Choices in Rajasthan

#1 Jul 12th, 2005, 08:45
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Since I undertook this idea of coming up with my own itinerary, I've realized that I better get some expert advice. I mainly took it upon myself to change it because I wanted to take the days from Jaisalmer on the std itinerary and see Ranthambore instead. Here's my sample and I'll let you know what I'm confused about.

1.) Is there some reason I should prefer Pushkar over Bundi? Both seem to be between Udaipur and Jaipur. After reading a thread here on Pushkar ... well, no comment. particularly for someone interested in archaeology, which is better? because they both seemed the advantage of being a little more "chill" perse than the cities.

2) order of visitations based on distance/location. Map isn't really helping me because it's vague.

a - If I go to Bundi, then is Ranthambore between Bundi and Jaipur?
b - If I go to PUshkar, then is Ranthambore between Pushkar and Jaipur?
c - Or is Ranthambore a better stopover between Jaipur and Agra?

assume car & driver.
Arrive December 27th
December 28 – Delhi Sightseeing Tour
December 29 – Shekwavati Region
December 30 – Bikaner
December 31, January 1-2 – Jodhpur
January 3-4 - Udaipur – Visiting Kumbalgarh and Ranakpur in the drive.
January 5-6 – Pushkar (or Bundi?)?
January 7-8 – Jaipur?
January 9-10 – Ranthambore?
January 11 – Agra
January 12 – Return to Delhi. We will be leaving on the 14th at 2:30AM. I’m sure we’ll be able to occupy ourselves – I'm sure there will be more to see that we couldn’t catch on the first day.
#2 Jul 12th, 2005, 09:30
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Bundi!

If it is ruins you want , Bundi has more than Puskar. The old palaces. fort and tanks in Bundi are great and mostly very quiet. the town itself is like stepping back in time. Pushkar is very Holy , very touristy, with not a lot of ruins.Not too sure about the proximaty to Rathambore but read up a little on the current conditions there. In May of this year I met a few people who had been there and were very disappointed, due to the droughts in the past few years the area is drying up a lot, and the wildlife was pretty scarce.Shekhawati is wonderful and it is easy to spend a week in the area seeing the havellis and castles.Enjoy your whirlwind tour!
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1.) Is there some reason I should prefer Pushkar over Bundi? Both seem to be between Udaipur and Jaipur. After reading a thread here on Pushkar ... well, no comment. particularly for someone interested in archaeology, which is better? because they both seemed the advantage of being a little more "chill" perse than the cities..
I think pushkar will be a better option if you are opting for a road travel. Regarding interest in archeology Bundi is better option. Bundi is not exactly on the way from Udaipur to Jaipur but yes you can go from udaipur to jaipur via bundi though its not a suggested route
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Originally Posted by ruins_explorer 2) order of visitations based on distance/location. Map isn't really helping me because it's vague.

a - If I go to Bundi, then is Ranthambore between Bundi and Jaipur?
b - If I go to PUshkar, then is Ranthambore between Pushkar and Jaipur?
c - Or is Ranthambore a better stopover between Jaipur and Agra?
Ranthambore is better stopover in between agra and jaipur. First two assumptions are wrong.
In case you opt for bundi from udaipur, then you can move to kota from bundi and then to Ranthambore and then directly to Agra. No need to come back to jaipur.
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Originally Posted by ruins_explorer assume car & driver.
Arrive December 27th
December 28 – Delhi Sightseeing Tour
December 29 – Shekwavati Region
December 30 – Bikaner
December 31, January 1-2 – Jodhpur
January 3-4 - Udaipur – Visiting Kumbalgarh and Ranakpur in the drive.
January 5-6 – Pushkar (or Bundi?)?
January 7-8 – Jaipur?
January 9-10 – Ranthambore?
January 11 – Agra
January 12 – Return to Delhi. We will be leaving on the 14th at 2:30AM. I’m sure we’ll be able to occupy ourselves – I'm sure there will be more to see that we couldn’t catch on the first day.
The only problem with this plan is that if you want to cover Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh on the way to Udaipur then you definitely will have to stay overnight at Kumbhalgarh also you need to start early from Jodhpur to enjoy both the places to their best.

Hope this helps
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The only thing that might annoy you in Bundi is the TV tower right on top of the hill where the Palace of Bundi. Having seen and visited both the places I would suggest Bundi over Pushkar. Pushkar is more religious.
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Bundi vs. Pushkar

Hi,
Since i belong to kota, Raj, have travelled extensively and visited both cities. Well as viraj has put it, Pushkar is more religiou with lot of tourists and good market to shop for rajasthani trinkets.

Bundi on the other hand has a beautiful palace and havellis. Bundi is also famous for structre called 'Chatris'. In the winters, it would be very pleasant. You can also go to Kota which is some 35 km from Bundi. Boatrides in the river Chambal are quite an experience with a chance sighting of crocdiles and leapards.

