Trip to Delhi in Sept-Oct

#1 Aug 7th, 2018, 09:54
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Well, I'm heading to India and don't have a clue what I should do while there... Maybe y'all can help!

Myself and three friends (i'm male and all three friends are girls late 20s early 30s) will be flying into Delhi and we will have two weeks of travel time, flying back home from Delhi. At least two of us are adventurous and the other two a little more easy going, but are all up for seeing the best India has to offer. My loose plan was to follow the "golden triangle" but none of us are too big into the touristy things (I guess we still have to see Taj Mahal). We all would like to see tigers and elephants and such but not sure about the best way to go about that. We would also like to see some great landscapes such as the Himalayas, if its doable in the 2 week time frame. Our budgets will allow us to move freely as long as its nothing crazy, but flying from place to place is not out of the question if its worth it. Also, most of my travels include a rental car, because we like the freedom to go as we please. I've heard the rumors of how impossible it is to drive in Delhi, but is it crazy to rent a car if we plan on leaving the city? Any insight or suggestions would be great!
#2 Aug 7th, 2018, 10:40
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You need at least 6/7 days to cover the golden triangle. After Jaipur you may spend two days at Ranthombhore for safaris in the Tiger Reserve. Comeback to Delhi then. Still 3/4 days left ; you may make a short trip to Lansdowne & Khirsu (Himalaya) by car from Delhi. BTW, In September National Parks / Tiger reserve ( in North & Central India) will remain closed for visitors. Parks reopen in October.
#3 Aug 7th, 2018, 11:16
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This is great insight. I did see some stuff about the parks up north being closed, thanks for confirming that. Also those towns up north look fantastic. So you are not against the rental car idea?
#4 Aug 7th, 2018, 11:31
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Originally Posted by ericpilk View Post So you are not against the rental car idea?
I think , hiring a car + driver would be the best option to cover all these places in two week's time
#5 Aug 7th, 2018, 12:50
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Hi,

I don't think the self drive car hire is a good idea, driving standards in India are not as you will be used to.

It is very common to hire a car with driver, the rates are quite reasonable.

If you can map out a prefered route, you can email Indian travel agents for price quotes.

I am sure that folk will chip in with recommended agents...

Ed.
#6 Aug 7th, 2018, 14:09
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On this site, there are a couple of tour agencies that specialize in car+driver based trips, who have been recommended by IMers. My friends and colleagues who have come to DEL, have had good things to say about one. I know two other, that come well recommended.

Do a site search: I do not wanna look like a shill for one or more
#7 Aug 7th, 2018, 14:57
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To give you an idea about the costs of a car+driver see for example this site. We were satisfied with the services of Namaste.

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