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India on a Shoestring

This budget tour provides a fantastic introduction to exploring Northern India, and combines the famous ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with time in Ranthambore National Park

Solo travellers may have to pay more for this tour. Contact Us for further information
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DAY 1 Arrive into Delhi. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Delhi for the start of your trip (24 hour service). After check-in our local reps will then go through the itinerary with you and introduce you to the local area.
Delhi budget hotel
Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour

DAY 2 Delhi. Sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi

A half-day tour to explore the sights of India’s capital. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the intricate and chaotic streets around Old Delhi and visit the Jama Masjid mosque, Red Fort and Rajghat, site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation ground. The tour will include an introduction to Indian street food and tips on using rickshaws and other local transport.

In the afternoon explore further independently or take a further half day tour exploring the Lutyens inspired wide avenues of New Delhi, the Indian parliament buildings as well as India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb.
Delhi budget hotel

DAY 3 Delhi to Agra. Visit to Taj Mahal

This morning we depart Delhi by private AC minibus/coach for the journey to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra we visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Agra Fort. Later in the afternoon we enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset. Truly one of the wonders of the world this elaborate monument to love was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and took over twenty two years to complete.
Agra hotel/homestay

DAY 4 Agra to Ranthambore. Fatehpur Sikri visit

You have the option this morning to revisit the Taj Mahal at sunrise when the changing light makes the monument look truly magical.
After leaving Agra, we break today’s journey to Ranthambore to visit the strange and well preserved city of Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned city, constructed by Emperor Akbar, served as the Mughal Empire's capital from 1571 until 1585.
Ranthambore lodge/hotel
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 Ranthambore – morning and afternoon wildlife safaris

Get ready to explore the jungle as we enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives into Ranthambore National Park. These shared canter (open-backed truck) rides enable us to travel deep into the park as we begin the quest for sightings of India’s unique wildlife, hopefully spotting a tiger. The park is one of the largest national parks in northern India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973.
Ranthambore lodge/hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Ranthambore to Jaipur

This morning there is time to go on the hunt for tigers one more time if you wish (subject to availability and payment locally). We then continue our exploration through rural India, arriving into Jaipur in the afternoon. The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is the capital of the desert state of Rajasthan and forms a perfect gateway to explore this fascinating region further.
Jaipur budget heritage style hotel

DAY 7 Amber Palace. Afternoon Jaipur tour

This morning we visit the nearby Amber Palace and tour the ramparts and interior. In the afternoon take a guided tour of Jaipur, taking in the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (Observatory), City Palace and some local temples and street life.
Jaipur budget heritage style hotel

DAY 8 Jaipur. Free time. Tour ends

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.
A wide range of further touring options are available in Jaipur, such as kite flying, craft & food market tours. You could also take in a fun Bollywood movie. Extension options are available to return to Delhi or explore more of Rajasthan.
Extra night - post-tour, Goa Extension

Old and New Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, lost city of Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthanbore National Park, Pink city of Jaipur.

Product Type: Tour/cruise including overnight stay
Grade: All ages / Not applicable
Accommodation: Various levels

Suitable for Solo: Yes
Suitable for Couples: Yes
Suitable for Groups: Yes
Suitable for Students: Yes

What's Included

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in budget hotels, homestays and heritage propertiesAll transport and transfers
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
  • Services of a local leader and specialist guides throughout the tour
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

What's Excluded

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Entrance fees to all sites visited in the itinerary (allow approx. US$100 p/p)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, drivers and guides

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