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#1 Jan 9th, 2019, 14:31
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Hi all,

I've travelled to Mumbai with work on a few occasions and have always really enjoyed the vibrancy of the city and the beauty of Indian culture. I'm looking forward to bringing my wife and kids (age 15 and 11) on a 2 week holiday to India in April and showing them some of this amazing country and people!

Our plans are as follows:

2 full days (and 3 nights) in Mumbai.
Fly to Udaipur on 3rd day, stay 3 nights.
Drive to Jodhpur and spend 4 nights.
Take train from Jodhpur to Agra (during the daytime), arriving late evening
See Taj Mahal following morning, followed by taking train to Delhi that afternoon.
Spend 3 nights (2 full days) in Delhi before flying back to Ireland.

At this point, I have all the flights and hotels booked, and am starting to come up with ideas on what we could do each day. I'd love to hear any suggestions on things to do in each of these locations!

Thanks,
John
#2 Jan 9th, 2019, 15:27
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For Mumbai read Places and Attractions to see in Mumbai

For Udaipur you can go through my trip report. While in Udaipur I would recommend doing a day trip to Chittorgarh fort.

While driving to Jodhpur you could consider seeing Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, if time permits stay the night in Kumbhalgarh if you want to see the light and sound show.
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Your location states Ireland - I hope you are mentally and physically prepared for the April heat here.
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If it is not too hot this 2 day-trip out of Jodhpur, organized by the Durag niwas guesthouse, is great.
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Hi John, welcome to the forum

I'm visiting India in April too, can't wait, but I do agree with Kapilankar, I've found April really hot. Are your kids going to be okay with this heat too?

You mentioned 'train', you should register with IRCTC asap, unless you've already done this previously of course.

Itinerary. You could probably see Jodhpur in a couple of days, but maybe add on a village visit? Ranakpur during the drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur too.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post For Mumbai read Places and Attractions to see in Mumbai

For Udaipur you can go through my trip report. While in Udaipur I would recommend doing a day trip to Chittorgarh fort.

While driving to Jodhpur you could consider seeing Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, if time permits stay the night in Kumbhalgarh if you want to see the light and sound show.
Hi Aarosh,

Thanks for those great suggestions, I will look into stopping at these places along the way. Also, your Mumbai list of places to see is great, thanks!


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Originally Posted by kapilankar View Post Your location states Ireland - I hope you are mentally and physically prepared for the April heat here.
Hi Kapilankar - I hope so too. Unfortunately it was the only time of year we could go as our kids are in school and my wife is a teacher, and this is when they are on break for 2 weeks (. We have traveled a lot around the US before during peak summer temperatues, e.g out in Nevada, Arizona, etc, so we have dealt with very hot temperatures before.

I guess one difference on this trip is the clothing requirements in India, for my wife and daughters not to be able to wear shorts / light tops to try and keep cool as they would have done elsewhere. We just plan on drinking a lot of water, wearing hats and trying to find shade during the hottest parts of the day!



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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post If it is not too hot this 2 day-trip out of Jodhpur, organized by the Durag niwas guesthouse, is great.
Thanks Vonkla, I will look into that also! I might look into a day trip as we already have our accommodation booked.


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Originally Posted by spud View Post Hi John, welcome to the forum

I'm visiting India in April too, can't wait, but I do agree with Kapilankar, I've found April really hot. Are your kids going to be okay with this heat too?

You mentioned 'train', you should register with IRCTC asap, unless you've already done this previously of course.

Itinerary. You could probably see Jodhpur in a couple of days, but maybe add on a village visit? Ranakpur during the drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur too.
Hi Spud! I hope the heat will be manageable, we will just have to do our best with it - e.g. get up early and make the most of the mornings before the hottest parts of the day, and maybe find some indoor stuff to do during the afternoons.

I looked into how to get train tickets and the IRCTC seemed a bit complicated, but I ended up buying us 2AC seats on the train from Jodhpur to Agra via the 12go.asia website, which was very straightforward. I haven't yet bought the ticket to bring us from Agra back to Delhi, but I'll probably use the same website.

Thanks for the suggestion on Ranakpur - from pics it looks really cool. Also the village visit, we would love to do that! E.g. the Bishnoi village tour?

Thanks all again,

Chat soon,
John
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I guess one difference on this trip is the clothing requirements in India, for my wife and daughters not to be able to wear shorts / light tops to try and keep cool as they would have done elsewhere. We just plan on drinking a lot of water, wearing hats and trying to find shade during the hottest parts of the day!


Chat soon,
John
There are a few ways to work around this -
1. Get a linen shirt from home if size is a problem- it breathes better than most other fabric in our hot months. If there is time when you land, a linen kurta may be purchased from a store such as fabindia. There are a few in Mumbai. There will be cotton trousers to go with that.
2. The heat problem is going to be severe in Rajsthan, Agra and Delhi - avoid going out between 11-4 (these hours vary but you could decide that on the go).
3. If you have a dedicated car to get around in the city, a retreat to the hotel is always a possibility during the hottest part of the day - except in Delhi where the traffic will determine everything.
4. In Delhi use the metro.
5. Carry some oral hydration salt with you, just in case. Packaged water is available at tourist sites - check the seal before purchase.

Enjoy!
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Adding to Point No 5 of Vaibhav, check the spelling of water bottle brand before buying.
Bisleri
Kinley
Aquafina
Also note that there are paid water dispensing machines at some places. Use them to reduce litter of waste bottles as well as save money
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post There are a few ways to work around this -
1. Get a linen shirt from home if size is a problem- it breathes better than most other fabric in our hot months. If there is time when you land, a linen kurta may be purchased from a store such as fabindia. There are a few in Mumbai. There will be cotton trousers to go with that.
2. The heat problem is going to be severe in Rajsthan, Agra and Delhi - avoid going out between 11-4 (these hours vary but you could decide that on the go).
3. If you have a dedicated car to get around in the city, a retreat to the hotel is always a possibility during the hottest part of the day - except in Delhi where the traffic will determine everything.
4. In Delhi use the metro.
5. Carry some oral hydration salt with you, just in case. Packaged water is available at tourist sites - check the seal before purchase.

Enjoy!
Thanks Vaibhab!
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post Adding to Point No 5 of Vaibhav, check the spelling of water bottle brand before buying.
Bisleri
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Aquafina
Also note that there are paid water dispensing machines at some places. Use them to reduce litter of waste bottles as well as save money
Thanks Rahul! So do these water dispensing machines refill our existing bottles with filtered and safe water? Is there a pic online somewhere of one of these machines so I can recognize it?
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