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travel itinerary North India

Namaste.
This is our 1st trip to India and 1st post! we have read forum after forum and both the rough guide and lonely planet guides.
My Wife has Multiple Sclerosis. Her main symptoms are fatigue and weakness on the right hand side.
She is concerned about being unable to use her right hand for eating etc, will people understand her disability?

Due to her condition we need to travel as comfortably as our budget will allow. Your comments and help would be appreciatted on our intended route. We are fairly flexible apart from the internal flights.

1.Delhi
2.Delhi
3.Fly to Allahabad
4.Allahabad
5.Allahabad
6.Road car to Varanasi
7.Varanasi/ Sarnath
8.Varanasi
9.Fly to Delhi
10.Trip to Agra. It is a full moon and a trip to the Taj is my Wifes must do.
11.Delhi
12.Delhi/ Jaipur?
13.Delhi
14.Car to Haridwar
15.Haridwar
16.Haridwar
17 Return to UK

We welcome your comments.;)

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#2
| member in the forest
Looks good, but I'd consider going straight to Jaipur from Agra by car. You'll be spending a night in Agra, right?

Looks like a nice plan with a good pace, plus your choices of transport: car/flights will make travel easier by far.

And will people understand her disability? I can't give a good answer to that, given I am not disabled, other to say that I find people to be generally good hearted and understanding.

Just curious, why Allahabad?
#3
| Just a big girl with a small dream
Hi!

I'm sure you're already aware that with mobility difficulties or if she's a wheelchair user, your wife may find some sights difficult to access. The Taj Mahal is OK to view from the grounds, but to get inside involves steps which can get horribly crowded at peak times. Having said that, I would really recommend taking a look at the Samarthya website and get in touch with them if you haven't already. It's a great project to make India's sights physically accessible.

The car to Haridwar may be a long day for your wife, how long can she go without a rest? You also have a lot of time in Delhi, which is busy and stressful and likely to exacerbate fatigue. Perhaps a night or two outside in a peaceful resort somewhere? Depending on your budget- Neemrana, Samode Palace and Tikli Bottom spring to mind as potential stops on the way to/from Jaipur.

Lemon Tree have hotels in Gurgaon and East Delhi, and both advertise accessible rooms, although I don't know how good they are.

The heat may be a problem with fatigue- sorry to sound obvious but make sure your car has air-conditioning!

Left-hand/right hand thing: I wouldn't give it a second thought.

This is actually an interest area of mine, I've been contemplating doing something (I don't know what yet) around India travel for people with conditions and disabled people. It would be great to hear more about your requirements and what useful info sources you've found, what problems you've had etc. If you're interested, drop me a line at driver4maddie@yahoo.co.uk .

I hope that was helpful!
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#4
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Originally posted by: SitaParityaga View Post

Looks good, but I'd consider going straight to Jaipur from Agra by car. You'll be spending a night in Agra, right?



Just curious, why Allahabad?


We plan on doing a once in a lifetime train journey to Agra using a Luxury train via Firozabad we could then go to Jaipur after a night in Agra, but think the train we plan using is a return package.

Allahabad is the confluence of Yamuna and Ganges, we are interested in seeing the site of the Kumb Mela

thanks for your help


edited to reply to Karuna.

My Wife Lezley is mobile without the use o a chair or sticks, stairs are not one of her good things, but can cope with help.
We are planing on going early Feb so should not be too hot! in the low 20s we think.
Thanks for the alternative places for a rest outside Delhi. We are happy to help with any disabilty access issues for other travellers for use in the future. We will be keeping a diary of our trip.
#5
| devbhumi putra
The traffic on Delhi-Haridwar road is normally pretty bad with lots of slow moving vehicles. Dehradoon Shatabadi train is a good alternative - much shorter time wise, as well as much more convenient.
I agree, left/right hand is a non-issue. Nobody is going to notice, much less get offended. If you visit a temple then you are supposed to accept the 'prasad' with the right hand, doesn't matter if you have it using the left hand later.

Best wishes for an enjoyable trip.
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Originally posted by: rajeev1008 View Post

The traffic on Delhi-Haridwar road is normally pretty bad with lots of slow moving vehicles. Dehradoon Shatabadi train is a good alternative - much shorter time wise, as well as much more convenient.
I agree, left/right hand is a non-issue. Nobody is going to notice, much less get offended. If you visit a temple then you are supposed to accept the 'prasad' with the right hand, doesn't matter if you have it using the left hand later.

Best wishes for an enjoyable trip.


