Three of us were heading to Agra and Jaipur from Delhi for a four day, a three night rushed tour after the best of a week for a scientific conference in Ahmedabad.
I had booked a taxi with driver at one company, recommended on the web. No one showed up at the Delhi airport. I contact the company and they suggested to take a pre-paid taxi to their base. So we did. Pre-paid taxies are a good option, only 400 Rp fixed tariff, but the driver, as it often happens, stopped at an agency to try and convince us to switch. Sometimes its for the better, sometimes for the worse. We were very lucky.
This is how we met Anil Chhabra, (email@example.com). The price we were offered by his company was two thirds of our original quotation (23000 Rp, instead of 34000 Rp), the taxi was in very good shape (a Suzuki Maruti Swift). We had a very nice and smooth trip. We had already booked our hotels, which were very fine. On hindsight with a driver you can trust it would be better to follow his advice. One simple fact we did not know in advance is that some hotels have dormitories for the drivers, who cannot clearly afford the hotels, cheap only on western standard (for how long?). Some very good hotels do have this option and we would have taken it if we did know.
Anil has been very efficient, nice and friendly. Our contact with real life and source of information on India in such a short trip. Besides providing guides only when really needed (for instance in the City Palace Jaipur and in Amber Fort we did without, he always took us to very good restaurants, including special, great value-for-money, great taste ones (Chikken Tikka joint, Sweet shop and best Lassie in Jaipur) that we swore to him not to divulge directly. Hire Anil and ask him.
The last I would like to say is that if you contact him directly you can get a better price bypassing third parties. He clearly asked us to help him spread the word, and we gladly do, since we are really happy of our holidays with him.
Jaipur is now very well connected by Rail with almost all major cities of India. The meter gauge line is now converted in to Broad Gauge. Transportation has become faster and more reliable with introduction of many new prestigious trains like Satabdi Express from Delhi. Jaipur still have meter gauge rail but connected with other parts of Rajasthan.
It also has The famed Palace On Wheels which was used by erstwhile Royalties and British Residency, but now it is being run by IRCTC. For a 5 nights Royal treatment the cost is approximately USD$5000( Please note I have not verified it at the moment in May'2012, I remember the price from old advertisement). This includes sumptuous food treatment, Champagne, guided tour to various places and Air condition First Class treatment.
Jaipur is now very well connected with almost all Indian cities and some foreign countries as it is now Jaipur International Airport. The Airport is brand new with all international facilities fit for international landings. Soon, it will have many flights for foreign destinations. At the moment it is 100 times better than our Kolkata international airport, with much facilities.
It took us about 2.25 hrs from Kolkata to Jaipur by IndiGoair. The advantage of traveling by air is that you reach early and you can also take beautiful Arial pictures , like I took , of Jaipur. Other wise , we never know how beautiful is the city.
Sindhi camp is the place to take buses to go to other cities and towns that are away from Jaipur. Buses ply regularly to cities such as Udaipur, Sikar, Bikaner etc.
There are air conditioned and non ac buses, Volvo buses and sleeper buses available.
There are many private buses plying from Jaipur to the nearby towns such as Sanganer, Amber/Amer etc.. These are cheap.
The bus from badi chowpat/ hawa mahal area to Amer fort takes about an hour and fifteen minutes and costs Rs.7/person one way, it stops right outside the Amber fort. It also makes stops outside Jal mahal. This is a cheap way to see Amer fort. Autos cost around 300 while taxis would cost you around 1500 plus per day.
All the flights out from Jaipur to Mumbai/Goa were fully booked this day, so I couldn't use my standby tickets on Jet Airways. Instead I had to buy fully priced tickets with Spice Jet. 212 passengers were packed in a Boeing 737-900. But traveling on a low-price-airline you have to accept some narrowness. Ad-hoc price from Jaipur to Goa via Ahmedabad one way was 9500 rupies.
Jaipur airport is a new and clean airport.
The main road between Agra-Fathepur-Jaipur is a toll road with 2 lanes in each direction. There are two toll booth where you have to pay between the cities. One pass was 50 rupies if I remember correct.
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Bicycle rickshaws, or Pedicabs as somebody call it, are very common in Jaipur. There are more pedicabs in the streets here than any other cities I have seen in India. It makes less airpollution, but the traffic is slower. I noticed that the bicycles were adjusted on the highest gear, making it harder to start and almost impossible to drive up hills. (Downtown Jaipur is flat). Does the bicycle have only one gear?
A National Highway links Delhi to Mumbai-passing through Jaipur, and the Bikaner - Agra highway passes also through the Jaipur district
Jaipur is connected to most important cities in India.
It has direct trains to cities like Agra, Delhi, Mumbai, Howrah (Kolkata), Hyderabad, Chennai, Mysore, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kanpur, and Patna . In Rajasthan- direct trains to Ajmer, Sawai Madhopur, Kota, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Udaipur.
It is also possible to fly to Jaipur.
There are two ways if you travelling on budget than there are buses from govt. Depot of Roadways every 15 Minutes and if you are a group and want more comfort than a cab will be perfect.
The highways run from Jaipur to Ajmer is 125Km and average time to reach here is 2.5 Hrs to 3 Hrs.
Usually found at the Hotel Bissau Palace, Sam is your man when in Jaipur!! He is super friendly and speaks very good English, as well as other languages such as French, Dutch and German. Will take you where you want to go, short journeys or several hours sightseeing.
Jaipur Railway Station is a central main station of the state of Rajasthan. The vast rail track of Indian Railways connects Jaipur station with all other cities of India. There are numerous trains which run on a regular basis to and from Jaipur.
Jaipur Airport is located near Sanganer at a distance of 13 kms from the city of Jaipur. Many domestic airlines connect the city to all the major cities of India including Udaipur and Jodhpur as well. Flights for Delhi and Mumbai run on a regular basis. The airport has been granted the status of an international airport and connects to the foreign cities like Sharjaha and Muscat too.
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Pushkar offers its own kind of night life, hence if possible I would suggest you to stop there for a night. However coming and going from Jaipur is absolutely comfortable. There are normal and delux buses plying. Avoid private transport and take only the Government Transport corporation's bus.
The train station (which is also pink to kinda match the pinkness of the old city) is some distance out from the old city so it's best to take an auto-rickshaw to wherever you're staying upon arriving. As Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, it's a large city and is well served by train from all over India but especially from Delhi. I arrived here on the early morning Ajmer Shatabdi (train No.2015) which left Delhi at 06:10 and arrived in Jaipur at 10:45. The station has a separate building on the left for reserving onward trains. There's a special queue/line for foreigners at Counter 769. Mind you it still took me over an hour to book my trains.
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