Trip with 8 year old, Delhi & Rajasthan

#1 Apr 2nd, 2011, 22:21
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I have been to India before (Goa on a package holiday by myself in 2008). I'm now going in October with my daughter who is 8 and my husband. We fly into Delhi and out again 10 days later. My daughter loves palaces, street life, shopping, clothes, jewellry, dancing, isnt a fan of museums. She and my husband have never been to India. I would love some help with itinery. Im thinking...

Delhi 2 nights
Agra 1 night
Jaipur 3 nights
Jodhpur 3 nights
Delhi 1 night

We are probably going to hire a driver for the 10 nights to get around.

Appreciate any thoughts!
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My thought is go for it, don't panic, it's not such a problem.

I took my 11 and 8 year old daughters there in April 2009 and had every worry in the world beforehand, but everything was fine, in fact way more than 'fine', it was brilliant.

We did a 10 day trip with a car+driver from Delhi ending in Udaipur, from where we went our own way for another couple of weeks.

Have a look at the route we did on my blog for that trip and see if it helps at all: http://big-cats-and-holy-ghats.winch...The-World.aspx

There's also a lot of posts about planning the trip, booking car+driver, booking trains etc. that may prove useful.

Using a car+driver is brilliant for multiple reasons: it's safe; it's cheap (although public transport is far cheaper); they'll handle the hotels unless you want too; you can see the countryside as you're driven around...the list goes on. The best thing though is that with the pukka companies you needn't pay anything before you land.

Firstly I'd get out of Delhi straight away as you'll be much more ready for the madness of Delhi once you've acclimatised to India.

I think the following would suit your time:
Delhi 1 night
Jaipur 2 nights
Jodhpur 2 nights
(At this point you can release your driver for him to travel back to Delh. You'll have to pay for the petrol and day rate but it's much better than keeping him there).
Udaipur 2 nights
overnight train to Agra from Udaipur - leaves at 10pm, arrives early morning. 1 night NOTE: this train has all the different classes, especially 1A (the poshest) if you're concerned about it.
See as much as you can in Agra and get back to Delhi for another 2 nights. (make sure it's open the day you're planning to see it!)

That's 10 nights if I've counted properly.

If you arrive early morning then I'd get the driver to take you straight to Jaipur, skipping the first night on Delhi and adding it on to either Udaipur, or Agra.

During the journey from Jodhpur to Udaipur you get to see Ranakpur and Khumbalgarh which are just wonderful.
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Hi Richardswife!

I'm also taking my wife and son (8 years old) to Delhi-Rajasthan-Mumbai this month. Will be traveling mostly by train starting from Delhi (1 night)-Agra (day trip)-Jaipur (2 nights)- Jaisalmer (1 night)-Jodphur (day trip)- Udaipur ( 2 nights)-Mumbai (1 night).

Will hire a taxi from Jodhpur to Udaipur and try to pass Ranakpur and Khumbalgarh.
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hi both! Sorry for no reply, my daughter been in a show this weekend and Ive been backstage for two solid days helping - knackered!

thanks so much for the brilliant replies, I absolutely love the blog, my duaghter will love the photos of your girls! I will have a good look at your suggestions and get back. Id really like to do the train but im a bit anxious, we are not rough travellers by any means (wimps!). Could you tell me are the bedrooms private, lockable and not shared? Also what are the loos like? I have a terrible weak bladder and have to get up in the night, bit worried about not finding a loo in the night etc! We would go for the £££ tickets rather than the budget ones.

I think your idea of getting out of Delhi soon and coming back to it is great, will look at that, esp as we are only flying from Dubai (3 hours) as we are having 3 nights in Dubai on way over. So we could go straight to Jaipur - but isnt that as mad as Delhi??

Great to hear that someone else is taking their 8 year old too - lets keep in touch!
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Could I ask too did you follow any particular food tips so that the kids werent ill?
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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post hi both! Sorry for no reply, my daughter been in a show this weekend and Ive been backstage for two solid days helping - knackered!
My wife knows that feeling, just the other week. Luckily being a chap I wasn't allowed to help out

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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post thanks so much for the brilliant replies, I absolutely love the blog, my duaghter will love the photos of your girls!
Thanks, it should provide you with lots of answers to questions you didn't even know you had yet. Also it contains details about our trips to many of the places you'll be going to.

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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post I will have a good look at your suggestions and get back.
No problem, I'm here and waiting...

