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#1 Feb 11th, 2009, 13:24
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Thanks to everyone for their help and suggestions about my 3 week trip to India. Just some feedback to help some others out

We spent 3 days in Delhi staying in the Ginger hotel. It was right beside the train station and also had a subway stop about 1 minute walking distance away. we found it perfect for our introduction to india at R1000 a night it was the closest to a standard western style hotel we stayed in.
3 days in delhi was probably too much we could have seen all we did in 2 days
Next it was on to Haridwar. Booked the ginger there for one night same price but it was in worse condition. still fine though. Not really 2 much to do in Haridwar.
Spent 1 night in delhi again stayed in Hotel Rak in the Paharganj. IT was fine but the blankets were the fleecy type and we weren't to sure about how clean they were.but for R450 a night it was all we needed to put our heads down after a light night train and before a very early morning one.
It was onto Agra next where we stayed in the Maya hotel. Again nice and clean but our rickshaw driver brought us there and i wondered if we might have gotten a better price if we walked up ourselves. One day in Agra was enough. We skipped fathepur sikri the next day because it was too awkward for transport and just got the train sleeper class to Sawaii MAdhopur for Ranthambore. IT was a fine way to travel though not as comfy as Chair class.
In Ranthambore we booked into the tiger safari lodge. Unfortunately for us it was the weekend of Republic day so the place was very busy. Our hotel racked up the prces to R3500 a night to include breakfast lucnh and dinner. The first night was fine dinner was a la carte but the follwoing days it was buffet style which really put me out because i was finding the food spicy. I asked the manager if we could change our package or at least get different food from the buffet. His answer was just a straight out no, take it or leave it. I found it a bit rude and very unhelpful. As for breakfast, day one was fine but the second day we were told it was just tea and toast because the chef hadn't turned up. This was despite having paid for the package breakfast which included more. We also ended up making our own lunch that day of jam sandwiches to bring with us on safari. The previous day we had gotten a fried egg sandwich each which was very miserable compared to the packed lunches other people had gotten from their hotels. Over all it was probably the most disappointing place we stayed and i wouldn't recommend it.
Also with regards the safari we had booked 2 full day safaris. I wouldn't do that again either because you stay in the same zone all day and the full day trips always go to the same zone so we were in the same place for the 2 days. As well you get dropped off in the middle of the park in a place with hardly any facilities (just a toilet and some drinks for sale - no restaurant) and you get left there for 3 hours until the afternoon session. If we'd booked a morning and afternoon session separately we would have gone back to the village at lunch time.
Next we went to bundi where we spent 3 nights in the Haveli Katkoun. It was probably our nicest room. Large clean and with lots of indian character for R800 a night
I have to mention Hotel Shivam too. we went there to eat and met the friendly pinky who runs it. She was really nice and showed us some of her rooms which were a bit cheaper but also very clean though not as big. I recommend it to anybody especially if your budget was a bit tight.I loved bundi though, the nicest place we stayed
Next it was onto udaipur. we stopped off at chittaurgarh on the way but we weren't really in the mood for looking at another fort or any more temples.
In Udaipur we spent 5 nights in Dream HEaven for R550 a night. A lovely room with a fantastic view but not 100% sure how clean the blankets were.The rooftop restaurant was fabulous though. People we met stayed in a hotel just around the corner called the Humayun Ghat hotel or something like that. It was cheaper, the room seemed clean but they had no view.Udaipur was lovely too very laid back and the people were lovely.
After that we went to Mumbai and i would honestly say we probably should have skipped it. The hotels/guesthouses were terrible compared to those in Rajasthan and they were much more expensive.
Overall really enjoyed india. the first week was busy and had a lot of hassle from touts, but after that it was more relaxed especially in Bundi and Udaipur but it was back to being hassled again in Mumbai which made us leave on a bit of a sour note.
Thanks to everyone for all there help again and i hope this will be of some help to others in return.
#2 Feb 14th, 2009, 03:50
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Useful titbits about the hotels. Extensive too. But might be far more useful and be excellent reference in the hotels section (though with the number of places you have stayed it might mean some concentrated hard work!)

Hope you enjoyed the trip. Awaiting feedback on the rest of your trip - bar the hotels
#3 Feb 22nd, 2009, 10:27
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Thanks for this feedback, Kierjan - very useful information here for other travellers.
Every cloud has a silver lining!
#4 May 4th, 2009, 01:07
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Thanks for a detailed report.

#5 May 4th, 2009, 05:49
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I am so disappointed that i didn't find this earlier. I already booked it online and i am in a fix now

I mean the full day safari in ranthambore
Last edited by smartjakes; May 4th, 2009 at 07:23.. Reason: Well i thought this was better
#6 May 4th, 2009, 05:59
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Do take the time to post hotel reviews in the hotel section. I agree that the Ginger chain is one of the best values in India.
#7 May 4th, 2009, 14:43
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Cost of living is not the same in India. Mumbai is costliest and smaller villages and towns are much cheaper.
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