From Udaipur, Kota/Bundi is around an overnight drive. From there, Ranthambore is again around 4 hrs. Then you can head to Jaipur as all these cities are south of Jaipur and not very far too.

My suggestion is, go to Bundi. If you are interested in archealogy, you can also see prehistoric cave paintings and buddhist temples near Kota/Bundi.

Trust this helps.
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Overnight driving is possible, Raj?
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Originally Posted by ruins_explorer Overnight driving is possible, Raj?
Sorry mistook Raj as your name. duh, it's the state name.

I was emailing a guy called Raj at my company this morning, so forgive me. not enough coffee yet.
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Originally Posted by spitze_udz The only problem with this plan is that if you want to cover Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh on the way to Udaipur then you definitely will have to stay overnight at Kumbhalgarh also you need to start early from Jodhpur to enjoy both the places to their best.

Hope this helps
Agree with spitze_udz: if you're interested in exploring old sites, don't miss these.

I did a three week trip around "raj" last winter. The route was Delhi to Jaipur by train, then a car/driver from Jaipur to Pushkar (only 2 hours away), then up to Bikaner (a very interesting drive, about 6 hours). Bikaner to Jaiselmer (another interesting 5 hour drive)
Jaiselmer to Jodphur (5 hours)
Jodphur to Udaipur with a stop at Ranakpur on the way. This is a particularly pretty area, and Ranakpur is amazing.
From Udaipur we took a flight back to Delhi.

If I were to do it again, I wouldn't miss Bundi.

I wouldn't pass on Jaiselmer. But if time is limited, what can you do.

The best advice I can give is to have your car/driver arranged by Mahendra at Jas Villas in Jaipur. He gives a good deal and quality drivers. (and I am super picky about this aspect of my trips...you're spending alot of time with the driver and in "raj", many hours on the road, so its really worth it to get the arrangements done right)
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Talking Rajasthan by Road

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Originally Posted by ruins_explorer Since I undertook this idea of coming up with my own itinerary, I've realized that I better get some expert advice. I mainly took it upon myself to change it because I wanted to take the days from Jaisalmer on the std itinerary and see Ranthambore instead. Here's my sample and I'll let you know what I'm confused about.

1.) Is there some reason I should prefer Pushkar over Bundi? Both seem to be between Udaipur and Jaipur. After reading a thread here on Pushkar ... well, no comment. particularly for someone interested in archaeology, which is better? because they both seemed the advantage of being a little more "chill" perse than the cities.

2) order of visitations based on distance/location. Map isn't really helping me because it's vague.

a - If I go to Bundi, then is Ranthambore between Bundi and Jaipur?
b - If I go to PUshkar, then is Ranthambore between Pushkar and Jaipur?
c - Or is Ranthambore a better stopover between Jaipur and Agra?

assume car & driver.
Arrive December 27th
December 28 – Delhi Sightseeing Tour
December 29 – Shekwavati Region
December 30 – Bikaner
December 31, January 1-2 – Jodhpur
January 3-4 - Udaipur – Visiting Kumbalgarh and Ranakpur in the drive.
January 5-6 – Pushkar (or Bundi?)?
January 7-8 – Jaipur?
January 9-10 – Ranthambore?
January 11 – Agra
January 12 – Return to Delhi. We will be leaving on the 14th at 2:30AM. I’m sure we’ll be able to occupy ourselves – I'm sure there will be more to see that we couldn’t catch on the first day.
Well I would recommand that you follow either Desert route or Jaipur, Udaipur, Nathadwara, Chittod Garh, Bundi, Kota, Ranthambor, Jaipur Route. One day for Shekahvati would not do justice to it, so would be one day for Binaker, there is so much to see in and around it. There is no point missing the romance of desert at Jaisalmer. What I did sometime back in my car was as follows:-

Day 1 - Delhi - Jhunjunu (you may travel to Binaker directly from Delhi)
Day 2 - Jhunjunu - Bikaner (about 4 hr by road),but I suggest you stay for some time in Shekhavati)
Day 2 (half day) and day 3 - Bikaner
Day 4 - Bikaner - Jaisalmer (about 5-6 hrs)
day 4 (half day) and day 5 - 6 Jaisalmer
day 7 - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (4-5 hrs)
day 7 - balance part and day 8 Jodhpur
Day 9 - Jodhpur - Jaipur via Ajmer (Kwhaja Sahib's Dargah and Puskar, which is few kilometers form Ajmer).
day 10 Jaipur - Delhi via Jaigarh and Amer

It was hectic and some more time at all these places would have been a better option. For better planing you can use information with detailed travelogue about the route from an excellent resource that I have used many times over for my planing for road travel at www.indiaoverland.com, a very informative resource.
Last edited by harshad; Jul 13th, 2005 at 00:05.. Reason: Minor errors

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