Advice on itinerary Rajasthan in 2 weeks

#1 Feb 20th, 2018, 06:30
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Hi folks,

I'm new to this forum and have never been in India but have always wanted to as my parents lived there before I was born and I grew up eating curry and surrounded by Indian art.

Anyway, my partner and I are thinking to visit Rajasthan next December for 2 weeks.

I imagine my itinerary is a basic one but am curious to know what people think. I realize that opinions on this are very subjective. We would like to see the main cities/attractions while leaving us enough time to explore a place on our own a bit and savor the atmosphere.

Do you feel this provides sufficient time in each place and where would you fit in extra time if you had it? Am I leaving anything essential out?

Day 1 Fly into Delhi
Day 2 spend day in Delhi
Day 3 Head to Agra
Day 4 Agra/fatephur sikri
Day 5 Agra to Bundi
Day 6 Bundi
Day 7 Bundi to Udaipur via Chittorgarh
Day 8 Udaipur
Day 9 Udaipur to Jodhpur via Ranakpur and kumbhalgarh
Day 10 Jodhpur
Day 11 Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
Day 12 Jaisalmer
Day 13 full day Jaisalmer to Jaipur via overnight train
Day 14 Jaipur
Day 15 Jaipur
Day 16 ?
Day 17 Jaipur to Delhi

I appreciate any responses. Thank you!

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Hi and welcome to India Mike!

Are you flying from Portland? What time do you expect to arrive in Delhi on Day 1? I might spend an extra day in Delhi. You may have jet lag and there is so much to see/do in Delhi. You could head to Agra late on Day 3 or early on Day 4. It looks like there is a night train from Agra to Bundi (not sure if it runs daily though) which means you have too much time allotted to Agra. You can see the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri in a day and a half, possibly stretch it to 2 days in Agra taking in some other sights.

Your day 9 can be a long one depending on how much time you allow for your stops. You might consider an extra day in Udaipur. I think two full days is enough for Jaipur. Otherwise your itinerary is good. So...another day for Udaipur and possibly another day in Delhi at the very beginning or very end of your trip.

Other than the train on day 13 are you planning to travel mostly by train or car/driver?
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When in December? From mid December onwards fog will create a havoc with train schedule (usually in Delhi / Agra region).

The number of days allotted for Agra - Bharatpur is proper. There are a couple of daily trains from Bharatpur to Bundi (they either depart Bharatpur at an odd hour or reach Kota at an odd hour) or multiple trains from Bharatpur to Kota.

See if you could take a flight from Jaisalmer to Jaipur.
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Hi and welcome to India Mike!

Are you flying from Portland? What time do you expect to arrive in Delhi on Day 1? I might spend an extra day in Delhi. You may have jet lag and there is so much to see/do in Delhi. You could head to Agra late on Day 3 or early on Day 4. It looks like there is a night train from Agra to Bundi (not sure if it runs daily though) which means you have too much time allotted to Agra. You can see the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri in a day and a half, possibly stretch it to 2 days in Agra taking in some other sights.

Your day 9 can be a long one depending on how much time you allow for your stops. You might consider an extra day in Udaipur. I think two full days is enough for Jaipur. Otherwise your itinerary is good. So...another day for Udaipur and possibly another day in Delhi at the very beginning or very end of your trip.

Other than the train on day 13 are you planning to travel mostly by train or car/driver?
Hi and thanks for the reply! We don't have a reservation but are looking at a flight that gets us into Delhi early afternoon. I appreciate the advice on the extra day in Delhi, little less time in Agra, and extra day in Udaipur to accommodate for the side trips to Ranakpur and kumbhalgarh. Yes, we were planning the rest of the travel by car.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post When in December? From mid December onwards fog will create a havoc with train schedule (usually in Delhi / Agra region).

The number of days allotted for Agra - Bharatpur is proper. There are a couple of daily trains from Bharatpur to Bundi (they either depart Bharatpur at an odd hour or reach Kota at an odd hour) or multiple trains from Bharatpur to Kota.

