Post # 1
I am desperate to have a decision made on our honeymoon. We are interested in less westernized places, like Asia, India, Indonesia, Europe etc) However I am finding it hard to find all inclusive resorts in these areas (since we also want that so the trip is more or less a package deal). We have a budget of max $5000 and want to go for 2 weeks in mid september of this year. Any help or suggestions would be great!! I am terrible at this!!!! And wedding is less than 2 months away. hahahahaha, o boy.
Post # 3
The thing about India is that you’ll be at the end of the monsoon and monsoon season can be sort of crazy. I was just there for my wedding in February (Goa), which is the high tourism season for most of India, and other than in the North where my husband is from originally (like the Himalayan north), I found the climate to be super-hot and I am actually South Indian by heritage!
When you fly into India from abroad (I’m going to go with the assumption that you’re from the US) you will likely fly into either Bombay or Delhi and then you’ll have to take a connecting domestic flight to whichever “region” of India you pick. If you are a first-timer to India, then I’d recommend flying into Delhi and doing what is known as the Golden Triangle or Delhi + Rajasthan tour. While there aren’t any AIs in India (that I know of anyway), you do have travel agencies like Yatra.com or Makemytrip.com that will organize individualized itineraries for you with the transport/hotel and excursion cost entirely included. I don’t know of very many situations in India that are remniscent of a Caribbean or Mexican AI and I would not recommend going to Goa at that time because my family is from there and we used to go there during Monsoon season (school break) and beachey places aren’t that fun during Monsoon. But if it helps, the hotel where we had our wedding was really amazing…it’s the Cidade de Goa just south of Panjim. The South Goa hotels generally have their own private beaches.
As far as pricing goes vis-a-vis your budget-you will probably get a good deal on airfare + the packages because your planned trip is at the very end of low season. Also right now the exchange rate is in your favor but there’s no telling how that will change by September. But I just wanted to let you know that unfortunately India is no longer a cheap destination, especially if you go to well-traveled tourist places like Delhi, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Kerala, Goa etc.. We took our mini-moon in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, which is very beautiful…but part of the reason they give cheaper prices to tourists is that there’s no flights in there so you’ll have to do rail or a private driver. If you decide you want to do Uttarakhand and Delhi shoot me a PM though and I’ll give you all the deets for where we stayed etc..
ETA: I just ran flight costs through Kayak and mid-September is looking like it’s about $1100 from my neck of the woods, NYC. Holy crap! Used to be you could get to India for under a $1000 during low season. I paid something like $1500 in Feb. but we were stuck with United as my husband’s visa stamp had to be redone in India and we literally could not fly into a European airport without getting him a transit visa for that country.
So if you budget like $2500 for flights that leaves you about $2500 to vacation. I think you could get that done because I just ran the 11 day Rajasthan trip through Make My Trip and it looked like it was about $700 pp for 11 days. You could then just book a hotel in Delhi and spend a few days there as soon as you land to acclimate and get over jet lag.
Post # 3
monkeyinasuit: I hate to hijack this thread, but I would love to hear where you stayed in New Delhi! We want to go on the golden triangle trip, but I want to fly in a few days early to New Delhi to relax and acclumate to the time zone (we are from the US). I have been to India before (Pune, Allora, Ajanta, Hampi, Dandeli) with my University and I fell in love, so I vaguely know what to expect. I am mostly worried about my Fiancee getting overwhelmed by the trip.
Post # 4
AIs are really only popular in the Carribbean. They aren’t all over the world. If you want to do Europe, India, etc you’re looking at planning hotels, flights, meals separately, or having someone plan it all for you.
This isn’t a bad way to travel, I’ve done both, I prefer to fly in, have my first night booked and then go where ever strikes my fancy after that. Usually we have just a loose idea of where we want to go, and what days we need to be places. We just eat at places that look good, wander the city, see the sights, etc.
With AIs you’re either stuck with resort food or you’re paying additional costs to eat somewhere else.