I was one of the lucky people to book a cheap flight to New Delhi on Emirates Airline (see post: $225 New York to India). Now comes the more difficult part. Planning. I really could use some help, and I’m calling on you!
I arrive 3pm on a Wednesday and I leave at 10 am on the following Monday (and I have about 12 hours in Dubai on the way home). So, I have 5 nights in India.
The question is where to go, how to divide my stay, and how to get around. Essentially, everything! I originally thought 3 nights Delhi, 1 night Agra, 1 night Jaipur, but I realize it is too far to travel from Jaipur to Delhi airport, so the last night will probably be either Delhi or near the airport. I have seen the post by Travel is Free, but I need to read it in more depth.
I understand it is advisable to hire drivers and tour guides. yay? nay? hire on a daily basis for for the entire stay?
Here were some initial thoughts:
Night 1 & 2 – Delhi – – perhaps Raddisson Blu (Connaught) or Le Meridian. Both are good on points and seem central – but then again, what do I know? I would’ve liked to book the Hyatt, but it seems far away from the city.
Night 3 – Agra – there’s a new Doubletree Hotel close to the Taj Mahal (10K Hilton points)
Night 4 – Jaipur – no clue yet.
Night 5 – airport or near airport
I might have to reverse Jaipur and Agra – with Taj Mahal closed on Friday. Is it smarter to go to Delhi first, or is it better to go last?
I am open to any and all suggestions, and grateful for your assistance!