Thanks for the reply Rajeev, we accept Prasad at the Hindu Temple in Newcastle, it is reassuring to know that this will not be a problem. We are going to spend the day attempting to book a return flight. We are planning on flying out on 11/2/8.

I bet it is not snowing and cold in Delhi like it is here today[cry]
#7
| Maha Guru Member
Now it is cold in Delhi but in another week it will become very pleasant.
Can you please tell me which luxury train you are planing to take to Agra?
I would suggest hiring a car in Delhi for your Agra, Jaipur trip. Say Delhi-Agra-Fathepur sikri-Jaipur-Delhi.
There is an overnight train from Delhi for Haridwar.
#8
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The luxury train is by palace tours, it's a day trip and we will be picked up and dropped back at our hotel, before I book today I will ask them if we go there only and them make our own way to Jaipur.
I wondered how different the weather is going to be in Haridwar compared to Delhi as it's further north ?
We are going to book our flights today, we'd like to fly from Newcastle, a search will probably be best to do this ?
This is a great forum, the members here are very nice & very helpful, thank you

Muragan's Brother's Wife!
#9
| Maha Guru Member
I think you can always leave the train at Agra and proceed to Jaipur on your own but you will definitely be charged for the return leg.
Haridwar will be a bit colder than Delhi.
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On temperatures, try also this (whole) thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...e-chart-t4062/

You'll find some sites you may find handy in the "links" link in my signature. And I would concur the left-hand/right-hand thing doesn't normally seem to be so strictly observed :) You'll see people eating or handling other daily business with either or both. Try to observe what others around you do.

Have fun!
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Thanks Machadinha, flights are now booked for the 11th of Feb.

So many questions, off to surf IM...

We have now booked internal flights from Delhi to Varanasi on 14th returning to Delhi from Varanasi on 20th, We're not sure what we'll be doing when we get there but we definately want to go to Allahabad, from what I can gather we shouldn't stay in Varanasi the whole time, your thoughts will be greatly appreciated.
We don't fly back home from Delhi till the early morning on the 28th, we will probably stay in a hotel near the airport the night before our flight home, I really want to go to the Taj Mahal on the full moon (thurs 21st) we'd like to go to Jaipur for the gems and jewellery and end off in Haridwar. I'm hoping Haridwar will be chilled and magical, I think we'll need a rest by then, I also want to go in the Ganges and thought Haridwar would be a nice place to do that ?
I am so excited about this trip, I love everything Indian and believe we will have a very memorable time,,,,,,,,one way or another ?,,,,,,,,,, I have Multiple Sclerosis and I need to limit stress and fatigue, that's what led me to this site, highly recommended for helpful advice.
Thanks everyone
Muragan's Brothers Wife
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Originally posted by: Murugan's brother View Post

I need to limit stress and fatigue


Hm... Two words that don't immediately spring to my mind when thinking of India. That is by no means to put you off though: Just a friendly reminder to already now plan on taking it easy, not overstretching yourself, and enjoying what you can do there, not worry about what you can't.

I for one am one you could easily sit down on a curb there and just watch life go by. You know? No need to rush from monument to monument.

Varanasi I spent quite some time in and really liked, others don't, at all. It's pretty hectic. My visit was at the end of a longer trip, which will have helped, I don't think I would have liked it as much at the beginning of it.

Haridwar I've yet to visit and/but has always taken my fancy; I hear it's also pretty hectic and crowded though, and while a very religious place, the existing architecture isn't actually very old, and the whole thing may not mean very much to a non-Hindu. I hear nearby Rishikesh, while obviously very touristed (and which never attracted me), may actually be the nicer experience. Let others who've been to either correct me.

Jaipur btw: I hate to say it, and some won't, but many will concur with me it is again a very hectic place, with traffic everywhere and aggressive touting. It's obviously famous for its sights though. The same is said of Agra.

Again, none of that is to speak against it nor to unduly worry you though. Have you thought about hiring a car & driver for the entire thing? I've never done it, but it would take away some logistical hassles, gives you flexibility in where to go and where to stop along the way, how much time to spend somewhere, probably have your hotels fixed beforehand or at least taken care of for you, etc. For just 17 days this may be a good way to make the most of your time, for people with or without any impairments, and again, to not have to deal with some of the daily little hassles (find rickshaw, find hotel, ask around, ward off touts, arrange bus or train, etc. and yadida). You'd just need to scout around for a reliable company.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. --> btw Bathing in Ganges at H'war in February? Chilly, I imagine [cry] Brrr!
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