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My Itinerary for 1 Month in India (need feedback)

#1 Sep 30th, 2010, 22:10
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Hi guys, first of all ill introduce myself, im a 27 years old boy from Argentina, this will be my first trio to india, and i dont know if ill have the chance to come back again. Ill ve arraiving the 02 of February, and Leaving the 04 of March.
My idea is to see as much as i can, BUT i want to enjoy and rest also, I dont want to rosh all the time.

So far my itinerary is this, but its open for changes.
Note: im not really instrested in big cities or museums, so ill be the minimun time required to see Delhi, Kolkota and Mumbai.

Kalcuta: 2 days
Darjleen: 5 days( maybe i can escape to gangtok for a day or 2)
Varanasi: 3 days
Agra: 1 day
Delhi: 3 days
Amritsar: 3 days
Jaipur: 2 days
Pushkar: 1 days
Udaipur: 2 days
Mumbai: 2 days

The traveling will be mostly at night by train in sleeper class.

What do you tink?
What city or town would you add?

Will be traveling in a tight budget.

Thanks for any info of feedback!

Ale
#2 Sep 30th, 2010, 22:36
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Hola Ale! Bienvenidos a India Mike.

You say you really don't like big cities so I think 6 days between Delhi and Amritsar is quite a lot. Maybe you can cut that down a bit. Also, perhaps you could consider doing a bit more of Rajasthan rather than just Jaipur, Pushkar and Udaipur. e.g. Consider Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
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Originally Posted by Dacoit Chief View Post Hola Ale! Bienvenidos a India Mike.

You say you really don't like big cities so I think 6 days between Delhi and Amritsar is quite a lot. Maybe you can cut that down a bit. Also, perhaps you could consider doing a bit more of Rajasthan rather than just Jaipur, Pushkar and Udaipur. e.g. Consider Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
Hola Daicot, gracias!

I put 3 days in Delhi, because i guesed there was a lot to see as it is the capital city. I dont like big cities, but i want to see the main things. Can i make it in 2 days?
In Amritsar, I put 3 days, because 1 i want to go to atari to the border ceremony, 1 to see around the city, and 1 to rest in the golden temple and talk to locals. Do you think its too much?

I was thinking about adding Jodhpur and Jalseimer to the itinerary, how long would you stay in each city?
#4 Sep 30th, 2010, 23:04
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Amritsar could be done in 2 days, reduce a day in Delhi, remove Pushkar and add Jodhpur. Adding Jaisalmer may be tough in your plan.
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I think 1 day for Darjeeling sightseeing will be enough. Spend some time in Gangtok. There are lot of places to see there. However, I am not sure about permit to a foreign citizen as it is a bordering country. You will be able to go to gangtok but research hard on North Sikkim and Tsomgo, Baba Mandir route.

Best of luck and welcome to India.
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In what city would you recomend me to take some days for rest?
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Originally Posted by Toster View Post In what city would you recomend me to take some days for rest?
Are you thinking of just doing nothing for a few days amongst all of that? If that is the case, maybe it shouldn't be a city. However, I am a bit unsure of what to suggest. Ideally if that is the case, perhaps consider factoring in a beach somewhere, though that is very difficult on your itinerary. You could also consider visiting one of the wildlife sanctuary's in Rajasthan.

If you can still not manage that, personally I thought Udaipur was very relaxing, as it still feels like a small town and not a normal big busy Indian city. There are plenty of chances of taking walks around the area. For tranquillity, it really will depend on where you stay in Udaipur. The lakeside area after the bridge to the peninsula (which is opposite the main city palace) is very quiet and laid back. On my last trip we stayed in a place called Amet Haveli which is right on the end of this peninsula. I am not sure if that is in your budget but that whole area is worth looking into. If you look at the link of this map, I am referring to the whole area around the Lake Pichola Hotel. The hotels around here are a bit more expensive, but worth it. The area is still only around a 15 minute pleasant walk from the main city Palace area. Even if you do not stay at Amet Haveli, it is worth going to their restaurant, which has a terrace under a huge tree which has (in my opinion) the best view in Udaipur.

Also, I should mention that when I say peninsula, lakeside etc. I am assuming there is plenty of water in Lake Pichola. This is not always the case.
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I don't think you need 5 days in Darjeeling, though I'd highly recommend a trip to Sikkim which could come out of those 5 days.

Don't need 3 days for Amritsar. I think 1.5-2 days is doable. Same goes for Varanasi.

As for Rajasthan, like Dacoit Chief I too found Udaipur to be relaxing. I'd skip Pushkar and replace with Jodhpur. Jaisalmer involves more time just getting there, so you might not be able to do it.

Ordinarily I'd say you need to give Delhi enough time, but since you don't like big cities, one option is the Hop on, Hop off bus, which Dacoit Chief posted about in another thread. That might help you hit the highlights, hang out another day and move on to the next place. In other words, do Delhi in 2 days.

Hope you have a lovely visit!
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So, after taking notes of the advices given me, this is how its now:

Kalcuta: 2 days
Darjleen: 2 days
Trip to Sikkim: 3/4 days (what should i do/visit here?)
Varanasi: 2 days
Agra: 1 & 1/2 day
Delhi: 3 days
Amritsar: 2 days
Jaipur: 2 days
Pushkar: 1 days
Jodhpur: 1 day
Udaipur: 3 days
Mumbai: 2 days

Anything else?

Remember i will be traveling mostly in train sleeper class, and I have a tight budget
#10 Oct 2nd, 2010, 01:30
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When I add your days together it is about 25. Even if you do most travel by night it will be to tight.

The Darjeeling /Sikkim itinerary is relative expensive and consumes a lot of time.
How great Sikkim may be my advise is to skip that part. For an idea of the mountains Rishikesh and that region is another option and better to reach from Delhi.

A for the availability and connections of trains erail.in is a good site.
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how is the visibility in Darjleen in the month of february?
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well, ive changed my itinerary
what do you think? I know I dont spend a lot of time in each city.

1) Kolkota
2) Kolkota
3) Kolkota (night train to New Jalpaiguri)
4) NJP, jeep to Darjleen
5) Darjleen
6) Darjleen
7) Darjleen, jeep to NJP, night train to Varanasi
8) Varanasi
9) Varanasi
10) Varanasi
11) Varanasi, night train to Agra
12) Agra, all day in the Taj Majal
13) Agra, half day in the Agra Fort, and train to Delhi
14) Delhi
15) Delhi, night train to Amritsar
16) Amritsar
17) Amritsar
18) Amritsar, night train to Jaipur
19) Jaipur
20) Jaipur
21) Jaipur, taxi or bus to Pushkar
22) Pushkar
23) Pushkar, taxi or bus to Jodhpur
24) Jodhpur
25) Jodhpur, night train to Udaipur
26) Udaipur
27) Udaipur
28) Udaipur, night train to Mumbai
1) Mumbai
2) Mumbai
3) Mumbai
4) Get back home

Any recomendations? Cities it worth less or more time?

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