Parents won't allow 2 months- need to change itinerary quick! please help me!

#1 Nov 23rd, 2010, 01:06
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Hi everyone! Bet the title sounds umm.. well quite pathetic...

My friend and I had initially planned our trip to India for 2 months but we can't do that anymore since my parents are completely against it. So, we're cutting it down to 28 days...

So here is our new itinerary:

Landing in Delhi- 1
Dharamsala- 3
Amritsar- 3
Jaipur- 3
Udaipur- 3
Ajanta/Ellora-2
Goa- 4
Agra- 1
maybe on the way, we can make a stop at khajuraho for one day, as a break from the long trip from agra to varanasi)
Varanasi- 3
Delhi- 3

I have a lot of questions...

1) Is it better to go from Delhi to Dharamsala to Amritsar? or Delhi to Amritsar to Dharamsala? What would be a better route, in terms of trains and time of travel?

2) Would the train connect better from Amritsar to Jaipur or Dharamsala (Pathankot) to Jaipur?

3) What would be the best way to go from Jaipur to the Ellora/Ajanta caves? Is Aurangabad better as a base than the other places, such as Jalgaon?

4) And also since we are going to Goa after seeing the caves, would it be better if we left from Aurangabad? or Jalgaon?

5)I read that the train from Goa to Agra is 30 hours long. So would you suggest flying to Agra? If so, which airline would u suggest? or would u suggest any other route?

6)We would really like to make a stop at Khajuraho on the way from Agra to Varanasi. Can that be done in one day?

7) Finally, is spending 3 days in Delhi a bit much? Would you take out one day from Delhi and add it to another place? If so, which place? And why?

If any of you guys could answer any of these questions, I'd be so grateful. And any advise would be much appreciated! Thank you in advance for reading!
#2 Nov 23rd, 2010, 01:15
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A couple of things:

You probably won't need 3 days in Amritsar. You also probably won't need 3 days in Jaipur or Udaipur. I love all those places but 2 days (with the 3rd being a travel day?) should be sufficient.

1. I have no idea... others will though

2. Looks like there's a train running from Amritsar to Jaipur, the Jaipur Express #9782. It's between 15-17.5 hours journey though... maybe you should consider taking the Shatabdi back to Delhi and taking a different train or even hiring a car to Jaipur from there. Or, there is a train from Pathankot to Jaipur, #2414 Pooja Express. It's about 14 hours-ish.

3. Aurangabad is, in my opinion, a better base. Look into flights to Mumbai and then a train to Aurangabad, it should save you quite a bit of time.

4. Unknown... will look but I'm guessing Aurangabad.

5. Fly from Goa to Delhi and then take the Shatabdi to Agra. WAY easier!

6. Trim off a day or two like suggested above and spend a day in Khajuraho. It's really lovely and you'll be way too pressed for time between Agra and Varanasi, if you could do it at all.

7. 2 days in Delhi should be fine. I personally really like Delhi a lot but since you're doing a lot of running around, add it in somewhere else. Travel is going to eat up a ton of your time anyway.

Also, maybe you should ask your parents to make up for the sudden lack of time with more funds for your trip since you'll probably need to take more flights now! Haha!
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1 and 2 Delhi - Amritsar - Dharamashala as there is a daily train from Chakki Bank to Jaipur
3 You are missing Udaipur in between. From Udaipur take a train to Ahmedabad. Spend a day there (Modhera Sun Temple and Adalaj Step-well) and then take a train to Jalgaon. Ajanta is closer to Jalgaon. Then proceed to Aurangabad.
4 There are 2 daily trains from Manmad to Goa.
5 I guess there are no direct flights from Goa to Agra. Take a flight to Delhi and then go to Agra.
6 There is a direct train from Agra to Khajuraho and Khajuraho to Varanasi. (running 3 days in a week)

Remove a day from Jaipur and spend that in Ahmedabad.
Also you could remove a day from Delhi and give it to Fatehpur Sikri by adding one more day to Agra.
You can also reduce a day in Amritsar and add it to Varanasi.
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Originally Posted by paintedlotus View Post A couple of things:

You probably won't need 3 days in Amritsar. You also probably won't need 3 days in Jaipur or Udaipur. I love all those places but 2 days (with the 3rd being a travel day?) should be sufficient.

