Delhi-Agra-Bundi-Pushkar-Udaipur-Varansi-Delhi in 5 and half weeks?

#1 Oct 9th, 2010, 17:14
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Hi =) I'd really appreciate some help with my proposed itinerary - draft 1.

My partner (late 20s) and I (early 30s) will be in India from December 20 to January 24, 5 and a half weeks. Low budget, 25 - 50 rupees per day.

We are limiting our trip to North India (other areas next time).

My partner has recently been in North India (Delhi, Hardiwar, Rishikesh, Dharmasala, Ladakh, Delhi) and will fly in from Nepal, so she can show me the ropes.

We have chosen Bundi/Pushkar/Udaipur as friends have recommended these as some of their favourite places. We do not want to try to pack too much into the time, enjoying the culture and people of the places, whilst still seeing a few different places (and of course seeing some of India's sights and sounds by train and perhaps bus if we must [car is not really an option due to cost]).

Here is our rough plan for the five weeks.

1. Delhi (Dec 20) - One night Pahajang/Connought Place - then leave for Agra next morning -

2. Agra (Dec 21) - Stay in Agra the night .. maybe stay somewhere with Taj Mahal views so we could see at night (full moon) and then get up early the next morn and pay to go see it ...
then Leave Agra that night for Bundi

3. Bundi (around Dec 22 - 25).. Stay there three days then go to Pushkar

4. Pushkar (around Dec 26 - Jan 2).. stay five or six days and then go to Udaipur

5. Udaipur.. (around Jan 2 - Jan 9) stay seven days ... and visit a couple of villages nearby , mentioned in Lonely Planet ... Then go to Varanasi ..

6. Varanasi, (around Jan 10 - Jan 21)we would like to learn music during this time

7. Delhi - Travel Back to Delhi Friday 21st Jan

8. Check in airport Sunday 23rd / Fly out Monday 24th 01:00 ish

Any obvious problems?

Or would it be better to go Agra - Pushkar - Udaipur -Bundi -Varanasi ...

Also, which route would be best to take from Bundi or Udaipur to Varanasi. We want to travel this without too many long stops. Is this realistic?

Thanks in advance for your help =)
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#2 Oct 9th, 2010, 17:20
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Stay shorter (a lot shorter) in Pushkar and throw in Jaipur and the environs.

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#3 Oct 9th, 2010, 17:26
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Why not to stay longer in Delhi??. Is a great city with plenty of monuments to visit. Really worth the time you spend there and even better if you distribute it after the arrival and before the departure.

Probably the best itinerary should be: Delhi - Ajmer/Pushkar - Udaipur - Chittaurgarh - Bundi - Agra - Varanasi - Delhi

Isuggest to make a detour: Bundi - Jhansi (to visit Orchha) - Varanasi - Agra - Delhi.

You can make the full journey by train mostly night trains.


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Thanks dhans, but why shorter in Pushkar? Also, Jaipur is on the radar so will dig a bit deeper into it =)
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Thanks Jorge. My partner didn't really vibe with Delhi but maybe it'll be different when I'm there. Will look into it. And thanks for your tips on which stops to make along the way!


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Jorge said ....Why not to stay longer in Delhi??. Is a great city with plenty of monuments to visit. Really worth the time you spend there and even better if you distribute it after the arrival and before the departure.

Probably the best itinerary should be: Delhi - Ajmer/Pushkar - Udaipur - Chittaurgarh - Bundi - Agra - Varanasi - Delhi

Isuggest to make a detour: Bundi - Jhansi (to visit Orchha) - Varanasi - Agra - Delhi.

You can make the full journey by train mostly night trains.
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How do you plan to travel around?

You're traveling in peak fog season, and I differ from the suggestions above for that reason.

Delhi, Varanasi, (maybe Orchha), Agra, Bundi, Udaipur, Pushkar (many dislike Pushkar), Delhi.

(If Orchha to Bundi, then later Pushkar to Agra, then on to Delhi)

I'm thinking to get the longer distances out of the way first, Pushkar/Jaipur to Delhi is easy and fast by road if the trains are really in a mess (12 hour delays on trains are not uncommon in the bad fog days)

Are you prepared to travel in (non AC) Sleeper Class? (just thinking of some of the journeys you'll be making, only Sleeper Class for the best transport connections, eg, Agra-Bundi, or Shivpuri-Kota to get from Orchha to Bundi)
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Thanks steven_ber.

We really want to see the Taj Mahal at the full moon. Maybe I'm being overly romantic (and perhaps the fog may thwart this plan anyhow?) Also, we don't plan to spend any great amount of time in Agra, so will probably stick to Delhi to Agra and then branch out from there.

Yes, I was aware of the fog - so why reverse the order due to the fog? Is it less foggier in the east at those times?

Also, yes we will probably travel sleeper. My partner has been travellin AC class but with me there we will go sleeper to really experience it.

Thanks for your help


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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post How do you plan to travel around?

You're traveling in peak fog season, and I differ from the suggestions above for that reason.

Delhi, Varanasi, (maybe Orchha), Agra, Bundi, Udaipur, Pushkar (many dislike Pushkar), Delhi.

(If Orchha to Bundi, then later Pushkar to Agra, then on to Delhi)

I'm thinking to get the longer distances out of the way first, Pushkar/Jaipur to Delhi is easy and fast by road if the trains are really in a mess (12 hour delays on trains are not uncommon in the bad fog days)

Are you prepared to travel in (non AC) Sleeper Class? (just thinking of some of the journeys you'll be making, only Sleeper Class for the best transport connections, eg, Agra-Bundi, or Shivpuri-Kota to get from Orchha to Bundi)
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Jodhpur and Jaipur are a must, and on the way from Jaipur to Agra you can visit places like Bangarh and Abhaneri.

Pushkar for a couple of days (well, may be three) is OK but if you stay longer you can feel a bit bored and also some people thinks the large israeli community is not very friendly.

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Yes, I was aware of the fog - so why reverse the order due to the fog?
Your number 1 priority is catching your plane home, you MUST get that plane, so the shorter/easier route back to Delhi, a route that has many alternatives is the best option, you really don't want to be stuck in Varanasi and find that most of the trains have been canceled, and there are no flights, and you have to be in Delhi by the next day.
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Thanks Steven. The main reason we were planning to leave Varanasi until the end is we plan on buying instruments in Varanasi (harmonium, flute and perhaps a sitar or tabla).

But yes, your logic around travel distances and playing it safe regarding the fog definitely makes sense and is something I'll look into further.

Does anyone have thoughts on travelling around Rajasthan/North India for three and a half weeks with instruments? Or perhaps advice on whether instruments are well-priced in other areas of North India, not just Varanasi as recommended to us by friends?

I may start this in a new thread too.

Thank you =)
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Unless you are totally overwhelmed by the spiritual qualities of Pushkar, a day or so is enough. The fake priests that pester you may well bet the reason that you may want to leave even earlier.

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