Northern Indian Tour

#1 Jun 7th, 2011, 06:57
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Hi All,

I am planning to visit northern India in late Nov 2011. I am traveling with my family (2 adults ,4 Children and 2 elderly parents).

This has been suggested by few friends but I want to add Varanasi
to this.

I wish to do sight seeing and also cover some main temples.

Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Day 02 Delhi - Haridwar
Day 03 Haridwar - Rishikesh - Haridwar
Day 04 Haridwar - Shimla
Day 05 Shimla
Day 06 Shimla - Manali
Day 07 Manali
Day 08 Manali - Chandigarh
Day 09 Chandigarh - Delhi
Day 10 Delhi - Jaipur
Day 11 Jaipur
Day 12 Jaipur - Agra
Day 13 Agra - Delhi
Day 14 Delhi
Day 15 Depart Delhi

Plan to spend about 20 days in total with some shopping time in Delhi or anywhere (Got 3 Teenage Daughters)

Any comments on the above will be grateful.
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Originally Posted by ausindian View Post Hi All,

I am planning to visit northern India in late Nov 2011. I am traveling with my family (2 adults ,4 Children and 2 elderly parents).

This has been suggested by few friends but I want to add Varanasi
to this.

I wish to do sight seeing and also cover some main temples.
...
Plan to spend about 20 days in total with some shopping time in Delhi or anywhere (Got 3 Teenage Daughters)

Any comments on the above will be grateful.
It seems like too much travel, with too little time on site. Remember, it takes a lot longer to get from one place to another in India than it appears on a map by distance alone.

I fear you will be spending too much time getting from A to B and won't have any time actually to enjoy the places you are visiting. You will barely be able to catch your breath anywhere before you are on the move again, never mind seeing or "covering" anything.

You don't mention how you intend to travel - car and driver? train? plane? Each has its pluses and minuses. We prefer car and driver for short to medium trips, plane for long ones.

And how old are the old folks, and how resilient? How interested in this project are the girls?

I think you'll see and enjoy more of India if you halve the number of places you plan to visit and spend twice as long in each place. Oh, yeah, and squeeze in Varanasi: you'll either love it or hate it, but either way it'll probably be the most memorable part of your trip.

Enjoy,
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Thanks hfot2...

Planning to hire a driver and drive.

My parents are still able to walk a distance but not too far. (Around the 60/70)
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Planning to hire a driver and drive.

My parents are still able to walk a distance but not too far. (Around the 60/70)
You are entirely welcome.

I have been thinking more about your plans. I continue to be concerned that you will be on the road more than on site. Even on good roads, we have found drivers can average only about 50k/h at best.

As far as your parents, we are about the same age (check out our profile photos) and have never had any problems dealing with what India requires; on the other hand we keep fit. Even so, we would find your schedule exhausting for both mind and body and would have found it so at 40 also.

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If you plan to travel by car from Day 01 onwards, then I would suggest you keep Jaipur at the least priority. If you like some place where you would like to spend some more days you can do that this way. Or instead of Jaipur add Orchha / Gwalior.
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Smile Nothern India Part II

Hi All,

This is to the responses to my earlier thread on the same subject.
After going thru your suggestions, I think I have come up with a workable Itinerary.

Just background info.

I am planning to visit northern India in late Nov 2011. I am traveling with my family (2 adults , 4 Children and 2 elderly parents).

Planning this trip mainly for my kids, I want it to be any eye opener for them on India and her heritage. (We are Malaysia Indian but the children grow up in Australia so this will be some shock)

The plan is for 20/21 days.

My new plans are as follow:

Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Day 02 Delhi – Varanasi ( By Flight)
Day 03 Varanasi
Day 04 Varanasi to Agra ( By Train : Marudhar Expres (14863) )
Day 5 Agra
Day 6 Agra – Mathura
Day 7 Mathura – Delhi
Day 8 Delhi
Day 9 Delhi – Haridwar
Day 10 Haridwar - Rishikesh – Haridwar
Day 11 Haridwar – Shimla
Day 12 Shimla
Day 13 Shimla – Manali
Day 14 Manali
Day 15 Manali – Chandigarh
Day 16 Chandigarh
Day 16 Chandigarh – Delhi
Day 17 Delhi
Day 18 Delhi

There is 2/3 days more in the buffer… Any idea where to spent more time.
Was thinking of bypassing Shimla, if I do. Is there any other places of interest around that area.

