Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Uodated and Hopefully Final itinerary- Would love Feedback!!
  2. 2 Back to Bangkok this month!
  3. 3 Vietnam to increase visa cost for Americans
  4. 4 Visiting China - must be tour
  5. 5 relaxing 5-6 day vacation in sri lanka
  6. 6 6 months SE Asia and New Zeland
  7. 7 Japan - first timer - itinerary help please!
  8. 8 Best places to photo-shoot landscapes and natural beauty
  9. 9 BKK Street Food Disappearing per BBC
  10. 10 Best Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
  11. 11 Osaka-Kyoto-Takayama -Kanazawa in 12 days with Kids Doable?
  12. 12 Trip Report Another South East Asian sojourn.
  13. 13 Trip Report India Trip Report
  14. 14 Onsen ryokan for single near Tokyo
  15. 15 Need help choosing a tour company.
  16. 16 Trip Report TRIP REPORT: Osaka to Hiroshima and in-between stops (tsuyu / summer)
  17. 17 Questions on Details for 23 Days in Japan
  18. 18 Fodor's Boston GTG
  19. 19 What is the best way to travel through Budapest, Vienna, and Prague?
  20. 20 Recommendations for Asian Tour
  21. 21 Hakone and Mt Fuji
  22. 22 Udon Thani to Chiang Mai by road
  23. 23 Thailand - Khao Lak [Andaman Coast] area
  24. 24 An island paradise?
  25. 25 Help plan my 11 days trip to Thailand
View next 25 » Back to the top

3 wks in Rajasthan & Varanasi-Jan 2013! Feedback on itinerary appreciated!

Jump to last reply

Well, tickets are purchased, leaving Friday, January 18 and returning on February 8, 2013. That's 20 nights for our trip to Rajasthan and Varanasi. I've been working and re-working the itinerary, and overall I feel pretty pleased. It's a little more hectic than I've done in a while, but it's doable - and I really doubt that we'll be able to travel to India again anytime soon.

We're interested in being able to visit smaller villages, and having the opportunity to meet or visit local residents in a non-commercial way, which is why Hacra.org appeals to me. The "guided tour" at Rawlai Narlai sounds about right, as long as it isn't heavy-handed on the commercial aspects of the tour.

We are primarily budget-moderate travelers, although I do splurge once in a while if it's really a unique experience, and I wondered how a stop at Narlai would compare to a stop at Ranakpur.

I don't think we're inclined toward a camel safari, although I wouldn't rule out a trip into the desert. I don't see it as an essential component of the trip, though.

I've already identified an agent that I plan to work with, but I wondered what you India experts think of the following plan:

The current yet tentative itinerary is:

Delhi (2 nights)
Fly to varanasi
Varanasi (2 nights)
Overnight train to Agra(1night)
Agra (1night)
Jaipur (2 nights)
Bundi (2 nights)
Udaipur (2 nights)
Ranakpur, Narlai or other stop (1night)
Jodhpur (2 nights)
Jaisalmer (3 nights)
hacra.org homestay (1 night)
Fly jodhpur to Delhi
Delhi (1 night)
Fly home.

Of course we'll have a driver & car. I go back & forth on the number of stops, although I do want to mix up smaller and larger places. I fluctuate between eliminating Bundi or perhaps stop there one night and add a night to one of the other cities so that we have another 3-day stay, but from all the reading, Bundi has really captured my imagination.

Originally, I wasn't going to visit Jaisalmer, but too many people have said it's necessary; and I've come to agree, so that is a must. I considered eliminating Jaipur, but it's too difficult to avoid it, and most people say it is still an essential stop, even if it's a hectic city stop.

So this is the plan I've come up with and would appreciate your thoughts.

I'm also working on the hotel choices, and will post that in a little while.

Many thanks,
Paule

52 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement