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Jan 1st, 2018, 03:55 PM
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I was wondering about that, thursdaysd. Two pairs of long pants, a few t's, a pashmina or two and a couple pairs of comfortable shoes.
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Jan 1st, 2018, 03:57 PM
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Thursdays is correct, ellen. Cropped pants are forbidden at the temples--you need full coverage of your legs. In fact, during our first trip to India, our Varanasi guide invited us to a wedding. He stated that both my son and I needed to wear long pants. When we got to the wedding, I was surprised to find the young women all wearing jeans.

Regarding skirts, I prefer them as well, as compared to pants, so you may want to take two skirts instead of one. During my last trip, my driver told me each evening whether or not I would be required to wear long pants or not, and if not, I wore a skirt. I never asked him the reasoning, but I think the active Hindu temples require complete leg coverage, and ruins, perhaps not.
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Jan 1st, 2018, 04:30 PM
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Not just temples. You will attract less unwelcome attention if you are not showing much skin. Hotels and posher restaurants are another matter.
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Jan 1st, 2018, 04:43 PM
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You may be right, thursdays, although it seemed like the men I encountered were more interested in extorting money from me than making any advances. In any case, it's probably best to wear long pants on daily outings.
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Jan 1st, 2018, 10:15 PM
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"I don't ever want to waste time shopping for something that I need (as opposed to souvenir-type shopping)."
Ellen, why not combine the two? Clothes shopping in India IS a form of souvenir shopping. You'll be filled with affectionate memories if you buya few items there--scarves, pants, tops. You'll hear about Fabindia and Anokhi, but my personal fav among the fixed price (tagged, no bargaining) block-print shops is Soma. There are branches of Soma in New Delhi, and even in a residential section of Mumbai, but the best variety I found at the flagship store in Jaipur. Your driver (assuming you'll have someone for the day?) will know it. Prices and prints are wonderful!! http://www.somashop.com great for lightweight low-cost gifts too, also avail at the other two chainstores mentioned above--cushion covers for a couple dollars, for example.

By all means, as suggested above, bring a FEW clothing items from home. As CalifLady and Thursdaysd mentioned here and elsewhere on Fodors, the sink, and a universal sink drain cover, are your friends--use the hotel shampoo or shampoo you buy there as detergent.
Note thought, just about anything you forgot and need, from toiletries to clothes, can be easily found in India (especially as you'll begin large cities) at better prices. Knowing that takes off some of the packing pressure!
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Jan 1st, 2018, 10:20 PM
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p.s. JW, lol the "you have GOT to be joking" unbolted safe, I've seen those. Only in India!!??? Darn , wish I'd had a photo!
Thursdaysd, may your cold begone, general strength improve, and pain decrease this year.
To all, wishes for a year of good journeys, whether actually leaving home, 0r via armchair travel, or in the form of reliving past trips and suggesting ideas, so that we may benefit from each other's experience!
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Jan 2nd, 2018, 03:29 PM
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Cali I did take a pic but deleted it. Sorry.
This hotel is the Merwara Estate in Ajmer. The AC sounded like a Spitfire, the bed posts wobbled, we left room service dishes in the hall for two days before calling to get them removed, they ran out of juice for breakfast, the closet had two hangers, 1 for each of us, when you pressed the elevator button I swear there was a running water sound and the 4th morning of our 5 night stay the manager said he was moving us to another room to accommodate a group of people who wanted to be in the same wing! Really. Sue refused, I said only if the room is acceptable and if the rest of the stay is complimentary. Well the manager turned his back and that was the last we saw of him. .
And we did not change our room. .
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Jan 9th, 2018, 12:31 PM
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JW--the Merwara Marigold Hotel, minus any charm!!!
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Jan 9th, 2018, 01:07 PM
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Cali that is well put. .
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Jan 10th, 2018, 02:48 AM
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I agree with rrjohn. When I travel, I always carry my passport on my person, usually in my purse. I feel more comfortable when it's with me than leaving it in the hotel or apartment. And with all your suggestions, I think I have a good plan for India with the cross-body small purse. As I said earlier, I love scdreamer's suggestion of a carabiner.

On another note, plans are moving along. All the hotels and flights are booked!

It occurred to me that C&K might want payment for the flights now since they would have had to pay for them to book them, so I emailed them to ask that question and whether I should send them a cc number. They sent back a response that included info on the confirmed flights but no indication about payment. I couldn't have been clearer in my question. Is this a cultural "thing"? I'm not going to worry about it now, but I want to reimburse them if they want it. We haven't spoken yet by phone, so I'll ask again if and when we do.

Onward...!
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