And the plan should have at least 2 days in Delhi for shopping.

Any suggestion is most welcome…. Thank you
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Hi Ausindian,

have you been to the places before or are they new to you too?

I am asking because I as a westerner would choose to stay in Rishikesh rather than Haridwar, and I did not find Chandigarh very special to spend 2 nights there.
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Originally Posted by freemanx View Post ... did not find Chandigarh very special to spend 2 nights there.
I agree. We found Chandigarh somewhat boring and atypical of the rest of India, which very well may be why it appeals to you. The Corbu architecture can be done in a morning, the rock garden in a few hours and that's about it.

Also, did you consider the suggestions made to you by aarosh above?

You might think about 2 days in Delhi on arrival rather than at the end, just to be sure your luggage catches up with you in case it gets lost (and to get over jetlag).

I don't think you have allowed enough time to get to Mathura, visit it and get out. Not to mention that you might want to go to Vrindavan as well, about a half hour away by car and it is much nicer we think.

We too stayed a few days in Haridwar and did a day trip to Rishikesh and that worked just fine for us.

You ask about Shimla - it is interesting, but so too are many other places. (We didn't visit there until our 4th or 5th trip to India.) You don't say if you've been here before or why this particularly interests you so it's difficult to make other suggestions. It does show a different sort of city from the others you've listed; if your trip is to be an overview of the country then a hill station might certainly add to the mix.

Hope this helps.

distaff
Last edited by hfot2; Jun 11th, 2011 at 20:24.. Reason: removed repetitions & unnecessary info after I saw the 2 threads had been merged by JuliaF
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Ausindian's two threads on the same subject have been merged.
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I'm planning to visit Northern India towards end of 2012. Will be traveling with my family and my parents (4 adults and 4 children ))

This is the routing which I'm looking at. We plan to hire a mini bus (11 Seater) and travel.

Please advise whether is doable and whether I'm missing any good places. And also advise on any good places to see on the way to each of the cities.

Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Day 02 Delhi - Varanasi (By Flight)
Day 03 Varanasi - Allahabad - Varanasi
Day 04 Varanasi
Day 05 Varanasi - Delhi (By Flight)
Day 06 Delhi – Mathura – Vrindhavan – Arga
Day 07 Arga – Jaipur
Day 08 Jaipur
Day 09 Jaipur – Jodhpur
Day 10 Jodhpur
Day 11 Jodhpur - Bikarner
Day 12 Bikarner -Delhi
Day 13 Delhi
Day 14 Delhi – Haridwar
Day 15 Haridwar / Rishikesh
Day 16 Haridwar / Rishikesh
Day 17 Haridwar – Chandigarh
Day 18 Chandigarh
Day 19 Chandigarh - Amritsar
Day 20 Amritsar
Day 21 Amritsar (Train to reach Delhi- Day Train)
Day 22 Delhi
Day 23 Delhi
Day 24 Delhi ...... Depart

Wanted to go to do the follow but was advise against it.

Day 15 Haridwar – Rudraprayag
Day 16 Rudraprayag
Day 17 Rudraprayag – Chandigarh

The drive from Rudraprayag to Chandigarh was advised as 13 hrs.

Please advise
Ausindian



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I am exhausted after reading this new itinerary.
My comments have been carried over into this merged thread and so much of what I say here, it seems, I've already said above.

Too many places, too little time anywhere. Traveling on Indian roads is not very speedy. You will spend all of your time in transit or resting from the roadtrips you have just completed. (We usually feel lucky if our driver averages 50 k an hour)

I think you need to prioritize what you want to see and cut this way back and spend some time actually visiting the places where you will spend the night.

By the way, the places you want to go are fine - just not wonderful for a half-day visit when you are exhausted.

distaff

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