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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2013
Help me plan a trip to Uttar Pradesh  (6 Answers)

Hello everyone. Firstly, I again want to say thanks to everyone who helped me plan my trip to Delhi earlier this year. Now, I am planning on going on a trip of Uttar Pradesh during last week of September.

Now, I have a week in my hands and as per my plans, I will reach Allahabad on 24th of September and have a return flight from Lucknow on the morning of 3rd October. Now, I wish to cover Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow in these 8 days and I want to cover these three cities completely with visits to almost all places that should be visited especially religious sites.

From what i have researched on the net, I have seen that there isn't much to see in all the three cities that cannot be covered in 3 days each. Here are a list of places I want to visit in Allahabad and Kanpur that I want to visit:

Kanpur: Jajmau, J.K. Temple, Jain Glass Temple, Kanpur Zoo, Kamla Retreat, Phool bagh, Nana Rao Park, Kanpur Memorial Church, Aanandeswar temple, Moti Jheel, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Valmiki Ashram, Patthar ghat @ Bithoor, Kanpur Museum, Dwarkadhish Temple, Panki Hanuman Mandir, Massacre Ghat, Jama Masjid, Iskcon Temple and Gora Cemetry. Would also love to see Lav-Kush barrage and the Ganga Barrage plus I would also like to know if visitors are allowed in to IIT-Kanpur campus.

Allahabad: Allahabad Fort, Allahabad Museum, Anand Bhavan, Khusrao Bagh, Alfred Park, Triveni Sangam, Alopi Devi Mandir, All Saints Cathedral, Sivakoti Mahadev Temple, Nag vasuki Temple, Beni Madhav temple, Hanuman Mandir, Shankar Viman mandapam, Kalyani Devi temple, Mankameswar Temple, Minto Park, Sai Dham Mandir, and Bade Hanumanji Mandir. I also want to have a peaceful calm boating session in the yamuna and would appreciate any details about how can I avail such services and where?

Lucknow one I haven't checked yet and hence I have no ideas about what is there to see. What I really want your help is in planning a schedule that will help me in covering all or most of these places, helping me avoid points which are too far off and hence can scerw my schedule, i.e. i want to cover only parts of the city instead of going outskirts of city limits, Valmiki Ashram being the only exception.

I am going to book a rented car locally for each day with the help of my hotel in the particular cities and hence am hoping I will not be having any problems in travelling but i am still worried about paying higher rents, so can any locals tell me the local taxi rates for Indigo cars??

I know September is still a long way to go but since I will be travelling with my family, I am trying to plan in advance and hence avoid any last minute trouble. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2013
Riskikesh to Darjeeling  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone,
After visiting Himachal Pradesh we are looking to head east over to Darjeeling and then down to Kolkata. Heading through Uttar Pradesh and Bihar we are looking for any advice on places to see and do along the way. Some of the places we already have in mind are Lucknow and Varanasi. If you have any ideas on must-sees or good places to go along the way that would be great.

Also, any advice on how best to travel or tips would be appreciate too.

Ant and Steph

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2012
Kumbh Mela  (9 Answers)

Hello everyone!!

I'm a Spanish girl, photographer, and photography teacher.

I'm thinking of visiting the Kumbh Mela festival, to live this experience and take some photographs. I was wondering if you could help me to prepare my travel because I think it's going to be very difficult with all this people going there for the same time.

For the accomodation I'm looking for something cheap, like a dormitary or something like that, I would like to stay aproximately from the 8th to 19th february, dates are not completely sure beacuse I don't have the plane tickets yet. I have been in India three times before and I'm used to do backpack travels, really cheap, so I'm a little bit worried about the prices that I'm seeing in the webs I founded for accomodation in the camps.

In fact I contacted with some of them that gave me a cheaper price that the ones they have in their sites, but after I founded this: That is talking about fakes and problems with camps' websites... And this is worrying me a little bit.

For the moment I'm travelling alone, thing that doesn't scare me so much in normal conditions, but I'm really concerned about safety as well, with all this people around there... I've seen videos almost scary, lol!

As the purpose of my travel is taking photographs (and living the kumbh experience, of course, I love India and it's culture!), so the best option would be to be inside the whater, do you now if there's any possibility to rent a boat or something like that to be looking from the water to the shore? I think that from the shore, it is going to be so crowded, that it will be difficult to take photos, and I think it could be dangerous as well in the moments where most of people will be there, the risk of being pushed to the water, I mean (my camera doesn't know how to swim yet ....). I would like to find someone in the same situation to be able to share costs.

I can do an exchanges, I can give some photographs, or I can work for you in some way, I can talk English, Spanish, Catalan, French), help you with the tourists, do photography courses (I have worked for travel magazines, for example ELLE magazine, very well reputated in Europe) or I can do whatever to try to make my travel cheaper.

