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11. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting boozle

Hey! Im arriving in delhi on 2nd November, going to be travelling around india for around 2 months!

Dodger, the taxi to agra and to jaipur sounds like a good plan. roughly how much could we expect to pay for the taxis?

Also are the trips worth doing, when everything is organised for you or is it much cheaper to arrange this yourself?

as much info as possible is greatly appreciated!

thanks.

Boozle

Hey sorry mate I just saw this. I've never done the taxi thing as I've not been pushed for time. From what I remember though you can hire a taxi for about 1500rp a day. But it's really hard work negotiating. That triangle area of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra is always more expensive because they are use to tourists flying in and still thinking in pounds and dollars. Worth doing, well you have to weigh up the pros and cons of your own trip. How much time do you have, how many people in your group, and then the variables of what driver you get. If your guest house is arranging the taxi, ask..no demand that you want to meet him before you leave. Ive heard of people being sent out with taxi drivers that were either miserable or rude, or didn't speak any English. But if you get a good one who really wants to show you his country, it can make for an awesome way to get around. I've paid over the top on tuc tuc rides just because the guy was friendly. Yes of course its cheaper to arrange yourself. But honestly until you see how India operates you can't understand just how difficult it can be to arrange anything. Again it comes down to time. If you have the time to haggle and fight with drivers, till you find the guy you want, then yes do it yourself. The trains to both Agra and Jaipur arent too bad to organize through a travel agent in Delhi.

12. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 5y

I have travelled to all of these places you mentioned: India, Thailand and Vietnam. I spent 5 weeks in India and I didn't feel like I even scratched the surface, but we did get around. First, Indian people are the nicest and friendliest people I have ever met. I would suggest to combine flying and rail. Mumbai is nice if you get away from the airport and get down to the south part. There is tons of cricket games going on in fields just a block west of Victoria Rail Station. Jaisalmer was a highlight to my trip. We flew from Mumbai to Jodhphur and then took the train to Jaisalmer. It is like stepping into a National Geographic magazine. If you get out there, you MUST stay INSIDE the walled city. Guesthouses will tell you there is no water inside the wall or that they are inside the wall. Be careful because they will do anything for your business. I can tell you a great place if you are interested. Jodphur is also a very nice place to spend a few days. Make sure you are in the old blue city. I felt like Jodphur is the friendliest city. The people seemed very happy there. We took the train back to Jaipur. We made arrangements for an auto rickshaw to take us on a full day trip to all the sights in Jaipur. We paid 300 rupees for the entire day and I think we got a steal. I can also recommend an AWESOME place in Jaipur to stay. You might want to spend 2 days in Jaipur but we had enough with one day. We went to Agra for one day and that was plenty to see the Fort and Taj Mahal. We also continued on to Varanasi and Darjeeling, but if you only have two weeks I wouldn't recommend to go on. Varanasi is an important holy city but I was quite disappointment. Some people exploit it for that reason. I didn't make it up to Delhi becuase I am not big on cities and I think it would be simliar to Mumbai/Jaipur. I also heard people throughout my travels talk about how much they loved Pushkar and Udaipur. We went to Goa and Pune as well. They were very nice but I wouldn't recommend trying to the north and south in one trip. I would focus on one or the other. I plan to go back to Goa, Kerala etc on a separate trip.

13. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 5y

In Vietnam my favourite spots were the Mekong Delta, Halong Bay and Hanoi. At first I didn't plan to go out to the Mekong Delta but it ended up being one of my favourite spots. We booked an 'organized' tour of the Mekong Delta when we were in Saigon (however, nothing in Vietnam is organized). I am not big on organized tours but you need to do that in some spots of Vietnam. These tours take you down backwaters and to small cottage industry places that you just can't get to on your own. Don't worry, all the groups are small and the itineraries are very flexible. If you do book one of these tours they all return back to Saigon. I would recommend ending the tour in the mekong delta and fly straight up to Hanoi from the Can Tho airport. There is no sense wasting your time travelling all the way back to Saigon. Then from Hanoi you can work your way back down the coast. Hanoi was awesome! It was one of my favourite cities. you can spend a few days there. And of course Halong Bay is a must see. In Thailand, I didn't really like Bangkok too much...maybe a few days. I perferred Chaing Mai over Bangkok. I loved Kanchanburi and the River Kwai area. It is very peaceful out there and there is lots to see and do. Erawan Falls park is a nice place to spend a day to relex. There's lots of day trips from that area. An overnight hilltribe trek in the north is also a must-do once-in-a-lifetime experience.

14. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 5y

Oh! and the third-class train between Kanchanaburi to Bangkok was loads of fun. It is an awesome way to see 'real' Thailand and it was a highlight of our trip.

15. Posted by Chak56 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

HI!

Takis can be hired very easily & runs @ per km that you travel, no one has to haggle
there are many web sites just google taxi hire to Agra or jaipur
here is one
http://www.taxirentalindia.com/

There is big hype about jaipur, better places are Jodhpur & Jaiselmer & Bikener.

Best of luck

16. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting Chak56

HI!

Takis can be hired very easily & runs @ per km that you travel, no one has to haggle

Best of luck

hahaha excellent joke!

17. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting vickim

Jaisalmer was a highlight to my trip. We flew from Mumbai to Jodhphur and then took the train to Jaisalmer. It is like stepping into a National Geographic magazine. If you get out there, you MUST stay INSIDE the walled city. Guesthouses will tell you there is no water inside the wall or that they are inside the wall. Be careful because they will do anything for your business.

That's actually not true, or you misunderstood what they were telling you. There is water in the walled city of course, but the city infrastructure was never designed for hundreds of tourists who want to take showers and flush toilets every 10 minutes. The water supply and sewage systems are doing a vast amount of damage to the city and it's for this reason they ask that you don't stay inside the city walls.

here's and article about it. jaisalmer

18. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 5y

Hey Dodger

I read that there were water shortages inside the walled city and I actually hesitated going there for that reason. I stayed there for almost a week. I offer to Chimmy (our host) that we would use water conservatively and he openly laughed at us. I told him that I read there is a water problem and he said that it wasn't true and that they had a large reserve. The problem we encountered was an electricity shortage every afternoon. We also experienced a shortage of water in Jodphur. I guess there is mixed opinions about this depending on who you ask or what you read.

Cheers!
Vicki

19. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting vickim

Hey Dodger

I read that there were water shortages inside the walled city and I actually hesitated going there for that reason. I stayed there for almost a week. I offer to Chimmy (our host) that we would use water conservatively and he openly laughed at us. I told him that I read there is a water problem and he said that it wasn't true and that they had a large reserve. The problem we encountered was an electricity shortage every afternoon. We also experienced a shortage of water in Jodphur. I guess there is mixed opinions about this depending on who you ask or what you read.

Cheers!
Vicki

Did you read the article? Or maybe you didn't understand it. It's not the water coming in so much as the water going out, that is the problem. The sewage water is washing away the foundations of the old walls. As for your guest house guy saying it wasn't true. lol You said yourself the guest house owners will tell you anything to get you to stay at their place. you really think your guy would tell you not to stay at his place because of the damage you were doing? There's nothing mixed about it if you read the official reports and not what your guest house guy says. :)

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