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Going to India

Dec 20, 2013 - Jan 03, 2014

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    • Amit Sharma recommended Udaipur
      5
      The Venice of East.... a must go for every traveler... You just cant go wrong anywhere in Udaipur... every street.... every lake... every Haveli and every person... ture Rajasthan Experence
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      Matthew Crompton recommended Udaipur
      4
      Another fairytale city in the south of Rajasthan, Udaipur is a fabulously romantic place to relax in luxury, shop, and do some excellent sightseeing. Built around the exceedingly picturesque Lake ... read more
      Pichola, Udaipur is home to the City Palace, an ornate complex of courtyards, terraces, and gardens overlooking the lake; and to the Lake Palace, a stunning ultra-luxury hotel occupying its own small island in the center of the lake. If your budget doesn't stretch to 5-star accommodation, there are a slew of plush guesthouses in the old city with excellent lake views from their upper floors. The outlying areas of the city start to look like the ordinary squalor of India pretty fast, but the cooking schools of the city center are one of best places in the country to learn how to make a mean paneer butter masala.
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      Matthew Crompton

      As is Udaipur.

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      Ingrid Katz recommended Varanasi
      5
      the cultural center of India. A very sacred city. Best is to sit at one of the Ghats for at least 1/2 day and watch....... It is truly astonishing!
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    • Jaisalmer FortFort Road, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
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      Ingrid Katz recommended Jaisalmer Fort
      5
      it is really like in 1001 nights....... unbelievable beautiful
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      Ingrid Katz recommended Pushkar
      5
      very pretty old little town on a lake. Surrounded by hills and sand dunes. There are some really pretty hikes up to the hills and temples where you can enjoy the beautiful views
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      Matthew Crompton recommended Pushkar
      5
      A tiny town around a holy lake on the edge of the desert, Pushkar is an exceedingly pleasant place to lounge out for a few days, skipping from temple to temple and doing some shopping in its bazaar. ... read more
      Home to one of India's few Brahma temples (preponderantly the figure in the Hindu Trimurti who gets the least love), Pushkar is best known for its enormous camel fair, one of the largest livestock fairs in the world, during which time tent cities are erected and thousands of foreign tourists and Hindu pilgrims flood into the town. A hike up the temple hill on Pushkar's outskirts provides a great view of the surrounding desert, and a chance to meet some friendly langur monkeys doing a bit of grooming. Also home to Inn Seventh Heaven, one of the coolest hotels in Rajasthan.
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      Matthew Crompton

      Pushkar is a spot in Rajasthan well worth a visit.

    • Prashant Doshi recommended Kankaria Lake
      4
      good place
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      Matthew Crompton recommended Jaisalmer
      5
      Desert-tinged, dusty, dusky, Jaisalmer is the westernmost landlocked outpost in India. A yellow sandstone fort looming out of the desert like a fantasy castle, the town has some of the nicest people ... read more
      in the whole of India, and makes a perfect base for a camel trip out into the desert to sleep on dunes beneath the stars -- a cliche experience, sure, but one of life's most memorable experiences as well. It's out on the edge of the map, but more than worth the journey. Best of all, the Delhi Express will run you right back to the capital overnight when you've had your fill.
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      Matthew Crompton

      And Jaisalmer. You can check out my passport for more ideas. Good luck! =)

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      Matthew Crompton recommended Jodhpur
      5
      Jodhpur, with the heavy battlements of the Mehrangarh (Majestic Fort) looming from a high plateau over the blue houses of the old city, looks the perfect setting for the kingdom of medieval Hindu ... read more
      warlords who once made their capital here. Few places on earth can beat the Old City for atmosphere; getting lost here for a few hours is one of the surest ways to end up with some spectacular photographs. Sunbaked, dusty, and desert-ringed, Jodhpur is steeped in history. Be sure to spend a couple days here: the Majestic Fort lives up to its name, and there's always something new to discover around the next blue-washed corner.
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      Matthew Crompton

      As is Jodhpur.

