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11/18/2015 05:39:40 AM · #1
We're finalising our travel plans for a three week trip to India and have come across a dilemma; we don't have enough time! Having planned to visit a heap of towns and cities we're probably going to have to cut one out and the choice lies between Jodphur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer. We're pretty much both set on seeing Jodphur, so the question is whether we go to Jaipur (Pink City ) or Jaisalmer (Golden City)?

I'm edging for one and The Bloke is edging for the other......typical!

If anyone has any tips/advice/views that would help us choose I'd be really thankful! We're both keen on beautiful things, history, military history and 'real life' rather than swimming pools, cocktails and Western commercialism. Explorers.

Any help gratefully received!

Ellie
11/18/2015 12:24:49 PM · #2
I've been to both (a loooooong time ago), and do not envy your decision.

What other cities are you visiting in Rajasthan? If you're going to Jodpur and its ilk, I would recommend Jaiselmer, because it is unlike anything else you've seen. A fortress city on the top of the only hill in the middle of the desert. It is breathtaking. But it's a 6 hour drive through the desert.

If you go, we stayed at a hotel that used to be a camel caravan stop. In the evening, dinner was served in the outdoor patio under the stars, with a dance and music show. I don't know if things have changed, but make sure you get a good guide. We ended up ditching ours, who only wanted to take us to shops, and would just walk past buildings that were clearly meant to be visited. Also, get to the very top so you can look out over the rooftops to the desert.

I believe the Red Fort is in Jaipur, and maybe the Observatory - although it's been so long I may have the wrong city. If I'm right, and you opt to go to Jaipur, the Red Fort is a the top of every tour list, but make sure to also visit the observatory.
11/18/2015 12:30:30 PM · #3
Originally posted by Pangurban:

We're finalising our travel plans for a three week trip to India and have come across a dilemma; we don't have enough time! Having planned to visit a heap of towns and cities we're probably going to have to cut one out and the choice lies between Jodphur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer. We're pretty much both set on seeing Jodphur, so the question is whether we go to Jaipur (Pink City ) or Jaisalmer (Golden City)?

I'm edging for one and The Bloke is edging for the other......typical!

If anyone has any tips/advice/views that would help us choose I'd be really thankful! We're both keen on beautiful things, history, military history and 'real life' rather than swimming pools, cocktails and Western commercialism. Explorers.

Any help gratefully received!

Ellie


Personally i dont find anything interesting in jaipur but always have been fascinated by Jaisalmer fort. Jaiselmer though is quite far and out of way so people prefer jaipur.
Jodhpur fort is good too, out of these three jodhpur shall have the best food so if you are there do try stuff. Ask locals.

If you are not been to udaipur then I would skip all three and just visit udaipur instead which has everything that these three offer and much more.

Message edited by author 2015-11-18 12:31:15.
11/18/2015 12:41:31 PM · #4
A bit more additions these are mostly hidden gems, if you are not interested then ignore them.

1. Dilwara jain temples

In my opinion has better work than tajmahal. Amazing architecture.
[url= https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilwara_Temples ]dilwara temples[/url]

2. Ranakpur temples

Passed from the front of it million times thinking that its an ordinary temple. My mother kept saying that this is very good temple but from road it looks very ordinary. Until one day decided to check what is the fuzz about. The temple is located a bit inside and wow. Just as she said... amazing.

ranakpur

3. Kumbhal garh fort

Of all the forts that I have visited, this gave me the most awe-inspiring view. Keep driving there and you dont see anything out of ordinary. Take a turn and suddenly it appears. I had my mouth open at the view. Still itched in memory.

kumbhalgarh

Message edited by author 2015-11-18 12:43:21.
11/18/2015 01:09:51 PM · #5
Back in 1996 I visited Jaipur (along with Delhi, Agra & Mt. Abu. All by car with two friends & an excellent driver. I remember Jaipur as a city built from pink marble, and very impressive.
But there are so many picturesque cities you could just pick any of them and be totally amazed. Sounds as if the advice from ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' zxaar is the one to take special note of in your quest.

The Red Fort (at least the famous one) is in Delhi. Here's a scanned picture of the Red Fort(I went in the days of prints & slides) ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/10000-14999/14476/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1170426.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/10000-14999/14476/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1170426.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
11/18/2015 02:00:19 PM · #6
Originally posted by sfalice:

Back in 1996 I visited Jaipur (along with Delhi, Agra & Mt. Abu. All by car with two friends & an excellent driver. I remember Jaipur as a city built from pink marble, and very impressive.
But there are so many picturesque cities you could just pick any of them and be totally amazed. Sounds as if the advice from ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' zxaar is the one to take special note of in your quest.

