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India on a Shoestring

India, Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore , & Jaipur

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This budget tour provides a fantastic introduction to exploring Northern India and could form the perfect start to a longer stay in India, or as a complete tour in itself. The tour combines the famous ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with time in Ranthambore National Park. You’ll start with a fun rickshaw ride around Delhi, trying some local snacks and getting the hang of making your way around in an Indian city. You’ll see the beautiful Taj Mahal of course (we visit at sunset when the light is at its best), the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, and also have time to explore the ‘Pink City’ of Rajasthan, Jaipur. On top of this we add in several wildlife safaris in search of tigers and other wildlife in Ranthambore National Park. Options are available to add a wide range of further sightseeing tours and extensions.

The tour finishes in Jaipur, the capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, from where we can arrange further tours of Rajasthan (e.g. to Pushkar, Udaipur & Jaisalmer), arrange transport back to Delhi, or tours to other areas in northern and southern India. Alternatively, you can continue your travels independently, with the backup of local contacts nationwide who are available to provide assistance if necessary.

Arrival location:

IN Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore NP, Jaipur

Departure Location:

IN Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore NP, Jaipur

Included in your experience:

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

Not included in your experience:

International Flights (available on request)
Visa fees
Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
Entrance fees to all sites visited in the itinerary (allow approx. US$50 p/p)
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
Tips for tour leader, drivers and guides
International flights

    None Available for this package
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
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India on a Shoestring

India, Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore , & Jaipur

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