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Oberoi trip . Do i need to book guides etc?

Oberoi trip . Do i need to book guides etc?

Mar 15th, 2006, 06:18 PM
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Travellinfool;
what you say makes a lot of sense.
I do want to get my hands dirty as well as enjoying the oberoi service. The whole trip cant come quickly enough.
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Mar 15th, 2006, 08:11 PM
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the prices quoted for the car are way to much by maybe 10 times or more....is it a rolls?? with footmen?

i would cancel and hire one of the tour agencies often mentioned here like compass tours...

imo you have left way too much to do after arrival when you should be enjoying yourselves in the country....
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Mar 16th, 2006, 03:06 AM
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RHKKMK: You have got me a little nervy now.
What have i left to the last minute apart from booking guides?

I have booked restaurants, internal transfers (allbeit at high prices) Safari , and of course hotels.

As many have said on here i am paying the price of luxury (hopefully) with the oberoi transport prices.

I am checking out the train from Agra to Delhi as a replacement for the drive.

Seriously what have I really left to the last minute? apart from arranging guides in 2 or 3 places.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 03:15 AM
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barnetda, you are doing fine. Don't worry. The advantage of booking something like an Oberoi package is your wish will be their command. The fast train Delhi Agra is indeed something I posted about, started in feb and is fabulos. I'd replace Delhi Agra car journey with that. I'd also see Delhi with an open mind despite others opinions, I like the city though it will be hot. I hope you have been able to find my shopping posts - I will top those and some others for you.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 03:20 AM
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hobbes:

Many thanks.

I have asked the Oberoi to investigate the Agra-Delhi leg by train.

I have looked at a lot of your posts. All excellent reading.
If you have any shopping info or further info I would greatly appreciate it.
I lived in Singapore and Hong Kong and have visited Asia on many occasions most recently in Bkk for 2 weeks over Xmas, however I have never been to India. The whole experience seems like nothing else we have experienced.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 04:06 AM
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Anything specific you want to buy?
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Mar 16th, 2006, 04:41 AM
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barnetda - you don't have to arrange guides in advance. At any major site you can hire one of the guides hassling for custom outside. Ask to see a license. You can even visit without a guide, in 11 weeks in India I relied far more on my guidebook than on guides. Relax! (And take the train.)
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Mar 16th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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i did not mean to shock....my thinking was that everyone on this forum has said how difficult it is to do things in india--to arrange things...so i thought why would you want to leave something important like hiring guides and other small items to the last minute when they could be sorted out ahead of time by a simple request...this way you would have 100% of your time spent in productive pursuits instead of waiting around for a guide or similar and you would have your pick of the best guides if booked early....just my thinking...

why not book the whole package in advance, not just part of it...
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Mar 16th, 2006, 05:56 AM
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hobbes; nothing in particular. Maybe some jewellery and dresses for my wife. we bought some wonderful clothes fo both of us in Bangkok.

Thursdaysd; Sounds wonderful.

Rhkkmk: I dont disagree, but i think with the over supply of guides I should be able to find a decent one in each centre as and when needed. When we return to India which i am sure we will , then i can use my experience to assist me. I know its nice to get everything arranged but sometimes things can work well on the spur of the moment. I am not really nervy!!!
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Mar 16th, 2006, 05:59 AM
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rhkkmk - not shocked - maybe I need to figure out how to use emoticons? But the OP says he wants to get his fingers dirty. Staying at the Oberoi, taking a car and driver everywhere, reserving restaurants and guides in advance, is the opposite of that.

To me, the problem with arranging things in India is not availability, it's having to bargain all the time - not something I enjoy. Admittedly I was traveling right after 9-11, when there weren't many tourists around, but I never had a problem arranging a car and driver for the next day, or even a couple of days, or having a travel agent buy a train ticket if I needed to change a reservation and didn't want to do it myself. I also took a few guided day bus trips with the various state Tourist Development Corporations, although the guide on the heritage Durga Puja tour in Kolkata wound up speaking in Bangla after a couple of people complained, the others were in English. But then the Oberoi prices are way out of my reach.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 07:45 AM
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barnetda,

I think you have here a case of too many cooks spoiling your broth

Take it from me, an Indian - you have a fantastic thing worked out. If you can afford the luxury, go for it.

If I were you, I would simply take in the sights from an 'arm-length' this time, get the feel of the place and conditions, and for my second trip do the get-hands-dirty thing. The latter is a good thing to do particularly when you visit during the pleasant weather months (Nov - Feb). Right now you will already have to contend with a warm weather.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 09:06 AM
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agtoau: Thanks for the input. I have travelled extensively throught Asia and Africa but nothing has excited me as much as the prospect of this trip to India.
We are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the Oberoi experience and see India close up and as you say next time when I am a little bit more aware of what to expect I can delve into the peoples India,.

The information on this forum is just sensational . it is always constructive.
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Mar 16th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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barnetda, don't forget to file a trip report upon your return. We don't mind daily dispatches from the field either;-).

You're right, this forum is superb. All very well-meaning folks offering valuable information and tips.

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Mar 16th, 2006, 01:41 PM
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Hobbes; My wife is now saying, dresses, jewellery and Rugs!! Any tips of places to look for in Delhi or Jaipur?

thanks
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Mar 17th, 2006, 01:55 AM
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For a browse Santushti complex opp Ashoka hotel, Cottage Industries, Ambawatta Complex in mehrauli, near the Qutub Minar. Dresses - Indian or Western style? Jewelry - precious or semi precious? Rugs - silk carpets - Cottage Industries Exposition (CIE - not to be confused with Cottage Industries at Janpath) at Haus Khaz - fabulos silk and silk cotton Kashmiri carpets. Dhurries - Indian floor coverings, see them at the Shyam Ahuja website, www.shyamahujahome.com - see the locations, Santushti one should work with a half day at Santushti though if you really like the stuff the one at GK2 is better stocked. FabIndia for home stuff and clothes - www.fabindia.com. Anokhi - linen and clothes www.anokhi.com.
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Mar 17th, 2006, 04:10 AM
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Hobbes: Thanks for the info and the web addresses. We will definately visit them. We are particularly interested in large rugs and some Indian clothing for my wife.

The stores you listed look great.
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Mar 17th, 2006, 05:53 AM
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thanks hobbes for these addresses
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Mar 17th, 2006, 06:33 AM
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One store that is rarely mentioned for Mumbai shopping is the Khadi Gram Udyog Bhavan in the Fort area (close to both the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels). Here you get excellent khadi (homespun cotton) clothes and all manner of accessories at prices that are a steal (in dollar terms). This cooperative was started by Mahatma Gandhi to bring villagers and local craftsman into the economic life of the country.
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