3 weeks in Rajasthan & elsewhere??
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2013 4:27 AM Last Post By: ashwinb
Jan 28, 2013 6:34 PM
3 weeks in Rajasthan & elsewhere??My wife and I will have about 3 weeks for a trip to India. I've been twice before, and she's never been. I recognize that we could spend 3 months in India, and just scratch the surface. This is why we're going to focus on just a few places in about 3 weeks. (We'll fly into Delhi, and she'd love to see the Taj, so while it's touristy, etc - we'll tick it off ;)
A local guide/travel agent who I've worked with in the past is suggesting the following itinerary for Rajasthan.
I welcome any thoughts.. What places could be scratched off?
We love the mountains and scenery. Is it maybe worth a side trip to Gangtok, Ladakh? Are they reachable in mid-March?
Trip is in mid-March.
19 Bhuj Hudka Village
20 Bhuj Hudka Village
21 Bhuj/Ahemdabad - Delhi
Thanks so much,
Jan 28, 2013 7:33 PM
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Jan 28, 2013 9:56 PM
Jan 28, 2013 10:25 PM
3It looks like all the travel will be by car and this could be tiring and expensive. So you could do the section up to Jaisalmer by train and then use a car up to Bhuj. Also bear in mind that the festival of Holi will be celebrated on March27th. You could reduce a night in Agra and add Ranthambore or spend a night in Ahmedabad.
Jan 29, 2013 2:02 AM
4First Action - buy the latest guidebook.
You really have to rethink this trip and the advice you have received from your friendly travel agent is highly suspect he is simply keen to rent you a car +driver at his special inflated price - beware.
Do not pay any money to an Indian-based agent unless you can book through a local agent with full accreditation in your own country - at best you will be vastly overcharged and at worst defrauded. This forum receives weekly reports of travellers being conned. A typical example is on today's posts.
My advice therefore is to book your Delhi arrival hotel with the agent who is arranging your flights, alternatively phone and book a place listed in Lonely Planet but dont pass money.
In 3 weeks - a comfortable trip from Delhi to Agra to rajesthan should be a delightful experience and there is no need to book a car + driver - you can always take taxis if you want to avoid the occasional train journey.
DElHI to Agra hotel - goodbye driver by cab , .visit Taj Mahal early morning, closed on Fridays, the Red Fort is great as is a daytrip to Fatehpur Sukri by taxi.
AGR to Jaipur by new fast train.or cab - perhaps take train from Jaipur to Jaiselmer directly
Jaipur to Jodhpur by train
Jodhpur to Jaiselmer by overnite train
Jaiselmer to Udaipur by buses
UDA to DEL by train.
That is 6 or 7 hotels in 3 weeks and that's plenty.
We never book hotels in advance but if you are nervous, then book them by phone 24 hours ahead - dont give credit card details ever.
Jan 29, 2013 4:27 AM
5In case you dont have the time,and you want to be in the hills, you could visit Kumaon in Uttarakhand, Binsar,Mukteshwar are good places to visit in Uttarakhand.
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