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India in November: how to put it all together

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India in November: how to put it all together

We are attending a family wedding in Calcutta in November and trying to build a trip around that. We have date restrictions because we are flying on points into Delhi from North America. We arrive in the wee hours on a Tuesday. The wedding is the following Tuesday so we have a few free days. We wanted to arrive in Calcutta on the Sunday before the wedding. That leaves us with five days to fill. We have been to Delhi several times so no need to tour there this time. We wanted to do an overnight trip to Amritsar, possibly followed by a couple nights at a tiger reserve before flying to Calcutta. Our preference is to use air travel to maximize our time. Any suggestions for a short tiger safari? We hope to leave Calcutta on November 21st. We have to be back in Delhi for our return flight by November 27. We had wanted to see Udaipur and perhaps Jaisalmer but we are also obliged to spend a couple of nights in Pune with family. Any suggestions on putting this last part together? We can skip Jaipur as we have also been there more than once. Again, air travel is the preferred option. Suggestions are welcome!

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There are no "short tiger safari" options. The nearest is Ranthambhore, near Jaipur. If you have 5 days, you can do Ranthambhore in 3-4 days. You can either take a train from Delhi to Ranthambhore (Sawai Madhopur) or fly to Jaipur and drive 4hrs to Ranthambhore. You need at least 3-4 safaris for a fighting chance at tiger spotting.

Day 1 - Fly to Jaipur, drive 4hrs to Ranthambhore.

Day 2 - Two safaris (morning and afternoon)

Day 3 - Morning safari, afternoon visit Ranthambhore Fort (Unesco World Heritage site) and Dastkar

Day 4 - Return to Jaipur and fly to Delhi

Or at the end of the safari on Day 3 you can return to Delhi.

If you haven't visited Jaipur you may wish to combine this with Jaipur for a good holiday.

Edited: 01 September 2013, 03:42
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Another option is Corbett, which is 6-7 hours drive from Delhi.

Day 1 - Leave super-early and drive to Corbett. Afternoon in Corbett

Day 2 - Day at Corbett

Day 3 - Leave for Delhi

There are tigers in Corbett also, but they tend to be more elusive than Ranthambhore.

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5. Re: India in November: how to put it all together

I just noticed you said you have already visited Jaipur. So maybe you can just do Ranthambhore and then fly from Jaipur to Pune to spend time with family as you say.

If you want, you can combine Khajuraho and Bandhavgarh, that is also a good way to spend 5 days. No family time possible in that case.

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Thanks for your responses, they are most helpful. I think we can do Amritsar, Udaipur and Jodhapur before going to Kolkata. It means we will have to "hit the ground running" on arrival, but our international flights are business class so we should be able to get some rest. Right now the revised plan is to arrive in Delhi (just after midnight), check into an airport hotel for a few hours sleep and then fly to Amritsar mid morning. We would spend the day there and overnight rather than rushing back to Delhi. The plan would be to fly from Amritsar to Udaipur where we would spend a couple of days and also visit Jodhapur. We thought of adding Jaisalmer but it is a long drive and would probably be just too much. We would arrive in Udaipur on Wednesday evening and would have until Sunday when we would fly to Kolkata. We would spend four nights enjoying the wedding and the fly to??? Tigers, Pune?? We are not sure which order. We could stay in Corbett before or after Pune. We have to return to Delhi to fly home in any event. No more than 3 nights in Pune....that still leaves four nights for tigers.

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