Leaving for Delhi in 20 hours! No itinerary yet! 3.5 week stay all over

#1 May 22nd, 2009, 17:49
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Hey there,

I'm leaving for India in about 20 hours and I still need to create an itinerary. I'll be arriving at and departing from Delhi

What are the most popular tourist attractions? Ideally I'd like to visit the major temples/monuments/museums, ride an elephant, catch a glimpse of some tigers, view beaches (Goa should be enough), experience some of the big city indian night life.

So far, I've compiled a list of these areas: agra, jaipur, delhi, mumbai, goa, hyderabad, udaipur, kanha. Is visiting any of these prohibitive due to extreme weather, etc.? I live in SoCal so I'm used to ~100 degree Fahrenheit weather.

What cities/etc would you add or subtract? I'm only staying about 3.5 weeks so I'd prefer not to visit really remote cities and parks. Would visiting all of these places be possible in my given time frame, granted I stick only to the major tourist attractions?

Thanks!



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Date/place of (planned) arrival & departure. – Arriving in Delhi


Date/day of week of an individual journey. - Arriving May 24th, leaving June 16th


How many people in group, and what ages? – Just myself, age 20, male


Budget. $50 a day... the $50 will hopefully include all transportation costs, food, lodging, tourist stuff


Preferred mode of transport. – trains, probably A/C?


Daytime or overnight travel between places? - either works



Would you be happy to travel between 2 places on a daytime train if the journey was a scenic route? yes

Would you be prepared to take a 2nd. Class, slow, crowded train or bus if it helped to fit your chosen itinerary? yes


Travel background. – first time to India? or Asia?, first time in india, i've visited a few other asian and south east asian countries


How flexible are you regarding your itinerary? flexible
#2 May 22nd, 2009, 18:05
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Just a quick comment you may not get much chances to travel by your favorite mode of transport ie trains as most long distance trains require prior bookings.
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How many days in advance will I have to book a train ticket from Delhi to Agra or Jaipur? Where can you purchase tickets in Delhi? I'm fine with any seat class.
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You can check for availability and booking of trains at irctc.co.in(Indian Railway Website) or numerous other sites like cleartrip.com, makemytrip.com etc.

You can use the following link to check availability and timing of trains :

http://www.cleartrip.com/trains/cale...SL&dateRange=1


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There are train tickets available for Delhi - Jaipur as of May 22nd in Ajmer Shatabdi Express/2015
There are a couple of tickets available for Jaipur - Mumbai as of May 22nd in Jaipur Mumbai Central Superfast/2956 under Foreign Tourist Quota

You can check www.irctc.co.in and check for foreign tourist quota if tickets are not availale in general quota.
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Originally Posted by inktri View Post Where can you purchase tickets in Delhi?
At any train station (or authorized agent) really; however New Delhi Railway Station's International Tourist Bureau would be a good bet for any special or last-minute wishes or quotas: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/tou...bureau_idx.htm.

Other than that, I'm really not gonna come up with a 3-week itinerary for you in 20 (or 13, by now) hours' time (talk about luxury problems?); aside from the usual travel guidebook suspects, look for the Outlook Traveller series on the ground: http://traveller.outlookindia.com/bookhome.aspx .
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Since you are interested in temples, you could consider dropping Hyderabad and going to Khajuraho (in MP), Hampi (in Karnataka) or Mamallapuram (in Tamil Nadu), all UNESCO World Heritage.
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Ok I think I've determined a high level overview of the places I will visit:

delhi, agra, fatehpur sikri, jaipur,

ellora, ajanta, aurangabad,

mumbai, goa, hampi, bangalore, chennai, hyderbad

sanchi

Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park

delhi



Is that possible within 24 days? If not, which cities are probably expendable?
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It may be possible. You can wave at the cities as you go past on the train

Drop Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai for a start.
Delhi/Rajasthan plus a bit of Mumbai/Ajanta-Ellora sounds do-able.

www.erail.in is good for train info and availability.
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you're leaving for India in 20 hours and you're just now looking for information on what to see and how to do it?

honey, just get there and wing it, you'll be fine!
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I agree with Hal about dropping Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore in favour of spending more time in the other spots you have mentioned.
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Originally Posted by inktri View Post Ok I think I've determined a high level overview of the places I will visit:

delhi, agra, fatehpur sikri, jaipur,

ellora, ajanta, aurangabad,

mumbai, goa, hampi, bangalore, chennai, hyderbad

sanchi

Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park

delhi



Is that possible within 24 days? If not, which cities are probably expendable?


I couldn't do that in 24 days and actually see anything.

It's not a question of what cities are expendable, it what cities are reachable within your timeframe. Pick a route that starts finishes in Delhi.

Could you go from New York to Florida to California to Denver to New Mexico to Washington DC to Idaho by public transportation in 24 days! but it would be impossible without a private jet!

You are all over the place. India is huge. It takes quite a bit of time to get from one area to the other.

Get a map & a guidebook. You don't have time for us to tell you much, you can work it out once you get there, while you're getting over jetlag you can put together a nice trip!

24 days is a nice amount of time, if you don't try to do too much. You may find that the heat will bother you & that heading to the hillstations like Mussoorie or Darjeeling will suit you.
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Originally Posted by inktri View Post Ok I think I've determined a high level overview of the places I will visit:

delhi, agra, fatehpur sikri, jaipur,

ellora, ajanta, aurangabad,

mumbai, goa, hampi, bangalore, chennai, hyderbad

sanchi

Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park

delhi



Is that possible within 24 days? If not, which cities are probably expendable?
You'll likely have to forget about Mumbai and anywhere south of Mumbai, the problem with a lot of those places is the transport options, you'll be trying to book on trains from c to f, meaning restricted quotas (as most seats/berths are held for people travelling from a-z, the full distance), and you've got no chance of last minute bookings with those restrictions.

Go to the foreign tourist reservation centre above the main entrance in New Delhi station, don't listen to anyone who tries to send you anywhere else, the staff at the foreign tourist reservation centre can be (though are not always) very helpful, they're really your only hope at this late stage.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by inktri View Post Is that possible within 24 days?
That's 16 places in 24 days, sheer distances or other logistics quite apart.

You do the maths.
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