How many days do you have for your tour overall?
We will probably be in Rajasthan for both the Pushkar Camel Fair and the Diwali Festival,(presuming we see Diwali in Jaipur) both citys look like they are fairly close, but is there a way we can see both and fit them in our itinerary .our is there another city that would be good for Diwali, we don't mind if it is a smaller town.
Diwali will be 27th Oct and Pushkar Fair runs from 2nd to 10th Nov. Yes Jaipur will be a great place to be in for Diwali. So the itinerarey may be -
Oct 26 - Arrive Delhi
27 - Del-Jaipur
28 - Jaipur
29 - Jaipur - Osian
30 - Osian - Jodhpur
31 - Jodhpur - Ranakpur
1 - Ranakpur - Udaipur
2 - Udaipur
3 - Udaipur - Bassi
4 - Bassi - Pushkar
5 - Pushkar
6 - Pushkar - Karauli
7 - Karauli - Agra
8 - Agra - Orchha
9 - Orchha - Khajuraho
10 - Khajuraho - Varanasi
11 - Varanasi
12 - Varanasi - Delhi
13 - Delhi sightseeing & out
No you wont be able to include Bikaner & Shekhawati and should not worry about this!!
Have a great trip!
Cut out unwanted destinations. After all you are not on a desert car rally!
As legendsandpal has said, you need to cut a bit out of your itinerary. I think that what TGS Tours suggested would be far too much. Your feet wouldn't touch the ground and you'd see India through a blur of 'where are we today'.
Sometimes it's better to spend a little more time in each place so you have the opportunity to really see it and remember it rather than rush through on your way to the next destination. After all, you can always come back to India again.
We've travelled through different areas of India four times over the past few years. Each area is quite different and you can only really appreciate that if you take the time to experience your surroundings.
Dear Jenny -
Your question is a difficult one to answer without knowing what *you* want from this trip. It's different for different people.
For me, a trip to Rajasthan is about understanding the land and its people, its history and its major monuments. That means:
1) Visit 2-3 of the most important forts, a couple of palaces and cenotaphs. It is widely held that Jodhpur's Mehrangarh is among the best forts in Rajasthan. Amer Fort in Jaipur is interesting because of the elephant ride it offers to the top of the fort. Kumbhalgarh is massive; and Chittorgarh is fanciful/romantic/tragic. In terms of palaces, the City Palace Udaipur is pretty much my top choice.
2) Experience desert life and communities: The Aravalli hills bisect Rajasthan. To the northwest is the desert, to which Jodhpur/Osiyan are the gateway. Bikaner/Jaisalmer are other popular desert destinations.
3) Experience a festival: If you are there around the Pushkar fair time, that is a good choice. Diwali is a big festival but it is a private festival celebrated in homes, and not something that tourists experience significantly. There are no processions, etc. The shops and bazaars are incredibly busy at this time.
4) Experience some of the greener areas of Rajasthan. Not all of Rajasthan is a desert. Udaipur is a beautiful (and unique) city of lakes.
5) Try the food: Get a cooking lesson somewhere or find other ways to get into trying the local cuisine.
6) See the crafts: Rajasthan is famous for its textiles, pottery, paper making, jewellery, leather, weaving and other crafts. Take the time to visit workshops, see things being made. Jaipur is a big centre, so is Jodhpur. Udaipur has miniature painting.
7) Get a dose of the state's natural beauty and wildlife: There are many wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan; some are big and popular like Ranthambhore. Others are smaller and lesser known. For example near Bassi which you originally planned there is the Bassi sanctuary. Near Kumbhalgarh there is a sanctuary. In November you will also see winter migratory birds at Khichan (1.5 hrs from Osiyan where you are planning) and Bharatpur near Agra is also a wonderful location for birding.
I really like Manjari's itinerary above because it has most if not all of these things and gives you an excellent flavour of Rajasthan.
DeepaEdited: 16 April 2011, 17:52
Thanks Deepa for your time to give this information. it is exactly what I was looking for to try and organise what and where for our trip. Thanks also for the info on Diwali, we will probably now go the next week and include Pushkar Camel Fair. Will probably work around Manjari's itinerary.