - 10 days grab a seat on a flight and heead for Kerala. You will not be disappointed I assure you. In the 7/10 days you will be able to cover most of what the state has to offer, such as -
Cochin Historical city
Varkala and Kovalam - beaches
Munnar - hill station
Thekkaddy - wildlife sanctuarary
Alleppey and Kumarakom - Backwaters
The backwater houseboat cruise is quite an experience.
Need more info drop a line
Cheers happy traveling

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