Need advice itinerary group of oldish people

#1 Sep 11th, 2018, 23:17
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Hello

We are a group of 8 adults in our late fifties / early sixties planning to go to India for the first time in January 2019 for a month.

We will be flying into New Delhi on January 7th, 2019.

We are in the process of planning our itinerary and would appreciate any advice and tips on where to go and how to get there . At the moment we have in mind to visit Varanasi, Agra , Rajasthan and we would like to go to the Kumbh Mela festival and wonder how much time we should set aside for that and where to stay.

One of group does not like flying so we would prefer not to take flights , if possible , so we are wondering what other means of travel between these places we can use.

Is one month too long or too short a time to visit all the above ?

Our main concern is that the trip does not become a tour de force ...
Many thanks
#2 Sep 12th, 2018, 00:01
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Please read https://www.indiamike.com/india/indi...india-t157517/ which is the experience of a solo 60+ traveler.

A month is good enough to see the places that you have mentioned.
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A month is good for your intended itinerary. I think the best is to start with the Rajasthan leg, then Agra and Varanasi.

Apart from flying the alternative transport is by train or car+driver.

For trains you must reserve your seats well in advance. First register by the IRCTC or use an travel agent. For details of this see here .
To get an idea about connections and seat availability look at etrain .

Depending on your budget for the Rajasthan leg a car+driver is a good alternative. We used Delhi based Namaste several times and were happy with them.
See their site to get an idea about the costs
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During January North India is cool or cold. Some times some places heavy fog situation stops traffic. Better you consider February or even March. You can join Holi Festival on March.
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Originally Posted by zafermac View Post During January North India is cool or cold. Some times some places heavy fog situation stops traffic. Better you consider February or even March. You can join Holi Festival on March.
I was thinking of telling the same thing but it appears that they have booked their flights
#6 Sep 13th, 2018, 10:52
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If you are planning to attend the Ardh Kumbh at allahabad, book your accommodation as soon as dates are finalized. These festivals are very popular and good quality accommodation (in city hotels) is often in short supply. I assume that given you're oldish, you'd prefer to stay in a reasonably upmarket hotel and not rough it out.

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