Friday, February 25, 2011

India part of ATW - Desert West

If you are doing India as part of ATW trip, here are some itineararies that would give you the most coverage and experience. You may fly into and out of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata . Delhi and Mumbai are generally very well connected with Europe and Chennai and Kolkata are well connected to SE Asia, altough its not uncommon to find pacific flights from Delhi and Mumbai and european flights from Chennai. The general touristy India trip invariably involves Delhi and Rajasthan. Infact most people think Delhi and Rajasthan is India. The south is generally prestine and untouched especially Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram and Madhurai while Kerala is gaining popularity among Ayurvedic and beach tourism. The east coast (Coromendal cost) is the road less travelled even by many Indians who fancy going to Delhi, Rajasthan and the hill stations of the North. North East is mysterious and generally off-mimits due to some un-rest however can be the most rewarding for adventure seekers and nature lovers North East can be a very rewarding experience. As always my trips starts and ends in a train, those wonderful rumbling monsters that haul you economically overnight. The tour stops in a Metro area evrey 7 days so that  you can get your luxury fix in a hotel with a nice pool and fine spirits.

Day Time Place of Visit Night Stay
Day 1 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Delhi Citi tour. Visit The Red fort,Qutub Minar, India
gate and Chandni Chowk. I strongly recomend a fixed price
guided city tour.
Day 2 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Agra and Taj. I strongly recomend
guided tour as this is the most touristy area in the country.A guided tour means no hassle and maximum coverage with the protection of your tour guide. Make sure you get dropped in Agra. Visit the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal
Day 3 5:10 AM Jaipur. If your package tour does not take you to Jaipur, take Af Aii Intercit (12195)Express to Jaipur.(Other trains)  
  9:30 AM Arrive in Jaipur

Visit Amber fort, Hawa Mahal, Citi Palace, Jantar Mandar.
  5:00 PM Take Ranthambore Exp (12465) (other
  10:30 PM Jodhpur Jodhpur
Day 4 9:00 AM- 9:00PM Jodhpur sightseeing. Visit Mehrangarh Fort  
  11:00 PM Take Ju Jsm Express (14810) (other
Day 5 5:00 AM Jaisalmer. Visit Jaisalmer Fort the only living fort in Rajasthan and Sam dunes Jaisalmer
Day 6 11:15 PM Unwind a bit and sleep in till

Take train to Jodhpur
Day 7 5:20 AM Arrive in Jodhpur

Shopping and wrap up.
  7:00 PM Take Bkn Ddr Sf Exp (12489) to Mumbai Train
Day 8 12:15 PM Arrive in Mumbai.  

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