Two more weeks and we gonna be in India again. It will be our third trip to the subcontinet. And this time we are planning to go on a 9000-kilometer overland journey across India by trains and buses. We have obtained a 1-year multiple entry Indian visa in Vietnam. So, yes, you got it right, we are planning to stay in India for more than a couple of weeks.
For 4 weeks we will be traveling across the country. And then we will head over to Goa, to stay there for a longer while.
Those of you following us for a longer time know that in winter of 2013/2014 we cycled all the way across India (see our photos). And when we returned to India in 2016 we left the country three months earlier than planned, because… we had enough of India. But now we are returning to India. Again.
And again we are planning to spend in India a long period of time.
9000-Kilometer Overland Journey Across India
The route we are planning to take I’m gonna share with you now only partly. Because for 3 weeks we’ll be traveling in a small group. And for our friends one half of it is gonna be a surprise.
It’s actually one of the main reasons we are doing this 9000-kilometer overland journey across India and not head straight to Goa – because of others.
At the end of last year I had this idea about going on an overland adventure across India with a small group of other travelers. With someone interested to travel India, but also someone who isn’t ready to travel to India alone. Two guys and four girls said – yes, let’s go on an adventure across India. So it’s going to happen. And I know that it’s gonna be a cool adventure. Some 4-5 years ago I would be super excited if someone would take me on a trip we have planned for our group.
At the beginning there will be only two of us. Me and Una. And we will start our trip in Bhubaneswar.
Haven’t heard anything about Bhubaneswar? We neither. Until recently. But then looking for the cheapest flights to India we found out that Air Asia has introduced a new route from Kuala Lumpur to Bhubaneswar, a city short-ride away (short for India; 400 kilometer / 250 miles) from Kolkata, a city we initillay were planning to start our trip in.
Then we’ll travel to Kolkata, Varanasi, Agra, Delhi. We’ll make our way across the country to Mumbai, from where we plan to take a 24-hour train to Delhi.
Our friends will fly home from Delhi.
But we will head South, to Goa.
Returning to Goa
We have wanted to see Goa, our favorite part of India, during the monsoon since 2016. And now it’s going to happen.
A week ago we were thinking of staying in Goa for a month or two.
But then we received news that we have got a 1-year multiple entry Indian visa. And now we don’t know. We are just happy that now we don’t have to think about it. We can stay as long as it feels good. The only limitation, though, is that we have to leave India every 3 months at least for a day. But then we can come back without obtaining new Indian visa, which is very cool.
Let’s see what happens!
I guess after this trip we’ll know Indian trains even better, haha!
Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.