My husband and I are planning our 2nd trip to India. Our first was April last year for a month and we covered Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Udaipur and Ranthambore. We did this by train. We would like to do the rest of Rajasthan at some point (particularly Jodphur, Jalsaimer and Pushkar) however we wish to focus our efforts this year on The far North.
We plan to fly to Delhi and arrive 5th September, we will spend around 3 days in Delhi visiting a few places we didn't get to last time. We would prefer to travel by train, as we were v impressed last time. We were considering the following: Chandigarh, Shimla, manali including Himalayan national park, Dharamasala, Dalhousie and Amritsar. We would like to spend a good 4-5 days in Shimla as this looks a lovely place to relax.
Would you folks think this itinerary is realistic for a month or too ambitious? We would like to get off the beaten track a little more this time so can you recommend any more less tourist filled places? Do you think train travel is the best mode of transport up thee or are we best with a personal driver? (We do have a contact already)
We would prefer to stick to a low-medium budget.
Any advice appreciated, Many thanks, The Harts :-)