Hi everybody, My name is Elena and I'm from spain. I've just started to prepare a journey to India for 4-6 weeks next February-March. I've spent two hours reading all your post about it and I'm so glad for this adventure...
First at all sorry for my english, I hope you could understand me but if you can't please ask and correct me XDDD
That's my trip plain: I wanna go to the North with my mother (I heard India is a very safe country even for women who travel solo, is that true?). Probably we'll arrive by plane to Delhi and then go to Agra, Varanasi, Kolkata, Najpur, Mumbay, Udaipur, Jaipur and Delhi again. I wanna know:
- Do you know some hotels at these places? Remember, I'll go with my mother XDDD
- Places we must go in your opinion.
- Car with guides, Train, Plane... What do you think it's better to go between places???
- Other options for these areas???
Thanks a lot for your help ;-)
Nice to hear that you are visiting India. India is a safe place .You should stay in good hotels and always you take good guides with you.You can ask me also or else you can send me direct Emails in my address:-snip, try the message center-.I may be of help to you.
With best wishes,
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Greetings from India’s Invitation!
I had gone through your thread very carefully. Yes! India is quite safe for the woman alone traveler. Below I have furnished information about the hotels at every Destination from a budget accommodation to a luxurious place. Here I would suggest you that you may skip to go to Kolkata and Nagpur as both destination is completely out of circuit. Below I have roped all the destinations mentioned by you in a beautiful tour itinerary. I have also added few more interesting destinations in your tour program. The itinerary goes as under.
The tour program and the quotation go as under:
Day 01: Delhi: Welcome to India. You will be received by our representative on Delhi International airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time free for leisure. In the evening move out for a walking tour of the old streets of the Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi: After a leisurely breakfast move out visit Mother Theresa’s Orphanage. Further move out for a sightseeing tour of the city that includes visiting to the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk & Jama Masjid along with other attractions. Evening free to move around the colourful markets for shopping.
Day 03: Agra: Morning checkout and transfer to Agra by your exclusive vehicle. On arrival at Agra visit the incomparable Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in a guided sightseeing tour. Rest of the completely on your discretion.
Day 04: Varanasi: In the morning board the flight for Varanasi. At Varanasi take a walking tour of a few Ghats and narrow backlanes to feel the pulse of this most sacred city of India.
Day 05: Varanasi: Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to witness holy rituals on Ghats. A very spiritual experience! Day tour to Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon. Late in the night you will be transferred to the train station to board the train for Mumbai.
Day 06: Mumbai: You will be received at Mumbai and assisted straight to your hotel. Rest of the time free for leisure. In the evening move out for a walking tour of the city.
Day 07: Mumbai: After a leisurely breakfast move out for the sightseeing of the Mumbai city. Visit notable attractions of the city which includes Dhobi Ghat, Crawford market, Marine drive and old mansions of Colaba area along with the Elephanta caves. Later board the train for Jaipur. Over night in the train.
Day 08: Jaipur: You will be received at train station and transferred to your hotel. Time free for leisure. In the evening take a walking tour of the colorful streets and bazaars of Jaipur City. The beauty of Jaipur is that its unique architecture and town planning is visible at even the most commonest places such as its squares and lanes.
Day 09: Jaipur: Day optional tour to Sanganer town (for block printing factories) or a lunch at Samode Palace (extra charges applicable). Sunset view of Jaipur from imposing Nahargarh fort. Evening free to walk in the wonderfully lit bazaars of the Pink City.
Day 10: Jaipur: Take a full day long sightseeing tour of Jaipur city that includes the City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal, Birla temple, Albert hall and excursion to the old capital Amber. Here at Amber, you’ll ascend till the gates of majestic fort on elephant back. The fort displays a beautiful mix of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. Optional trip to ethnic village resort where you may enjoy traditional Rajasthani dinner.
Day 11: Pushkar: After a leisurely breakfast drive to Pushkar in your exclusive vehicle. In the evening move out to visit the holiest city of Rajasthan. Take a pleasant walk on the street around the sacred pond and Ghats up to Brahma temple. Rest of the time free for leisure.
Day 12: Udaipur: Morning drive to Udaipur visiting the unparalleled Ranakpur temples (the temple here is the largest Jain temple in the world having 1444 carved pillars with no two pillars looking alike!) before finally checking in. On arrival, have some leisure in your hotel room. In the evening take a sightseeing tour of the breathtaking royal buildings around the Lake in boat tour.
Day 13: Udaipur: Take a full day sightseeing trip of the city which includes visit to the City Palace (note the trees growing at the top floor of the palace, which is actually the summit of the hill the palace is covering!), Saheliyon ki bari and excursion to temples of Nagada and Eklingji. In the evening you may visit the Shilpgram or can explore the interesting labyrinths around Jagdish temple at your discretion.
