My grandfather is 90 years old and wants to see the Taj Mahal.
My Aunty and I have been looking at taking him on a tour of Rajasthan and we are tossing up between the 8 day Palace on Wheels tour versus a slightly longer Drive and Hotel type tour (perhaps 12-13 days).
The benefits I can see in travelling by luxury train travel is that there will be no unpacking and repacking of suitcases, no sitting for hours on end in a car and the ability to sleep while you make tracks (ahem) and wake up each day in a new city, your hotel travelling with you.
The downside is I'm assuming you wouldn't get to see much of the countryside go by as most of the travelling will be at night time. It also seems rather jam packed to fit that much into 8 days.
Alternatively, travel by car would allow us to see the countryside and experience hotels rather than sleep in the same place every night. I am also wondering if it would allow us to explore more of the local area having more leisure time on travelling days after checking into hotels.
Being my first time in India, I really want to make the most of the trip. There is an obvious price difference between these two types of travel and I am concerned about the high cost of the train trip and whether the extra money is worth the lesser hassle or whether a car trip would provide a better experience. Obviously I need to take into account travelling with a 90 year old. He is very mobile albeit a little slow.
I am wondering if anyone else has deliberated the same options and perhaps experienced the different options and would have any thoughts to share?