Exploring India’s Beautiful Cities – Udaipur & Srinagar with Jet Airways18 November, 2012
1 Country – India;
2 Beautiful Cities – Udaipur & Srinagar;
3 Unique & Awesome Hotels – Leela Palace Udaipur, Leela Palace New Delhi & Bostan-Gulistan Houseboats;
6 International & Domestic Flights on JetAirways;
7 Days of Travel
This just about sums up PassportChop’s recent trip to India with Jet Airways in numbers.
Through this trip, we had the opportunity to check out 2 beautiful & unique Indian cities – Udaipur & Srinagar – just within 1+ hour flight time from New Delhi by Jet Airways. If you are planning a trip to India, you can also download our suggested 7-day India itinerary to Udaipur, Srinagar and New Delhi here: PassportChop.com 7-Day Mystical India – Udaipur & Srinagar Itinerary with Jet Airways & Luxe India
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Udaipur is a city in the state of Rajasthan. Its beautiful lakes have earned it the title of “City of Lakes” and “Venice of the East”. The views of the sunrise and sunset over the lakes are also breathtakingly beautiful as can be seen in the following picture: Sunrise over the City Palace Udaipur. This was captured from the balcony of the majestic Leela Palace Udaipur where all rooms enjoy a great view of Lake Pichola. For tours of the Udaipur city, we strongly recommend Luxe India as your preferred travel agency – our tour guide Narayan was very knowledgeable and able to tell us great stories of the City Palace’s history and share interesting nuggets of information about the city that kept us entertained throughout the tour!
Sunset over Jag Mandir – an island in the middle of Lake Pichola.
The beautiful Leela Palace Udaipur where we enjoyed great views of Lake Pichola and the City Palace. We also felt very welcome here, thanks to the hospitality of the General Manager Graham and his attentive and helpful staff.
Srinagar is the summer capital of the Jammu and Kashmir state. It is well-known for its houseboats and beautiful lakes. We stayed in the beautiful Bostan houseboat where we enjoyed delicious Kashmiri cuisine and great views of Dal Lake as well as the hospitality of our butler Abdul and the owner of the Bostan-Gulistan houseboats Guru.
Guru can arrange day trips from Srinagar such as a tour to Gulmarg (2 hours drive away) where you will be able to take a cable car gondola ride from 8800 feet to 10200 feet where you can get up close with the glaciers of Pir Panjal range.
Located 3 hours from Srinagar, Sonmarg (also known as “Meadow of Gold”) offers beautiful views of the Thajwas glaciers and its surrounding mountain ranges.
The flight connections to Udaipur and Srinagar is made much easier with Jet Airways’ introduction of a second flight service between Singapore and Delhi in October 2012. It connects passengers from Singapore like us seamlessly with more onward flights on Jet Airways’ network. For example, in my suggested PassportChop.com 7-Day Mystical India – Udaipur & Srinagar Itinerary, you would have noticed that upon arrival at Delhi at 11.20 am (via the new 8.15am flight service), I only have to wait about 2 hours for my next flight to Udaipur via Jet Airways.
I have observed that the cabin crew of Jet Airways, be it for international or domestic routes, offers very good service and are always attentive to our needs. It is no wonder that Jet Airways had won the Business Traveller Awards 2010 for Airline with Best Business Class Service in the World.
I was also pleasantly surprised that Jet Airways offer complimentary refreshments for short domestic flights e.g. our Udaipur flight which was about an hour long. For that flight, we enjoyed a snack of Chicken Sandwich and Fruit Cake with Fruit Juice and Water.
Jet Airways had won the Best In-flight Entertainment during the Avion Awards and we experienced first hand why this is so with its 300 hours of quality programming of a wide variety of movies from Hollywood and Bollywood. There is also a Juke Box application where we created a playlist from a library of over 100 audio CDs. This was available for our international flight between Singapore to Delhi; there was no in-flight entertainment on our domestic routes to Udaipur and Srinagar (didn’t matter since the flight was just about an hour long).
We had the opportunity to experience the Premiere Class at Jet Airways (its Business Class equivalent) and I was very happy with its comfortable leather seats with a wide 44″ seat pitch. Of course, we experienced the award-winning Business Class service too!
Onboard meals at Premiere Class was excellent – there was always a great selection of flavorful Indian specialities or tantaslising Continental cuisine served with Jet Airways’ cabin crews’ unique Asian-Indian hospitality and warmth. We enjoyed the tasty Chicken Dhansak with chapati and roti – something we had not expected would taste so good as a meal onboard a plane!
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