First india trip - itinerary advice please!

#1 Sep 12th, 2017, 07:04
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Unbelievably exciting to be going to India after 30 years of wanting to, but so much to do. My main (for the first post) question: our 21 day itinerary of travel in Delhi and Rajasthan currently gives us 2 days in Jaipur, a day of travel (my understanding is that it is about 7-8 hours of driving) and then a day in Udaipur, before proceeding to Jodhpur. I was thinking of taking the overnight train instead of driving, on the basis that we would save the day spent on the road. We will have a car and driver, but I thought they could leave us at the train station at 10pm (the train leaves at 11), drive most of the way and sleep, and pick us up at the other end at 7am. We will have lots of other days on the road (Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore National Park-Jaipur-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Bikaner-Mandawa-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Delhi) so I thought a night in a train would be a good change.
Any thoughts?
#2 Sep 12th, 2017, 10:17
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I often advise first time travellers to India to try and keep the amount of road travel down to as much as possible, you only have 3 weeks and your itinerary has quite a bit of road travel. Road travel in India is quite different to road travel in Aust and quite taxing on the body and mind.
I also think that you should reconsider Jaislamer, etc, Jodhpur should be done between Jaipur and Udaipur. You will have a relaxed pace if you use 2 weeks for Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur. I recently suggested this car and driver itinerary for a few middle aged ladies going to India for the first time also, I also suggested to them to fly back to Delhi from Udaipur to avoid further road travel. I feel by the time you reach Udaipur you will be feeling the effects of road travel in India as first timers. The suggested above itinerary will give you a week for Hardiwar and Rishikesh.

IMO you should also incorporate a couple of days in Delhi when you first arrive to acclimatize to the pace of India.

Have a look at this tour operator for a walking tour whilst in Delhi, http://www.delhimagic.com

If you intend staying in Agra overnight may I suggest you consider this place, it really does look exquisite and not that pricey. http://hotelgrandimperial.com
#3 Sep 12th, 2017, 10:42
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11 places in 21 days...and you need travel time between them...impossible...sorry but it will just be a mess

I'd leave out Bikaner-Mandawa-Haridwar-Rishikesh...it will still be hectic. Try to go to a small place like Bundi after Agra...
It might be the best of times or the worst of times...but it's the only time you've got!
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Going to Udaipur for a day does not make sense. Skip it.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Going to Udaipur for a day does not make sense. Skip it.
Hence my suggestion of leaving out Jaislamer, Bikaner.

If Hardiwar & Rishikesh were not in the frame, then sure Jaislamer, etc could come into play, its still a lot of road travel though.
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If you skip Haridwar and Rishikesh and use thes extra days to slow down the tempo this trip offered by Namaste makes some sense.
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Originally Posted by epsc View Post (Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore National Park-Jaipur-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Bikaner-Mandawa-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Delhi)
Hi Epsc, welcome to Indiamike

21 days is not a lot of time to see all those places. Try to stay 2 nights in each place (except Agra). Seriously drop some stuff - ie Haridwar & Rishikesh.

Travelling options depends on your budget and your patience - You'll need to register with Indian Railways (IRCTC) if using trains (although a tour operator could help you get tickets).

A car & driver is an expensive option for a solo traveller, if you are taking others with you, it's well worth considering for parts of your tour - you'll need a car between Udaipur & Jodhpur, there are no trains between.

I haven't been to udaipur yet - but it surely deserves more than one night.

When are you going? I'm off in just over 4 weeks.

Spud


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