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India in may 2013 - staring in Mumbai
Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 7:15 pm by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
Hi CS !

In may, with my friend, we're going to travel all over India and we'll try to explore as many places as we can!
We're starting in Mumbai at the beggining of May and ending in New Delhi after 3,5 weeks.

We don't have specific plan for now but we already know what is on our "must see/must bee " list :
Ajanta/Ellora, Goa, Varanasi, Khujaraho, Jaipur, Agra, Udaipur, Mumbai & Delhi of course.
If the time will let us we also dying to see Kerala, maybe not whole area but maybe even a bit of it.

I know it's little ambitous plan but we're planning to buy maybe fly tickets to save some time - I don't know yet, I have
to think about it little bit more ;)

If anyone is going in this period let me know - maybe we will meet somewhere on the road !

If anyone has some good tips& tricks for women travellers - I will be grateful!

If anyone knows a good, cheap places to sleep ( not from LP ) - please share with me

I can't wait to explore this culture, people & colors!


Maybe any couch avaiable in Mumbai from 2nd May ( apx. 2/3 days) ?

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 12:57 am by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
hey katarzyna,

would that be 3.5 weeks or 3-5 weeks,my guess is 3.5 and then it would be quite a tight trip

you probably could try doing this

mumbai 2 days
Kerala 4 days
Goa 3 days
Adjanta/ellora 2days

jaipur/ suggest you do jodhpur instead of udaipur / agra 5 days

kajhurao/varnasi 5 days

Delhi 2 days

thats 23 days without travelling, makes it quite a squeezed trip, you might want to eliminate some destination.

kerala you need a separate trip i think. but choice is yours, think!

cheers!
aRUN

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 12:03 pm by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
Arun thanks for reply, I think we will have to skip Kerala, as you said, for next time.

When I will make a plan with my friend, I will write what we came up with :)

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 2:05 pm by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
sure, any more info do post
cheers!

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 3:30 pm by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
Hi,
To stay in Delhi - YMCA or Nirvana Hostel
Goa - Asterix hostel
Agra - Nirvana Hostel
Mumba- Salvation Army or Nirvana Hostel

booking rlwy tix u can use
cleartrip.com, makemytrip.com or yatra.com

or u can book at the station they foreigner quota system

bus booking redbus.in

Surely would love to meet-up since I love meet people but most importantly you are Polish.

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 3:53 pm by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
Thank a lot Julian for your advices!
I know I should book/buy train tickets earlier but I know also that there can be some problems if I don't have indian phone. I hope I will figure it out :)
Love to meet you somewhere on the road! Where are you gonna be in may :)?
Best!
Kate

Posted January 26th, 2013 - 9:34 pm from Ahmedabad, India
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Posted February 1st, 2013 - 7:50 pm by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
@Kate...I cant assure u where I will be in May, but do stay in touch / keep updates since I am planning for a euro trip (which i cancelled it last summer), not sure yet at all. I always travel around India due to work / business, so just a day or two in advance notification would be easy for me to schedule/travel to meet u.

Posted January 28th, 2013 - 6:49 am by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
Hi Kate,
u guys r welcome to surf my couch.

Posted February 2nd, 2013 - 5:55 am by from Jaipur, India (Permalink)
In Mumbai a bnb called bamboo house is good. Its 2000 for night n breakfast.
Its a real good deal for 2 people . I hav seen hotels in mumbai n this place was amazing..

Posted February 3rd, 2013 - 10:40 am by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
Thanks for the advice :) We're arriving to Mumbai Airport in the evening so I have to decide which option would be more safe and secure - to go directly to some CS home or to go for the first night to hotel.
Anyway, thx for bamboo hotel's name Vikram and woutch out - don't drown yourself :)

Posted February 3rd, 2013 - 7:01 pm by from Kolkata, India (Permalink)
if anyone is picking u up from airport or not that depend and if its tool late like after 10 pm then i would say go to hotel..

Posted February 4th, 2013 - 5:38 am by from Ahmedabad, India (Permalink)
Hi Katarzyna,

Its strikingly uncomfortable not to see any Himalayan cities / places in the itinerary, especially when its going to be such a hot time in most of the places you guys are currently planning to visit! :) I'd personally like to suggest you include some of the marvelous Himalayan sites too, if you haven't been there / seen them yet! =)

Bon Voyage! Enjoy your time in India! :)

Cheerz,
Ronak

Posted February 6th, 2013 - 7:57 am by from Panjim, India (Permalink)
hi kate
to save time try this route :

mumbai-->ajanta n ellora-->pune-->goa-->fly to delhi (tickets around rupees 4500-5000 or cheaper)-->delhi-->agra-->jaipur-->delhi-->varanasi and khajuraho !!

Posted February 6th, 2013 - 3:54 pm by from Mapusa, India (Permalink)
Hello There...

Am in Goa, which is my hometown, and well known to me... Love to sing and dance and have a good time!!!

Looking to meet up with people who have varied interests...

Am a wildlife photographer and enthusiast who spends time on safari and travelling around Goa a lot... Let me know if you wanna catch up... I could show you all that Goa has to offer...

