India with my parents
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 5, 2013 5:28 AM Last Post By: vasenka
Jul 31, 2013 4:58 AM
India with my parentsDear travelers;
I´m planning my future trip to India and I would really appreciate a hand from your side.
As a background of my trip here are some relevant issues.
- I only have two full weeks available to travel around.
- As for the dates, I could had chosen October 26th to November 10th, but, due to the likely fully-booked problems deriving from Diwali holidays, I have decided to move my trip one week ahead, departing October 19th to November 3rd,
- We travel independent. I do not usually use local travel agencies.
- Last but not least: I´m taking my 73 years ‘old parents with me. For me is the first time in India but my parents have been to India before. It was 10 years ago and they visited the south. This time they would like to visit some spots of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
I have read several threads in the TTF, and being aware that it is always difficult to predict what places you´ll enjoy most, I have chosen designed the following itinerary:
Day 1.(Saturday) Arrive in Mumbai on 20th October morning. Noon flight to Udaipur. Rest.
Day 2.(Sunday). Visit Udaipur.
Day 3 (Monday). Visit Udaipur.
Day 4.(Tuesday) Transfer to Jodhpur by means of minivan or taxi. Visit on the way Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh.
Day 5.(Wednesday) Visit Jodhpur. Night train to Jaipur.
Day 6.(Thursday) Visit Jaipur
Day 7.(Friday) Visit Jaipur (and Amber fortress)
Day 8.(Saturday) Early train to Agra. Visit Agra.
Day 9.(Sunday) Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise and train to Jhansi and transfer to Orchha.
Day 10.(Monday) Visit Orchha. Train to Khajuraho.
Day 11.(Tuesday) Visit Khajuraho. Night train to Varanasi.
Day 12.(Wednesday) . Visit Varanasi.
Day 13 (Thursday). Visit Varanasi.
Day 14 (Friday). Visit Varanasi. Flight to Dehli.
Day 15 (Saturday). Last day in Dehli. Late evening flight back home.
Having said that, I have some questions:
- I had liked to include Jaisalmer, as it sounds very nice. However, it is not very well connected and the detour is rather important. Moreover, the camel riding might be too tiring for my parents, and I guess a big share of Jaisalmer attraction is a trip to the sand dunes.
- I have planned to visit Jaipur as it is on the way to Agra. I have read several opinions of this city, many of them discouraging its visit. Should I go straight to Agra? Stop in Pushkar instead (albeit it does not seem to have too many attractions unless relaxing there)?
- If I skip Jaipur and Pushkar, how can I readjust the trip?
- On Sundays Air India runs a plane straight from Agra to Khajuraho. That might be a good alternative but I would miss Orchha. What do you think?
I´m sorry for such a long thread.
Could anybody shed some light on my trip?
Thanks very much in advance.
Jul 31, 2013 5:55 AM
You have obviously done your research, thought about this for a while and come up with a great plan. I particularly admire the way you have factored in the issues that Diwali impacts on getting bookings.
Firstly, forget the camel ride. Camels are not for riding and about 10 minutes on one is more than enough in anyone’s lifetime. Jaisalmer is a long way and rather over blown with tourists.
Secondly, Orchha is a lot of fun, but two nights in Khajuraho and taking the flight from Agra and then on to Varanasi would probably be more fun.
Allow two nights in Delhi at the end of your trip. It’s a sophisticated town and the shopping is great
Oh. And do not be ashamed of using agents. They can be a nuisance, but if they can get you the train booking you need they are a God send.
Jul 31, 2013 6:41 AM
2Camels are not for riding
And they're not so hot for eating, either. But the best thing to do in Jaisalmer is go to the fort.
I'd recommend (unless you already are planning) a car and driver. I didn't know people got to 73 ( ;) ), but if it were me, I'd be tired of Indian trains by then, and a little comfort and some A/C would go a long way towards the comfort factor.
Skipping Jaipur isn't a bad idea. Udaipur is a lot nicer and calmer.
Jul 31, 2013 6:50 AM
3In your itinerary Day 4 will be a bit exhausting. Do retain Jaipur as it is possible to enjoy the city despite the tourist traps. The annual Camel Fair at Pushkar would have culminated on October 18th and since your dates do not coincide you could skip Pushkar. You could consider including either Bharatpur or Ranthambore from Jaipur.
You could think of avoiding the trip to Ranakpur/Kumbalgarh/Jodhpur and travel from Udaipur to Jaipur to include Ranthambore/Bharatpur. You may have an overload of heritage sites otherwise. Do retain Orchha. though.
You could consider traveling from Agra to Varanasi and then Khajuraho and Orchha and then back to Delhi as thsi maybe more relaxing than having Varanasi at the end.
Jul 31, 2013 7:20 AM
I agree with Yarra that there is much to see in India's capital city of Delhi.
Jaipur (with the Amber Fort) can be skipped to make time for Delhi and in Delhi the grand Red Fort and the central Connaught place are my favourite areas for a visit.
Jul 31, 2013 8:04 AM
5I think your plan sounds great.
I would make the following changes though, I would skip Jaipur and go straight to Agra.
I would stick with the rest of your plan...leave a bit extra in Delhi as others have suggested.
Also, depending on how your feel, after Agra, you could fly to Khujarahou...you might feel a bit warn out...it is nice to be in a small town like Orchha though....less hassle, it can be a bit draining going from big city to big city.
Be careful in Varanasi with getting sick.
Jul 31, 2013 2:07 PM
Jul 31, 2013 3:37 PM
7Thanks to everyone for such useful comments on my post.
I´ll take them all on board.
I´ll make further researh on train&planes connections in order to decide which is the easiest way and logical order to visit all these places.
I think I´ll definitely skip Jaisalmer. It´s to far and adds extra effort.
As for Jaipur, I think I will let my parents take the decision.
Pirates at 50; yes, some people get to 73, and even some keep enjoying travelling. Taking my parents to Iran last year has been one of the most rewarding experiences for a lifetime.
Aug 1, 2013 4:15 AM
All good suggestions on here so far.
A couple of things I might add - if you are especially keen on seeing some sand dunes and having a camel ride, somewhere a bit closer to Jodhpur and easier to get to than Jaisalmer would be Pushkar, which you can reach via Ajmer.
Also, if you're going to Agra anyway then you should make sure you see Fatehpur Sikri as well. The way we did it was to see FS first thing, then lunch in Agra, then the Taj in the afternoon.
Aug 2, 2013 5:12 AM
Aug 5, 2013 5:28 AM
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