17 Days in Rajasthan

#1 May 31st, 2011, 15:06
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Hi!
First post on IndiaMike (it's great!)!
This summer I'm planning a trip to Rajasthan with my girlfriend and I wanted to hear some opinions on our itinerary...
We're going to travel by car (with driver) and here is our plan:

D1: Delhi
D2: Delhi -> Mandawa -> Bikaner
D3: Bikaner (Kolayat, Deshnok) -> Jaisalmer
D4: Jaisalmer (Camel trek, spending the night in the desert)
D5: Jaisalmer (Bada Bagh and Lodhurva)
D6: Jaisalmer -> Osiyan -> Jodhpur
D7: Jodhpur -> Mount Abu
D8: Mount Abu -> Ganerao, Ranakpur
D9: Ranakpur -> Kumbhalgarh -> Nagda -> Udaipur
D10: Udaipur
D11: Udaipur -> Chittorgarh -> Bundi
D12: Bundi -> Ajmer -> Pushkar
D13: Pushkar -> Amber Fort -> Jaipur
D14: Jaipur
D15: Jaipur -> Fatehpur Sikri -> Agra (Red Fort)
D16: Taj Mahal (at dawn) -> Delhi

Actually, we have an extra day. We have different options in mind fill it:

A) Ranthambore National Park
B) Gwailor
C) Spending an extra day in Jaipur
D) Spending an extra day in Udaipur
E) …what do you suggest?

As far as it concerns the car, I was thinking of using the services of Namaste India Tours (www.namasteindiatours.com). Have you ever heard of it? What other company would you recommend?

Thanks!!


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#2 May 31st, 2011, 15:21
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Too many places on your list. Cut down on places. A couple of days in your plan seems like you will reach a city, eat lunch/dinner, sleep and then leave for another city.

NIT is one of the recommended company in Indiamike. You can also check with Swagatam Tours and Travels (www.swagatam.com)
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Thanks for you incredibly quick answer!
I was afraid that my list was too long... but, since this will be my first time in India, it's not easy to decide what to see and what to skip! Where would you cut? And where would you "expand"?
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My 2 cents ... You are trying to cover all the highlights of Rajasthan. Problem is that these are all spread all over the state (and it is one the larger states in the country).

* You should at least one full day in Shekhawati. Stay for 2 nights @ Mandawa and explore a few of the Shekhawati villages/towns. I'd recommend checking out Mandawa, Mahansar, Ramgarh, and Fatehpur

* Bikaner - The fort is really nice, not too crazy about the Havelis in Bikaner since most of them are locked up and you can't really see much of it. In any case you would have checked out the
* You skip Mt Abu since you don't have enough time
* Udaipur is nice - one of my personal favorites along with Jaisalmer.

* You will need to drop Agra ... if your focus is Rajasthan. Alternatively just do Agra and Eastern Rajasthan ...

Here is the link to the Rajasthan related posts from my blog.
http://10yearitch.com/destinations-3...ons/rajasthan/

Safe Travels!
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Originally Posted by Fab View Post Thanks for you incredibly quick answer!
I was afraid that my list was too long... but, since this will be my first time in India, it's not easy to decide what to see and what to skip! Where would you cut? And where would you "expand"?
I would skip Bikaner, Mount Abu, Ajmer, Pushkar.

2 days in Shekawati (as suggested by 10yearitch)
3 days in Jaisalmer is fine. (on the way see Osiyan)
2 days in Jodhpur
3 days in Udaipur (seeing Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh on the way, a day trip to Rajsamand)
2 days in Bundi ( or split in a day in Chittorgarh)
2 days in Jaipur
1 day in Agra

Keep the spare day handy. If you like a particular place/city spend the extra day there.

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