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1. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 7y

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I want to travel to India and visit Dehli, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur etc for two weeks, then try and tag on a few days in Goa. I was wondering if we could manage this by ourselves or if we should book a tour.
I was comparing the price of a tour to what we did last year in Vietnam and we paid only a fraction of the price in the broshures, so I know that the prices for India will be highly inflated too!
It is just that India looks so chaotic I was not sure if it was easy to get around or not, we are not young backpackers but not frightened of roughing it a bit.
Jenny

2. Posted by mayaroy (Full Member 22 posts) 7y

Hi Jenny,

Yes I would suggest you come to India and then book your tour according to your choice and days available. If you like I can assist you in planning out the same in a circuitous root.
Arrive in Delhi visit Agra on a day tour and proceed to jaipur and onwards. From Udaipur off to Goa via Mumbai.

I have a place called Mayas Nest, check it out, and let me know.
Thanks
Asha

3. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

A tour in India???

It is nowhere so easy to travel than in India. There is an extensive train network, you can catch a bus every five minutes and for the more out of the way spots you can rent a private car for a day tour.
But to take a tour for your whole Indian trip would be a waste of money (in my opinion)...

Yves

4. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 7y

Hi Jenny,

It is true that independent travel in India has become much easier and comfortable that what it used to be some 5 years back. Train network in india is extensive and with the advent of online booking, u can book any train anywhere in india on the Indian railways website( www.irctc.co.in). Buses are frequent and plenty and with the airfares coming down, long distances can be covered by air. U can check and compare the air-fares of various domestic airlines on www.travelguru.com and www.makemytrip.com

The places that u have chosen are easy to travel, like Delhi--agra--jaipur can be done in a triangle with each place separated from other by a travel time of 3-4 hrs by either train or bus. Once ur done with the traingle cities, u can take an overnight train from Jaipur to Udaipur and from there u can take a train to Jodhpur.

Once ur done with Jodhpur, u can catch a train to Mumbai and spend a couple of days there and then move on to Goa which is again an overnight journey away from Mumbai.

Hope this helps:)

Do let me know if u need any more info

Cheers
Arif, Mumbai

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

Traveling in India is very easy. No need to take a tour. Yes it is chaotic, intense, and mentally draining at times, but with the excellent rail system, countless buses, infinite cheap hotels and restaurants, and the fact that most people speak English, logistically speaking, India is one of the easiest countries in Asia to travel in - maybe easier than Vietnam. Arranging transport, accommodation and food couldn't be easier especially in the highly touristed areas that you are going. And doing it on your own is incredibly cheap. A tour is a waste of money.

6. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 7y

Thank you everybody for all the replies.
I feel more confident now, just wasnt sure as I didnt know anybody that had been to India.

Is it best to book rooms before we go? In Vietnam we just found rooms by word of mouth in each destination.

I wanted to go October 2009 but the travel shop said November was best..........what do you think?

Also what is health care like?
My husband recentley suffered a heart attack at a young age and is a bit worried about help should anything like this happen again. Delhi seems to have lots of hospitals.......but would the other destinations be too remote?

Jenny

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 7y

The places that u intend to visit are all big places with all the modern facilities and the cities of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur have comparable facilities as Delhi has, so i dont think easy availibility of medical facilities should be a problem.

October would a bit hot in the Rajasthan area while November would be a bit cooler and easy to manage during the day trips. Regarding hotels rooms, most of the locations u can walk through and get rooms, but if u intend to pre-book, u can have a look at www.travelguru.com and www.ezeego1.com

Hope that u both have a nice n refreshing time in India:)

Cheers
Arif

8. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 7y

October to Feb is generally a good time to visit India. Not very hot and the monsoon also wades away by then.
Pre-booking is definitely the best option. There are a number of websites to book hotel / flight tickets that you can choose from:
makemytrip.com ezeego1.com travelocity.co.in cleartrip.com
Rail reservation can be made at, irctc.co.in

Happy Travelling :)

9. Posted by Bryony (Full Member 7 posts) 7y

Hi Jenny,

Yes indeed, you can definitely 'manage' India without a tour - there is so much public transport and the the rail network is absolutely amazing. Having said that, I don't understand why so many people are so scathing about pre-arranged tours (you don't necessarily have to do a group tour) or making a few bookings before you leave - there's no shame at all in making life a little easier for yourself.

It's totally and completely understandable to wish to leave your options open - you might fall in love with a certain spot and want to spend the rest of your trip there. But often, this freedom is only available to travellers with the luxury of time on their hands. However, if you really want to cover some ground within a short timeframe, pre-arranging transport and accommodation along your route can really make the whole thing more relaxed (and you shouldn't view it as cheating - you should travel however you feel comfortable). It can be really disappointing to miss out on a destination because the trains are fully booked or something else pops up. It really is true that you don't need to worry about travelling independently in India (I did it myself for four months), but if you have a particular route in mind and a limited window of time, it might be handy to lay down some of the foundations. I really hope that helps and I wish you a wonderful trip!!

10. Posted by nary_win (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi Jenny,
Now days its not that expensive booking a tour and then visit India, If you can get a tour package for the same price as you do an individual tour and then y to do that. Instead of going in a public bus, you should go with a private car. I assure you its not expensive at all. Moreover you dont have a headache of going according to the timings and schedule of buses and trains. You can easily get your booking done with some good travel agency but it shouldn't be big...other wise they can charge you little more.