possible in 7 weeks???

#1 Sep 3rd, 2010, 10:46
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hey everybody,

so we will be in india for 7 weeks in january until mid february. we will fly in and out of mumbai, so we need to sort out a circular-based itinerary. we obviously want to see as much as possible, but also a broad spectrum of what india has to offer - eg, cover as much geographical space so we can experience all the different regions.

we are at early stages of planning so still do not know of specific places that we want to visit.

the most helpful thing at this point would be to know if it is possible to make a circular trip as large as the following - from mumbai head south as far as the southern tip. then head north up the east coast and get as far as darjeeling. then head roughly west towards delhi before going south back to mumbai. in 7 weeks we hope to visit perhaps 12-14 different places (2 per week "ish"). i know this is all very vague at the minute, but is this possible by using the train system alone? or would this involve endless train travel? should we look at internal flights etc etc etc!

i hope you guys can help out, enough so that we know how large an area we can cover and then choose specific points within the area that we will visit.

thanks in advance!!!
#2 Sep 3rd, 2010, 10:54
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I think 12-14 places with 2 per week is a pretty good estimate. Since you plan to travel across the country, do keep in mind that you would spend a lot of time on the road as well. But in all, it is a possible proposition. I am assuming you are not planning to fly. If you do take flights, it should be no trouble at all.

Just make sure you don't try to dig too deep into every region; otherwise you will barely reach the southern tip by the end of 7 weeks!
#3 Sep 3rd, 2010, 15:32
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It will indeed be a lot of traveling. I think to go as far s Darjeeling will be too ambitious.

But there is a good site, http://erail.in/, to explore the possibilities with the train.
#4 Sep 4th, 2010, 23:02
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Here is a high level plan...
The numbers in the paranthesis are the days at that place/state and the cumulative days of your journey:

You can cut down on some places if it looks too packed

Mumbai (2,2)
Goa (4,7)
Kerala (5,13)
Tamil Nadu (5,19) - Work your way down to the southern tip and then work your way up thru temple cities to Chennai and then along the east cost
Orissa (4,24) - Gopalpur-on-sea, Konark, Puri
Kolkata (3,27)
Darjeeling (3,31)
Varanasi (3,35)
Delhi (3,38)
Agra (1,39)
Jaipur (3,42)
Jodhpur (2,44)
Udaipur (3,47)
Mumbai (1,49)

As suggested, use http://erail.in/ to check connections. List the places of interest on the route and create a more detailed itinerary
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Some notes after second thoughts...

If you are into wildlife, you can goto Ranthambore and omit a few Rajasthan places. Similarly, Kolkata can be skipped and days added to Darjeeling/Agra etc.
For some people Hampi ruins, Ajanta/Ellora caves matter more. So you need to finalize the specific places first (or at least types so that others can help)
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thank you very much for all your help. bond, your travel plan sounds very good, and it is a great help. the sheer size and variety of india makes it so hard to choose exactly where we want to go. its kind of hard to know where to start. we also keep changing our mind on where we want to spend most of our time. the north just seems to be so incredibly full of cultural and travelling gems, but the laidback nature of the south is very attracting. some tough decisions lie ahead...
#7 Sep 6th, 2010, 10:05
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ya, it is very difficult to choose specific places with so much to offer.

I would suggest that you decide on the main ones in a month or so. Then you should book the train tickets (3 months in advance).
You can balance north-south. i.e. If you end up seeing temples in Tamilnadu, skip Orissa and add those days to Northern places. You can also balance varieties. Add wildlife viewing by removing 1 too many fort/palace etc.

Best to read/post regional forums about what to see in 5-6 days in Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu etc.
There are a lot of helpful experts here in IM!!

Good Luck!!

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