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Trip Report June & Mike's 24 Day Adventure in India

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While this report was actually started just prior to leaving for India, under the heading "Off to India", I did not tag it as a trip report. Additionally, the original report skipped around a bit, so, in an effort to make this report more readable, I will begin again...at the beginning. I am grateful for those who contributed past trip reports and to those who answered my many questions. Your help was most appreciated and instrumental in making our trip run very smoothly. With a bit of planning, India is actually an easy country to travel through and can easily be done independently.

We had 27 days to travel and would spend 24 of those days on land in India actually touring. We decided to save Delhi for the end of the trip for two reasons; we had heard that Delhi was highly polluted and were concerned about my husband's asthma, and we thought it reasonable to just stay at the airport as our flight to Udiapur left at 5:40 AM.
We knew that traveling in September would be hot and were concerned that it was the tail end of monsoon season. Unfortunately, this was the only time that we were able to travel, so we decided to deal with the circumstances. The weather proved to be exceptionally hot, but we never saw a drop of rain.

The following was our itinerary:

Sept 14 – Lv Fort Lauderdale 2:05 p.m.
Sept 15 (thursday) —arrive Delhi 10:35 p.m – night in airport hotel
16- (friday) fly to Udiapur 5:40 AM (Air India) from terminal 3 – Day/night udiapur
17 –(saturday) Udiapur – day/night in udiapur – Jagat Nivas – PICK UP FROM HOTEL AT AIRPORT
18 – (sunday) Udiapur – day/night in udiapur
CASTLE & KINGS – 7:30 am PICKUP – 1 day drive to Jodhpur
19 -(monday) – Early departure from Udiapur - drive to Jodhpur –night in Jodphur
(Stop along the way at Kumbalgarh Fort & Ranakpur) – Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal
20 – (tuesday) Jodhpur – day/night in Jodhpur
21 (wednesday) Jodhpur – day/night in jodhpur
22 – (thursday) to Jaisalmer – Train departs 6:10 AM – Arrives 11:45 (5:35 hrs) – 1st class A/C Gateway Hotel Rawalkot (Confirm #54197018) - Taj
23 – (friday) Jaisalmer – day/night in Jaisalmer
24 – (saturday) Jaisalmer – day/night in Jaisalmer
25– (sunday) Jaisalmer to Jaipur – (sleeper lv 16:20 – arr 4:50)
26 – (monday) Jaipur (arrive 4:50) - Country Inn & Suites
27 – (tuesday) Jaipur
CASTLE & KINGS - PICK UP AT JAIPUR TILL FLIGHT TO VARANASI
28 – (wednesday) 6:45 AM departure from Jaipur by car to Agra – [235 km] – tour Shand Baoli in the village of Abhaneri to see the step well, Galta Kund (monkey temple) & Fatehpur Sikri along way. evening sunset from across river–Taj Gateway Hotel
29 (thursday) Agra - Taj at sunrise – Red Fort, CAR To Gwalior –
30 – (friday) Gwalior overnight - Usha Kiran Palace Gwalior (Taj)
1- ( Saturday) to Orchha (stopping at Datia and Sonagiri on way) – overnight
Bundelkhand Riverside Hotel
2- (Sunday) Orchha – overnight
3 – Monday) – To Khajuraho – Chandela Hotel (Taj)
4 – (Tuesday) Khajuraho – fly out 13:25 - Arrives 14:15 to Varanasi –
Rasmi Guest House - pick up at airport included
5 - (Weds) – Varanasi
6 – (Thurs)– Varanasi
7– (Fri) Varanasi - Fly 11:50 AM – to Delhi– Kingfisher Wood Castle Hotel
8 – (Sat) Delhi
9 – (Sunday) Delhi – tour until 8-9 p.m. – go to airport
10 – (Monday) - Lv Delhi 12:50 a.m. – arrive FL 5:00 p.m.

As I reported initially in "Off to India", we had a few snags with the airline seating. Air France and Delta reassigned our window and isle seats to two middle seats, only one day prior to the trip. We were seated in separate rows, no where near one another. After a great deal of arguing with the airlines, our seats were reassigned so that we were together again. The flights were uneventful, with one exception - Sometime during the night, I dropped my eye glasses and stepped on them. Thankfully the glasses were only bent and I was able to get them repaired once we arrived in Udaipur.

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