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Jaipur and surrounds

We have about 10 days to explore this area (we have already been to Dehli and Agra on prevous trips) and would like some suggestions. We thought we might get a car and driver so far Jaipur - Ranthambore NP, Bundi, Bijaipur, Udiapur, Jaisalmer... We are looking at coming about 10th September.

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Have you thought of doing the whole thing by overnight train, thus saving you money, maximising your sightseeing time, and giving you a terrific experience in itself.... the train service across Rajasthan is very good, and the trains are, generally, fast and comfortable (in the AC classes)... and you could do, at that marvellous time of the year and with at least ten days at your disposal (try not to make it less!... more would be even better) a leisurely circular trip that would take in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner. Jaisalmer, in particular, is one not to miss under any circumstances; for what it's worth, it gets my vote for the most interesting place in all India.

Your idea of hiring a car and driver is, of course, a valid one, but it will surely make the price go up.... and, anyway, if you do the 'major' legs by train, you can always hire drivers in each city after you arrive.... you've travelled in India before, so you well know that you won't have to go looking for such people, they will surely find you!

Bundi and Udaipur were great suggestions, too, and they are quite well-connected by several buses per day, including an overnight one; however, it would tend to turn your ten fays into a mad rush if you tried to do all of these. Both are, however, most definitely worth a visit; Udaipur is becoming very touristy, but Bundi is a small jewel.

I can't really presume to give you a specific ten-day timetable, so I guess there's not much in this post that you haven't thought about already; however, if you need a good map of the Indian rail system to plan you route with, look at this site: www.indianrail.gov.in/images/rail-map.jpg.

You ought to spend a bit longer in Jaisalmer than it would take to see the town, as you have the chance, there, to go on a camel safari into the desert, which is a not-to-be-missed experience; you might even, with your time frame, be able to do what we never quite managed to do, even after two trips there: spend a night under the stars in a remote part of the desert, which is probably (if you choose your location well) the closest you will ever come to spending a night on the Moon.

The Shahi Palace boys (bless them) run a most wonderful camel safari into a part of the desert that is not available to the majority of the safari operators, so it, in my opinion, is the one to choose... if you 'go with the herd', you are likely to find yourself surrounded by hundreds of tourists, dozens of tents, and the inevitable pollution that goes with these.... and that, surely, misses the whole point of taking the trek in the first place. Here's another website to check: flickr.com/photos/…

Have a great holiday!

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Hi

Yes you can do the following itinerary as you shown your intersts to visit :

Day 01 Arrive Delhi and drive to Jaipur (4 hours)

Day 02 Jaipur

Day 03 Jaipur - Ranthambore (3-4 hours)

Day 04 Ranthambore - Bijapur via Bundi (5-6 hours + sightseeing)

Day 05 Bijapur - Udaipur (4 hours)

Day 06 Udaipur - Jodhpur 6 hours

Day 07 Jodhpur - Jaisalmer 6 hours

Day 08 Jaisalmer Full day sightseeing night train to Delhi

Day 09 Arrive Delhi

Day 10 Depart Delhi

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jennifer travels in jaipur gives a good offer on car tours in rajasthan . you can contact them too and find out the deal.

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5. Re: Jaipur and surrounds

I think 10 days to cover every place you want to visit is rushing it a bit. . In 10 days you should be able to do this -

Day 1 - Arrive Jaipur

'2 - Jaipur & evening train to Jaisalmer (the train Jaisalmer to Delhi is terribly long and uncomfortable)

3 - Jaisalmer

4 - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (try and fit in a safari with HACRA at Osian - www.hacra.org)

5 -Jodhpur - Ranakpur

6 -Ranakpur - Udaipur

7 - Udaipur

8 - Udaipur - Bijapur - Bundi

9 - Bundi - Ranthambore

10 - Ranthambore

11 - Ranthambore - Delhi train

Still extra nights in Jaipur & Jaisalmer would be good so ideally this should be a 13 to 14 day tour

Plenty of recommendation for Rajasthan tour operators on these forums, just use the search function

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Thanks - we are not sure how much to organise in advance and how much to just wing it. I will look into the train thing a bit more. We aren't on a fixed schedule so maybe we should just relax a little.

We had an amazing driver in from Delhi to Agra and we stopped and ate at roadside restaurants and thinsg which really made our trip. Unfortunately his contact details are not working for us.

We did a three night camel safari in Morocco recently enough to still remember the pain and while it was totally amazing half a day on camels would probably be all I need this time.

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7. Re: Jaipur and surrounds

Just noticed you are coming in September when the Ranthambore sanctuary will be closed. So go there for the beauty of the place but not for the game drives.

Best to book in advance but September is not high season so you should be able to get hotel etc done as you go. Trains definitely need to be booked in advance, now if you must

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