Winter Vacation 2009 – India attempt 2

2 04 2009

With the mixed memories of our previous Indian trip (Mumbai, Goa and Kerala) still fresh in our minds, we wanted to give India another go. Since transportation is such a huge hurdle in India, this time round with decided to go with a tour.

GAPAdventures had a trip that fitted with our dates (set by the school vacation time) and budget (US$1100 each all up) while taking us to some of the most famous parts of India, Rajastan.

The map below shows the trip we undertook, starting in New Delhi, followed by an overnight train trip to Jodhpur and then our own bus for the rest of the trip.

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The trip itinerary :

Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi at any time.

Day 2 Delhi
Dive into the heart of India’s capital to explore both Old and New Delhi. Visit Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid, or walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest markets.

Day 3 Jodhpur
Arrive into the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Towering over the city, Meherangarh Fort, together with the palaces and bazaars, epitomizes all that is Rajasthan.

Day 4 Ranakpur
Travel to the outstanding Jain Temples at Ranakpur, made of white marble, these temples are architectural marvels. En route stop at the village of Salwas, which is the center of dhurry weaving.

Day 5-6 Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur one of the most whimsical and serene places in Rajasthan. The jewel of the city is the Lake Palace, rising out of Lake Pichola.

Day 7 Jojawar
This little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar. Staying with the descendants of the original owners, we explore this small village by foot.

Day 8-9 Pushkar
Site of the world’s only temple to Brahma, Pushkar is often called “Tirth Raj,” the Raj (king) of pilgrimage centres.

Day 10 Bundi
Explore this small sleepy town of Bundi which is surrounded by the Aravali hills on three sides. An impressive medieval fort, a palace with beautiful murals, unusual step wells and temples with stone idols along with a small lake in the heart of the town add to its charm.

Day 11-12 Jaipur
Travel to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Visit India’s second most viewed site, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. Follow in the footsteps of the royal harem, ride an elephant to the Amber Fort Palace.

Day 13 Agra
Enroute to Agra, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the now deserted former capital of the Mughals and Itimad-ud-Daulah, the Baby Taj. Home to the Mughal kings for centuries, Agra also has some wonderful food specialities worth trying. Petha are pieces of white pumpkin dipped in sugar syrup and Gajak is a crumbly sweet made with sesame and jaggery.

Day 14 Delhi
Before returning to Delhi, we visit the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Rising before sunrise to get the best light we enter this white marble masterpiece. In Agra we also ride on one of the ubiquitous cycle rickshaws to visit the Red Fort.

Day 15 Depart Delhi

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