Rajasthan + Varanasi in18 days?

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Hi all

My friends and I are planning our first trip to India in November. We are planning to rent a car and hire a driver for touring Rajasthan, and take an overnight train from Agra to Varanasi. These are the cities we'd like to visit, but we are not sure if 18 days are sufficient. Any useful tips and advises are appreciated. Thank you

1. Delhi
2. Bikaner
3. Jaisalmer (camel ride)
4. Jodhpur
5. Ranakpur
6. Udaipur
7. Bundi
8. Pushkar (camel fair)
9. Jaipur
10. Ranthambore National Park (jeep safari)
11. Agra
12. Varanasi
#2 Jul 16th, 2008, 05:24
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Do you mean you want to visit all those places in 18 days???
18 days is no where near sufficient...With 18 days for 12 'destinations', that leaves you with a little over a day for each place - insufficient amount of time if you are planning to have any meaningful experiences in any one place.
Or perhaps you are asking for which places to visit??
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If it was me, I would be visiting fewer places or making it a longer trip. Looks a little rushed.
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Yes, i agree - it's too rushed - you will end up staying in many places only one night and you will be worn out. If you want to include Varanasi you should drop something from the Rajasthan tour. Otherwise drop Varanasi and then you could do this at a less frantic pace.
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Rajasthan + varanasi in 18 days

Thank you for the feed back. I also think it's a bit rush for 12 destinations in 18 days. If I want to keep all these destinations, how many days should I stay at each destination? Some of these cities may be more interesting than the others?

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IMHO I think you need at least 2 nights in these places - Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra (if you want to visit more than just the Taj) and Varanasi. Of course you can rush about and see less if you want!
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What can I say that hasn't already been said?

Almost nothing, but I'll say it anyway . . .

A consideration I might have if presented with your itinerary would be: am I going back to India, or is this it? If you're planning on returning, I'd still - almost by necessity - cut your places in half. Though many of your distances are small, the hassles of packing and unpacking THEN sightseeing everyday can wear you down, so much so that the places may run off you like shower water. Over five trips I've patched India together region by region (though focusing on Varanasi the last two times), when I went to Rajasthan I spent ten weeks there.

If this IS your India-Trip, I'd make a point to go to Varanasi (and even if this isn't THE trip, I'd go anyway) I can't say enough about Varanasi, in short, it is the most intense Indian place I've ever been, perhaps the most intense place in the world, and I do love intensity. You'll see there a side of India available nowhere else. A completely separate and different experience compared to Rajasthan.

Perhaps consider keeping your driver for the whole trip. I did around trip by non-AC Ambassador beginning and ending in Varanasi and including Khajuraho-Orrcha-Agra and Mathura. If I'm doing my road-math right, the driving time to Delhi from Varanasi would be in the 15 hour range. Your choice of car and driver is a Great Idea. To come and go as you like, to stay an extra day if a place rocks you, without being a slave to pre-purchased train tickets. It's your trip, best not to be a slave to a train you have to take when a place is still calling you.

Whatever you decide, Have a Great Trip. Lots of Magic places in your itinerary.
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Hey flyingpig,

You'll know that NIT's Rajasthan tour is 15 nights 16 days. I did it in 2006. It's just barely enough to see the main tourist sites. You can't add Varanasi on in just an extra 2 days, I'm afraid.

You could perhaps go Delhi - Jaipur - Pushkar - Ranthambhore - Agra, (10 nights) and use the remaining 8 to head down to Varanasi via Orchha and Khajuraho, like Dharmabum suggests. You can then either fly or train back to Delhi, or take the car via Lucknow.

If you really, really want to see the rest of Rajasthan, I'm afraid Varanasi will probably have to go. ;_;
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If you want to do it in 18 days you could skip ranthambore and bikaner and maybe even bundi.
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Originally Posted by Darmabum View Post Almost nothing, but I'll say it anyway . . .

A consideration I might have if presented with your itinerary would be: am I going back to India, or is this it? If you're planning on returning, I'd still - almost by necessity - cut your places in half. Though many of your distances are small, the hassles of packing and unpacking THEN sightseeing everyday can wear you down, so much so that the places may run off you like shower water. Over five trips I've patched India together region by region (though focusing on Varanasi the last two times), when I went to Rajasthan I spent ten weeks there.

If this IS your India-Trip, I'd make a point to go to Varanasi (and even if this isn't THE trip, I'd go anyway) I can't say enough about Varanasi, in short, it is the most intense Indian place I've ever been, perhaps the most intense place in the world, and I do love intensity. You'll see there a side of India available nowhere else. A completely separate and different experience compared to Rajasthan.

Perhaps consider keeping your driver for the whole trip. I did around trip by non-AC Ambassador beginning and ending in Varanasi and including Khajuraho-Orrcha-Agra and Mathura. If I'm doing my road-math right, the driving time to Delhi from Varanasi would be in the 15 hour range. Your choice of car and driver is a Great Idea. To come and go as you like, to stay an extra day if a place rocks you, without being a slave to pre-purchased train tickets. It's your trip, best not to be a slave to a train you have to take when a place is still calling you.

Whatever you decide, Have a Great Trip. Lots of Magic places in your itinerary.

Thank you for the kind words. It's good to know that I've made the right choice on some of the cities.
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