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1. Posted by matthi (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

im planing to travel through india, specially rajasthan next july.
i perfere traveling beside masstourism. i´d like to see undistoted life there and not whats made just for the tourists.
does anyone have experiences with india? or any tips where to go?
thanks
matthias

2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 315 posts) 9y

Hi Matthias,
I was in Rajasthan late last year. The thing is, it gets really hot in July so I don't know if that is the best time to visit. I would strongly recommend visiting Rajasthan in winter. As far as tips on places to visit in India, here goes:

1) Leh/Ladakh (cannot be visited in winter)
2) Dharmshala (better visited in Summer)
3) Delhi (India Gate,Qutb Minar, Red Fort(make sure you catch the Sound & Lights Show), Chandni Chowk)
4) Agra (Taj Mahal)
5) Jaipur
6) Jaisalmer (should only be visited in Winter. This is like no place you would have ever seen. Completely magical).
7) Goa
8) Backwaters of Kerala

Hope this helps.

Pranav

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3377 posts) 9y

To the list of Pranavc I would like to add Jodhpur. I find this one of the most beautiful cities in India. All houses are in blue (its not for nothing called "the blue city") and it has a magnifical fort. Don't miss Jodhpur when you are in rajasthan. Also Udaipur (south of Jodhpur) is great with its lake-palace and monsoon palace at a mountaintop with great views overlooking the city and the whole area around. July is low-season in India so don't expect mass-tourism. Some travelagencies and hotels arrange camelsafaries (especially around Jaisalmer and Bikaner, in the middle of Thar desert). I recommend you doing this as it is a stunning experience. You will see silent desert villages and sleeping underneath the stars is fabulous (you will feel your ass though after three days sitting on a dromedary, don't take more I suggest). Go to hotel Anurag in Jaisalmer. These guys were great. They arranged a 5 daytrip for only 10 euro (incl. food/water).

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 315 posts) 9y

I agree with wouterr about Jodhpur. I was there last December and it is definitely worth a 2-day visit on the way from Jaipur to Jaisalmer.

Pranav

5. Posted by matthi (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

many thanks so far. many places to see, less time, i hope i will manage this.
i´d prefere to go there in winter too, but my only holidays are in july.originally i wanted to do a trip to vietnam this year, but the monsun will be to hard during this time,...i already had to stand this last year when i was in myanmar in august;-/

6. Posted by robsie (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

Since you want to go to Rajasthan you MUST go to jaisalmer, its just the most beautiful town (enclosed in a fort). even though it is rather touristy i can still guarantee you an amazing time. Make sure you spend a night sleeping under the millions of stars in the desert!

7. Posted by matthi (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

im a romantic person,...i promise you i will spend a night there;-) good to here that my choice to go there seems to be the right.im anxious if its really that great as everybody says.

8. Posted by brucewo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

seeing the stars alone isnt romantic at all.
a girl should join you or afreind.
indeed a freind, cause you seem to be more the type of guy looking at the stars without searching for the one and only love in life.in the end maybe this is too romantic

9. Posted by edwardseco (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

The heat will be ferocious but if it gets too bad you might flee to Mt Abu, temples and the Bikaneer Palace for nostalgic stay,eats. Udaipur, Jaiselmer and Jodhpur in that order are my favorites..

10. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1026 posts) 8y

I go along with the rest about Rajasthan - Jodphur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer you should definitely go to, Udaipur is also worth a visit if you have time. Pushkar is quite interesting too, has lots of westerners who stay there for a long time because they will tell you they 'have found themselves', and they will deny it's because the marijuana is so cheap!!!!! I know around Ladakh is beautiful, but if you want to get away from the tourists, head up to Sikkim. It's beautiful, not many tourists, and a fusion of Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan culture. Start in Darjeeling, then head up slowly to Gangtok, staying in a couple of villages on the way. Then head up to Yumthang valley and have a couple of nights in the village of Lachung.