See if you could take a flight from Jaisalmer to Jaipur.
Thanks - interesting to know about the fog. We'll arrive in mid-December. Other than time, are there other reasons you prefer flying to the overnight train?
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The only reason was time. You do have a question mark for a day in Jaipur. You could increase a day in Jodhpur, increase a day in Jaisalmer and remove the question mark from Jaipur.

If you are not some one whose intention is to check the boxes from a tourist place there are quite few things that one can do at all the places that you have mentioned. One could have a Bishnoi village tour while in Jodhpur, one could go fossil hunting in the park while in Jaisalmer etc.
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Originally Posted by phattypdx View Post Hi and thanks for the reply! We don't have a reservation but are looking at a flight that gets us into Delhi early afternoon. I appreciate the advice on the extra day in Delhi, little less time in Agra, and extra day in Udaipur to accommodate for the side trips to Ranakpur and kumbhalgarh. Yes, we were planning the rest of the travel by car.
We finally have a flight that arrives early afternoon in March. We usually arrive after midnight and that seems to really throw me off.

Having been to all of the places you're planning to go, I thought I'd share some accommodation tips. In Bundi we stayed at Dev Niwas - very nice and great location. We walked to the fort, the market, etc. We had a car to take us to the stepwells.

In Udaipur we stayed at Jaiwana Haveli. Loved the rooftop restaurant overlooking the lake/Lake Palace. Location is good - it's a minute walk to the boats for lake trip and not much longer to palace, temples, etc. It's run by two brothers who are very hospitable and can arrange your car to Jodhpur or any sightseeing. (All prices for transportation are posted in the lobby.)

In Jodhpur we stayed at Haveli Inn Pal - loved it. The rooftop resturant has unobstructed views of the fort as did our room. Location was excellent - a minute walk to the market/clock tower. (On your way to Jaisalmer make a stop at Osian for the Hindu and Jain temples.)

In Jaisalmer we decided not to stay inside the fort. Instead we stayed at the Hotel Royal Haveli. It was another excellent choice with a rooftop restaurant overlooking the fort. It was within walking distance to the market, fort, etc. They arranged an excellent trip to the desert with a stop at Kuldhara (said to be a haunted village). We rode camels a while before having dinner made for us in the desert. Amazing sky!

In Jaipur we stayed at the Samode Haveli. It was really nice - a relaxing place. We had a car for sightseeing (with 3 forts nearby, I was in fort heaven!).

I can't remember the hotel we stayed at in Agra. It was a chain - possibly the Trident? I just know that it seemed a bit far from the Taj Mahal/fort. I'm hoping to take my daughter next year and I'll be checking into hotels/guesthouses a bit closer and with a Taj view.

We've been to Delhi a few times. The Lalit was great. We did some walking but mostly had a car to get to the sights. Another time we stayed at Saket Bed and Breakfast - very nice, nice breakfast room. It was also conveniently located near a metro line. I'm usually really good with directions/location but I can't seem to get Delhi. It's so spread out. If you have time in Delhi I suggest taking a walking tour. We take them all over the world - and love them. There are all different kinds including foodie tours, heritage tours, cycling tours. All cities will have them just Google - recommend one of Brahmapuri in Jodhpur as well. You can also do them on your own with an app such as...https://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-g...lmer-5702.html. Oh...and we've had good luck with licensed guides (such as at forts). Best guide we had was a young guy at Agra Fort - was very enthusiastic and proud of his city. :-)

Have fun with your planning!
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post The only reason was time. You do have a question mark for a day in Jaipur. You could increase a day in Jodhpur, increase a day in Jaisalmer and remove the question mark from Jaipur.

If you are not some one whose intention is to check the boxes from a tourist place there are quite few things that one can do at all the places that you have mentioned. One could have a Bishnoi village tour while in Jodhpur, one could go fossil hunting in the park while in Jaisalmer etc.
I second aarosh's suggestion. We had a delicious lunch at the owner's home before we started the tour.
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post We finally have a flight that arrives early afternoon in March. We usually arrive after midnight and that seems to really throw me off.

