india--udaipur, jaipur

Jun 5th, 2010, 08:58 PM
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india--udaipur, jaipur

my husband & myself travellers from Aussie will be visiting Delhi in Oct2010.We need advice on visiting Udaipur , Jaipur or Jodpur. We were told they are historical regions.
Advice: of the three states which is best to visit.
Accomadation:: 3 -4 star 2night stay in Udaipur or Jaipur or Jod;ur also reputable+ reliable tour agent.
Mode of transport
Accomadation in Delhi 2 nights, prefer in city centre ie shopping + sight seeing.including good food
From Delhi we will be travelling to Kolkatta, Pl advice on good hotel 3-5* 4 nts stay +sight seeing.
Many thanks guys, your help will be much appreciated.
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Jun 6th, 2010, 07:04 AM
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You'll get better responses if you tag this with "India." As I understand it, you have 2 days in Delhi, 2 days elsehwere, and 4 days in Kolkatta. And you'll be jet-lagged if arriving directly from Down Under.

These three (Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur) are cities all in Rajasthan state. Am traveling to India myself for first time in November, so can't offer useful comparison.

From what I've read here, transport is usually car/driver or plane. This is NOT a place to drive on your own. Udaipur is the farthest from Delhi, so plane will save a LOT of travel time, but it's more expensive. I gather that train travel is a real cultural experience but may be a bit overwhelming for first-timers to India?
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Jun 6th, 2010, 01:34 PM
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We used ramindiatours.com last fall. Ramesh Meena, the owner, was wonderful as a driver and all around good guy. He will go to great lengths to make sure you have a good visit. His English is excellent, he is honest and conscientious, and he has a good sense of humor (very important to us).

You don't say what your time frame is. I've noticed that those who inquire on this board often ignore the one piece of consistent advice -- do less for a longer period of time. It's better to see fewer locales for a greater amount of time than doing the "if it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium" sort of trips. India is so large and varied that one must really think of it as a revisit destination.

Jodhpur has an outstanding and spectacular fort, the best we saw in Rajasthan. The maharaja has wisely installed an elevator so that one can ascend to the top, then take a leisurely trip back down to the ground.

The drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur is scenic with a trip through the Aravelli Hills to see monkeys, the Ranakpur Temple, and the Kumbhalghar Fort.

Jaipur is the largest of the three cities and the most commercial. It has wonderful observatory.
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Jun 6th, 2010, 01:48 PM
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Start by buying yourself a good guidebook. No one can tell you what will interest you most.
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Jun 7th, 2010, 10:14 PM
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Yes, it is very difficult to suggest which out of the three cities are most suitable for your visit! Having said that, one could definitely paint a picture of all the 3 cities, hoping it is clear enough for you to choose from:
a. Jaipur: Historical city, great for shopping, especially for jewellery, excellant Amber Fort, approachable on an elephant back. Within, a perfect mirror palace, recently done up. It is easily approachable by road from Delhi (156miles / 5hrs). On the outskirts you have Samode Palace, with it's excellent frescoes 250 yrs vintage & adorning the central hall - thematic love scenes of betrayal, separation & reconciliation! Jaipur offers fine dining at Hotel Rambagh Palace.
b. Jodhpur: One of the finest & most photogenic forts, in Mehrangarh / Umaid Bhawan for fine dining / shopping for garments & wooden artefacts / excellent views from the hilltop or when trekking down towards city. Approachable by both air / train.
c. Udaipur: One of the finest city palaces of north India / Maharanas Car Garage with some rare beauties including a hunting jeep, one of only 4 ever built by Rollsroyce! Boating on lake Pichola with some fine views of the washing ghats, city palace & the Lake Palace / excellent evening on the Jagmandir island, as you watch the sun set beyond the Aravallis! In case you have 3 nights, you could also make a day visit to Kumbhalgarh fort & Ranakpur Jain temple. Udaipur is easily approachable by air.
Calcutta: Interesting walks from Sovabazaar to Kumartali / evening cruise on the Hooghly & some fine monuments to the Raj, in way of S/S. Typical Bengali ambience, very diffrent from your visit up north. Nothing better than the Oberois Grand, right on the Chowringhee area, but fairly expensive. You could also try 'Lytton', just behind the Oberois hotel.
Hope it helps!
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Jun 8th, 2010, 02:57 AM
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Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur are all well worth visiting, each a little different to the other and your eyes will be on stalks the whole time. Make sure you get a hotel with a balcony overlooking the lake in Udaipur.
We did a trip with 2 nights Dehli, on night Agra (to see the Taj Mahal) two nights each in Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
I would recomend that you book it through your travel agent who will use a good Australian wholesaler, like Tempo Holidays who is now owned by Indian Company Cox and Kings, or Adventure World. My trip was with Wendy Wu Tours and was in a small group of 6 which we really enjoyed.
There is not much in Dehli, and the shopping is not that good, and be warned Agra is a hole, but the Taj Mahal is well worth the visit so you should include that.
We travelled by road and although painfully slow because of the traffic, it was fascinating, so much to see and wonder at.
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