Thursday, February 24, 2011

Circle India Train trip

Here is an itinerary I have been wanting to do for a while, a trip that covers all regions of India, all by train and under $50 a day all expenses included. Starting in Delhi the tour covers the Majestic Mughal forts, the princely state of Rajasthan, sun kissed beaches of Goa with a visit to 17th century basilica, relax in the serene back-waters of Kerala, travel to the southern most point in the sub-continent where the Indian Ocean Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal meets. Take the road less travelled tot he southern Dravidian temples in Tirunelvelli proceeding to the temple town of Bhubaneswar and end the journey in New Delhi.

 India a mysterious, colorful, diverse country with thousands of years of history takes years to comprehend and months to experience. Its a country of countries with micro culures and climate from East to West and North to South.

Delhi, the capital city of India is a melting pot of cultures with its unique identity.Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Damascus and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times. The oldest alleged incarnation of the city shows up in the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata as Indraprastha.

(A list of contributors is available at the original article on Wikitravel.)

This trip covers North, West, East and Southern regions in modest detail.

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DayTimePlace of visitNight Stay
Day 1Mon11:00 PMArrive in DelhiDelhi
Day 2Tues9:00 AMDelhi LocalDelhi
Day 3Wed6:00 AMDeparture for Jaipur (260 kms /
6 hrs)
12:00 PMArrival at Jaipur - Jaipur sight
seeing upto 5.30 PM
Places Covered :
 Birla Mandir, Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal ,
Jantar Mantar, City Palace, .Jal Mahal, Amber Fort (Mirror Palace)

(enjoy Elephant / Camel ride)
Day 4Thurs5:30 AMDeparture to Agra(240 kms / 5
hrs) Agra
9:30 AMFatepur Sikri
10:30 AMDepart to Agra
11:30 AMArrival
at Agra. Sight seeing upto 4 PM Places Covered: 1. Taj Mahal 2. Agra Fort 3.
7:00 PMHwh Ju Express (12307)

Dep 20:10
Day 5Fri7:00 AMArrive in JodhpurTrain
Sight see Jodhpur
6:45 PMLeave for Goa
Surya Nagri Exp (12479)

Surat ARR 7:30 AM Conect

Trivandrum Express 3:45 PM
Day 6Sat7:30 AMMadgaonGoa
Day 7SunOld GoaGoa
Day 8Mon10:50 PMNetravati
Exp (16345)
Day 9Tues3:25 PMAllepyBoat
Day 10WedAllepyAllepy
Day 11Thurs11:30 AMKanyakumari Exp (16526)

Dep 11:30 ARR 17:00
Day 12FriSee Vivekananda rock, Susindram,
Nellaiappar Kovil
Day 13Sat9:40 AMCape
Howrah Exp (12666)
Day 14Sun6:40 PMArrive BhuvaneshwarBhuvaneshwar
Day 15MonBBS local sightPuri
Day 16TuesPuri KonarkBhuvaneshwar
Day 17Wed11:30 AMRajdhani
Day 18Thurs10:35 AMArrive New Delhi

Tour ends

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