Having been to all of the places you're planning to go, I thought I'd share some accommodation tips. In Bundi we stayed at Dev Niwas - very nice and great location. We walked to the fort, the market, etc. We had a car to take us to the stepwells.

In Udaipur we stayed at Jaiwana Haveli. Loved the rooftop restaurant overlooking the lake/Lake Palace. Location is good - it's a minute walk to the boats for lake trip and not much longer to palace, temples, etc. It's run by two brothers who are very hospitable and can arrange your car to Jodhpur or any sightseeing. (All prices for transportation are posted in the lobby.)

In Jodhpur we stayed at Haveli Inn Pal - loved it. The rooftop resturant has unobstructed views of the fort as did our room. Location was excellent - a minute walk to the market/clock tower. (On your way to Jaisalmer make a stop at Osian for the Hindu and Jain temples.)

In Jaisalmer we decided not to stay inside the fort. Instead we stayed at the Hotel Royal Haveli. It was another excellent choice with a rooftop restaurant overlooking the fort. It was within walking distance to the market, fort, etc. They arranged an excellent trip to the desert with a stop at Kuldhara (said to be a haunted village). We rode camels a while before having dinner made for us in the desert. Amazing sky!

In Jaipur we stayed at the Samode Haveli. It was really nice - a relaxing place. We had a car for sightseeing (with 3 forts nearby, I was in fort heaven!).

I can't remember the hotel we stayed at in Agra. It was a chain - possibly the Trident? I just know that it seemed a bit far from the Taj Mahal/fort. I'm hoping to take my daughter next year and I'll be checking into hotels/guesthouses a bit closer and with a Taj view.

We've been to Delhi a few times. The Lalit was great. We did some walking but mostly had a car to get to the sights. Another time we stayed at Saket Bed and Breakfast - very nice, nice breakfast room. It was also conveniently located near a metro line. I'm usually really good with directions/location but I can't seem to get Delhi. It's so spread out. If you have time in Delhi I suggest taking a walking tour. We take them all over the world - and love them. There are all different kinds including foodie tours, heritage tours, cycling tours. All cities will have them just Google - recommend one of Brahmapuri in Jodhpur as well. You can also do them on your own with an app such as...https://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-g...lmer-5702.html. Oh...and we've had good luck with licensed guides (such as at forts). Best guide we had was a young guy at Agra Fort - was very enthusiastic and proud of his city. :-)

Have fun with your planning!
Thanks for all of the suggestions. We would like to be centrally located where possible to be able to get out, walk, find a place for tea, dinner, explore. Are all of the places I've mentioned suitable for doing that? I'll need to do more research into hotels and restaurants but I appreciate your recommendations!
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Originally Posted by phattypdx View Post Thanks for all of the suggestions. We would like to be centrally located where possible to be able to get out, walk, find a place for tea, dinner, explore. Are all of the places I've mentioned suitable for doing that? I'll need to do more research into hotels and restaurants but I appreciate your recommendations!
The ones in Bundi, Udaipur, Jodhour, and Jaislamer - definitely. The ones in Delhi worked for us but wouldn't say that either were in the best location to just pop out for tea. In Jaipur we didn't spend much time walking from the hotel and although it was a wonderful hotel, I'd likely choose someplace more central to meet your requirements.
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In my view, way too many places... Jaipur is marginal at best. Particularly after spending a good part of time in visiting the key places in Rajasthan - I would recommend dropping Jaipur altogether and fly back from Jaisalmer. You will not be missing much.

Travel in India is tiring to begin - and traveling too often will reduce the enjoyment.
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Here is an updated itinerary based on some feedback and wanting to scale back on travel time. I'll consider spending less time in Jaipur and more in one of the previously visited places. Would appreciate others weighing in.

