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India on a Shoestring tour
Agra Delhi India on a Shoestring Trip

India on a Shoestring

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
9 days
From: $ 799 $ 89 / day
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Short Description

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 the Rajasthani town of Bundi which is packed with forts, palaces, temples and step wells. Travel is mainly by rail, providing great views of rural India, and its cities from your train carriage

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in budget hotels, homestays and heritage properties
  • Transport and transfers by AC car/minibus
  • 2nd class AC sleeper and chair carriages used for train journeys
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
  • Services of local leaders and specialist guides
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1, Welcome to Delhi - airport to hotel transfer included
Once you arrive at the airport, one of our staff members will meet you and transfer to you to your hotel in the city centre of Delhi. Once you've settled in, feel free to explore the local area around you or you can book an optional day tour for you time in Delhi tomorrow. We've selected a central Delhi location for this tour, close to the bustling district of Paharganj, Connaught Place and New Delhi Railway Station.
| OVERNIGHT:
Delhi budget hotel
| EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour

Day 2, Free time in Delhi. Optional tours available
You have a selection of optional sightseeing activities at your disposal today, such as a Half day New Delhi tour which explores the modern side of the city or you can try a Spinmonkey cycling tour of Old Delhi, which is a great way to explore the streets of Old Delhi. You can also book an Kathputhli Colony half-day tour, which explores a district of Delhi populated by street performers and musicians or a Salam Balak Trust walk, which is a fascinating and rewarding tour in Old Delhi run by a local NGO and guided by youths who grew up as street children. You can also choose to try an Old Delhi walking and street food tour, which provides you with a great introduction to Old Delhi’s sites and introduces you to the tastes, smells and sounds of busy India. Later this evening, we'll make our way to the railway station to board an overnight sleeper train to the Rajasthan town of Bundi. Travelling on India’s railways is a fantastic way to see more of the country, and to meet some local people. We use the 2nd class AC sleeper carriage to ensure you travel in decent comfort.
| OVERNIGHT:
Delhi budget hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 3, Exploring the town of Bundi
Once we set foot in Bundi, we'll travel to the hotel to settle in an freshen up before we head out into the town. Relatively untouched by tourists, the quiet town of Bundi is a welcome relief from the busy streets of Delhi. You'll have some free time to explore here, as the town is blessed with numerous temples, step wells and old palaces - one of its highlights being the Taraghar fort overlooking the town and its blue painted houses from the hillside. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town, taking in some step wells, the Garh palace, and the fort.
| OVERNIGHT:
Agra hotel/homestay
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 4, From Bundi to Jaipur
We'll head out this morning on one final street walk through Bundi, before we travel to the town of Kota to board a train to Jaipur. The train ride lasts for four hours, but it gives you an excellent opportunity to take in the scenery of Rajasthans rural farm areas and villages. Upon arrival in Jaipur, we'll make our way to our homestay style accommodation for the evening, before we head out to watch a Bollywood movie or spend some time relaxing at home, enjoying some of the local cuisine.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ranthambore lodge/hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5, Exploring the Pink City of Jaipur
Today is all about exploring the fascinating city of Jaipur, famed for its bustling markets, impressive architecture and the towering Amber Fort. You have a few optional tours available to you today, such as exploring the Amber Fort in an electrical rickshaw, an Amber Fort and city tour, visiting the famous Raj Mandir cinema to watch a Bollywood movie, a hot air balloon flight over the Pink City or you can explore the bazaars and cuisines of Jaipur. Also available to you today is a tour of the Temples & Havelis of Jaipur, which features a walking tour through markets and back streets visiting a range of hidden temples, including an ancient Vishnu temple, private Tantra temple, and lively Shri Gopinath Ji Krishna Temple. You'll also enjoy tea and snacks with an Indian family in a beautifully restored Haveli.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ranthambore lodge/hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, Agra & the Taj Mahal
We say goodbye to Jaipur this morning as we drive east towards Agra, which we will reach by lunchtime. This afternoon, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the Agra Fort - a current UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we'll make our way to the beautiful Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan, this world wonder took over 20 years to be constructed. Sunset is one of the best times to view this towering mausoleum, as we watch the colours and hues of the temple change as the light fades. This evening there’s an option to visit a local Hindu family for a cooking demonstration and delicious vegetarian thali dinner.
| OVERNIGHT:
Jaipur budget heritage style hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 7, Free time in Agra. Optional tours available
You have the day free to explore Agra independently, with some optional tours available such as exploring Oriental Agra in an electric rickshaw, as we explore the Agra's old bazaars, traditional eateries and places of worship. You can also choose to head out on a food walk tour, exploring the local markets and food stalls, which includes tastings of sweet and savoury treats. Other optional activities include a Mughal Heritage Walk, which was created by a local NGO, who aims to show travellers the lives of the people in the Kacchpura village on the opposite bank of the Yamuna river to the Taj Mahal. You can also choose to explore Agra by bike - this cycling tour generally starts very early in the morning to avoid traffic and takes you through the back streets and past some of the most important buildings and monuments in Agra. This evening, we’ll board our final train for the journey back to Delhi, which lasts for around three hours.
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 8, Free time in Delhi. Hotel to airport transfer included
You have the day free until we transfer you to the airport to board your flight home. If you'd like to stay a little longer, you can extend your stay in India by going on safari looking for tigers at Ranthambore National Park, or heading south to the beaches at Goa or Kerala. Feel free to chat to one of our sales consultants and we'll arrange this for you.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Extra night - post-tour, Goa Extension

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

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  • 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 sites visited in the itinerary
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for drivers and guides

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