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#1 Sep 9th, 2010, 22:27
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Hey all I am looking to travel from Delhi to Goa on the Rajdhani Express on the 24 November, Is there more than one rout? (which is the best one?) and am I able to stop off at other locations on the way?
I would like to see at least two different cities or villages with the best sights and cultures.
I will unfortunately only have 6 to 7 days to do this.
If so does anyone have any suggestions and advice?

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One way would be to fly to Mumbai and let the Konkan Railways do the rest for you.
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If you are restricting yourself only to this train, then consider that the Rajdhani does not stop very much. The biggest places it stops on the way are Baroda (Vadodara) and Panvel which is on the outskirts of Mumbai. I am not sure if you are interested in seeing either of those places.

However, in the limited time that you do have available you could take a few different train journeys and see a few places that are not necessarily on the route of that Rajdhani. What are you interested in? Do you want to see the Taj Mahal in Agra, or are you interested in seeing some of Rajasthan or possibly something else? With a bit of planning and knowledge of some key train routes you could possibly see one or 2 interesting places without backtracking at all. However, I would consider doing them on different point-to-point one way railway bookings rather than "stopping off" on a single ticket from Delhi to Goa. (I do not know what the rules are regarding that, but likely to be complex... and not really financially worth it).

For example, you could consider doing something of the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur triangle before heading towards Goa. For example there is a fast morning train from Delhi to Agra, you could spend a day and a night there and then take another morning train to Jaipur and then spend some time there. Then you can either take a slower train from there towards Goa (which is not very frequent) or you can take one of many trains to Kota (around 3.5 hrs away) and then catch the same fast Rajdhani down to Goa.

There really are plenty of options. Have a read through this site or a guidebook and try and figure what parts of India you might want to see.
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Originally Posted by Stagg100 View Post Hey all I am looking to travel from Delhi to Goa on the Rajdhani Express on the 24 November, Is there more than one rout? (which is the best one?) and am I able to stop off at other locations on the way?
I would like to see at least two different cities or villages with the best sights and cultures.
I will unfortunately only have 6 to 7 days to do this.
If so does anyone have any suggestions and advice?

Thanks
Steve
Rajdhani express goes via konkan railway, there is another route via Manmad ,Pune, Belgaun..
2780 Goa Express follows Manmad,Pune route....but takes approx 40hrs to reach Vasco (Goa)
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Hey thanks for the advise! the more I do research the more I want to do but it is getting confusing as I do have so little time,(I can always return)I have got as far as Mumbai to Delhi to Darjeeling and I would like to go to Agra too but so many other places

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I'm a bit confused now. Didn't you say you want to go from Delhi to Goa by train and see some place on the way?

So what has Mumbai to Delhi to Darjeeling got to do with that? Is that a trip you have done in the past?

Where are you flying in to? Delhi or Mumbai? Also, are you sure you want to go to Darjeeling? That can hardly be considered on the way between Delhi and Goa.
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Originally Posted by Dacoit Chief View Post are you sure you want to go to Darjeeling? That can hardly be considered on the way between Delhi and Goa.
Well yes, and no..
24th November doesnt fit with us unfortunately.

Seriously Stagg, DO NOT look at our itinerary, it's totally stupid. You are trying to do too much mate. Starting in Mumbai and ending up in Darjeeling, and then getting back, in a week, and actually doing stuff, just isnt happening unless you fly there and back. Pick an area and work out stuff in that locality. Maharastra for instance is bigger than the UK all on it's own.

If you just have to do the Taj then fly into Delhi. We recently did Agra from Bharatpur which was great. there's a fantastic bird park there and the food is tremendous. We stayed at a little place called falcon guest house where the food was as good as it gets, but there are others. Delhi, then Bharatpur with a surgical strike to fatepuri and agra and back. then back to delhi for a day, is job done imho.
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Originally Posted by Stagg100 View Post Hey thanks for the advise! the more I do research the more I want to do but it is getting confusing as I do have so little time,(I can always return)I have got as far as Mumbai to Delhi to Darjeeling and I would like to go to Agra too but so many other places

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You will have to return if you want to experience the culture. Mumbai to Delhi to Darjeeling by train will have you spending most of your time on the trains or in a station waiting for a train. Pick a place, go straight there and immerse yourself. You will not regret.

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