North India 2-3 weeks. Please advise.

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Hi ya everyone!

I will be arriving in Mumbai on 28th April and basically have 2 weeks until I fly from Delhi to Bangalore. I want to include the Taj Mahal in my visit.

I have heard that Rajastan is def worth a visit so has anyone got any advice for a 2 week route (including the Taj).

I was thinking about visiting Udaipur? and maybe Jaipur? but if there are any places worth visiting on my way then I would welcome your suggestions!.

I could even stretch my stay to 3 weeks max (in the north) as I then have to fly from Delhi to Bangalore.

I have been to India before and have done Goa and the south etc so want to spend what little time I do have, in the North.

Thanks for your advice and if you have any suggestions for accom then that would be great too!. I have my lonely planet but it's always good to have feedback from other people.

Happy Travels,

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We recently did a 10 day trip around Rajasthan in a Hired Ambassador, day 1 left Delhi and travelled to Agra, one day is enough in AGra, see the Taj and Akbar's Tomb, we stayed overnight but I wouldn't recommend the hotel we stayed at. Day two we travelled to Pushkar via Jaipur, I thought it was a bit too far to travel and would have opted for Jaipur for a night then onto Pushkar, we stayed one night at Pushkar but I think two would be okay.

You could travel onto Jodhpur from Pushkar for one or two nights then onto Udaipur via Ranakpur which is a nice hilly route, three nights in Udaipur would be okay maybe 4, we stayed at a great place called the Mahendra Prakesh nice hotel about 900IR to 1200 IR per night with some fantastic rooms, travel back to Delhi via Chittorgarh stopping off to see the Fort there that takes several hours and it maybe worth staying overnight at Chittorgarth, travel from there to Jaipur for a couple more nights or whatever you can spare great place for shopping, I'd stay at the JAs Vilas beautiful hotel with great people running the place who are a great help to travellers.
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Rajasthan in the first fortnight of May ? Avoid ! You'd be better off heading for the hills !
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Rajasthan in May... :-)

Will second Shimla's view - Rajasthan in May should definitely be avoided. Try the hills - both Uttaranchal and Himachal will have nice pleasant weather.

For Himachal try this -

Delhi - Narkanda 1 day travel

Narkanda-Sarahan-Chitkul 2-3 days

Sangla-Kaza - 2-3 days

Kaza-Manali 1-2 days

Manali-Kullu- Parvati Valley(kasol) - Manali 3 days

Manali to Leh - 2-3 days (Depends whether the road will be opened)

Total - 15-17 days (Delhi - Delhi)

OR

Delhi - Binsar (1 day travel + 1 day stay) - 2-3 days

Binsar - Munsiyari 2-3 days

Munsiyari-Kausani - 2-3 days

Kausani - Auli - 2 days

Auli-Chopta-Rishikesh - 2 days

Rishikesh - Hardwar - Dhanaulti-Mussorie - 3 days

Total - 17-18 days
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I agree with Shimla! Rajasthan would be extremely hot in May. The best destination during this time would indeed be Himachal Pradesh.
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Thanks for your replies.

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your replies and I thought I would just let you know that I will be flying INTO Mumbai first and was then going to make my way to Delhi via Rajastan.

Do you think that I should fly to Delhi straight away after landing in Mumbai? I can only fly into Mumbai so can't change my ticket.

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks everyone.

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Id spend the night in Mumbai then catch the train the Radjhani express the next day, you'll save a fortune and have a great trip, leaves about 5pm so that gives you quite a bit of time to look around Mumbai for the day. It gets into Delhi about 10am the next day. Fantastic food on board.

Everyone is right about the heat we were there inFebruary and it was becoming hot then in the High 30s so it would'nt be too good in May and would be too uncomfortable, Head for the hills thats are next planned trip.
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Agree with davey about the Rajdhani Express to New Delhi. However, you need to book your ticket for end-April rightaway !
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Hi again

Hi again and thanks for your replies,

Do you know how I can book my ticket in advance and is this really neccessary? I am still in NZ at the moment and I think it would cost me alot more to book it from here. Surely the train's aren't that booked are they? Could I book once I arrive in Mumbai?

Thanks again,

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Originally Posted by freebirdnz Hi again and thanks for your replies,

Do you know how I can book my ticket in advance and is this really neccessary? I am still in NZ at the moment and I think it would cost me alot more to book it from here. Surely the train's aren't that booked are they? Could I book once I arrive in Mumbai?

Thanks again,

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Well, after my post above I casually checked up the availability position on the Mumbai Rajdhani for end-April; and saw that 2A and 3A classes are booked out till mid-May. There are huge waiting lists on both the classes.

The peak travel season is from mid-April to mid-June and almost all the trains are sold out in this period.

Looks like you'll have to look at the flight option between Mumbai and New Delhi.
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Freebird,

Berths in 2A in the Foreign Tourist Quota are available on the Mumbai Rajdhani for April 29 !

You have to visit www.irctc.co.in and first register yourself. you can then book your ticket on-line and have it couriered to a pre-determined address at Mumbai, where you can pick it up on arrival. The complete address including the PIN(Postal Index Number) has to be mentioned while booking, so that your ticket can be easily delivered. You can give a hotel address in Mumbai, but make sure you inform the hotel manager accordingly.
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shimla, do you mind me asking, is that a general trend for all the trains to be booked out until mid june? we are arriving in june and have not finalised our itinerary. are we not going to be able to travel by train...thats giving me slight panic :O!
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Hi again

Hi Shimla,

I don't actually arrive in Mumbai until 4.30pm on 29th and at this stage I don't have any accomodation booked. At this stage I will need to book accom first so I can then have the tickets delivered to that address. (only if tickets are avail after 29th)

Shimla, would you mind checking for me to see if there are trains on the 30th or the following couple of days. In order for me to check I need to register but I don't want to register as I don't have an address at the stage!...

I would really appreciate this.

Thanks for all your help :-)

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jennifericous,

Most of the trains run full till mid-June. India is a highly populated country and families can travel only during their childrens' school/college vacations, which fall at the same time in almost the whole of the country - from mid-April to mid-June; and then again during Diwali and X'mas.

As you'll be travellling in June, you still have a few days to finalise your itinerary and book on-line 60 days in advance.

Hence, DO NOT PANIC !
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Freebird,

Apparently, 6 berths are earmarked for the Foreign Tourist for 2AC and as of now all are available on 2951 Mumbai Rajdhani, from April 30 to May 5.

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