Train-Bus-Transportation. Help!!!

#1 Apr 18th, 2005, 03:32
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Hi everybody,

I'm very happy that I've found this forum. I've learnt a lot here, more than anywhere else, about India and the necessary preparation for India.

Before asking you bunch of questions. Let me state my situation: I will be in India from May 20 to July 1. I'll land in Delhi and will be making my way down south. Here are the places I'd like to visit:

Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - a glimpse of Bombay - Goa( Anjuna - Vagator & Chapora)- Bangalore - Mysore - possibly Belur & Halebid - Gokarna - Hampi - Aihole - Kovalam - the Backwaters of Kerala - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Rameswaram - Ooty... - then back to Delhi.

I have a friend's family in Delhi who will help me at the beginning to get start up. So I may stay in Delhi for a few days, they may take me to Agra themselves. I also have a friend in Bangalore who will take some days off from work to wander around a bit with me. But most of the time I will make my own destination.

I know this is a very greedy & busy schedule for 41 days. Is it possible to cover these places and have time to enjoy the people, the culture and the beautiful sight? Do you think that there are some must-see places that I'm missing out? or since the time is so tight, should I trim my list somewhere?

The most important question that I'd like to ask is how should I get around? How does the train-bus schedule look like? Will I have enough time to head back to Delhi by train or must I fly?

This is my first trip to India and I will be on my own so any advice would help. I really appreciate that.

Hana
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Indian trains are MUCH MUCH more comfortable than Indian buses, so use trains whenever you can. With such a tight schedule, you'll probably want to take maximum advantage of overnight trains. Go to sleep in one town and wake up in the next. If you're not the kind that can sleep with noise and lots of people swarming around, I would suggest a/c sleeper (3A or 2A). It's more expensive than 2nd class sleeper, but when you wake up refreshed at your destination you realize it's worth it.
For me, the main advantage was not the a/c per say, but the fact that the a/c sleepers are air-tight, which means all the noise of the wheels on the tracks doesn't come in like in non-a/c sleepers.
There are also sleeper buses, but to sleep on those is a feat in itself.

Now, I saw Amritsar, Dharamsala, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Ajanta and Elora Caves (very much worth it), Hyderabad, Tirupati, Mysore, Ooty, Kochi and the Keralan backwaters in 19 days, so if you can follow a tight schedule, it's doable to visit the places you mentioned. Just realize that it won't exactly be a relaxing vacation.

Now, most of your destinations seem to be in southern India. So distances won't be enormous once you get down there. As for the return to Delhi, count on about 36 hours minimum from say Bangalore to Delhi by train.
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Just to add
One bus ride that is actually worth it: Mysore to Ooty or vice-versa by one of the tourist buses that go through the national parks in the Nilgiri. The landscape is stunning and you'll probably come across elephants and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
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it's also going to be extremely hot! i will be travelling around the same time, during the entire month of june. going to a lot of the same places....but i will tell you, that its like an oven - especially in Banaras. Needless to say, it isn't a reason not to travel. just be aware of the sun god, and the absent wind god, and pray for all the others who can help out in any way. and wake up early, really early if you want to enjoy most of where you're going - it really is worth it. anyway, have fun.
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remembered one more thing (and more to the point).....if you book your flights in advance, you can get really cheap apex fares. you might think of flying back to delhi instead of taking the train, which, like claurianta mentions, is 36 hrs. compared to an a/c ticket on the train, it is only marginally expensive -
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Hi

Let me concentrate on your travel destinations in Karnataka... (Bangalore - Mysore - possibly Belur & Halebid - Gokarna - Hampi - Aihole )

For your information, I would like to give two URL's....
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) [and]
Karnataka State Road Transportation (KSRTC)

Both of these corporations play a major role in tourism within Karnataka and neighbouring states. Both KSTRC and KSTDC runs VOLVO busses which are as comfortable as trains. While traveling from Bangalore to Mysore, I suggest you to use the Shatabdi Express and **NOT** travel by road .

Bangalore - Mysore road is being doubled and upgraded to National Highway status. There will be traffic jams at n number of places. The travel time between Bangalore and Mysore (140 Kms) is 4.5 Hours compared to 3 hours an year ago. Shatabdi Exp covers this distance in 2 Hours !!!!

