add on to tour advice -- Dehli/Jaipur
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jun 9, 2012 5:36 PM Last Post By: noestoytanperdida
May 31, 2012 1:45 PM
I will be traveling to India in November.
The tour that I will join visits:
Varanasi 2 days
Orchha 2 days
Agra 1 day
Dehli 2 days
In addition I am interested to maybe stay a few days extra to see Jaipur.
Is 2 days in Dehli really enough? What should I see? How to distribute the sights over the days?
What about Jaipur -- I've been advised 2 nights, does it seem reasonable?
What is the best way to travel between the cities. At the moment I am leaning towards:
Day 1 Dehli (included)
Day 2 Dehli (included)
Day 3 Dehli, travel to Jaipur
Day 4 Jaipur
Day 5 Jaipur
Day 6 fly out and home.
I have never been to India before and am unsure if I'll like it or not. Am particularly interested in architecture.
May 31, 2012 4:41 PM
1My 2 rupees worth are that you forget Jaipur. Delhi (Old & New) has sufficient architecture to keep you occupied.
You could do a full-day tour with the NDTDC (New Delhi Tourist Development Commission), a govt. run organisation, who will show you some of the best sites from about 9am => 4pm.
From there, you could work out what else you would like to see or, return to the next day(s) to explore further.
Some of the places to visit in Delhi could include:
- Lotus temple (Bahai temple)
- Humayan's tomb
- Ashokan pillar (made of high grade iron)
- Qtab Minar
- Jama Masjid
- Red Fort (albeit a bit crumbly)
- Jantar Mantar (giant sundial - there's one in Jaipur too)
There's also the walls and gates which are dotted around Old Delhi, which can still be seen in some of the smaller streets and laneways. They are no longer used, but are a reminder of what the city would have been like.
And, given you are going to Orchha /Varanasi, you would be close enough to stop in at Khajuraho for a day (there's flights to Varanasi & Delhi from there). The temples and carvings there, are far superior to anything you'll find in Jaipur.
Hope the list above helps a bit.
May 31, 2012 9:48 PM
3Hey hi!! thats an awesome time to come to india and specially to north india because it wont be too hot out here in november and the weather will be very pleasant.
if you really love architecture, you can probably spend a day in jaipur and head to jaiselmer which is very near to jaipur. u can easily get a bus or a train from jaipur to jaisalmer.
also delhi there are enough places to keep you occupied. qutub minar, red fort, jama masjid, and many more. U can miss everything in delhi but not akshardham temple. it is THE place to goin delhi. please take care that the temple is closed on mondays.
also when you are travelling from delhi to jaipur, make sure you get your bus from bikaner house near india gate. you will get volvo buses from there with a frequency of one in every half an hour and they will take hardly 5 hours to get you to jaipur in affordable prices.
india is a beautiful country and i am sure u will love it here.. :)
have an amazing yatra! :)
Jun 1, 2012 1:23 AM
4On a 6 day trip, a visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal/Red Fort cannot be missed - TM being one of the 7 Wonders of the World for good reason - it is the most beautiful edifice, possibly, in the World. The Red fort, Agra is far superior to its boring equivalent in Delhi (which was destroyed fundamentally in 1857) and I'd certainly cut back my stay in Delhi.
Whilst many of us are not Jaipur fans, myself included, what else can one expect to do in just 6 days - Orcha and Varanasi are delightful but too far away.
I'd fly back from Jaipur to connect with your flight out but buy your ticket in India, by which time we'll know which airlines are still operating and not strike-bound.
Edited by: Andreas_at_LP
Jun 1, 2012 9:26 AM
5meh. it makes sense to go to Jaipur since you only have an extra 6 days after your tour, but i'm going to have to agree with the others. If not for the attempted gem scam (i knew what was going on the entire time, but went with it for fun) then Jaipur would definitely be the most forgetable city in which i visited in india.
However, again, you only have 6 days and it is the closest city to Delhi - so you don't exactly have many options. Maybe spend a day less there and add it on to your Delhi time or go see the Taj again.
Jun 2, 2012 7:10 PM
Jun 3, 2012 2:44 AM
7Mallika - Only a Delhi resident would advise spending 3 out of 6 days in India in Delhi, the fort is a waste of time compared to Agra, and the rest can be seen easily in a day if you take tuktuks.
Since Lisa270 has an interest in architecture, then Lutyen's New Delhi must be worth a view so perhaps, 1.5 days, and take an afternoon train to Agra
A full day in Jaipur is certainly enough - am sure you've got a decent guidebook, I find the Rough Guide better on descriptions of locations whilst the LP better on the fundamentals of travel and sleeping etc.
Jun 9, 2012 5:34 PM
8I personally think extra days in Delhi would be a waste when you have a whole week to see somewhere else in India. Jaipur gets a big thumbs down on this forum but it depends what you like. As a woman, you will probably like shopping a lot more than most of the men who have commented above and Jaipur is a really great place to shop, especially at the end of your trip. It's a very busy city with lots of vendors, certainly not relaxing but you should be acclimatised to India by then.The fort at Amber (a very easy half-day trip outside Jaipur) was a real highlight for me- it is absolutely stunning- wouldn't have missed it for the world. Visiting Jaipur would give you a taste of Rajasthani architecture, which is quite different to what you'll see in Delhi and Agra (Mughal style). Other ideas are a visit to Khajuraho- even if you have to fly there and back at the end of your trip- if you love architecture it will amaze you. Don't stay long in Khajuraho as a single woman- it's safe but the hassle is annoying. Another idea is to go up to Amritsar to the Golden Temple- another architectural gem- but it was the incredible atmosphere and the contrast of Punjabi culture there that made it special for me. You can see Amritsar in 2 days. Whatever you decide, get excited, because your trip will be fantastic.
Jun 9, 2012 5:36 PM
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