Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kolkata - Puri

#1 Jun 7th, 2018, 15:52
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I'm planning a round trip starting from Bangalore to Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kolkata - Puri and then back to Bangalore, in 10 days by train. I know it is a lot to take in a short period but I think its is manageable . Below is the plan that I made based on some rough information.

13/July Fri: Bangalore Jhansi by train(12649 sampark kranti)
14- Sat:
15 - Sun: Jhansi (reach early morning) - travel to Orchaa and sightseeing. (night stay)
16 Mon: Orchaa (leave early morning)- Jhansi then travel to Khajuraho & sightseeing (night stay)
17 Tue: Khajuraho sightseeing and leave for Varanasi in the night rain
18 Wed: Varanasi (reach by 11) sightseeing & leave for Kolkata at midnight
19 Thus: Reach Kolkata afternoon and sightseeing (night stay)
20 Fri: Kolkata sightseeing & leave for Puri (12837 HWH PURI EXP night train)
21 Sat: Puri sightseeing and come back to BHUBANESWAR by night.
22 - Sun: BHUBANESWAR Bangalore (12863-HWH YPR EXPRESS 3.30AM)
23 - Mon: Reaches Bangalore


When I planned the trip initially I didnt include Orchaa but after a few trips reports that I read here especially this one (https://www.indiamike.com/india/madh...3/#post2090648) I really wanted to spend some time there. Also because of the direct train's availability from Khajuraho to Varanasi I decided to spend more time in Khajuraho and leave on Tuesday night. But now the problem here is that in Varanasi I could hardly spend 12 hours only since the train to Kolkata leaves at midnight. My biggest doubt is that where to spend more time? In Kolkata or Varanasi? I can make adjustments to my plan based on it.
Any suggestion based on this entire itinerary? I'm I asking too much with in this short period?
#2 Jun 8th, 2018, 16:59
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Hi nachikethas

I haven't been to the places on the later part of your trip ie Puri onwards and would happily ditch them to spend quality time in Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi & Kolkata... especially since you're spending 28 hours on a train to begin with

If you are really keen on seeing most of these places, perhaps you could leave off one destination - Khajuraho gets my vote - take a train from Jhansi straight to Varanasi giving you extra time there.

12 hours Varanasi = waste of time. NOT even 12 hours if your train is late, I've took overnight trains from Jhansi to Varanasi (might be that same night train for you?), late by a couple of hours.

Whatever you decide, good luck

PS. Nice blog
#3 Jun 11th, 2018, 17:28
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Originally Posted by spud View Post Hi nachikethas

Whatever you decide, good luck

PS. Nice blog
Thank you

I cannot ditch Puri & Kolkata because I have to meet few friends there, but I guess I have to cut down the time in Kolkata to spend more time in Varanasi.
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Look Left , look right , take a photo , get back on the train. This is crazy and you will not enjoy it.
Why stay at home when you can see the world?
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The trip was a great success, apart from Puri. It was raining so badly in Puri and my train from Kolkata was late around 7 hours, so basically I couldn't see anything there. Without taking any risk I flew from Bhubaneswar to Bangalore on the same day itself. Orchha was the best part, really loved the place. I dont know why MP tourism is not giving much publicity to it. In fact, I liked it more than Khajuraho.
Sharing some pics here. I wrote a blog about it, the link is given below.

https://notesfromdreams.com/2018/09/...ravel-guide-2/











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