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Planning A Trip To India - Help Please!  
User currently offlineIluv747400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 372 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5774 times:

I am planning about a ten day trip to India at the end of April. My primary destination will be New Delhi, but I would also like to travel around some. I never been to India before so I am quite excited by the opportunity. I welcome any suggestions about where to go, what to see, where to stay, etc. I do know that it will likely be insanely hot, but I really can't schedule it for any other time.

My first decision will be choosing a carrier. I am currently living in London but have Gold Elite status on Continental so my choice of airlines would likely be among Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates. I would love to fly Emirates but they have been rather expensive when I've looked up fares. I will be flying coach and price will likely play the biggest role in choosing a carrier. I've flown Alitalia and Air France before and was unimpressed with the former. I generally like Virgin Atlantic, but they can be hit or miss. If price were equal, who would you choose?

Also, I've read that the road between the airport and the city can be dangerous. Also, most flights from Europe appear to arrive in the middle of night which would seem to compound things. What's really the deal? What sort of precautions should one take?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5767 times:

* If you are flying by VS, you need not worry about reaching at an unearthly hour. It reaches DEL at 10.45 AM.

* The road from DEL airport to the city is quite good. In fact DEL has the best roads in India.

* It's better you book your hotel in advance and ask for an airport pick up. That way you will avoid the hassle of hiring a cab. You can hire a cab or a mini cab for travelling around Delhi. Cabs in Delhi have a meter but most taxi drivers do not charge by the meter. Before going out, check the approximate fare for your destination with the hotel reception.

* Self driven cars are available for rent but its better that you hire one with a driver.

*Plenty of domestic airlines are available for flights within India.

http://www.indianairlines.in
http://www.jetairways.com
http://www.airdeccan.net
http://www.spicejet.com
http://www.flykingfisher.biz
http://www.goair.in

IC, 9W and Kingfisher charge US$ fares for foreigners. Air Deccan, Spice and Goair do not follow this policy. Anyways the policy of differential fares is likely to come to an end soon.

Delhi has hotels ranging from US$ 25 per day to upward of US$300. If you are looking for a budget hotel, there are plenty in Karol Baug area.

For any other details please feel free to contact me.

Himmat



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User currently offlineOzvirginuk From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 396 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

Of course I will sound biased, but VS is the way to go. good departure and arrival times, and generally excellent service. you may even be lucky and end up on an A346 (though not very likely)

Also you can accrue CO miles. So all round its a winner.

I believe EK are very good, but the whole 10 abreast in Y on the 777's really puts me off. 8 abreast in an A340 definately more comfy.

ozvirginuk


User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5745 times:

When actually in India, try to get down to Kerala on the SW coast. Absolutely stunning scenery, and much less tourist hassle than the north. 9W would be my choice to fly down to Cochin. The flights I took with them were FANTASTIC!!! Even got an unexplained upgrade to Biz on my very first 9W flight. Y had empty seats and I'm not a FF member. It left a very pleasant taste in my mouth. As did the delicious hot meal on a 90 minute domestic flight, brand new a/c (proud pilot announced at the beginning of the flight that we were on 9W's newest a/c at the time). viva Jet airways!

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5743 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 1):
The road from DEL airport to the city is quite good. In fact DEL has the best roads in India.

While the road into the city was fine I found the streets of New Delhi to be in great shape while old Delhi was a bit more suspect. Either way they were better than the roads in Bangalore.

One thing you shouldn't miss is the Taj Mahal down in Agra. You can take the train or get a tour bus down there. IIRC when I stayed at the Sheraton they had a tour that was around 100 USD for all day and made a couple of other stops (Agra Fort, a couple of tombs) in the Agra area plus lunch at the Sheraton there. Don't plan on a Friday trip as it is closed that day.

I flew VS into the country from LHR and thought they were great. I flew SQ out of the country but that doesn't help you here.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31692 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

Quoting Iluv747400 (Thread starter):
but I would also like to travel around some

Try Kerala & Goa.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineIluv747400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5712 times:

Thanks for all the wonderful tips! Looks like KLM might be my choice based on price and full OnePass mileage accrual. I've never flown on KLM either and know Schipol is awesome.

User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4513 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5709 times:

Take your girlfriend and go to Goa and eat Chicken Vindaloo with a glass of Kingfisher  bigthumbsup 

Well thats my fantasy anyway!



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4900 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5702 times:

Ten Tips:

1. April in Delhi = Phoenix in July, stay indoors and sleep in the afternoon.
2. Don't fall sick, get your shots before you come.
3. No salads, or unpeeled fruit. Bottled water only, please.
4. Mango season just starting - best part of your trip.
5. Go see the Taj and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra before you get wiped out by the heat or dysentery.
6. Stay in South Delhi or near Connaught Place (CP). Get an airconditioned private taxi to run the gauntlet from the airport to your hotel at 3am.
7. Head for the hills - The Himalayan Foot Hills - cool and beautiful...Tigers at Corbett National Park - Kumaon, Kathmandu, Kulu/Manali, Bhutan etc.
8. Let Indian a.netters know when you will be there.
9. In Delhi, go see the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, eat Tandoori Chicken at the incomparable Moti Mahal. Many, many great Indian restaurants in Delhi.
10. Cochin/Goa? maybe on your next trip, which needs to be in Winter.

Hope you have a great time!


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 7):
go to Goa and eat Chicken Vindaloo with a glass of Kingfisher

Dear Lord! Let the poor guy eat something that won't burn a hole through his mouth! Kingfisher is good though.

One thing I forgot and haven't seen mentioned yet...get your tourist visa NOW! It shouldn't take that long but you do have to send your passport away unless you live close to a consulate or the embassy in DC. Without the visa you probably won't be allowed to board the plane but if you do make there you'll get turned right back around and sent home.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineLordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5700 times:

Here is a tip

NEVER and I mean NEVER accept the taxi drivers offer. Always go by the meter, and because you are a foreigner, if you dont go by the meter you will end up paying quite a bit.

Regards
Anmol



Hmmmmm....
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5689 times:

Quoting Lordanmol (Reply 10):
NEVER and I mean NEVER accept the taxi drivers offer. Always go by the meter, and because you are a foreigner, if you dont go by the meter you will end up paying quite a bit.

Very true. I would get out of taxis and autoricshaws if they refused to go by the meter while in BLR and DEL.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
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