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Trip Report Traveling India in 8 Months

In September 2013, I went on a 4-month solo trip to Nepal, Andaman Islands & Southern India. In July 2014, I went on another solo trip of the rest of the country which ended a few months ago. It would make the post terribly long if I posted a lot of details; so, initially I would only post the route that I took.

On the first trip, I started from Kathmandu in Nepal and went to Pokhara where I trekked for 10 days to Annapurna Base Camp. From Kolkata, I flew to the Andaman Islands where I stayed for 5 weeks and went to Neil Island, Havelock Island, Little Andaman and North Andaman.

I then flew to Chennai in Tamil Nadu and went south to Kanyakumari via Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Chidambram, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai & Rameswaram. I entered Kerala through Trivandrum and went to Varkala, Kottayam, Alleppey, Kumily, Kochi & Kozhikode. I passed through Wayand to enter Mysore in Karnataka, and went to Bengaluru, Hampi, Bijapur & Bidar.

From Bidar, I went to Hyderabad in Telangana where I ended the first trip.

Having abruptly ended my first trip, I once again set out in July 2014 to finish what I had started. In total, I stayed overnight at over 60 different locations, visited over 80 different towns, cities and villages, traveled across 18 states and union territories in the 5 months of this second trip.

I started from Mayapur in West Bengal, from where I headed to New Delhi by train. First, I headed north to Chandigarh, Amritsar, McLeod Ganj, Jammu, Srinagar, Ladakh and then south from Leh to Manali, Spiti Valley, Kalpa, Shimla.

From Shimla I entered Uttarkhand through Rishikesh and then went to Uttarkashi, New Tehri, Badrinath, Kausani, Almora, Nainital. I continued south to Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and then westward to Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. From there, I continued to Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Mount Abu.

I took a train to Mandvi near Bhuj from Abu Road and traveled to Ahmedabad, Diu, Somnath, Sasan Gir, Junagadh, Rajkot, Vadodara, Champaner & Pavagadh, Surat. I then entered Maharashtra via Jalgaon and went to Ajanta, Aurangabad & Ellora.

I took an overnight bus to Indore and went to Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Mandu all close to Indore, from where I went to Bhopal, Sanchi, Bhimbetka & Jabalpur. I entered Chattisgarh at Raipur and headed straight to Jagdalpur.

From there, I entered Andhra Pradesh through Araku Valley and went on to Vizag. I took a train to Bhubaneshwar and went to Puri, Konark & Chilika Lake. I took a train to Dhanbad and went to Varanasi & Bodhgaya as my final destinations.

For my trip, I had made some maps for myself which I think might also be useful for this community, and particularly for people traveling for longer duration. I would like to share these maps, other tools and tips and some pictures, which I have compiled over the last few months; requiring considerable effort on my part. When I update my blog with more articles, I shall post them here.

Here are the links to these resources:
http://www.areca.co.in/travels
Destinations - http://www.areca.co.in/travels/destinations
Blog - http://www.areca.co.in/travels/blog
Photographs - http://www.areca.co.in/travels/gallery

I hope the community finds it useful and entertaining.

Cheers!

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