advice for trip Varanasi, Agra and Rajastan

#1 Dec 1st, 2009, 23:46
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  • thepouw is offline
Hi all,

December 26 my parents (around 60 years old but in good shape), my wife and I will be traveling to North-India. We will fly to Delhi, followed by a domestic flight to Varanasi. There we have a hotel for two nights booked already (Scindia Guest House). After that we are free to do whatever we want, however, we have of course a few things we really want to see (Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Delhi). I have already visited Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi 6 years ago and I was so impressed that we will now go all together. Two years ago my wife and I have spent three weeks in Southern India, so we have some experience in traveling in India.

My plan for now would be the following route: Varanasi (2 or 3 days), overnight train to Agra. Day in Agra and one night. next day to Ranthambhore NP. 1 or 2 days, then to Jaipur for two days. Then to Udaipur (2 days), Jodhpur (2 days), Bikaner (2 days) and ending in Delhi for 2-X days, depending how fast things go. We have the freedom to take some more time here and there, so we might skip one town.

We will do things in a budget way regarding accomodation (try to spend less than 10/15$ per room per night, which was easy in the south, except in Mumbay) and transport (using public transport and no private drivers). We do spend money to see things though, like Taj Mahal. And where necessary, we will hire a private car for transport.

My question now is: does this itenerary sound reasonable? Can most transportations be done with over night trains? And are we missing some very nice things that we need to see along the way? Also any accomodation suggestions are welcome as well as transportation advice: for example, how easy is it to get to and from Rhantambhore with public transport?

Thanks a lot in advance for any help.


Jeroen Pouwels
#2 Dec 2nd, 2009, 13:35
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  • blackcaps is offline
looks pretty ok from my point of view.thought would suggest you to skip bikaner and go for jaisalmer as there has more than bikaner,also a over night train to delhi on the way back.
#3 Dec 2nd, 2009, 19:53
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  • vonkla is offline
You have indeed the plan for a good itinerary.
For train connections have a look at, for instance Agra Ranthambore

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