The Red Fort (at least the famous one) is in Delhi. Here's a scanned picture of the Red Fort(I went in the days of prints & slides) ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/10000-14999/14476/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1170426.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/10000-14999/14476/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1170426.jpg', '/') + 1) . '


i am from udaipur. i grew up there.
11/18/2015 02:52:01 PM · #7
I would have to concur with Udaipur. Loved it.

Jaiselmer is still very unique, but as noted, quite out of the way.
11/18/2015 03:27:18 PM · #8
Jaisalmer, I know it is out of way but you would love the place. To be honest I will try to avoid Delhi because it is not same as what it was in 1996, it is much more crowed and polluted. I was in Delhi for 3 years and now I my-self is avoiding.
11/18/2015 04:42:16 PM · #9
Great feedback thank you.

Udaipur already on the itinerary - staying there for Christmas :-)

Looks like It's Jaisalmer, even though a little kore travelling time needed.... And I'm going to see if we can squeeze in any of the other suggestions which all sound beautiful....just wish we had longer but three weeks was all we could get away from work :-(

Muchly appreciated.

Ellie

11/18/2015 04:57:02 PM · #10
Will you be visiting any of the caves? Ellora, Ajanta, etc.?

I would also stay away from Delhi. An ugly, huge madhouse.
11/18/2015 07:12:42 PM · #11
Originally posted by tanguera:

Will you be visiting any of the caves? Ellora, Ajanta, etc.?

I would also stay away from Delhi. An ugly, huge madhouse.

Ah, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/96751.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/96751.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tanguera, we sure did have different impressions of this remarkable, if chaotic city.
If your first arrival point to India is Delhi then yes, you can be on sensory overload very quickly.
To western eyes, the traffic is out of control and every means of transportation conceivable is on the road.
Red traffic lights seem to be advisory, and people want to attract your attention in any way possible.

But there's so much to see in this city, from Gandhi's memorial to the aforementioned Red Fort with those majestic buildings.
Connaught Square and of course, much, much more.

We did have an excellent guide/driver tho, so perhaps that helped.

11/19/2015 12:27:16 AM · #12
Originally posted by Pangurban:

Great feedback thank you.

Udaipur already on the itinerary - staying there for Christmas :-)

Looks like It's Jaisalmer, even though a little kore travelling time needed.... And I'm going to see if we can squeeze in any of the other suggestions which all sound beautiful....just wish we had longer but three weeks was all we could get away from work :-(

Muchly appreciated.

Ellie


When do you go?

I shift to india on 18th January 2016. I will be in Jaipur and udaipur mostly.

Edited to add: Didnt notitce the christmas part.


Message edited by author 2015-11-19 00:28:22.
11/19/2015 12:33:43 AM · #13
Originally posted by sfalice:

Originally posted by tanguera:

Will you be visiting any of the caves? Ellora, Ajanta, etc.?

I would also stay away from Delhi. An ugly, huge madhouse.

Ah, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/96751.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/96751.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tanguera, we sure did have different impressions of this remarkable, if chaotic city.
If your first arrival point to India is Delhi then yes, you can be on sensory overload very quickly.
To western eyes, the traffic is out of control and every means of transportation conceivable is on the road.
Red traffic lights seem to be advisory, and people want to attract your attention in any way possible.

But there's so much to see in this city, from Gandhi's memorial to the aforementioned Red Fort with those majestic buildings.
Connaught Square and of course, much, much more.

We did have an excellent guide/driver tho, so perhaps that helped.


Hahaha! We entered via "Bombay" (now Mumbai), and LOVED it. There was so much charm, chaos, culture, beauty in Bombay, and to me Delhi was no comparison. Just bigger and noisier.

I will concede that the B 'Hai temple - the giant white marble lotus - was worth the trip :)
11/19/2015 12:55:14 AM · #14
Originally posted by tanguera:



Hahaha! We entered via "Bombay" (now Mumbai), and LOVED it. There was so much charm, chaos, culture, beauty in Bombay, and to me Delhi was no comparison. Just bigger and noisier.

I will concede that the B 'Hai temple - the giant white marble lotus - was worth the trip :)


Delhi now is even worse.

Even Udaipur in comparison to what it was in 80s have gone to dogs. Still a bit of udaipur remained. Another 5 years and it will be another city with noise and too many people.
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