Itinerary & best way to travel with elderly parents ?

#1 Nov 10th, 2015, 05:41
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Hi I am going to be traveling with my elderly mum and two aunts, from early January 2016 to end February. We have all listed a lot of places, when we had our first meeting together, but now I need practicality. How to achieve most of all this with elderly ladies so that they can enjoy travelling without getting tired ? I am happy to stay longer at places for a few days (3-4) so they can relax and catch their breath - but which place are good for this I don't know - any suggestions would be good.

This is my itinerary but I am not sure of distances, times if I can do car and driver as elderly's need rest as well.
Arrival : Stage 1 :Ahmedabad > Rajkot>Jamnagar> Mandvi>Bhuj> Mount Abu>Then to Udaipur (Gujarat is there so I can see where my family came from, otherwise what's best to see there, any good beaches/sea fronts?)

Stage 2 :Udaipur >Ranakpur >Jodhpur>Jaisalmer>Bikaner>Naw algarh>Sikar>Jaipur >Ranthambore National Park>Agra. ( Is Pushkar worth seeing - without camel fair?)

Stage 3: Rishikesh > Nainital> Mussoorie> Chandigarh> Shimla> Manali> Dharamshala>Kashmir/Srinagar.

I would also like to see Varanasi and Khajuraho but they seem so far away.

I think we could fly some distance then pick up another car and driver from there - so may be keep this in mind as an option.

Anyhow if anyone can help, with this elderly parents scenario: so slow, resting often, with car and driver important, I would be most grateful.
#2 Nov 10th, 2015, 15:47
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I think that you plans will work well.
We were in our mid-sixties when we did a 10 day tour by car through Gujarat covering many of your places.
Details you can read in the March part of the Mumbai Delhi journal in my signature.
#3 Nov 10th, 2015, 15:59
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very nice that travel with mum and aunts Cheer!

When I with groups may be mother or friends in India also convenient to rent a car with driver.

Or travel by train ,2 AC is very nice one but for foreigner quite difficult to booked a ticket in advance.
#4 Nov 10th, 2015, 16:07
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Arrival : Stage 1 :Ahmedabad > Rajkot>Jamnagar> Mandvi>Bhuj> Mount Abu>Then to Udaipur (Gujarat is there so I can see where my family came from, otherwise what's best to see there, any good beaches/sea fronts?)
Roads to all these places are very good.
Any special interest in Jamnagar, Mandvi or Bhuj? What about Dwarka, Somnath and the Gir forest?
With your itinerary, best would be to hire a car and driver.
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Originally Posted by sm47 View Post Hi I am going to be traveling with my elderly mum and two aunts, from early January 2016 to end February.

Stage 3: Rishikesh > Nainital> Mussoorie> Chandigarh> Shimla> Manali> Dharamshala>Kashmir/Srinagar.

Anyhow if anyone can help, with this elderly parents scenario: so slow, resting often, with car and driver important, I would be most grateful.
My comments are on your visiting the higher elevation hillstations (stage 3)

Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Kashmir/Srinagar are all popular and great places to visit but please do not forget that January/February is winter in north India and at that time you will have to be well prepared with suitable winter clothing to keep you warm to enjoy these delightful tourist destinations.

If your elderly travel mates prefer not to be in cold/snowy conditions during their India stay then consider places in south India such as Goa and Kerala.
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The thread below has a lot of advice on travelling with the elderly. Take a look
http://www.indiamike.com/india/healt...5/#post1876825
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Some tips (I have traveled to just about every city you'e named, a fair bit with parents, who are senior citizens).

Of these the following are going to be a bit hard on the knees (and how to get around it). Kumbhalgarh (am assuming you'd do that with ranakpur), take the car as far as possible. In Jodhpur, use the lift at Mehrangarh. I personally dont like pushkar but many people do and it's not hard on the knees. Shimla is probably the best hill station as far as taking it easy is concerned (lots of restaurants, places to sit, etc) - but vehicles are not permitted on the ridge so take the lift from near the bus stand area if you need to.

I agree with Earthian - in some ways you're missing the best of Gujarat - Somnath, Gir. You'd have to skip Girnar though I think it was the best thing we did in Guj (last Dec).

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