Day 1 Fly into Delhi
Day 2 spend day in Delhi
Day 3 Head to Agra
Day 4 Agra/fatephur sikri
Day 5 Agra to Bundi
Day 6 Bundi
Day 7 Bundi to Udaipur via Chittorgarh
Day 8 Udaipur
Day 9 Udaipur day trip to kumbhalgarh
Day 10 Udaipur to Jodhpur via Ranakpur
Day 11 Jodhpur
Day 12 Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
Day 13 Jaisalmer
Day 14 Jaisalmer to Jaipur at night
Day 15 Jaipur
Day 16 Jaipur
Day 17 Jaipur to Delhi
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An option could be to see Ranakpur during the day (entry is allowed after 12:00 noon) and then move on the Kumbhalgarh in the evening to see the sound and light show. Then see the fort in the morning and then move on to Jodhpur.
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Not sure about splitting Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh into 2 separate days. That's a lot of driving on days 7, 9, and 10. Also losing 4 hours driving that could be spent in Udaipur and retracing your route the next day. I realize that Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Ranakpur-Jodhpur is a very long day though.

Personally I like Jaipur. There is quite a bit to see there. I know I am in the minority but I like it better than Jaisalmer. Heck, I liked Bikaner better than Jaisalmer. Everyone has different tastes and likes. You'll come away with your own.

Otherwise I think your itinerary looks good. I've seen some that are even more rushed. You may not go back home completely relaxed but you will have an unforgettable time.
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We are just back from 2 weeks in Rajasthan.... Although our itinerary was a little different from yours, some aspects are the same (Delhi, Agra/Bharatpur/Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Roopangargh, Jodphur, Ranakpur, Udaipur (4 nights), we then went on to Kerala... Firstly, our experience was that any on line site, eg Rome2rio, googlemaps, which we used to plan the travel was wildly out (!!!). The journeys were all way longer than we had expected, and secondly I think we felt we had tried to fit in just a bit too much. It was such a treat to have four nights in Udaipur at the end... We used a driver who I really couldn't recommend enough (Shakti Prasad, Atharva India tours). We really shopped around before we chose him, as we are always on a bit of a tight budget and yet don't want to cut corners either, and Shakti was such incredible value in the end (although not cheap, he was the 'right' price and a lot cheaper than others we had quotes from...) He absolutely made our holiday... If we'd met him/known about him in advance though he would have given us accurate travel times and where he was able to make some changes to our itinerary (eg by suggesting other places to go on route, or to cut down our nights in Jodphur) he really added value! Also because he has a really keen eye, he points things of interest out all along the trip, so the long car journeys are made really interesting (eg ladies making bricks out of clay in a field, or a tree full of bats - things you either may not spot or wouldn't see the significance of without his supplied backstory)... I'm keen on organising things on my own, but once we handed over a few bits to Shakti everything suddenly got easier!!

Also, depending on your budget, we really enjoyed the Panorama Guest House in Udaipur - it was incredibly good value for what we got, and the staff are lovely. It was pretty low budget though, but we stayed at places more than twice the cost which we didn't enjoy as much. Of all the places we visited, we found Udaipur the least hassly, so definitely worth a bit of time to explore and shop!

One way to allow a bit more relaxation time, would be to make a one way rather than round trip? We flew in to Delhi and out from Udaipur for example... If done in advance the internal flights are quite cheap, and I understand you can now fly from Jaiselmer to Delhi... That might help - back to Delhi with just one stop looks a bit of a killer potentially...

Based on recent experience, just run your itinerary past Shakti and ask him what the rough journey times will be - he is honest, won't mind you asking questions regardless of whether you end up booking this time, and might be able to just help tweak things using his local knowledge (he is based near Jaipur, but knows the whole of Rajasthan inside out)... If you do end up using him, be aware he does like you to have a nice full itinerary - his attitude is very much about seizing every opportunity...

Have an amazing trip... Do say if there are any other aspects we might be able to make suggestions about...

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