    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended Rajasthan and Gujarat
      5
      Rajasthan may well be the most romantic place in India, a desert-tinged state of ornate medieval palaces, imposing hilltop fortresses, and dusty splendor that is what many people first think of when ... read more
      India comes to mind. A long history of feuding fiefdoms has left the state with some of the most character-filled cities in the whole of the subcontinent -- places like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer. It's richly historic and often stunningly beautiful, and one of the best places on Earth to ride a camel out into the desert and sleep beneath the stars. A true highlight of any trip to India, and one of the neatest regions in all of Asia.
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      Matthew Crompton

      Afterwards, I'd spend the rest of my time exploring Rajasthan.

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      Matthew Crompton recommended Fatehpur Sikri
      4
      The doomed and short-lived capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, Fatehpur Sikri makes an attractive alternative to staying in Agra, its larger and more hassle-filled neighbor. The ghost city, ... read more
      with its autumnal palaces and mosque, is particularly magical at nightfall and early in the morning before the crowds arrive. The town that now services the ruins is a small and pleasant place with a famous local variety of sweet biscuit. A beautiful and haunting place with deep historical interest, it merits a day trip at the very least, but you'll enjoy it more if you spend the night here.
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      Matthew Crompton

      And spend the night in Fatehpur Sikri.

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      Matthew Crompton recommended Agra
      3
      Let's keep this short and sweet: as the home of India's most famous tourist attraction, Agra has an unusually high share -- even for India -- of touts and hassle. That said, it's not like you're going ... read more
      to skip the Taj (nor should you!) and the Agra Fort is similarly spectacular, making this sometimes frustrating city a must. For best results, day-trip here and stay in the much quieter and quite lovely town of Fatehpur Sikri nearby.
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      Matthew Crompton

      Head down to Agra and see the Taj and the Agra Fort.

    • Humayun's TombBharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Off Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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      Matthew Crompton recommended Humayun's Tomb
      4
      If you're visiting Agra to see the Taj, stop off first at this tomb in south-central Delhi whose style presaged it. With a gorgeous symmetrical style set in pretty, rambling gardens (and with some ... read more
      older and delightfully decaying tombs on the periphery) it's a great place to spend a morning exploring. For classical Mughali architecture, this building is second only to the Taj Mahal itself.
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      Matthew Crompton

      and Humayun's Tomb.

    • Old DelhiDelhi, India
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      Matthew Crompton recommended Old Delhi
      5
      Old Delhi is everything squalid, crowded, and overwhelming about the Indian capitol. It's narrow lanes choked with screaming rickshaws, grand mosques, and hidden bazaars, and is one of the most ... read more
      fascinating places in the city. Get dropped off at the Ajmer gate and simply get lost for a couple hours -- it's an education in everything Delhi.
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      Matthew Crompton

      Definitely check out Old Delhi while you're in the capital.

    • BukharaChanakya Puri, New Delhi, Delhi, India
      Jenny Weiss recommended Bukhara
      5
      We had to wait for over an hour to be seated, but once we sat down, it was a great experience! You can order a giant-sized naan to share with your table, which is a fun treat. The food is all ... read more
      eat-with-your-hands style, which I didn't particularly like, but the food was amazing!! The lamb was so tender it fell off the bone, and the chicken was juicy and perfectly seasoned. The owner came out at the end of our meal and gave us a free dessert too. That's probably not standard, but we had a very large group, so I thought it was a nice touch.
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      Yaser Afkhami Sotoude thanked Jenny Weiss for this recommendation.
      Jenny Weiss

      Yaser -- if you are looking for great food in Delhi, Bukhara is a great choice. See my review for more!

    • Lotus TempleDelhi, India
    • Qutb Minar and its MonumentsMehrauli, Delhi, India
    • India GateIndia Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India

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