Regards,

Jose

Posted February 7th, 2013 - 10:51 am by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
I've not idea hot to sing, my dance is horrible but for sure it would be nice to meet when we'' be in Goa :) any recommendations for a places to sleep/rent a motorbike :)? Any beaches unknown for tourists :)?

Posted February 7th, 2013 - 6:25 pm by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
Gokarna in Karnataka (there are 3 beaches) is amazingly quieter and 6hours from Cancona, South Goa.
Colva, Sinquerim, Arambol and there are many others
Tarkali in Maharashtra borders Goa

Posted April 28th, 2013 - 9:34 pm by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
Hi CS !

Our trip is starting on tuesday :) ! Thank you for all advices:)

One more question - is it worth it to go to Dudhsagar in May? I heard somewhere there will be no water (? )

Posted April 29th, 2013 - 6:57 pm by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
waterfall is calm during summer. During the monsoon season, the falls become alive.
So let's pray Monsoon arrives soon :D

Posted April 30th, 2013 - 4:44 am by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
I'm not so sure if I want to monsoon comes earlier :P

Posted April 29th, 2013 - 12:16 pm by from Bhuj, India (Permalink)
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Posted April 30th, 2013 - 7:25 am from Srinagar, India
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Posted April 30th, 2013 - 11:14 am from Mumbai, India
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Posted May 1st, 2013 - 5:24 pm by from Khajuraho, India (Permalink)
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from khajuraho, I love to meet people from all around the world and make friendship I'm an open hearted person who likes to meet up with new people. Have traveled to different locations all my life and lived at numerous places one after the other so you can see that traveling comes naturally to me. I love the small little fine things in life like music, outings, food, cooking etc.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho, a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 620 kilometres (385 mi) southeast of New Delhi, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group ofmedieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures.
The name Khajuraho, ancient "Kharjuravāhaka", is derived from the Sanskrit words kharjura = date palm and vāhaka = "one who carries". Locals living in the Khajuraho village always knew about and kept up the temples as best as they could. They were pointed out to the English in the late 19th century when the jungles had taken a toll on the monuments.In the 19th century, British engineer T.S. Burt arrived in the area, followed by General Alexander Cunningham. Cunningham put Khajuraho on the world map when he explored the site on behalf of the Archaeological Survey of India and described what he found in glowing terms. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India
Town
Khajuraho is a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 620 kilometers (385 mi) southeast of New Delhi, the capital city of India. According to the 2001 India census,[1] Khajuraho has a population of 19,282. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. The town has an average literacy rate of 53%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 62%, and female literacy is 43%. In Khajuraho, 19% of the population is under 6 years of age. Khajuraho is located at 24.85°N 79.93°E[2] and has an average elevation of 283 metres (928 feet).
Khajuraho is served by Khajuraho Airport and there is a railway station in the centre of the town.
History
These abunduntly found erotic sculptures were crafted by chandella's artisan. Locals living in the Khajuraho village always knew about and kept up the temples as best as they could. They were pointed out to the English in the late 19th century when the jungles had taken a toll on the monuments.
Some Bargujar Rajputs moved eastward to central India; they ruled over the Northeastern region of Rajasthan, called Dhundhar, and were referred to as Dhundhel or Dhundhela in ancient times, for the region they governed. Later on they called themselves Chandelas; those who were in the ruling class having gotra Kashyap were definitely all Bargujars; they were vassals of Gurjara - Pratihara empire of North India, which lasted from 500 C.E. to 1300 C.E. and at its peak the major monuments were built. The Bargujars also built the Kalinjar fort and Neelkanth Mahadev temple, similar to one at Sariska National Park, and Baroli, being Shiva
The city was the cultural capital of Chandel Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10-12th centuries. The political capital of the Chandelas was Kalinjar. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150. The Chandela capital was moved to Mahoba after this time, but Khajuraho continued to flourish for some time. Khajuraho has no forts because the Chandel Kings never lived in their cultural capital.
The whole area was enclosed by a wall with eight originates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 20 square kilometers (8 sq mi). Today, the temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life during medieval times.
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Posted May 3rd, 2013 - 6:16 pm by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
I agree with Arun, I could never imagine covering the vast expanses of India in less than a month :O

I see no one has really touched the topic of tips for women :P So let me give you a *general* brief -> I hope the Indian people reading this don't get offended, but I will speak from my experiences.

In Mumbai I faced much less hassle as a girl while wearing skirts and shorts (most people didn't bother to look twice). In New Delhi I always face problems dressing the way I want to. God forbid,if I wore a skirt while traveling through the city I would get gazes as if I were walking butt-naked. I am very average looking by the way.

Showing of cleavage and legs is going to attract unnecessary attention which you wont enjoy :/ Keep them covered and you should be fine- not to worry much about that in Mumbai/Goa and around Ajanta/Ellora/Khajuraho. I don't know about Varanasi :( never been there.

Avoid getting too chummy with strangers when you are alone. I felt that people are usually friendly but some of my foreigner friends have had bad experiences with some guys posing friendly but then turning out to be stalkerish and creepy.

I think leaving your passport in your room if you are staying at *really* cheap hotels is not a good idea. Try carrying it with you at all times if possible with most of your money.

Hope this helps!

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Posted May 7th, 2013 - 12:32 am by from Warsaw, Poland (Permalink)
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