We are planning a visit to India in December as a family and would love some input/advise for anyone who's from Jaipur and even other regions. Here's a bit of backgrounder on us for you so you can get some insight in our travel needs.
I was born in India and migrated to Canada when I was 2, with the family but we all returned to India when 12 and I stayed till my early twenties, so am familiar with India and travel in India and have family & friends.
Wife is Indian also but from U.K, she has been to India as a child but not since the last 25 years.
Kids- 11 yrs, and 14 yrs. Both born and bread Canadian, never been.
Here is my itinerary any advice would be greatly appreciated-- I know it's long and may be boring to read but I'd looooove to have your take on this and any recommendations if you feel necessary.
Dec 06- Dec 25
Arriving Mumbai Dec 6- heading strait to our village where my uncle has a home in Gujarat, we are spending a few days with him and then over to another close city, where my aunt who resides in London has a vacation home which we will be using (home is immaculate & ready to reside in).
We are planning on just chilling out for the next 2.5 weeks their as I have some friends and relatives, plus we want to take in everyday life and do normal things like stroll in the bazzars in the evening perhaps catch some movies and go out to dinner. Just a very low key relax few weeks. Take the kids to local area favourites of mine while growing up in India, my schools and my other city friends.
Dec 25-30th Jaipur
December 25 we're heading off to Jaipur (we haven't decided if we're going to take a driver with a AC Jeep from Surat, Gujarat which would be a 12-13 hr drive or drive to Ahemadabad and take a flight to Jaipur, which would be a 4 hr drive to Ahemadabad and then I believe a 2 hr flight, so with arriving 2 hours prior and checking out another 1 hr or so would bring the total flight rouge schedule about 9 hrs.)
Checking into Jaipur hotel Dec 25 check out Dec 30
Here is where I'm planning on spending 5 nights in Jaipur, once again taking in the city and culture as a whole with some rest and relaxation, not going crazy on the sight-seeing routines, everyday perhaps sight see 1 or 2 attractions a day. I like lounging with a drink and good book/magazine some afternoons or evenings, maybe take in some local traditional dance/music performance. Is there a desert area perhaps with tents and traditional dancers/musicians?
Checking out Dec-30. Going to Delhi-
I'm thinking of taking renting a large jeep that comes with a driver are there any available in Jaipur? Since the standard taxi would be too small to fit 4 of us and 5-6 bags,.
I was considering the train but thought of the hassle of loading the luggage from the hotel to train station and from train station to hotel in Delhi. I don't mind spending the xtra few dollers for the luxury of just loading it once and then straight to Delhi hotel.
Check in Dec 30th in the Grand Godwin Hotel in Delhi- a basic simple hotel.
We are planning to take in some Delhi sights on the 30th, then on morning of 31st go to Agra leave at 4 or 5 am to reach Agra to see the Taj at sunrise, then tour the Taj and some Agra if necessary and make our way back to Delhi.
- Jan 01 take in some sights of Delhi and start winding down since we have a flight Jan 02 at 3 am coming back to Toronto.
How does the itinerary look?