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.