If you could choose one place in Rajasthan....

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Hello everyone,

I am travelling to India for the 9th time in a couple of weeks, but this time I will be taking my 20 month old son.

We are flying in/out of Delhi so want to stay close enough (say 3 hours?) as long travel with a toddler & luggage is not fun, but really want to have some time to relax and enjoy rural India if possible.

I thought Rajasthan might be a good option

Here are a list of things i'm looking for:

*a homestay or something similar (i'd like to practice Hindi/Urdu with locals if possible)
* countryside/natural setting away from the city
* within 3 hours of Delhi
* somewhere I can relax and be at home!

Budget-wise, I'm open to see whats on offer.

Any suggestions would be great. Thank you! x
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If you could choose one place in Rajasthan....

Hello everyone,

I have always wanted to visit Rajasthan. Although I have visited India 8 times I have only ever been to Jaipur in Rajasthan. I realise it is a massive state and there is much to do.... however, i can't travel around. This time I will be with my son who is 20 months old.

So.... Where to go?

Udaipur is only 1 hour flight from Delhi
Ajmer is 6-7 hours drive So is Jodhpur

I love History & nature.

Where to go?
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Traveling with your son I would recommend Udaipur. There will be many things for him to explore - take a boat ride on the lake, go to Shilpgram (they have dance shows, magic show, puppet shows, etc.), see the folk show at Bagore Ki Haveli, burn energy at Monsoon Palace or City Palace, visit the gardens and parks, explore the market and temples, take the ropeway up the hill, etc.

We stayed at Jaiwana Haveli (http://www.jaiwanahaveli.com/). It had a great rooftop restaurant with views of the lake. The two brothers who own it are very helpful in arranging for transportation, etc. and will love having your son there. Location is very good as well.
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I will still suggest Bharatpur. A quite place with history and nature.

Go through my trip report for more information on Bharatpur and Deeg.
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Traveling with your son I would recommend Udaipur. There will be many things for him to explore - take a boat ride on the lake, go to Shilpgram (they have dance shows, magic show, puppet shows, etc.), see the folk show at Bagore Ki Haveli, burn energy at Monsoon Palace or City Palace, visit the gardens and parks, explore the market and temples, take the ropeway up the hill, etc.

We stayed at Jaiwana Haveli (http://www.jaiwanahaveli.com/). It had a great rooftop restaurant with views of the lake. The two brothers who own it are very helpful in arranging for transportation, etc. and will love having your son there. Location is very good as well.
Thank you for this. We have already found what looks to be a wonderful homestay in Udaipur, 10 mintes out of the city in the countryside. I will compare with this hotel.

The recommendations on things to do sound great!
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post I will still suggest Bharatpur. A quite place with history and nature.

Go through my trip report for more information on Bharatpur and Deeg.
Delhi to Bharatpur is 4+ hours drive, so a bit longer travel journey than I would have liked. Can you please send link to your trip report? I don't know where to find it. Thank you.
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Aarosh's trip log is in his signature.

Here it is :http://www.indiamike.com/india/car-m...-trip-t148641/


I second the recommendation for Udaipur though !
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With a one and a half year old, Udaipur, easily. Has everything, landscapes, temples, architecture, good food, beautiful havelis to spend nights in, boat rides.
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Originally Posted by nangu View Post Thank you for this. We have already found what looks to be a wonderful homestay in Udaipur, 10 mintes out of the city in the countryside. I will compare with this hotel.

The recommendations on things to do sound great!
Would you let us know about the home stay, it will help future travellers
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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post Would you let us know about the home stay, it will help future travellers
The homestay is called DEVRA www.devraudaipur.com/

However... i'm now looking at staying in a Haveli... I choose history over country anyday!

Thank you everyone for your suggestions.

DEFINITELY UDAIPUR! <3
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You could consider Jagat Niwas or Kotra Haveli.
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We have enjoyed Jagat Niwas. It is quite posh, quite quiet, has great views from the dining room and rooftop terraces, and the location is excellent. But I'd go for a ground floor room – the stairs are wicked. Of course, the dining room is up two flights of stairs...

I'm curious about all the things to do that people have recommended. How much of this will a 20-month old assimilate?

Some of the stairs at Jagat Niwas,
expressly designed to slow invaders:

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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post We have enjoyed Jagat Niwas. It is quite posh, quite quiet, has great views from the dining room and rooftop terraces, and the location is excellent. But I'd go for a ground floor room – the stairs are wicked. Of course, the dining room is up two flights of stairs...

I'm curious about all the things to do that people have recommended. How much of this will a 20-month old assimilate?

Some of the stairs at Jagat Niwas,
expressly designed to slow invaders:

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A 20-month old doesn't have to assimilate anything! A 20 month old just has to have a good time. He most definitely will have fun on a boat or seeing a puppet show or folk show.

Exposing children to travel, other cultures/people/food is the best gift(and education!) you can give them and while the child may not necessarily know where he is or understand what he is seeing, he will know that he is having family time with his mom. There will be plenty of opportunities for him to assimilate as he gets older.
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Second that - its not the memory but the experience that would count here!
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A nice garden in Udaipur is Sahelyon Ki Bari with a lot of fountains.

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