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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post Id really like to do the train but im a bit anxious, we are not rough travellers by any means (wimps!).
You sound exactly the same as us. We only did it because our then 8 year old wanted to try it. We loved it so much we're planning to do about 5 overnights and 2 day trains on our July/August trip this year.

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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post Could you tell me are the bedrooms private, lockable and not shared? Also what are the loos like? I have a terrible weak bladder and have to get up in the night, bit worried about not finding a loo in the night etc! We would go for the £££ tickets rather than the budget ones.
1AC rooms have a lockable door and there's a screening curtain that goes across so no-one can see in. You're very likely to have 1 over person in your four-berth room but I guess - I don't know - that you could always buy four if you really wanted no-one else in your room. Bear in mind that anyone who's going to travel in 1AC is likely to be middle class or higher so it's not like you'll be travelling with a yob etc..
The train you'll catch from Udaipur - if you take that option - is the same one we travelled on, although we got off at Jaipur so we could go to Ranthambhore.
There are two loos at end end of the carriage, one of which will be a Western type loo. The train we're talking about originates from Udaipur - it's the first station - so the loos are likely to be, and certainly were for us, very clean. Much nicer than most of the public loos you get over here.

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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post I think your idea of getting out of Delhi soon and coming back to it is great, will look at that, esp as we are only flying from Dubai (3 hours) as we are having 3 nights in Dubai on way over. So we could go straight to Jaipur - but isnt that as mad as Delhi??
No Jaipur is nowhere near as busy as Delhi - in my opinion. Also you'll start your trip by seeing forts like Amber, where if you go in the morning you can probably ride an Elephant up to the top. It's a rip off, very touristy, but somewhat lovely too. You're daughter will absolutely love that I guess.

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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post Great to hear that someone else is taking their 8 year old too - lets keep in touch!
Whilst my 8 years is now a 10 year old she's dying to go back; talks about the last trip often with great fondness.

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Originally Posted by richardswife View Post Could I ask too did you follow any particular food tips so that the kids werent ill?
Not really, although we started doing 'international days' where we'd cook something of the region/country. Inevitably the 'international day' became just 'Indian day'.
Doing this involved both kids with flavours and ingredients and got them used to the food, although not spice particularly. Spice was a problem occasionally but strangely moreso when they attempted to eat western food.
I think there's stuff about this all on my blog.
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Hi again. Started reading the blog - great! Livvy loves it. Had a quick rethink about itinery. Livvy doesnt fancy trains overnight and neither does Richard....thinking now:

Hire driver from Delhi airport to Jaiphur.

Sun - arrive Delhi 240pm, 1 night Delhi (Claridges)
Mon - leave Delhi at 1pm, arrive Agra 5pm, check in at Trident.
Tue - see Taj, leave Agra 1pm for Jaipur.
Wed - Jaipur
Thur - Jaipur
Fri - lose driver. Train to Jodhpur. Check in Devi Bhawan?
Sat - Jod
Sun - Jod
Mon - Jod
Tue - fly to Delhi, check in Claridges
Wed - eveing flight to Manchester via Dubai

I think given that its our first trip with kids, might take it easy, and miss Udaipur.....

what do you think? what are driving times? Is there a train daytime from Jaipur to Jodhpur?

help!!!!
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Here is a list of trains from Jaipur to Jodhpur http://erail.in?T=JP::JU:

Delhi to Agra (around 200 kms) would be around 4 to 5 hours with a couple of breaks.

Agra to Jaipur (around 240 kms)would be around 5 to 6 hours with a couple of breaks.
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thank you so much, looks like a daily train at 1140?

Could you also tell me what the drive time is Jaipur to Jodhpur if you dont mind?
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sorry looks like the fast train is just fridays?
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That train runs on all the days but with different numbers. 14853/14863/14865.

Jaipur to Jodhpur (around 330 kms) would be around 7 - 8 hours with a couple of breaks.

The travel time given here and above are the maximum taking into account traffic, you can reach earlier also.
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thank you. definately a train from Jaipur to jodhpur then.
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Jodhpur and Jaipur only really need a couple of nights each.

If you go to Udaipur you get to have breakfast in locations like this:
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Ocean Tragic, Gosh, how have i missed your blog 'til now? Great info. Lovely family. I love the post about your imaginary friend "Mike" (-:
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i love his blog too, i recognise so much of us in there....

Argh!!! I really want to go to Udaipur!! But I only have ten days........

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