Jaipur/Jodhpur/Chand Baori?

#1 Nov 27th, 2014, 15:15
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Hi everyone,

I'm travelling to India for a couple of months for work, where I'll mostly be based in South India.

While I'm going to see most of South India, my boss said I can request the same holiday allowance I have when I'm based back in Budapest, so I'm thinking of taking the a long weekend (Friday-Tuesday) to venture north.

I really want to visit Jaipur, and I'm pretty determind to do that even if it's just a weekend, with a side trip to Chand Baori and if possible, maybe go to Jodhpur. I definitely want to see Jantar Mantar and the Palace of the Winds, maybe the Amber Fort. Chand Baori is also high on my must list, and I'd love to spend a day in Jodhpur.

I'm thinking of doing the trip like this:

Friday: Fly to Jodhpur on a morning flight from Chennai (change in Mumbai), get's there around midday
Sat: Spend the day in Jodhpur
Sun: Take the early morning train to Jaipur, gets in around midday
Mon: Go to Chand Baori for the day (maybe half a day)
Tue: Spend the day in Jaipur (take the evening flight at 8pm back to Chennai)

It costs a bit more to do it this way, but it means losing less time travelling back and forth on the train. I do have a couple of questions.

1) I'm a solo female traveller, 30 years old from the UK. I dress modestly when travelling, but I'm a little concerned for safety being my first time in India. How is it in these cities and what is it like on the express train?

2) What's the best and safest way to visit Chand Baori. I'm normally someone who doesn't have an issue with local buses and walking, but I'd rather not take my chances so I'm thinking of hiring a driver. Any recommendations?

3) Is Jodhpur really worth the extra cost of flying (would be much cheaper to fly just to Jaipur and back)? Bear in mind, I wouldn't want to take any side trips, I'd rather spend the time exploring the city.

Thanks
#2 Nov 28th, 2014, 07:10
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Originally Posted by evilshrubbery View Post 2) What's the best and safest way to visit Chand Baori. I'm normally someone who doesn't have an issue with local buses and walking, but I'd rather not take my chances so I'm thinking of hiring a driver. Any recommendations?

3) Is Jodhpur really worth the extra cost of flying (would be much cheaper to fly just to Jaipur and back)? Bear in mind, I wouldn't want to take any side trips, I'd rather spend the time exploring the city.

Thanks
With Jaipur and the Chand Baori as your main interest, I think you can skip Jodhpur since flying to Jaipur will cost much less and you really don't have the time to properly see Jodhpur in this rushed trip of 4 days.

A car and driver will be most convenient for your sightseeing in Jaipur and your trips outside of Jaipur and a safe driver will be someone recommended and introduced to you by your hotel in Jaipur.

Any interest in seeing the Taj Mahal ?

Taj Mahal in Agra is not that far from Jaipur and in a day trip from Jaipur you could visit both the Chand Baori and the Taj Mahal if you have a car and driver.
#3 Nov 28th, 2014, 11:25
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My sincere suggestion is to drop Chand Baori and instead visit Jaipur and Jodhpur in the time you have available. There's enough to see. In case a symmetrical step well is all that you desire - a seldom visited one exists in the by-lanes of the old village of Amer. It's called Panna Meena ka Kund. Lots of favorable reviews on tripadvisor - http://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction...Rajasthan.html. It's smaller than Chand Baori but equally Eschersque in composition. I have nothing against the baori but we have visited it en route to Bharatpur or Agra. It's worth about a half hour at the most and the travel to and fro Jaipur is usually not worth just that much time.

The fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur are spectacular buildings.
#4 Nov 28th, 2014, 12:06
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Originally Posted by evilshrubbery View Post Hi everyone,

I'm travelling to India for a couple of months for work, where I'll mostly be based in South India.

While I'm going to see most of South India, my boss said I can request the same holiday allowance I have when I'm based back in Budapest, so I'm thinking of taking the a long weekend (Friday-Tuesday) to venture north.

I really want to visit Jaipur, and I'm pretty determind to do that even if it's just a weekend, with a side trip to Chand Baori and if possible, maybe go to Jodhpur. I definitely want to see Jantar Mantar and the Palace of the Winds, maybe the Amber Fort. Chand Baori is also high on my must list, and I'd love to spend a day in Jodhpur.

I'm thinking of doing the trip like this:

Friday: Fly to Jodhpur on a morning flight from Chennai (change in Mumbai), get's there around midday
Sat: Spend the day in Jodhpur
Sun: Take the early morning train to Jaipur, gets in around midday
Mon: Go to Chand Baori for the day (maybe half a day)
Tue: Spend the day in Jaipur (take the evening flight at 8pm back to Chennai)

It costs a bit more to do it this way, but it means losing less time travelling back and forth on the train. I do have a couple of questions.

1) I'm a solo female traveller, 30 years old from the UK. I dress modestly when travelling, but I'm a little concerned for safety being my first time in India. How is it in these cities and what is it like on the express train?

2) What's the best and safest way to visit Chand Baori. I'm normally someone who doesn't have an issue with local buses and walking, but I'd rather not take my chances so I'm thinking of hiring a driver. Any recommendations?

3) Is Jodhpur really worth the extra cost of flying (would be much cheaper to fly just to Jaipur and back)? Bear in mind, I wouldn't want to take any side trips, I'd rather spend the time exploring the city.

Thanks
First of all, your schedule is too hectic to cover all the mentioned places in the given time.
Would go with the suggestion given by vaibhav_arora.
Either you go to jodhpur and nearby locations or jaipur and nearby locations for making most of it and saving few bucks.

You need not to worry about safety, since these places are tourist locations and people are nice.
To visit Chand Baori would recommend hiring a cab, since would save you time.
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Ooh this is a great tip, thank you! That does make things a little easier to plan in that case

I might reconsider Jodhpur then, as much as I'd love to visit, and just go to Jaipur for a few days. I'd love to do both, but it does seem complicated to fit them both in.
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(Oops, it didn't post the quote - I meant about the other stepwell near the Amber Fort)

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