India on a Shoestring

India on a Shoestring

Price From: 799 USD


Operator: Encounters Travel

Price From:  799 USD

Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51

Fitness Needs: Light Impact

Program duration: 8 days

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.




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. OVERNIGHT: Delhi budget hotel EXTRAS: Single room supplement (INSHSH), Extra day in Delhi - 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. OVERNIGHT: Delhi budget hotel MEALS: Breakfast

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. OVERNIGHT: Agra hotel/homestay MEALS: Breakfast

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 and is an erie place to explore. OVERNIGHT: Ranthambore lodge/hotel MEALS: 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. OVERNIGHT: Ranthambore lodge/hotel MEALS: 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. This evening you have the option of an exciting evening at Dera Amer for an elephant safari and delicious dinner. OVERNIGHT: Jaipur budget heritage style hotel MEALS: Breakfast

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. OVERNIGHT: Jaipur budget heritage style hotel MEALS: Breakfast

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. OVERNIGHT: N/AMEALS: BreakfastEXTRAS: Goa beach extension

Country Fast Facts

Country Fast Facts


Flag  255px-Flag_of_India.svg
Continent: Asia
Official Language(s) Hindi, English
Capital: New Delhi
Population 1,276,267,000 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-Arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid subtropical, Oceanic Subpolar, Oceanic (Warm/Temperate), Continental (Mediterranean/Cool/Cold/Warm/Humid/Temperate).
Major Airport(s): Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), Kempegowda International Airport (BLR), Chennai International Airport (MAA)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Mining, Textiles, Industry, Energy, Tourism, Trade

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