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Rajasthan Itinerary January '12 - Feedback Please

Rajasthan Itinerary January '12 - Feedback Please

Oct 23rd, 2011, 08:28 PM
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Rajasthan Itinerary January '12 - Feedback Please

Hi everyone,

I wanted to get everyone's feedback on the below. Unfortunately, we have to skip Udaipur, but it was either that or Jaisalmer.

1/5: Fly from Mumbai to Jodhpur, and immediately drive to Jaisalmer, Overnight in Jaisalmer
1/6: See Jaisalmer, Overnight in Jaisalmer
1/7: See Jaisalmer, Overnight in Jaisalmer
1/8: Drive to Jodhpur, See Jodhpur, Overnight in Jodhpur
1/9: See Jodhpur, Overnight in Jodhpur
1/10: Drive to Jaipur, stop at Ajmer/Pushkar along the way, Overnight in Jaipur
1/11: See Jaipur, Overnight in Jaipur
1/12: See Jaipur, Overnight in Jaipur
1/13: Drive to Agra, stop at Fatehpur Sikri on the way, Overnight in Agra
1/14: Taj Mahal at sunrise, Fort, Drive to Dehli, Overnight in Dehli
1/15: See Dehli, Overnight in Dehli
1/16: See Dehli, Flight out of Dehli at night

Hotels:
Jaisalmer - trying to decide between the Rawal Kot Gateway Taj or the Suryagur. Any thoughts on this?
Jodhpur - booked the Taj Vivanta (Hari Mahal)
Jaipur - booked the Sheraton Rajaputna
Agra - ITC Mughal Agra
Dehli - ITC Delhi Maurya

We're SPG members so for the last three hotels we are using points. Unless there is something wrong with them, free is always the preferred option!

Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it.
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Oct 23rd, 2011, 08:57 PM
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I went to jaipur a few years ago,
A few places I would suggest to go are, for shopping - Pink City (the city is literally all pink, pretty amazing)
If you like history, I would go visit the castles, they also have camel and elephant rides.
They have one of the biggest theatres in Asia, in Jaipur, if you like bollywood movies.
Jaipur also has very nice temples.

I had great fun in Jaipur, I hope you do too!
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Oct 28th, 2011, 05:08 AM
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jaipurtourism.com

my fav looks great overall

You will have a blast!
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Oct 28th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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sheratons are just fine, nothing special---the delhi one is the nicest.
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Oct 28th, 2011, 10:11 PM
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Thanks everyone!
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Nov 11th, 2011, 11:46 PM
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ITC Mughal and especially ITC Maurya are fantastic hotels.

The latter is one of the bet hotels i've stayed at anywhere. Impeccable service, gorgeous rooms (not big-- but beautiful, with comfy beds) and lovely little extras...and a beautufyk lush settig nr the diplomatic area of New Delhi. Check out the magnificent artwork overhead in the lobby--and through outside in the sculpture garden.

At Mughal you walk up a short flight of stairs to an outdoor seating area .When we were there June 2010, was a swinging bench, table and chairs. Sit and enjoy a view of Taj Mahal!
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Nov 12th, 2011, 05:10 AM
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We stayed at the Taj in Jaisalmer and thought it was ok. The other hotel looks a lot nicer. I was sorry we didn't stay at the Nachana Haveli in town. Check out WHY INDIA, PART II, THAILAND AND NEPAL on this forum. Rhkkmk will be staying there shortly and will be reporting back. We looked at the property and regretted not staying there.
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Nov 15th, 2011, 11:46 AM
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I agree with CaliNurse about the ITC hotels in Agra and Delhi. Especially the ITC Mughal Agra is a fantastic hotel, the Delhi one still has tough competition.

Be sure to eat atleast once at Bukhara and/or Dum Pukht at the Maurya Delhi. They are considered to be the finest in India. A short walk from there is the Taj Palace which houses the Masala Art restaurant, my personal favorite though not as famous as the ones mentioned above.
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Nov 19th, 2011, 12:06 AM
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Thanks Galactus, WIl have to try the Masala Art next time!!

I was happy to find Cafe Coffee Day a couple blocks from the Maurya, in the Malcha Marg, across the street from the Taj Hotel . . And there is Moti Mahal in Malcha Marg , if you are seeing this Suzy Q. Inexpensive and soooo yummy!
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 09:01 PM
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Great suggestions everyone, thanks again! I'm regularly checking this thread.
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Nov 24th, 2011, 11:51 PM
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Just in case anybody tries the Masala Art, they're good at stuff with cottage cheese. Many delightful dishes with that as the core ingredient provided dairy is your thing.

Again seconding CaliNurse's suggestion of Moti Mahal. That is one place where you should eat Tandoori cuisine (think tandoori chicken, chicken tikka etc).
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Nov 26th, 2011, 08:20 PM
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I'd suggest you take 1 day from Jaiselmer and spend 1 additional in Jodhpur. It's a much larger city with more to do and see, much better shopping if that interests you. The self-guided tour of the fort is the best I've encountered. Try to find a restaurant with a rooftop location to spend some time after dark to appreciate the lit fort above the town. And if you like antique Indian furniture Jodhpur's the place.
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Nov 27th, 2011, 04:45 AM
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udaipur was by far our favorite city and the only one we might return to...

jailsmer deserves way less time, imo.
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Nov 27th, 2011, 07:12 AM
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Bob--

More comments please on why you disliked Jaisalmer. I remember your post saying you were wondering if it was worth the time and energy to get there.
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