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Need Help With Itinerary--have information overload

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Need Help With Itinerary--have information overload

The more I read in Fodor's and other books, and on trip advisor I get more stressed because of the different recommendations made--but I suppose that is the "fun" of planning a trip. However, I feel I am running out of time because we (husband, 25yr. old son, and me) are planning a trip to India leaving after Christmas and before New Year. The itinerary so far is as follows-fly to New Delhi from Los Angeles, and stay 1 or 2 nights, overnight train with separate sleeper compartment to Varanasi (stay 2 nights), overnight train to Agra (stay1night), Jaipur( 2nights), train or fly to Mumbai (2nights) and fly back to Los Angeles. I like the trains because they are suppose to be very dependable and I think interesting. Does anyone have suggestions regarding transportation, reversing itinerary, hiring car and driver on certain route, hotels (no Oberois, or guest houses but 3-4star), is group tour possible for the Golden Triangle part and do Varanasi on our own? We want to do it under 2 weeks. Thanks for even a little bit of feeedback. Schnappi

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1. Re: Need Help With Itinerary--have information overload

I think its better if you make it like

delhi - jaipur - agra by car and then overnight train to varanasi + other overnight train to delhi from varanasi.

cheers !


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2. Re: Need Help With Itinerary--have information overload

Hi Schnappi

I agree with csam. Varanasi is a fascinating place to visit but it is very intense - somewhat like a view of all India in one small, very crowded area. If you havent been to India before, it would be better to give yourself an opportunity to "acclimatise" in Rajasthan first.

A second point; if you plan to stay in more popular hotels, you should consider booking soon as that can be a busy time.

Enjoy your holiday

Edited: 16 November 2011, 19:08
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3. Re: Need Help With Itinerary--have information overload

Hi Schnappi,

Ur plan is perfact. One thing u should keep in mind due to foggy weather many trains are delayed for hrs or get cancelled in Dec-Jan It is difficult to get reservation also at last moment. My suggestion is to stay around in golden triangle area. U can visit Mathura & Vrindavan another very holy place for Hindus and birth place of Lord Krishna in place of Varanasi. This you can do by hiring a car for the whole trip so that ur movement is not affected by fog or delayed or cancelled trains.


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4. Re: Need Help With Itinerary--have information overload

ya i also totally agree with Mr. Deepak. you can also add Lucknow also. for historical monuments and for chikan cloth shopping.

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