<More on this soon....>
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dude -
first as was mentioned, trains are much better way to travel for many reasosn. they should alway be first option. i liked 2nd cl sleeper -upper. if the city youve visited has no train -bus is only option.

after youve spent x time in y city, a few days before date you want to depart -go down to ticket office and grab a ticket to move on. if you cantget one and dont want to wait an xtra day -go by bus.

you need not bring a guidebook and a bunch of crap although maps of city that show gh-bus-train-sites to see would be good. when you want to move on -just go down to the bus station that day and get your ticket. you can go the day before but that may have its own issues.

you can get cbus sta locale from your gh or any # of people -

get to the bus at least an hour bef departure and stake your seat w/ your bag or your body.

move on to next city - repeat as necc

ps: if the weather is good, you should have no troble getting enuff sleep in a s2nd cl sleeper.


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About the weather and travel in the South

May is the real hot season in the South both in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. (35 up to 40 degrees Celcius in the shadow). Tamil Nadu has a pleasant climate in June, July and August. Kerala can be very wet because of the monsoon.

Hill stations in the South (Kodaikanal, Yerkaud and Ooty) are nice and cool. Munnar (Kerala boarder) will be wet because it is a hill station on the Westside of the West Ghats in Kerala. Good beaches in Tamil Nadu: Mamalapuram and Rameswaram

With sixweeks to spend I think you have to plan to spend mainly in the North or South. From which place is your return flight? If it is Bangalore you maybe can make it to visit Hampi and some places in the Tamil Nadu. Do you have your map ready? There we go..

Mysore to Hampi you can't do in a weekend.
The single journey will take you two days. If you like to go by day-train there is only one direct train on Saturday from Mysore via Arsikere to Hubli. From there you go by train or bus to Hospet and then to Hampi. Total journey is about 700 to 800 km.

A better alternative is to travel by train from: Mysore - Banagalore (change to Yesvantpur Rwst). Then go by train from Yesvantpur Rwst to Hospet and by bus to Hampi (daily there are night-trains, distance 720 km).

Train 6221 Mysore Chennai Express (daily, 126 km)
Departure: Mysore Jn. 18.00 hr.
Arrival: Bangalore City Jn. 21.00 hr.
You go by rickshaw from Banglore City Jn. to Yesvantpur Rwst. (it is all in Bangalore)

Train: 6592/6594 Yesvantpur Hubli/Nanded Express (daily, 594 km)
Departure: Yesvantpur 22.25 hr
Arrival: Hospet 07.50 hr (next day)
In Hospet you catch a bus to Hampi
You can buy the full train ticket in Mysore including berths (ask for SL = sleeper class)

See also: http://www.southernrailway.org/
See also: http://www.mapsofindia.com

You also can decide to go to the South.


Have a nice journey ;-))


EDIT NOTE - some info removed from post by steven_ber.
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Hi ,
Welcome to India.

I would like to change the order of the places that u going to visit. The cover is good.

Your order.

Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - a glimpse of Bombay - Goa( Anjuna - Vagator & Chapora)- Bangalore - Mysore - possibly Belur & Halebid - Gokarna - Hampi - Aihole - Kovalam - the Backwaters of Kerala - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Rameswaram - Ooty... - then back to Delhi.

My Suggestion

Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Goa - Gokarna - Hampi - Aihole - Halebid - Belur - Mysore - Kovalam - Kerala Backwaters - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondi - Tanjavur - Rameshwaram - Ooty and back to Delhi.

My suggestions - u should add Jaipur - before u get to Varanasi...coz jaipur is just abt 260 kms from Delhi.

To have to get to Chennai to get to Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram.

Belur and Halebid are close by, so , the where u go first, does not matter.

Before getting to Kovalam from Mysore...u can go to one of the National parks for a wild life safari..either Nagarhole National Park or the Wyanad wildlife Sanctuary...they are beautiful. Think abt it.
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Originally Posted by claurianta Just to add
One bus ride that is actually worth it: Mysore to Ooty or vice-versa by one of the tourist buses that go through the national parks in the Nilgiri. The landscape is stunning and you'll probably come across elephants and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Hi
great deal with Spice Jet four of us Delhi to Bangalore at the price of 12296 R.p.s. but it takes four hours , gets in at 17 20 pm. The big ?
is how much would cost to go to Ooty by taxi
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Me & my family have planned a trip to tirupati . we will arrive chennai airport at about 2.00 PM. Are buses govt. or private availalble from chennai airport to tirupati & vice versa.? Can anyone help?

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