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...or maybe India?

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So as some of you know, I've got another thread going about a trip to Sri Lanka & Maldives in December of 2014.

In grand tradition, I always have to throw that itinerary and destination--against some others--against the wall and see what bounces back. I've been doing a lot of throwing and there's this nagging feeling that I still have to explore some other ideas first before booking anything.

As a result, I've been meditating the past few days on the idea of scrapping SL and Maldives in favor of the ultimate: a trip to India. Something we've avoided for so long -- with no real good reason -- seems like it'd have more of an impact on us. So, yes, perhaps no India "lite" and direct to full-tilt, make my head spin India. :) Just need to kick the tires on a this a bit to see which trip seems like a better fit for us.

I need to come to a conclusion soon (tix need to be purchased in about 3 weeks) as to which destination we'll choose.

In stark contradiction to SL, there's a staggering amount of information about India here. I guess I'm looking for those of you who know us fairly well (and those of you who even don't) to give me an idea of an "ideal" itinerary -- or at least places to look at visiting, or something to get the planning wheels in motion -- if we were to have just shy of 3 weeks on the ground.

The Golden Triangle seems interesting and obviously the thing I feel most people would recommend -- but also somewhat cliché. I find all those places intriguing, please don't get me wrong. But I also find Varansi, Goa, The Himalayan area and Kerala just as interesting...and those are only the places I know something about. I'm sure there's a treasure trove of places I don't even know. It's SO overwhelming, I have no idea how anyone here ever planned a trip there!! I liken this to going to the US for the very first time and trying to choose, out of so many amazing places, where you're going to visit.

I'm hoping on this trip too to get a mix of local, interesting hotels and also--admittedly--some really jaw-dropping "wow" hotels. I'm a big hotel whore, so I've been looking forward to that aspect of India very much. ;)

Looking forward to getting this dialogue going!

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