As I’ll be heading off for Delhi in three weeks (I’m so excited!) I’m beginning to seriously try to plan my excursions. I’ll be based in East Delhi from July to December but would like to make my way out to Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab during the school semester. I’m saving Gujarat for a school break around my birthday. During the last two weeks of my stay (December 3rd through the evening of the 17th), my plan is to book a flight from Delhi to Kerala and from Kerala make my way back up to Delhi, passing through Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan, spending most of my time in Rajasthan. Any suggestions as to things I should see or do? Or places to eat, since I’m not at all a closet foodie? I’ll also be extremely grateful for any tips/suggestions regarding modes of transportation between the states (either plane or train, though I’m leaning more toward longer train rides as it means less money on hotels and a smaller credit card bill when I come home), safety tips for traveling alone (I’ll most likely be alone during my last two weeks), prices for everyday items/groceries/services, etc. I’ve studied Hindi in school for the last two years so I’ll be able to communicate at least a little. Any tips and suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!
Also, this isn’t an “Eat-Pray-Love” thing. I’m going to Delhi as part of a Study Abroad program and completing course work at a Delhi-based University toward my Master’s degree in World History with a South Asian focus. With that being said, I’d also appreciate any suggestions for academic excursions as well! The Archives have already been engraved into my list, in addition to a couple museums. Thank you!