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Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:11 am

Hello
Planning to visit India in end february for 1 week mainly for my best friend wedding near amritsar
was thinking to go to other indian locations
amritsar 2 days
Delhi 2 days- Just to go and see the Taj Mahal and meet an airliners member
What other cities you can recomment? Is goa/kerala any good? or way too touristic?
Pobably fly via turkmenistan or Uzbekistan to ATQ then try their low cost airlines.
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:19 am

To see the Taj Mahal you'll need to go to Agra from Delhi. The train (the Taj express) takes about 2 and a half hours, and you'd need to spend a day there. When you get to Agra you'll get loads of poeple offering you tours of Agra, mostly to expensive stores where they can take a commission if you buy anything.

'Tis definitely something you should see though.
 
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:46 am

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
Pobably fly via turkmenistan or Uzbekistan to ATQ then try their low cost airlines.

If you are starting from Oman, Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan is well north out of your way to India. There are many flights between the Gulf and India. Unless you have a special reason to want to go to those places.

Quoting British767 (Reply 1):
To see the Taj Mahal you'll need to go to Agra from Delhi. The train (the Taj express) takes about 2 and a half hours, and you'd need to spend a day there. When you get to Agra you'll get loads of poeple offering you tours of Agra, mostly to expensive stores where they can take a commission if you buy anything.

Yeah thats the hardest part about being in Agra. But it is worth the trip to see the Taj. Also make sure you go and see the fort which is close by. It's more beautiful than Delhi's Red Fort IMO. And if you are gonna spend time in Delhi, check out the Red Fort there as well as the government areas.
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:15 am

A friend of mine is headed home to Hyderabad for a month. Her family also has a home in Goa. From the photos I've seen, Goa is a GORGEOUS place to vacation peacefully on the beach.

If you have time, Sri Lanka would also be an interesting place to visit, as would Nepal. (Just a thought).

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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:30 am

Agra is an absolute must-see. Apart from the Taj, there are a dozen interesting things to see in and around Agra, including Fatapur Sikri, the royal city that had to be abandoned.

I would also recommend a trip through Rajistan. Do everything you can to find your way to Jaiselmer, near the Pakistan border. It is an amazing old city on a hill. Unfortunately there are no nearby airports, so you'd have to hire a car from Jodhpur (which is also worth a visit). I would not bother with Jaipur - it's overrated. Jodhpur and Jaiselmer are more interesting.

BTW, if you go to Jodhpur, stay a night at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is the most incredible hotel you will ever, ever see,
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:47 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
BTW, if you go to Jodhpur, stay a night at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is the most incredible hotel you will ever, ever see,

Speaking of good hotels. When I went to Agra in 1999, I stayed at the Jaypee Palace Hotel. For about the price of $80-$100 USD for a nite, you stay in five-star accomodations. Though I'm sure there could be some better places now.
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:21 am

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Is goa/kerala any good?

Yes. Kerala has some beautiful backwaters and beaches.




 
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:19 pm

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 2):
If you are starting from Oman,

leaving from the UK. as i think this might be my only chance to fly those airlines. problem is flights from ATQ, nothing to Colombo, goa or kerala direct have to go via delhi or mumbai means return will be something like Goa-delhi-amritsar-tashkent-BHX unless i get BHX-tashkent-Amristar/ Delhi-tashkent-BHX. dates are flexible at the moment so can do goadelhi before or after amritsar
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:28 pm

Goa,Kerala & Himachal Pradesh are great for Tourists.
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Sat Oct 07, 2006 1:51 am

I've heard from many friends who have been there that you might want to start your trip by flying into Mumbai and traveling around from there...
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:33 am

Nothing Special or Historical value to see in Mumbai.But it can be a good starting point.
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:07 am

Plans so far i think
UK-mumbai(Transit)-goa-delhi-amritsar-mumbai(Transit)-UK
Or
UK-delhi(Transit)-goa-mumbai-amritsar-delhi-UK
or
UK-amritsar(transit)-delhi(Agra)-Goa-mumbai(transit and see HAWK21m)-ATQ-UK
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RE: Where In India To Visit

Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:09 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 10):
Nothing Special or Historical value to see in Mumbai.But it can be a good starting point.

True.

Yet, Mumbai has some wonderful experiences to offer in terms of food and a great nightlife.

The only thing worth seeing in Mumbai from a tourist's standpoint are the amazing Indo-Victorian and Gothic buildings in South Mumbai. But don't bother seeing them during the day. Take a horse drawn carriage from near the Taj Mahal Hotel near the Gateway of India at about 8 pm, and go for a tour of these classic buildings that are lit up at night. Then ask the driver to take you for a ride down marine drive and end up at Chowpatty beach. You get to see the Mumbai skyline at night and you avoid the heat. And its fun.

If you have a bit of money to burn, then have a meal of kebabs and cocktails on the roofdeck of the Interncontinental Hotel on Marine Drive. Its fab. It will set you back about US $ 40 per head.

You should also visit the Taj Mahal Hotel and walk through its grand lobbies, then saunter up the grand staircase in the Old wing to the Sea Lounge. A cup of coffee and a chicken sandwich will set you back US $ 10, but if you sit by the grand palace windows facing the harbor, it will be a wonderful and relaxing afternoon. You wanna shop? Then walk down the shopping lane of Colaba for tchotchkes, T-shirts, and the like.

As far as the Taj Mahal goes, arrive in Agra at night. Then go to the Taj at dawn, and spend the whole morning there. There is nothing like it in the whole world. As far as the city of Agra goes, it should be called the "shitty of Agra." Once you're done with the Taj and Agra Fort, get out of there.

The Kerala backwaters are still not too touristy. And there are beaches in Goa that are still off the beaten path.
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