mumbai,goa,kerala,rajasthan and agra-putting it all together??
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mumbai,goa,kerala,rajasthan and agra-putting it all together??

Hey guys,
Well after religiously logging in to indiamike a reading through thousands of posts not to mention my daily read of Lp, I've decided that these places are what I would definetely like to see on my trip to india. The prob is im still baffled on how to put it all together. I fly into Mumbai in a week and am planning to leave india via nepal, I dont have any real set time phrame but wouldnt mind being in nepal by November.
I know u guys get thousands of itinerary questions a day but any advice would be great-
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Hi well it all depends on what kind of time u wanna spend where and what are u exactly wanting to see then an itineary would be appropriate. Mumbai is like any big city in the world lot of hustle bustle , a great night life and a lot to see in and arnd mumbai, but the rains and the recent flooding must have dampened a lot so that you have to be careful of. Goa this time of the year its kinda empty and less tourist ,many places are closed so if you like that then a good time to head down and spend time there , Agra and rajasthan will be extremely hot at this time to visit and do things , infact it would have bee better if you had gone to nepal 1st spent a month or two there and then come to India in october bcz then most places that u wanna visit would have great weather and you could really enjoy india.
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From Mumbai take a train to Cochin. Visit Kerala. Take train Cochin to Trivandrum to Goa. Visit Goa. Train Goa to Jaipur (theres a direct train once a week). Visit Rajasthan starting and ending in Jaipur. Take train or bus to Agra. Train or bus to Delhi. Train to Varanasi. Fly to Kathmandu from Varanasi.
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spend 2-3 days in Mumbai, not more, then you can either head south to Kerala for a relaxed Yoga / Massage / Backwater cruise on a rice boat kind of holiday or you can head towards Rajasthan and take in the Palaces, Forts, Old Indian culture, Wildlife etc.

If you want a list of things to do in Mumbai, here you go.

Walkeshwar Temple & Banganga Tank
According to legends, Lord Rama rested here for a while on his way to rescue Sita. He constructed a Lingam of Sand at the temple which eventually came to be known as Walkeshwar (The Lord of the Sand). To the south of the Walkeshwar temple is the Banganga tank. There is a legend surrounding this place too. Lord Rama was thirsty and he asked his brother Lakshmana to slake his thirst. As there was no water readily available, Lakshmana shot an arrow and brought Ganga over here. Hence Bana (arrow in Sanskrit) Ganga. The water sprouted on the spot where he shot an arrow into the ground. A sacred tank surrounded by four 100-year old temples and modern skyscrapers. Nowhere are Mumbai's paradoxes more evident than in this area. Part of an ancient temple complex, the water in this tank is rumoured to have come from the Holy Ganges river.

Haji Ali Mosque
Located at the end of a 500m causeway protruding into the Arabian sea, this mosque can only be approached during low tide. During high tide the walkway to the mosque is submerged in the sea making the impression that the mosque and the tomb are floating in water.

Haji Ali died in Mecca and the casket miraculously drifted and came to the spot where the mosque is built by his devotees in the early 19th century. Not only the Muslims but people of other religions also throng the tomb to pray for the fulfillment of their desires as it is considered to be a place of wish fulfillment.

Mount Mary Church
Situated on a quiet hillock in suburban Bandra, Mount Mary is probably Mumbai's best-known church for Christians and non-christians alike. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to the Mother of Christ and in September, the festival of the Virgin Mother culminates in a week long fair, popularly known as Bandra Fair, that has all the excitement of a small carnival. Stalls sell sticky Goan sweets and wax idols of the Virgin along with an assortment of candles shaped like hands, feet and various other parts of the body. The sick and suffering choose one that corresponds to their ailment and light it in Church, with the pious hope that Mother Mary will consider their appeals for help.

The Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Temple (aka Hare Krishna or ISKCON Temple) is located in Juhu district. A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) built the temple amid the palm trees of “Hare Krishna Land,” a 4 acre-plot in Juhu Beach. Everyday about 25,000 pilgrims throng the temple while the number swells to approx. 40,000 on weekends. Anyone can go to experience the tranquility of the temple and gardens

Mani Bhavan
Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. Today, its only a symbolic exhibit that lies unused, but many old Gandhians still visit the place to pay homage to their hero and demonstrate the noble art of spinning your own yarn

Chor Bazaar
Mumbai offers a delightful range of shopping experiences: from trendy boutiques for the upmarket shopper to quaint local markets hawking all manner of merchandise at the most unbelievable prices. But among the quaintest has to be the flea-market called CHOR BAZAAR on Mutton Street, a paradise for the antique hunter. Literally translated, the name means The 'Thieves’ Market, and it originally derived its name from the fact that this is the place where people from across the state (and through middlemen, from across the country) offload stuff that they own and have no clue as to its value. Needless to add a lot of stolen property also finds its way in to the heap, making it the city's unofficial Lost-n-Found warehouse! Bargain-hungry tourists rummage for Ming vases and Muranos at throwaway prices. The main avenue is Mutton Street, flanked by rows of little antique shops that look like musty attics and sell just about anything from old ship parts, grandfather clocks and gramophones, to crystal chandeliers and old English tea sets. Others offer authentic Victorian furniture, wonderful for browsers, antiquarians and restorers. Although the bargains are sometimes staggering, most of the shop owners are pretty street smart, and could easily take the unsavvy art collector for a ride, so brush up on your art before you go!

Crawford Market
Poised between what was once the British Fort and the local town, Crawford Market has elements of both. It's a blend of Flemish and Norman architecture with a bas relief depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields just above the main entrance The freize, incidentally, was designed by Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous Rudyard Kipling, and the Kiplings' cottage still stands next to the JJ School of Art across the road. Opposite. Now named after a local patriot called Jyotiba Phule, Crawford Market looks like something out of Victorian London, with its sweet smell of hay and 50 ft high skylit awning that bathes the entire place in natural sunlight. Mountains of fruit and fresh vegetables are sold here at wholesale rates. Next door there's also a meat and poultry section along with stalls selling smuggled cheese and chocolate!

Red Light District
One of the most infamous area’s in Asia, you will find women from almost all parts of the world here. Of course the ones in the show windows (Cages) are all from local area’s. It’s a narrow street lined with cages / rooms with just a curtain dividing the road from the rooms. Not for the faint hearted, this area is the seamy underbelly of Mumbai.

Auto Ride
The third world alternative to taxi cabs. One of the most enjoyable & adventurous experiences that you can have in Mumbai. This is what most locals use for getting around the city. Its called an “auto rickshaw”. The driver sits up front and the passengers sit on a bench seat behind him, there are no doors and no seat belts. These 3 wheeled contraptions can spin on a dime and get you to your destination in double quick time.

Dhobi Ghat
A giant human powered Laundromat. A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is at Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation

Fashion Street
Readymade garments are one of Mumbai's chief exports - and the surplus lands up at Fashion Street, a huddle of little shops on Mahatma Gandhi Road. They cost only a fraction of the price in foreign stores however, and are grabbed by fashion conscious collegians fresh off the rack. Haggling, of course is half the fun of buying. Begin at half the quoted price and work your way gradually upwards, then follow though with a thorough appraisal of the goods: much of the stuff here is rejected by quality conscious importers and likely to have a missing button or crooked collar. But by and large the clothes are of good quality, trendy, and probably the cheapest anywhere in the world.

There are two alternatives, the easy one is to catch a bollywood movie and spend 3 hours in a suspension of disbelief and get transported to a world of glitzy glamour, songs and dances. The second alternative is to actually go and watch one of these movies being shot. This usually happens in an area called Film city, its quite close to the international airport. Normally the film sets are closed to visitors, but permissions to visit and watch can be obtained.

St. Thomas Cathedral
The St Thomas Cathedral lies in the vicinity of Horniman Circle and is said to be the city’s premier Anglican Church. It was built in the year 1718, to improve the moral standards of the growing British settlement. The high box pews of the church, replaced now by more ordinary ones, were allotted to the people in order of social rank with the front row reserved for the Governor and the rear ones for ‘strangers’ and ‘inferior women’. Here, many Britishers were laid to rest under marbled tablets engraved with touching rhymes

Mumbadevi Temple
The Mumbadevi Temple is hidden behind numerous storefronts; you are almost in it before you realize you have reached your destination. Crowded, pulsing with life, colourful and exciting. . .it's almost the kind of fervour that you'd find at a rock concert. It's a bit hard to find, and it's not architecturally outstanding, but the extra effort is definitely rewarded. The temple was named after the goddess Mumba, after whom the city was renamed.

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