1. I have no idea... others will though

2. Looks like there's a train running from Amritsar to Jaipur, the Jaipur Express #9782. It's between 15-17.5 hours journey though... maybe you should consider taking the Shatabdi back to Delhi and taking a different train or even hiring a car to Jaipur from there. Or, there is a train from Pathankot to Jaipur, #2414 Pooja Express. It's about 14 hours-ish.

3. Aurangabad is, in my opinion, a better base. Look into flights to Mumbai and then a train to Aurangabad, it should save you quite a bit of time.

4. Unknown... will look but I'm guessing Aurangabad.

5. Fly from Goa to Delhi and then take the Shatabdi to Agra. WAY easier!

6. Trim off a day or two like suggested above and spend a day in Khajuraho. It's really lovely and you'll be way too pressed for time between Agra and Varanasi, if you could do it at all.

7. 2 days in Delhi should be fine. I personally really like Delhi a lot but since you're doing a lot of running around, add it in somewhere else. Travel is going to eat up a ton of your time anyway.

Also, maybe you should ask your parents to make up for the sudden lack of time with more funds for your trip since you'll probably need to take more flights now! Haha!

Thank you so much for your reply.

I was thinking too that we won't need 3 days in Amritsar. I was think 2 days and 1 night there.

And i was wondering if we should add a day to Dharamsala. I've been there before, 13 years ago and I remember it having lots of things to see... or am I wrong??

I really like Delhi a lot too. I have lots of friends there (since I studied in India for quite a few years) so I think I will keep the 3 days there.

Also, to answer the last comment that you made... I've been financially independent for the last 10 years, ever since the day I went to college. Paid my way through and got a stable job and have been taking care of myself quite well... But in our culture, and more so in our family, parents make the final decision for every single thing and I can't get out of it. It's their wish or you're out! maybe I shouldnt be saying this here. Sorry. I guess you can sense my frustration...

And finally, my bf doesn't really like being on the go so much. For him, taking a long train ride every 3 days is well, he wants to avoid it as much as possible... So I want to work out something where we can move from one place to another, and not have to take really long train rides, but still see as much as possible.

Thanks for ur advice once again. If you have anything more to add, or any places that you would like to suggest, please could u let me know?? thank you!
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6 There is a direct train from Agra to Khajuraho and Khajuraho to Varanasi. (running 3 days in a week)

Remove a day from Jaipur and spend that in Ahmedabad.
Also you could remove a day from Delhi and give it to Fatehpur Sikri by adding one more day to Agra.
You can also reduce a day in Amritsar and add it to Varanasi.
Thank you so much for ur reply. I really appreciate it!

Thank you for the info about the train from Agra to khajuraho. I was also thinking about making a stop at gwalior and orchha. If I do that, then would it all be possible by train, from agra to gwalior to orchha and then to khajuraho and finally to varanasi?

Also, I read on the lonely planet about Varanasi and well, I guess I don't really know much about that place at all but from what I've read there are many ghats... but would only take 3 days max. Am I wrong about it? And what else could I see in Varanasi?

As I've written on the previous post, my bf wants to avoid being too much on the go...

And also, for Goa, how many days would u recommend??

Thanks!!
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I totally understand about your parents.

If your bf doesn't want to move around too much-- which I also understand-- maybe you should consider slicing a place or two off of your itinerary because you're setting yourself up to be on the move A LOT. After a couple of overnight train rides (and the accompanying waits in train stations) in a row you start looking for a break. And I say that as someone who enjoys and looks forward to train rides, haha!

Ellora & Ajanta are amazing but they're also fairly isolated. Getting to and from there is going to eat up a LOT of your time. I haven't been to Dharamsala so I can't comment on that but it's also not just a quick jaunt.

For some relaxation before you go home, you may want to spend your last few days on the beach in Goa. It would almost certainly be easiest for you to fly into & out of Goa from Delhi. I have only been to Palolem/Patnem/Agonda in the south which is lovely but also about 1.5 to 2 hours from the airport in a taxi. 3 days in Goa should be fine but that's just my opinion. I can stand 1 or 2 days of laying around on the beach doing nothing before I start getting bored and looking for something to do!
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Thanks painted lotus!!

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