Day 14: Jodhpur: After a leisurely breakfast drive to Jodhpur in your exclusive vehicle. On arrival check in. Relax for a while. Move out to visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Evening free to walk in the colorful bazaars of the Jodhpur.
Day 15: Jaisalmer: Drive to Jaisalmer. Transfer on camels to desert camp in a village outside Jaisalmer to spend the day in rustic desert atmosphere. Night stay in desert camp.
Day 16: Jaisalmer: Transfer to Jaisalmer city and check in. Sightseeing of various attractions of the town including a walk in the fort and lanes of the town below.
Day 17: Bikaner: Reach to Gajner through Bikaner-the camel city. On arrival check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Further visit the well-preserved Junagarh fort.
Day 18: Bikaner: In morning drive to Deshnok Temple (The Rate Temple). Further visit to the unique Camel Breeding Farm.
Day 19: Mandawa: In the morning drive to Mandawa in your exclusive vehicle. On your arrival check in at your hotel. Relax for a while. Later move out for a walking tour of the town to see some of its frescoed havelies.
Day 20: Ranthambhore: After reaching Sawai Madhopur, take a jungle safari on jeeps to see the rare Indian tigers in full glory at the Ranthambhore National Park.
Day 21: Ranthambhore: At 0700 in the morning visit the National Park once again as morning hours are better time to view the wild animals. After lunch there awaits another safari to explore what you missed in the first two. Evening at leisure.
Day 22: Bharatpur: In the morning take a open jeep safari inside the national park. Later drive to Bharatpur in your exclusive vehicle. Further take a Rickshaw ride inside the National Park. Rest of the time at leisure.
Day 23: New Delhi: In the morning drive to New Delhi in your exclusive vehicle. On arrival check in to your hotel. At appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to home. (the tour ends)
Place Hotel Category Cost
New Delhi a) The Park 5* Deluxe Euro 160
b) The Centaur 5* Euro 98
b) Sagar Residency 3* Euro 47
Agra a) Taj View 5* Euro 94
b) Dedar-e-Taj 3* Euro 32
Varanasi a) Taj On Ganges 5* Euro 115
b) Clark Varanasi 3* Euro 40
Mumbai a) The Taj Mahal 5* Deluxe Euro 208
b) Sahil 3* Euro 61
Jaipur a) Rambagh Palace 5* Deluxe Euro 355
b) Jai Mahal Palace 5* Euro 209
c) Park Plaza 4* Euro 57
d) Madhuban Heritage Euro 30
Pushkar a) Pushkar Palace Heritage Euro 56
Udaipur a) Lake Palace 5* Deluxe Euro 279
b) Shikar Bari Hunting Lodge Euro 63
c) Sarovar on Pichola Heritage Euro 30
Jodhpur a) Taj Hari Mahal 5* Euro 90
b) Ajit Bhawan Heritage Euro 67
c) Karni Bhawan Heritage Euro 38
Jaisalmer a) Gorband Palace Heritage Euro 70
b) Fort Rajwara 4* Euro 60
c) Dolamaru 3* Euro 25
Bikaner a) Laxmi Niwas Heritage Euro 116
b) Bhanwar Niwas Heritage Euro 55
Mandawa a) Castle Mandawa Deluxe Heritage Euro 110
b) Mandawa Haveli Heritage Euro 32
Ranthambore a) Ranthambhore Bagh Jungle Resort Euro 70
b) Ankur Resort Jungle Resort Euro 40
Bharatpur a) Laxmi Vilas Palace 4* Euro 70
b) Udai Vilas Palace 3* Euro 45
Air and Train Fare:
Air fare for Agra – Varanasi : Euro 75
Train fare for Varanasi – Mumbai : US$ 54
Train fare for Mumbai – Jaipur : US$ 36
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Thanks a lot for your answers.
Abhilash, I've visited your web, I think it can be very useful for my plains, thanks. Anyway, Kolkata it's necessary for me to visit cause when I was a little girl I read "The City of Joy" by Dominique Lapierre and I promissed me to visit that place as soon as possible so... I have to go there.
pranab, thank you too. I've took a look to your profile and I've seen you are medical specialist. I'm pathologist and now I'm studyng to get a place to be otolaryngologist too, here in Spain XDDD Thank for your email, I think I'll have many questions next months so I'll write you a lot XDDD
I've just started to prepare the visit, I have to read a lot from your country next months but I'm sure it's gonna be the best experience I've ever lived.
Hi again. I have some questions: Do you think it's better make hotel reservations from Spain or can I get it when I was there? It's february-march high season? and... It would be easy gettin' a car with driver from Delhi to Varanasi for 12-15 days?
Thanks a lot for your answers ;-)