I am planning to visit India in mid March 2011.
Following is the itinerary which I had prepared. Me and my wife are in our late 30's and relatively in good health.
I would much appreciatee if I can get some feedback and suggestions on my itinerary so that I can fine tune it.
Arrival in New Delhi at 6 p.m. Night in NEW DELHI
Exchange currency at Connaught Place.
Take Train # 2412 Gondwana Express leaving Delhi Nizamuddin (Platform # 7) at 3.25 p.m Arrive in Agra at 6.50 p.m
(AC Chair Rs. 277) Night in AGRA
Visit the Taj at 6 a.m and hire a car and visit the Fatepur Sikhri, the Taj Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah Take Train # 2965 GWL UDZ Express leaving Agra (Platform # 2) at 5.35 p.m and arriving in Jaipur at 10.15 p.m (AC Chair Rs. 341) Night in JAIPUR
Visit Amber Fort, the City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Take Train # 2965 GWL UDZ Express (Platform # 2) at 10.15 p.m to Udaipur (2AC Rs. 772)
Arrive in Udaipur at 6.10 a.m Visit the Lake Palace & the City Palace Night in UDAIPUR
Hire a car (TATA Indigo - Rs. 4,500) and drive to Jodhpur Via Kumbalgarh (spend 2 hrs) & Ranakpur (1 1/2 hrs) Expected arrival time in Jodhpur : 7 p.m Relax and refresh at Nirvana Cafe
Take Train # 4810 JU JSM Express from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer Departure : 11 p.m (3AC Rs. 444)
Arrive in Jaisalmer at 5 a.m Take a half day camel safari to the desert Night in JAISALMER
Jaisalmer sight seeing. Take Train # 4060 JSM DLI Express to Jodhpur Departure : 4.30 p.m Arrive in Jodhpur at 9.50 p.m (2AC Rs. 551) Night in JODHPUR
Visit the the Meherangarh Fort and the Jaswant Thada Take Train # 9223 Jammu Tawi Express to Jalandhar City Departure : 8.05 p.m (2AC Rs. 1,105)
Visit the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh Take a taxi to Wagah Border to see the Border Closing Ceremony in the evening Night in AMRITSAR
Hire a car (TATA Indigo - Rs. 7,000) and drive to Srinagar (512 km - 12 hrs drive) Night in SRINAGAR
DAYS 13, 14, 15 and 16 - in Srinagar
Visit Sonmarg and Pahalgam on day trips
Kingfisher Red Flight # IT-3133 Dep : 1.00 p.m Arrival in Delhi : 2.30 p.m (Rs. 2,100) Night in NEW DELHI
DAY 18 & 19
New Delhi sight seeing
Take Train # 2448 U P Samprk Krnti Express from Delhi Nizamuddin to Khajuraho Departure : 8.15 p.m (3AC Rs. 702)
Arrive in Khajuraho at 6.50 a.m Visit the Khajuraho Temples Hire a taxi (Rs. 2,500) and proceed to Orchcha (178 km - 5 hrs) Night in ORCHCHA
Visit the Jehangir Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Laxminarayan Temple, Ram Raja Temple and Raj Mahal Take Train # 2001 NDL Shatabdi from Jhansi (Platform # 4) to New Delhi Departure from Jhansi : 5.45 p.m (AC Chair Rs. 615) Arrive in New Delhi at 10.30 p.m Night in NEW DELHI
DAY 22 - New Delhi shopping
DAY 23 - Fly out of New Delhi at 7.05 a.m
I had prepared the itinerary in such a manner that almost all my train travel is done overnight and also I don't have to spend 2 consecutive nights travelling in a train. The following night after the train travel, is spent in a hotel to catch up any lost sleep and refresh ourselves.
I understand this is a very hectic and tiresome itinerary, but I would like to cover as many places as possible inorder to get the best value for the time and money being spent.
Please forgive me for this lengthy and detailed itinerary.
All comments, suggestions and advice would be much appreciated.