Rajasthan and Kerala

#1 Jan 6th, 2018, 00:02
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Hi Guys and Gals

We have booked an 18 day trip to India for November 2018.

We have booked a flight into Delhi and out of Kochi 18 days later.

We havenít planned any intineary yet... my problem is everything about India interest me!!

Are only must doís are the Taj as a tick list after we arrive and a night on a houseboat in Kerala (very touristy I know)
Iíd love to see a Tiger... and visit some palaces/temples (Jaipur/Udaipur)

Varanasi looks immense but not sure if we could fit it in.

I want to ensure the last week of our trip is relaxing as we work very busy jobs hence Kerala.

Anyone able to help with a good itinerary?

Thanks in advance for your help... itís 11 months away but Iím already excited!
#2 Jan 6th, 2018, 00:59
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One of the many possibilities is
Delhi - Agra - Sawai Madhopur (for tigers in Ranthambore) - Udaipur, this part can done by train, see erail for connections.
Udaipur Jodhpur by car/bus, visit Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh en route.

If you are interested in a short stay in the desert, this is a good option.

From Jodhpur fly to Kochi. Apart from Alleppey visit places like Munnar and Varkala in your last week.
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Hello Rosstipha,this is only a few personal comments on your post.
Firstly what is your budget ? If you can afford to take a couple of internal flights you can fit far more in,they are fairly cheap if booked in advance but then you would miss out on great train journeys.
I would recomend staying in Delhi for a couple of days to recover from your flight,adjust to the time difference and relearn how to cross the road !! But November is a bad time for smog/polloution in Delhi.
The Taj is a magnifficent building but I hate Agra ,maybe one of the hasselest places in India.
Jaipur is easily reached from Agra and is a great place to visit.Udiapur is also lovely,as is most of Rahjistan.There are many ,many temples in India.
You could fly,take the train from Jaipur or Udiapur to Goa for a couple of days on the beach then head down to Alleppy for the houseboat.
I will leave train,plane times ,routes to thoose whom are way more quiliffied than me to post.
Happy travels all the best Simon.
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Hi we should have the budget for a few internal flights.
Iíve heard terrible things about Agra, definately one to tick off the Taj and move on.

How long would you guys recommend in each place?
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An alternative could be to stay in Bharatpur and do a day trip to Agra. If you consider this then I would recommend 2-3 days for this.
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Travel in India can be very tiring. If you want your trip to be relaxing, you will need to be very selective about how many places you visit. Many people hire a car and driver for Rajasthan but it is feasible to travel mainly by train and just hire taxis for the occasional day (which is the approach we took).

Based on a trip we made in November 2016 to Rajasthan and earlier trips to Kerala:
Delhi (2 nights). It is indeed very polluted in November and I would recommend wearing a mask while you are there to filter small particles.
Thereís no need to stay overnight in Agra. You can catch an early morning train to Agra, find a prepaid taxi at Agra station to take you to The Tal Mahal, Fatephur Sikri and Agra Fort, then catch a train to Jaipur that evening.
Jaipur (3 nights)
Taxi to Ranthambore National Park (2 nights) (we planned to do this but didnít in the end - as Pushkar camel fair was on, we went to Pushkar instead)
Udaipur (3 nights)
Fly Udaipur - Mumbai - Trivandrum. If you want some beach time then take taxi straight to Kovalam or Varkala (3 nights)
Then train to Alleppey for houseboat - personally I canít see the value of staying overnight on the boat as they all pull up near to each other for the night. I would prefer to be in a home stay by the water and just spend the day on the houseboat (allow 2 nights, including 1 overnight on boat if thatís what you decide to do).
Train to Ernakulam then taxi to Fort Kochi (3 nights).
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Hi All
Thanks for your help so far. Doing a bit of homework.
Is this too rushed?

Pushkar Camel Fair is on when we are there?
Is that worth a visit? A camel Fair???

How does this sound.
Delhi 1 night
Train to Agra 1 night
Taxi to Ranthambore via Fatehpur Sikri
2 nights at Ranthambore
2/3 nights Jaipur (advise on travel & stay time)
1/2 nights? in Jodhpur (advise on travel & stay time)
Hire a driver to take us to Udaipur via Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh
2 nights in Udaipur

Got to some how get to Kerala by plane from here.
Gives me a week in Kerala
Alleppby, Kochin, Thekkady, Munnar, Varkala
Which 2/3 should I do??

Thanks again guys and gals x
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Oh my Iíve just come across pictures of Jaisalmer
Any chance one of you could cover my job for a week.

If I was to skip Kerala to add in this desert town is there anywhere in the North I could relax or is it all Rickshaws and touts?
Even if itís just coughing up some extra cash for a lux Hotel for round the pool time in a amazing spot.
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Originally Posted by Rosstipha View Post Even if itís just coughing up some extra cash for a lux Hotel for round the pool time in a amazing spot.
Do you mean something like Deogarh, near Udaipur. There are more similar hotels.

Since you do a lot of traveling by car consider a car+driver for the whole Rajasthan part.
We have good experiences with Namaste, they arrange tours according to your preferences.
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Jaisalmer is amazing. I agree with Vonkla that a car + driver makes the trip more relaxing.

Are you going to be around during Diwali ? I think it is 7th - 11th November 2018.
It is not celebrated very much in Kerala, if that helps the plan... !

How much luxury do you want with your swimming pool stop ? I recommend going to Dungarpur in the South of Rajasthan, and staying at the Udai Bilas hotel. Whilst you are there, don't miss visiting the Juna Mahal palace nearby. It is a not very often visited wonder.

Flights from Ahmedabad connect quite well with this destination. Here is my Rajasthan trip report from 2010 :From the Aravalli Hills to the Thar Desert, a Rajasthani Adventure

Happy planning !

Here is another one to whet your appetite !
An album of Colours: Udaipur and Jaisalmer


Another chill-out spot for your consideration : http://www.durag-niwas.com/service/thartour.html
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In Udaipur you could consider Devraj Villa.
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Originally Posted by Rosstipha View Post Oh my Iíve just come across pictures of Jaisalmer
Any chance one of you could cover my job for a week.

If I was to skip Kerala to add in this desert town is there anywhere in the North I could relax or is it all Rickshaws and touts?
Even if itís just coughing up some extra cash for a lux Hotel for round the pool time in a amazing spot.
Would you still have to fly out of Kerala/Kochi anyway?

Personally, I think you should drop Jaipur or Jodhpur (or both!). Just big cities, which are good, but not as beautiful or as pretty much every other place you've mentioned. I'd definitely recommend Pushkar, Udaipur and Jaisalmer over both.

If you did stay in the north, you could head towards Rishikesh if you wanted to relax.

I would however stick with your original plan of north and south but maybe look at something more like;

Delhi
Fatehpur
Jaisalmer
Jodhpur
Udaipur
Pushkar

Then fly to Trivanduram and keep it slow and simple in Kerala;

Varkala
Allepey
Kochi

Jaisalmer is your real outlier (just because of distance) but there's a great overnight train from Delhi if you were prepared to miss the Taj/Ranthambore.

Took me until my 4th or 5th trip to see the Taj. And when I did I was kinda 'meh'. It's not the romantic picture card depicted on TV. It's a sea of people, a swarm of touts in a horrible town. A lot to put up with for some bricks, marble and stone (when you could be seeing tigers, elephants, waterways, rice paddies and smiling faces whilst eating delicious food!).

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