Seven Days to see delhi,leh and jaipur

#1 Jun 13th, 2008, 09:34
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Hi Everyone,

I'll be in India for my first time this October. Will be with a group from the 9th-19th staying and exploring around Rishikesh.

When they return to Delhi, I'll be on my own until the return flight home on the 27th.

Would like to get to Leh, Ladakh and then down to Jaipur before I head home. Am I crazy? I am unsure if I am trying to do too much in too short of a time. I know there is a day in Leh to acclimate to the altitude change.

Should I fly instead of get a driver or take a train? Looking to make the most out of my time there and have adventure while staying safe.

I am on a medium budget for the week by myself and have no interest or room to deal with tenting.

Also, are roads passible in Oct up north in the Leh area?

If I can do this, what is the best way for me to get a driver/guide to take me to places that might not be open to western white women normally. (temples etc)

While my main purpose is seeking the spiritual juiciness of India, I am also into taking in the natural beauty of the country and appreciating local customs and crafts. (I am keeping my eyes peeled for a nice bed spread and pottery from Jaipur)

If you think I am trying to travel too far in such a short time, I'd appreciate any alternative routes of exploration. I'm trying to go with somewhat of a plan, eventually will have to be flexible with how things have a tendency to change, but the more I know now, the more comfortable I will be.

Ok, I am taking everyones advice and leaving my other questions for other forums, though I can see how challenging this is!
#2 Jun 13th, 2008, 09:45
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Given the distances you want to travel, I would say fly or forget it.

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Thanks Zoltan.

I suppose there is a thread somewhere about the cost of flying into Leh and returning to Delhi? Should I also fly to Jaipur given the time restraint?

Maybe I should ditch getting to Leh/Ladakh this time and go south to and around Jaipur instead.
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Browse the Leh/Ladakh forum

Flying to Jaipur does not make great sense, its a few hours from Delhi by train.
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#5 Mar 22nd, 2009, 19:01
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in october leh should be closed. roads definitely.

its a a besoutiful patch to let go .. but u dont have an option.

in case you still want to take a chance and keep an open itenary and also necessarily want to keep it AFTER rishkesh, fly to leh is the option. a day extra to accilmatise and then 3 days of road trips around there.

Delhi - Jaipur is definitely a road trip. Start at weee hours (around 6 am and beat the traffic of delhi gurgaon and enjoy the highway. )
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To oneder

Your reply comes about 6 months too late...

(Check post date before replying!)
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Quite an unusual thread has been revived, Leh to Jaipur!
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Wink Better late than never, I guess

Thank you for your post, Oneder. Wildhorse was correct, I went to India last October. I decided to save Leh for another trip and instead went from Delhi to Jaipur on to Vrindivan and Orcha, passed thru Agra in a day and returned to Delhi to catch the train to Rishikesh. It was a great first trip despite having dengue fever!

Om Shanti,
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Originally Posted by wmoon View Post It was a great first trip despite having dengue fever!

Om Shanti,
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Thats one way to ruin a trip!
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Yes Ananda, it was pretty intense. Wonder if there's another forum I should be sharing this in? (chai and chat, maybe?)
The first night was the worst, then train ride to Hardiwar was rough and I crashed for twenty hours upon arriving in Rishikesh.
Because I didn't know it was dengue, I was treating it as food poisoning/sickness and taking antibiotics.(I did see an MD when the full body rash showed up and I was still running a fever of 102.2 on the 5th/6th day of symptoms)

Basically it forced me into a place of deep presence/awareness of: This is what my body can do, this is what it can't...daily. I think if I had known earlier it might have kept me in bed the whole week in Rishikesh. Instead, I kept going places, but made choices like auto rickshaws over walking to the river from Seema Guest house on the hill.
I think it enhanced my belief that if I could go to India by myself....then perhaps I really can do anything I set my mind to!
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See ! What an Indian trip can do ! Now This is enlghtment !

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Originally Posted by wmoon View Post I think it enhanced my belief that if I could go to India by myself....then perhaps I really can do anything I set my mind to!
I did not fully understand the dread term "Terminal Illness" until I saw Terminal 1 D of Delhi Airport.
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Errr... there's an EDIT button!

You are missing a [
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#13 Mar 23rd, 2009, 06:01
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Really? I thought it was an i and an en that were missing

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