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Travel Tips for India (and possibly Sri Lanka)

I'd really appreciate some advice for a trip my husband and I are planning for next summer. We're hoping to go to New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. We were then hoping to head south to Goa to relax by the beach for a while before spending a night in Mumbai before flying home.

.......theeeeen I checked wikipedia and Goa and Mumbai will be getting an insane amount of rain in June/July. It even seems like there'll be a deluge in Varanasi! It seems like Sri Lanka would be drier at that time of year.

Any tips for our itinerary? We're only spending 2-3 weeks there.

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If you're going to Sri Lanka, go see Kandy.

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It's either going to be really hot (the monsoons have been arriving later in India especially in the north) or it's going to raining. Good luck. I would recommend going around Dec-Jan but if you can't...

Be prepared for long traffic jams, check out what festivals are on (something always seems to be on in India). You might have less people during that time for places like Taj Mahal so that might be a positive side.

Really take some time out to enjoy the outside areas of the Taj and even go to the other side of Yamuna river if you can. It's truly a beauty to behold.
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If you're going to Sri Lanka, go see Kandy.

I've heard many positive things about Kandy as well.

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If you're going to Sri Lanka, go see Kandy.

Is it easy to get around Sri Lanka? Are the roads good? It's a bit smaller than Ireland so I'd imagine you'd be able to see a lot in quite a short space of time. We're kind of going there to relax because my husband likes to relax a bit on holidays. I like to see and do things. I want to give him time to take it easy but I don't just want to be by the beach/pool the WHOLE time!

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It's either going to be really hot (the monsoons have been arriving later in India especially in the north) or it's going to raining. Good luck. I would recommend going around Dec-Jan but if you can't...

Be prepared for long traffic jams, check out what festivals are on (something always seems to be on in India). You might have less people during that time for places like Taj Mahal so that might be a positive side.

Really take some time out to enjoy the outside areas of the Taj and even go to the other side of Yamuna river if you can. It's truly a beauty to behold.
Yeah, I definitely wouldn't want to go to Agra just to hit the Taj and then split. It seems like it has a bit more to offer.

Have you been to Varanasi? I really want to go there but I would imagine it might be a bit crazy!

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Have you been to Varanasi? I really want to go there but I would imagine it might be a bit crazy!
Yes I have been Varanasi. But I assume you're talking specifically about the area around the Kashi Vishwanath temple next to the Ganges?



In which case, I haven't. I was with family and we were there for the Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Sarnath, so stayed around there. But we drove through Varanasi. The closest I got to there was the bridge near it. I should've gone there but on that day I couldn't be bothered. That's another thing, not sure what sort of a traveller you are but the heat and crowds really take it out of you. It's energy sapping.

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How are you getting around from places like Delhi to say Varanasi? Their sleeper trains are really good if that's an option you're looking at. Better than China actually.

I haven't been but I would also recommend Ellora Caves near? Mumbai.

When I go back to India, first place I'd want to go is Darjeeling but that might be a bit off track for you.

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I can't say that intense heat and massive crowds are my favourite thing but I deal with the former better than most people...and the latter better than some people! I used to live in Seoul and have been to busy places like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, HK, Hanoi, NYC, London, Istanbul (I could go on and on) but I think the worst place I ever was for crowds were the medinas of a few cities in Morocco (Fes being the worst!) I can deal with crowds as long as there is enough space to weave your way through those crowds. I'd say parts of India, especially Varanasi, would be very cramped and you just have to deal with the mobs.

After looking up the climate charts, I have no intention of going anywhere near Mumbai! Yeah, intending to get around by train.

I'd like to go to places like Darjeeling and Amritsar but I don't want to spend the whole trip moving around. I think India would be hectic enough and you'd need to pace yourself a bit.

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Are you insane ??? Don't visit India during the summer

Visit in January, that's the best time for anywhere in the country
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Oh, and please don't show any public displays of affection (I would recommend not even hand holding) in India with your husband
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Ohkay i m an indian...and this doesn't happen...u can hold hands of ur partner...i don't know where u get these rumors from!

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What will happen if he does? Instant stoning?
No, it DOESN'T!!!

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I'd really appreciate some advice for a trip my husband and I are planning for next summer. We're hoping to go to New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. We were then hoping to head south to Goa to relax by the beach for a while before spending a night in Mumbai before flying home.

.......theeeeen I checked wikipedia and Goa and Mumbai will be getting an insane amount of rain in June/July. It even seems like there'll be a deluge in Varanasi! It seems like Sri Lanka would be drier at that time of year.

Any tips for our itinerary? We're only spending 2-3 weeks there.
1. Foremost as a doctor i would advise you to get ur vaccinations done...i don't know if malaria is endemic at ur place...but if not...do start taking the prophylaxis...
2. Now to the enjoyable part... Delhi u got to see the red fort, akshardham temple's evening water show...
3. If u can somehow change your iternary a bit...add leh...its a must! its north of delhi...a 30-45 min flight...but i would advise you to take a road trip via manali one way(cz u don't want to miss out on the iconic scenaries) and flight on return(flight view is pretty spectacular too...)
4. Agra tajmahal is a must...
5. Varanasi is a more of religious kind of a city...and constituency of our P.M.... u ll get to see a mix of different people there...
6. Cherapunji would be beautiful if u can visit during the rainy season...and so would be lonavala and mahabaleshwar...only problem these are hill stations and u have to be lucky that the view spots are not shut down cz of rains...
7. Mumbai would be extremely humid during that pd...but as i said u can go to nearby hill stations like Mahabaleshwar and lonwala and panchwati!
8. Goa. If u want to enjoy pubs and night lives and beaches north goa is the place to be...and if u intend to enjoy the scenic beauty and forts south goa is the place!
9. Kaziranga Darjeeling and ganktok. Kaziranga is a wildlife sanctuary famous for its one horned rhinoceros unique to India.
Darjeeling and ganktok are hill stations.
All three are located in the north east india.
10. Jaipur is 5-7 hr train ride from delhi. Its aka pink city for its neumerous historical forts...

P.s. do get lots of mosquito repellent cream during this period!

Final recommendations during this pd. Leh and manali, panchwati mahabaleshwar and lonavala, jaipur, agra, goa and andaman Nicobar islands.
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Ohkay i m an indian...and this doesn't happen...u can hold hands with ur partner...i don't know where u get these rumors from!

You sure can hold hands, if you are a straight couple.
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