Post # 1
My husband and I are deciding where to go for our summer vacation and we thought about India (yes, we know if is going to be crazy hot) but we both really want to see the Taj Mahal – however, we know nothing about where to stay/ what else are must sees, etc.
I have looked all through Trip Advisor, but there actually arn’t many suggestions besides the obvious, being the Taj Mahal.
Have any of you vactioned in India? Any suggestions?
Sidenote: we would be flying into New Delhi and spending time there and in Agra only, no time to go anywhere else.
Post # 3
@AnnieAAA: First off, yes you should totally go to India. I love India. I have lived in India and am currently planning a return trip in Jan-Feb 2012, we just booked the airline tickets last night.
How long would you have for your honeymoon. There is a lot that can be seen in a short ammount of time Especially around Delhi.
Delhi–Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Akshardham, Lotus Temple, the bazzar at Connought Circle. Delhi is ok. It is very busy. Like if you went to USA and only saw New York. It’s awesome, but there is so much more to the country.
Agra–Taj Mahal. Honestly, Agra kinda sucks. There really isn’t much there except the Taj and the Baby Taj. That is really it. I would recommend taking an early morning train there and then leaving on the evening train out of there. It’s only a few hours from Delhi, so easily accessible.
You could also consider going to Jaipur, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Jodhpur, Pushkar. They are all quite close to Delhi and easily accessible by either train or car/driver.
Post # 4
@andielovesj: I’d second a lot of your advice.
Udaipur is gorgeous and well worth a visit (particularly if you have the budget to splash out on one of the amazing 5* hotels, but otherwise the Rang Niwas Palace is lovely and cheap-ish). It’s such an amazingly romantic place!
Jaipur is my second favourite place in Rajasthan. The whole state of Rajasthan is a wash of colour and I have never been anywhere so obsessed with shopping (seriously, after cricket, it’s the local sport).
I actually loved Mumbai. Delhi may be the capital, but Mumbai was my introduction to India (over ten years ago) and it’s such a contradiction in so many ways that it’s hard to get your head around ’til you’ve been there. You get high end designer stores next to slums (which aren’t as miserable as they sound).
Oh… I just saw that you’ve only got time for Agra and New Delhi. How long are you staying? It seems a shame to only spend a couple of days in India.
Post # 5
@SpecialSundae: I can’t even get started on all the other places that are amazing.
Varanasi is my #1 place in India. It isn’t really close to Delhi though.
Kerala, Ooty, Chennai, Jaisalmer. Love them all.
Post # 6
I was just in India, and while I didn’t get to do these things because I was working I was told the tea plantations are amazing (somewhere near Dehli I believe) and there are wild life sanctuarys were you can see tigers and other animals, which seemed really cool.
Post # 7
Thank you everyone – I will research these additional areas!
We would only be in India for 6 days, not ideal, but since we take 2 vacations a year, we have to split up our work vacation days 🙁
Post # 8
If you only will be in India it will be VERY rushed. It is also a really long way to fly (almost 24 hours) for 6 days. So basically you will travel for 3 days to be there for 6.
But I love India, and think you should still go. Just want you to be thinking about these things. Could you just travel once in a year and go longer?
Post # 9
@andielovesj: We could stay there longer, but just want to take 2 trips (this would be our summer trip, we are going to Ireland this winter.)
To be honest, the reason we are willing to go so far for a short trip, is b/c we will be upgraded to 1st class due to my husbands flight status, so we will be more rested when we land (otherwise I don’t think we would go for such a short trip if we were in coach.)
So due to the fact that from the time we land to the time we leave we only have 6 days we have limited ourselves to just these 2 cities, with most of our time in Dehli, not ideal, but we enjoy jam packed days 🙂
Thanks again for all your help!
Post # 10
The North-East part of India, near Nepal I hear is beautiful. My brother and mother went there some time ago, I know they enjoyed it a lot.
My favourite parts are the cities, like Hyderabad and Chennai. Lots of shopping, lots of good food!
My mother has visited Varanasi, she absolutely loved it.
Being Indian, I’ve never seen India as a ‘holiday zone’, so I can’t really help much. But I hope your planning goes well!
Post # 11
I’ve visited twice. Once to visit a friend (Mumbai, Goa & Delhi), second time for her wedding. The wedding took a week in Mumbai, so our second we spent in Jaipur, Agra (one day trip), and Delhi. I second the golden triangle recommendations. Other than the fact that I was sick as a dog on the day we drove J->A->D, I enjoyed it tremendously. We were lucky and able to stay in guesthouses courtesy of the groom’s father (who had a top position at the particular large company). He also arranged for drivers for us – highly recommended. Don’t try to brave their traffic.
Post # 11
<br />Yes I had a vacation of India last year. It is a quite beautiful country which has very diversified culture and tradition to know about. While planning a vacation to this place, you need to choose good travel agency that offers tour guide and gives best couple package. Once take a look on Compalog.com they have information of some good travel agencies that will help you. Truly vacation in this place will give you a chance to analyze the rich traditions and customs along with opulent forts, historical landmarks, exciting wildlife national parks, spectacular beaches, enchanting hill stations and pilgrimage places.