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View Poll Results: Bangalore vs Calcutta vs Delhi
Bangalore 4 40.00%
Calcutta 3 30.00%
Delhi 3 30.00%
Voters: 10. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-21-2017, 07:29 PM
 
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Bangalore is okay. Lots of expats. Head out to Nagarhole National Park or even Mysore if you have time. Not a favorite Indian city of mine.

I totally connected with Kolkata. Some things to see - Marble Palace, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial (Museum), Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Mother (Theresa) House, Prinsep Ghat, Howrah Railway Station (biggest and busiest in India). And do have Bengali sweets....they are the best in India!

Delhi is not one of my favorite cities - don't care for the vibe (Mumbaikers have much more warmth). But the sights make up for that - Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Swaminarayan Akshardham, India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, etc. You'll never run out of things to see. The shopping lanes around the Jama Masjid are an experience! I'd recommend a food tour as well. And in any of the cities, the walking tours (or cycling) are excellent. And I must recommend visiting the Taj Mahal even if it's just a day trip from Delhi. There is a high speed train that gets you to Agra in just over an hour and a half. Although...if you have extra time Agra Fort is great.

Enjoy!
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Old 10-04-2017, 04:03 AM
 
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Bangalore is okay. Lots of expats. Head out to Nagarhole National Park or even Mysore if you have time. Not a favorite Indian city of mine.

I totally connected with Kolkata. Some things to see - Marble Palace, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial (Museum), Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Mother (Theresa) House, Prinsep Ghat, Howrah Railway Station (biggest and busiest in India). And do have Bengali sweets....they are the best in India!

Delhi is not one of my favorite cities - don't care for the vibe (Mumbaikers have much more warmth). But the sights make up for that - Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Swaminarayan Akshardham, India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, etc. You'll never run out of things to see. The shopping lanes around the Jama Masjid are an experience! I'd recommend a food tour as well. And in any of the cities, the walking tours (or cycling) are excellent. And I must recommend visiting the Taj Mahal even if it's just a day trip from Delhi. There is a high speed train that gets you to Agra in just over an hour and a half. Although...if you have extra time Agra Fort is great.

Enjoy!
Much appreciation!

The biggest challenge, at this point, is the lengthy paperwork just to get a Tourist Visa!

Looking forward to seeing all 3 in December!
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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Inda is very big country and has lots of history it's very difficult to say you visit that or this place.
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:33 AM
 
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Inda is very big country and has lots of history it's very difficult to say you visit that or this place.
Oh my gosh, you're right!

It's just crazy to discuss three different cities and compare/contrast....just insane. Especially with a large country.

If only India was smaller, so we could compare/contrast thee major cities. Yeah, just impossible.

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Old 10-19-2017, 04:08 AM
 
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Bangalore is okay. Lots of expats. Head out to Nagarhole National Park or even Mysore if you have time. Not a favorite Indian city of mine.

I totally connected with Kolkata. Some things to see - Marble Palace, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial (Museum), Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Mother (Theresa) House, Prinsep Ghat, Howrah Railway Station (biggest and busiest in India). And do have Bengali sweets....they are the best in India!

Delhi is not one of my favorite cities - don't care for the vibe (Mumbaikers have much more warmth). But the sights make up for that - Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Swaminarayan Akshardham, India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, etc. You'll never run out of things to see. The shopping lanes around the Jama Masjid are an experience! I'd recommend a food tour as well. And in any of the cities, the walking tours (or cycling) are excellent. And I must recommend visiting the Taj Mahal even if it's just a day trip from Delhi. There is a high speed train that gets you to Agra in just over an hour and a half. Although...if you have extra time Agra Fort is great.

Enjoy!
Agreed as to Delhi.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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Much appreciation!

The biggest challenge, at this point, is the lengthy paperwork just to get a Tourist Visa!

Looking forward to seeing all 3 in December!
Bud, you could have your tourist visa in 48 hours without even sending any paperwork or passport,
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

It's just 75 dollars + uploading your passport page and a visa photo. Then u print out your tourist visa and fly there.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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I’ve been to all three. In terms of things to see within the respective cities, Delhi probably has the most to offer with the Mughal (and earlier) archaeological sites. I haven’t been to Kolkata since 1990, but I remember liking the new market area and the national museum. I recently passed though Bangalore but didn’t spend any time there; it was much easier to get around in than the megacities above but I don’t know what is available in the way of attractions within the city.

However, I love the state of Karnataka (and southern India in general). In my experience it is friendlier, more relaxed, and substantially less crowded than the Gangetic plain. If you have time, I recommend visiting Mysore (for the culture, the market, the Majaraja’s palace, and the general environs). If you have at least 3-4 days, the Hampi architectural site in northern Karnataka is amazing. The Karnataka coast is also supposed to be very nice although I didn’t get to visit it. There’s also Mudamalal National Park and the hill station of Ooty, across the border in Tamil Nadu.

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Old 12-24-2017, 06:47 AM
 
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Iíve been to all three. In terms of things to see within the respective cities, Delhi probably has the most to offer with the Mughal (and earlier) archaeological sites. I havenít been to Kolkata since 1990, but I remember liking the new market area and the national museum. I recently passed though Bangalore but didnít spend any time there; it was much easier to get around in than the megacities above but I donít know what is available in the way of attractions within the city.

However, I love the state of Karnataka (and southern India in general). In my experience it is friendlier, more relaxed, and substantially less crowded than the Gangetic plain. If you have time, I recommend visiting Mysore (for the culture, the market, the Majarajaís palace, and the general environs). If you have at least 3-4 days, the Hampi architectural site in northern Karnataka is amazing. The Karnataka coast is also supposed to be very nice although I didnít get to visit it. Thereís also Mudamalal National Park and the hill station of Ooty, across the border in Tamil Nadu.
Now that I've been to all three...I gotta say I really liked Karnataka and South India the most as well. Bangalore didn't have much for tourist, but it was certainly a comfortable place, with a ton of great new and used bookstores all over Church Street. I just liked the vibe of South India the most, and found Bangalore a good place to just 'do normal things' with very little hassle.

Delhi...when I was there, the toxic air pollution was way too much. It was at the 420 index scale...and for reference sake, anything over 300 is hazardous to your health. I looked at other cities like Beijing and Shanghai for comparison and they were around 100-something. So a 420, the air was toxic to breathe. That being said, Delhi had a lot to offer otherwise. It was just killing me with the air pollution.

Calcutta had the best architecture. A real gem.

But, overall, I much preferred the people and vibe of South India over North India did have the better tourist sites.
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Old 12-24-2017, 10:12 AM
 
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Now that I've been to all three...I gotta say I really liked Karnataka and South India the most as well. Bangalore didn't have much for tourist, but it was certainly a comfortable place, with a ton of great new and used bookstores all over Church Street. I just liked the vibe of South India the most, and found Bangalore a good place to just 'do normal things' with very little hassle.

Delhi...when I was there, the toxic air pollution was way too much. It was at the 420 index scale...and for reference sake, anything over 300 is hazardous to your health. I looked at other cities like Beijing and Shanghai for comparison and they were around 100-something. So a 420, the air was toxic to breathe. That being said, Delhi had a lot to offer otherwise. It was just killing me with the air pollution.

Calcutta had the best architecture. A real gem.

But, overall, I much preferred the people and vibe of South India over North India did have the better tourist sites.
Good to hear from you. After I responded I looked at the orginal date of this thread and realized you had probably already left. Iím glad you survived the Delhi air pollution.
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