most appealing itinerary for 10 days? (too many choices!)

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Hi all,
I am visiting India this winter. My trip will be bookended by an event in Bangalore in late December and another in Jaipur in mid January. So I have January 1st to the 11th free, and will be starting out in B'lore and ending in Jaipur.

A bit about me: I'll be traveling solo, I'm female, and I've lived in India before (and hence been to a fair # of places).

A bit about my travel preferences: I dislike foreigner party scenes, but I'm afraid that if I spend the whole time off the beaten track it may get a bit lonely (a nice balance between lonely and non-lonely would be fine). I'm not on a shoestring budget but I'd like to avoid going somewhere where every kind of travel has to be by private taxi or where the only appealing accommodation choices are luxury resorts. I also prefer a more relaxed travel pace (don't just like to check sights off a list, as I prefer to soak up the atmosphere of a place for a while).

So here are some basic sketches of itineraries I've come up with -- and now I'm overwhelmed with too many choices! How would you rank these? (and how would you tweak them?)

(train from B'lore) - Hyderabad - Vizag/Araku Valley - (possibly Puri)- (flight to Jaipur)

(train from B'lore) - Hampi - Panaji - somewhere along the konkan coast - (train to Bombay and flight to Jaipur)

(train from B'lore) - Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (near Neyyar Dam) - Kochi - Kannur - Mangalore(?) - (flight to Jaipur)

(flight from B'lore) - Ahmedabad - Kachch (Bhuj/Mandvi/Ranns/surrounding villages) - (train to Jaipur)

Looking forward to your insights, IndiaMikers.
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Originally Posted by cucurbitus View Post I've lived in India before (and hence been to a fair # of places).

I'm not on a shoestring budget


(train from B'lore) - Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (near Neyyar Dam) - Kochi - Kannur - Mangalore(?) - (flight to Jaipur)

(flight from B'lore) - Ahmedabad - Kachch (Bhuj/Mandvi/Ranns/surrounding villages) - (train to Jaipur)
Or, BLR(train)-KOCHI-boat backwaters (train) Trivandrum(Kovalam beach)-train(HYD)flight(Ahmedabad)-train-bus(Mt. Abu) train/bus- Jaipur.
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Thanks, nycank! Your itinerary is an interesting twist, but I've already been to Mt. Abu -- and maybe it was just the time of the year I was there, but I probably wouldn't want to return. Also, my intention in posting this question was not so much to see if there was a way to mash up these itineraries into one, but to see if any of the itineraries posted seemed more interesting/more feasable/better balanced than the others. It is good to look at it in a new way, though, so thanks again!
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Originally Posted by cucurbitus View Post but to see if any of the itineraries posted seemed more interesting/more feasable/better balanced than the others. It is good to look at it in a new way, though, so thanks again!
Do the Kutch itn.
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I'm with nycank: do the Kutch itinerary, and try to get to Dwarka, as well. These are most interesting places, and I'd love to go back to them.
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I don't really see how any would matter. Throw the dice, and get going.

(Ten days being not a lot no matter which way you look at it, of course.)
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Thanks, all! (and yes, I should roll the dice and just go... but sadly that might require that I get a brain transplant, so in the mean time I'll obsess until something seems just right or at least [and more likely] until i have no time to obsess anymore and have to bite the bullet)

-in any case, a question about kutch: it does seem like a fascinating place, but i'm wondering about getting around. i find long rides in a car w/ driver a bit awkward, especially as a solo female, and they can also get a bit pricey. are public transport options available?
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You may even go towards west coast from Bangalore via Mysore, Madikeri and start climbing towards north.

Once reached Mumbai (may be Goa, for non-lonely scene!), you may take Jaipur flight!
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As you have been there already, so try to avoid travel times. The one posted by nycank above is more travel going down deep south and coming back to hyd which may exhaust you more than staying/seeing more places.

I will stick to second choice you mentioned, it's good.
>>(train from B'lore) - Hampi - Panaji - somewhere along the konkan coast - (train to Bombay and flight to Jaipur)
You can cover good places as well as one of the most amazing rail journeys in india is konkan railway. Hampi is good to chill out for few days, and then head to panaji/go-karna..and further on the western front..goa/bombay..heading to jaipur.

Travel safe.
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Originally Posted by cucurbitus View Post -in any case, a question about kutch: it does seem like a fascinating place, but i'm wondering about getting around. i find long rides in a car w/ driver a bit awkward, especially as a solo female, and they can also get a bit pricey. are public transport options available?
Yes, there are buses. If you stick to major towns yes, however remote villages are a bit of a challenge.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Yes, there are buses. If you stick to major towns yes
Er, I don't mean to be overly critical, but what major towns in Kutch (Kachchh) were you thinking of?

I think to get around the Rann's without your own (hired) transport won't be easy, no. I do think it would certainly be worth it.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post Er, I don't mean to be overly critical, but what major towns in Kutch (Kachchh) were you thinking of?

I think to get around the Rann's without your own (hired) transport won't be easy, no. I do think it would certainly be worth it.
No one actually goes many areas of Kutch for tourism. Honestly, it is also a military area which would freak out guys in uniform to see a firang in border areas. Rann of Kutch saw battles in 65 & 71. The major town are Bhuj, Gandhidam, Mandvi. Bhuj is interesting place, while many of the kutchis spread out, mandvi is the place they go for beach vacation. Bhuj you go if you are in trading or wanna export stuff to the West to be sold at India stores, or decorate cheap Indian restaurants BTW kutchi women are very pretty
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Yes, thank you. I've been in Bhuj, and had to get a local police permit to do some bicycling around town just for the hell of it. Which wasn't an issue, btw, except for the local police station keeping fairly limited hours.

(1996 Or thereabouts, btw. Don't know about today. But it is a sensitive border area, certainly.)

But so to get around the Rann's I think takes a bit more organizing yes.* Sorry, have no real info to give on it. Used to have some, but not right here. Bhuj may not be the best place to organize it from, from what I understood at that time. (But rather some small place not far north-west'ish from Ahmedabad. I could hopefully look it up later.)

* I don't think necessarily because they're that close to the border, btw, but just because it's a harsh landscape. Some of the toughest in the world, it is said.

(That eternal anecdote I'll throw up btw: There's a story by some writer who gets out of his car in one of the Rann's, so salt deserts, takes a few steps, and can't find his car back for the mirages. A situation you wouldn't want to be in, I'm sure. He obviously lived to tell the tale.)

Bhuj at the time btw did have a decent if small and simple tourist office, but with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable older man running it. Good source of information. If it or he are still around though, no idea of course. In fact he must have been the one to tell me to rather revert to that place west of Ahmedabad for any touring of the Rann's.

There's also this little thing of me obviously having been there before the major 2001 earthquake, which devastated the place and the wider region, I've no idea what it will be like now. People seem to still go to Bhuj and enjoy it, though.

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