Sept – 7 days in India from Delhi – advice on where to go?

#1 May 27th, 2008, 21:46
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Hi All,

I am taking my first trip to India from the 11th Sept to the 22nd. I intend to have eye laser treatment during the first few days so have about 7 days after that in which to get a taste of life outside Delhi. I am very appreciative of the site and its contributors – what a wealth of information!

My question is where would you advise me to visit for the 7 days I have available? … I would be a fairly seasoned traveller (have been all over the States & Europe, then last year started Asia with Thailand & Cambodia). Budget would be medium .. I prefer clean and cheap with character rather than expensive and pomp. One of my hobbies is photography so know India will offer superb opportunity for that. I was hoping to perhaps do some of the trip relaxing on a steam train?

At the end of the day that’s what this trip is about – to relax and go with the flow for a wee while. I expect it will take me quite a number of trips to get a flavour of the place

Look forward to hearing your sage advice. If you have general ideas for areas/routes etc I will go off and research them individually.

Many thanks,

Allen.
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A week, want to relax, and around Delhi?

Head for the hills!

Browse the Uttarakhand and Himachal fora here. September is a good time.

Actually, anytime is a good time


Alternatively, Rajasthan.
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#3 May 27th, 2008, 23:58
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I suggest you spend the week in Rajasthan, rounding off your vacation with a trip to the Taj Mahal at Agra.
You can choose between Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer..., the Rajasthan forum here has a wealth of information.
Its a great place for photography as well.
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Originally Posted by Indizen View Post I suggest you spend the week in Rajasthan, rounding off your vacation with a trip to the Taj Mahal at Agra.
You can choose between Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer..., the Rajasthan forum here has a wealth of information.
Its a great place for photography as well.
I second the comment about Rajasthan being great for photography. It is unbelievable. I went to Jaipur, Pushkar and Jodhpur (plus Delhi and Agra) in December and walked the streets everyday with my camera and there were photog opportunities every step of the way.

You can see some of my Rajasthan pics here:
http://www.pbase.com/dpearl/rajasthan

However, Rajasthan ain't all that relaxing unless you get off the beaten path.
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Ok guys, Rajistan it is then - I have ordered in my "rough guide" and will get stuck in here investigating. Spanky - wonderful photos, you really know how to use that 5D!! As a matter of interest, when taking those full face-on shots, are they candid / posed / rewarded?

cheers all, the journey is already beginning

Allen.
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Originally Posted by aonindy View Post Ok guys, Rajistan it is then - I have ordered in my "rough guide" and will get stuck in here investigating. Spanky - wonderful photos, you really know how to use that 5D!! As a matter of interest, when taking those full face-on shots, are they candid / posed / rewarded?

cheers all, the journey is already beginning

Allen.
Allen, thanks. Almost all of the shots were candid, but a handful were posed. And in the case of the posed shots, most were initiated by the subject - in other words they asked me to take their picture. I'd like to take more posed shots but I am conflicted about forcing a camera on people. Anyway, I kinda like candids. I never rewarded anyone, though a couple times this was hinted at, but it just didn't seem right.

BTW, Rough Guides has a book on Rajasthan/Delhi/Agra which I used last year and which was just released last fall so it's up to date. It's quite a bit smaller/lighter than the full size India book. LP and Footprint have similar guides.

Enjoy your trip...

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