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#1 May 26th, 2005, 19:26
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My girlfriend and I are going to India for the first time this November. After a lot of research we’ve come up with following itinerary but would really appreciate some experienced views. Is it trying to fit in too much or are any places not worth it, if so what should we dump/replace?

Day 1 Arrive Delhi 11.15
Day 2 Delhi
Day 3 Delhi – Take 13.35 flight to Udaipur arriving at 14.45
Day 4 Udaipur
Day 5 Udaipur – Take 18.50 flight to Jodhpur arriving at 19.30
Day 6 Jodhpur – Take 23.15 Train to Jaisalmer arriving at 05.15
Day 7 Jaisalmer
Day 8 Jaisalmer
Day 9 Jaisalmer
Day 10 Jaisalmer – Take 16.15 train to Jaipur arriving at 05.15
Day 11 Ranthambore – Car from Jaipur
Day 12 Ranthambore
Day 13 Agra - Car from Ranthambore
Day 14 Agra – Take 21.00 train to Varanasi arriving at 09.15
Day 15 Varanasi
Day 16 Varanasi
Day 17 Varanasi –Take 18.00 train to New Jalpag arriving at 9.40
Day 18 Darjeeling – Car from NJP
Day 19 Darjeeling
Day 20 Darjeeling
Day 21 Darjeeling
Day 22 Darjeeling – Take 14.30 flight to Delhi arriving at 16.35
Day 23 Delhi – Take 14.00 flight back to London

All help is very much appreciated.

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Looks a very good, well thought out itinery to me. And as you are flying between many of the destinations it looks managable. I've been to a few places on your itinery and they are amazing, and the ones I haven't been to, such as Darjeeling, will certainly be on my agenda next time...

Have a wonderful time.
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Can't comment on the rest of your itinerary, Puddingface - but Darjeeling is unmissable! Enjoy the trip.
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jodphur - the fort is just amazing and dominates the whole town. do the audio tour - very informative and you can do it at your own pace.
apparently they now do dinners, but i don't know much about that.
visit maharajah spices, somewhere in the market area near the clock tower and try out their teas, especially the himalayan kava.
if you like textiles there is an eight story textile warehouse somewhere in the old city, near the blue house guest house.
try and stay in a place that has a rooftop restaurant just for the views.
we stayed at the blue house (don't have contact details but it is in lonely planet) and would recommend it, especially if you get a room at the back, away from the streets - oh those crazy horns.
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instead of flying , why dont u take volvo a/c buses..like from delhi to udaipur (700 rupees).. i am saying this because then you can see more of india by road.. and these buses are really very comfortable..
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Looks very reasonable. For Ranthambhor and I don't know about this particular park, but generally I wouldn't be too skimpy on time spent at parks. The longer you stay the better your chances of actually getting to see any wildlife. The parks often being more out-of-the-way and hence a little more involved to get at it would be a shame to "underdo it." Otherwise looks like a splendid trip ahead!

I'm not sure about Nov. and your exact period of stay (early Nov. vs. mid-Dec. makes a lot of difference) but almost all of these places can get quite nippy at night in winter, Darjeeling just gets really cold so keep this in mind. There's some weather charts here to give you a general idea: http://www.indiamike.com/india/showthread.php?t=4062

Also, for your way out maybe see if you can find out how reliable those flights are and if there are other alternatives if anything should happen, Darjeeling-Delhi is quite a long way by any other means than flying, the fastest train from New Jalpaiguri used to take 33 hours. Always a tough call between wanting to make the most of your stay and allowing some time for errors in the end though.
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Your itinerary is good. Just two suggestions -

1. Cut one day at Jaisalmer and alot it to Jaipur.

2. For the train journey to NJP, you have more options from Mughal Sarai than from Varanasi.
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Thank you all for taking the time to add some great advice, I have a couple of questions

Xbhp-How long does it take by bus? It looks a hell of a way on the map

Shimla-I've not read great reports about Jaipur which is why I dumped it, but if you think its worth a go I might try and include it. There was loads of places that we really fancied such as Orchha and Bundi but with only 3 weeks we had to sacrifce, we can always go back

We arrive on 28th Oct and leave on 19th Nov- Anyone know how cold/warm will it be?

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Originally Posted by SHIMLA 2. For the train journey to NJP, you have more options from Mughal Sarai than from Varanasi.
Right . Please give a second thought Puddingface
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cold in darjeeling it will be!
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For info about Jaipur, try this thread.

For trains from Varanasi/Mughal Sarai try this thread.
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Cheers Wandering
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Shimla-I've not read great reports about Jaipur which is why I dumped it, but if you think its worth a go I might try and include it.We arrive on 28th Oct and leave on 19th Nov- Anyone know how cold/warm will it be?

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Of course Jaipur is worth a visit, which is why I recommended it in the first place !

28th Oct. to 19th Nov. the climate will be just great. Enjoy !
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Originally Posted by Puddingface We arrive on 28th Oct and leave on 19th Nov- Anyone know how cold/warm will it be?
Agree with other respondents. I did that area around that time and had no problem with temperatures I think -- except for it sometimes being hot in the daytime & the occasional cold because I'd leave on the fans too high at night, I kid you not. I had mentioned it before because I didn't know your exact dates and people tend to not realize that the north can get cold in winter.

Darjeeling that time of year I don't know, I visited late January. Probably chilly, again, look up those charts or some weather sites. On a recent thread IM member Judi mentioned minus 5C in December.
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Spending one night or enough time to squeeze in a visit to the Amber Fort is more than enough. The rest of it is like any other commercialcity.

I would not take time away fromany of the other places to spend more time in Jaipur. If you can spare an extra day - spend that in Ranthambhore.

Thats me - you may well like to spend more time in a commercial state capital. Rest of Rajasthan does not hold the Jaipur kingdom in very high regard anyway - but thats another story.

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