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post Oct 18 2009, 05:54 AM
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first time posting so HI

my friend and I are planning our first travelling experience (ive done a bit but nothing on this scale) around the world for six months

our first stop will be india, fly in to delhi, we have approx 4 weeks before we fly out of mumbai. i have doen some research and there is so much i want to see, its such a vast plae and im getting a bit overwhelmed as to what to do. i anted to go to kathmandu to see the base camps maybe do a small trek, but out travel agent said that would add to much onto the cost of our ticket.

anyway what would u recommend to see?

also, the travel agent was also trying to sell us tours (its STA) are these necessary or can u get tours cheaper while there and how would we go about doing this?, or can you do it yourself by local trains/ buses?

thanks in advance
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post Oct 19 2009, 08:37 AM
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First thing I would say, is if you are confident and independent person, don't go with a tour or a travel agent.

You will save money and also feel more accomplished once you know you can do it yourself.

I think, that if you want to go to Kathmandu, you should go to Kathmandu. I'm sure you could make it from Delhi to Kathmandu to Delhi in 4 weeks.


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QUOTE(firsttimearound @ Oct 18 2009, 05:54 AM) *

first time posting so HI

my friend and I are planning our first travelling experience (ive done a bit but nothing on this scale) around the world for six months

our first stop will be india, fly in to delhi, we have approx 4 weeks before we fly out of mumbai. i have doen some research and there is so much i want to see, its such a vast plae and im getting a bit overwhelmed as to what to do. i anted to go to kathmandu to see the base camps maybe do a small trek, but out travel agent said that would add to much onto the cost of our ticket.

anyway what would u recommend to see?

also, the travel agent was also trying to sell us tours (its STA) are these necessary or can u get tours cheaper while there and how would we go about doing this?, or can you do it yourself by local trains/ buses?

thanks in advance


End of the year presumably Nov / Dec? Excellent time weather wise. Terrible time booking wise, so do book as soon as you have worked out your itinerary.




What are your interests i.e. beaches, monuments, wildlife sanctuaries, tea gardens, hill stations, temples, yoga, ayurvedic spas, shopping ...?




Since you have a month you can see a fair spectrum of India. You may want to start ex Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Rajasthan - Mumbai [as a base for Ajanta & Ellora] - Goa - Kerala . You could also visit the sub Himalayan regions of Sikkim, Uttaranchal or Himachal.




If it is your first visit to India, get an idea from websites such as:http://www.incredibleindia.org/


http://www.india-tourism.net/


and compare with a google search of other sites.




Book and compare rates for cheap domestic flights at makemytrip.com; ezeego1.com hotels at travelguru.com and trains at www.indianrail.gov.in/




This is just a very rough basic idea, there is actually so very much to see and explore in India, which can never be quantified. Once you narrow down your choices, you can get more specific information.

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post Oct 24 2009, 07:23 AM
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What are your interests i.e. beaches, monuments, wildlife sanctuaries, tea gardens, hill stations, temples, yoga, ayurvedic spas, shopping ...?


a bit of everything i guess, maybe not so much spas and shopping

we fly into delhi and out of mumbai

rough idea from researching is to do a tour of rajasthan ie agra jaipur etc, then fly to keralla, then train to goa then mumbai

only thing myself and friend are concerned over is booking tours etc. obviously sta have tried to sell us theirs and google searches come up with independent sites selling tours, but im convinced they would be cheaper there and then!!










This is just a very rough basic idea, there is actually so very much to see and explore in India, which can never be quantified. Once you narrow down your choices, you can get more specific information.
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A full base camp trek from Everest is 10-18 days, so you might have to take that into account. You can take a bus from Varanasi to Kathmandu in about a day, otherwise there are frequent flights. For having only 4 weeks it might be a bit hard to put a full everest trek in and do India unless you make that the highest priority. I'm going apart of a year long trip starting next year, and in 4 weeks in India I am going to go to the following cities:

Delhi, Goa, Kanha National Park [or another one in the area], Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Varanasi, Mumbai, Udaipur.

If you wanted to do a lot of Everest you could spend time in the Northern part of India.. just doing Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Varanasi before doing some of Nepal. But it would still be a stretch for all that in 4 weeks.


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If you are visiting Delhi then go to see the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Humayun Tomb, Birla Temple, India Gate, National Museum.There are so many other places t visit too. Cities around Delhi are of great interests namely Jaipur, Agra, Chadigargh. You can visit Kathmandu. I nearby. Will take an hour or so in he flight. Have a nice trip.

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