Anyone can help me? I would be very grateful!!!!

Sonia Villegas

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2012
HELP!! Crossing into Nepal  (3 Answers)

Hi All,

Just returned from the Indian High Commission empty handed!!
I have been told I must include proof of departure from India with my visa application before I can be issued with a tourist visa. e.g. flight or train reservation.

As far as I can determine, there are no direct train services across the border.
I have a train reservation from Varanasi to Gorakhpur in India, and then to walk or take a jeep across into Nepal.

Has anyone experienced the same problem and if so, what was the solution? I would greatly appreciate any advice......


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2009
Best places to visit in Uttaranchal  (2 Answers)

Im planning a family trip with my parents (55+) to Uttaranchal EX delhi around 1st week of september for 5 days. I have a few queries

1. What are the best places/hill stations/pilgrim destinations to visit? Its a 5 day trip including travel to & from Delhi so how many destinations can i cover? Since my parents are 55+ i would prefer sightseeing destinations. Maybe one pilgrim destination would be gr8 as well.

2. What is the weather like in the month of September?

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2009
2 weeks holiday In an around Dehradun  (2 Answers)

Hi all,

One of my very close relative have to attend a marriage on 28th Nov 2009 at Dehradun. He has got 2 weeks holiday time, one week before the marriage and one week after the marriage.

It would be a great help if any of you can give a suggestion which are the best places they can visit in this period apart from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhoola and Missouri.

A good itinerary/hotel/transport will be really appreciated.

Thanking you in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2007
River rafting in Rishikesh  (2 Answers)

I plan to be in Rishikesh for 2 days and would like to go river rafting. Any ideas on how to go about it - whom to contact, what clothes to take along, etc. - never done it before. I believe children are not allowed.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2007
touring Taj Mahal & beyond  (1 Answer)

Looking for tour company recommendations for 1st time India visitor. Loads of them on website; want independent evaluations from those who gone on a tour.
Looked at Smartours tour of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Varanasi-Kathmandu; seems great; like their prices, but they depart from NY. I live in LA.

Anyone recommend a tour that would cover the same or nearly same itinerary but leave from West Coast? Looking for alternative tours to consider.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2006
Good hotels  (2 Answers)

I'm going to be in India in April 2007. I am looking for a twin room in the following cities and am needing recommendations: New Deelhi. Agra, Jaipur.
Would this route be quicker and less problematic by train or by bus? What is a must to see on this Kings Loop?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2006
Kashipur  (2 Answers)

I am looking for a good hotel in Kashipur on route to Corbett National Park
I have heard there is a lake about 2kms from Kashipur at Giri Sarovar with nice hotels. Can anyone tell me some hotel names or if they have stayed anywhere in Kashipur.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2005
HI need help on the Noida area.. HOW IS IT?  (2 Answers)

Just like to know more about the NOIDA near sector 50


Is this a modern place

How would a place for rent be for one or two people?
Or a portion?

Also how far is it from New Deli and I just like to chat with people that have been here are there now
is there a good transport system

you know the basic new kid on the block questions

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2005
Mobile SIM

Wanted immediately a Mobile SIM card for use for a month in Delhi & in U.P as well. Could somebody advice the best & the most econimical one for temporary use? would be needing it again in Dec 2005 & April 2006.

Prompt reply would be appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2005
Pleasure Trip to Mussoorie - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Nainital  (1 Answer)

Hai Friends, I am staying in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh State, INDIA. I would like to go for a pleasure trip to Mussoorie - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Nainital for a week. Can any one give me Suggestions/Plan of how to go to these place like routing from Hyderabad and back to Hyderabad within 7 days along with the mode of travel etc.,. Please suggest me with various alternatives... I prefer overnight stays... I am planning for a trip in "Mid March 05" , What about timing???? What all the places we have to see there in each location..??? & How to spend there????? like timings(Early Morning, Mid Day, Evening, Sunset etc.,) What are the best and Economy hotels available with nice view etc.,???? Awaiting for all your suggestions and plans...etc., Cooooooooool... Sridhar.D

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2004
CLEAN and INEXPENSIVE HOTELS in Agra and Varanasi  (1 Answer)

Hello all, My wife and I will be visiting Agra and Varanasi in April 2005. Could you recommend a few CLEAN, COMFORTABLE, and INEXPENSIVE HOTELS (700 Rupees or less per night) that are close to the most interesting sites. Thanks for your help. Clodio

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2004
Judaism in Rishikesh  (1 Answer)

I am going to Rishikesh in February. Are there any Chabad or other Jewish organizations in Rishikesh?

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