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Delhi, Jaipur & Agra

India's 'Golden Triangle' - Trip for singles

Book From   € 299,-
GROUP SIZE: 2-24 | 7 DAYS

Delhi, Jaipur & Agra

This Citytrip brings you to three beautiful cities in the north of India. First of all the capital New Delhi, with beautiful monuments as India gate, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Gandhi Memorial and Jama Masjid. Further on to Agra: don’t forget to explore the bazaars and gaze up at the iconic symbol of love, the Taj Mahal! Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state has a wonderfully medieval atmosphere enhanced by the presence of palaces, sacred cows, fortresses and women dressed in bright saris. India, colourful and exotic!

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For India, a visa is required for many nationalities in order to gain entry. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one. To arrange your visa, you should either contact your nearest Indian embassy or use an agency such as CIBT.

It is now also possible for nationals of a number of countries to apply online for their India visa, in advance of travel using the E-Visa facility. Please check the following website for further information and online visa application: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html


Accommodation and transport

Transport
During this 'City trip' we have access to a private bus on transfer days. The transfers to and from the airport in Delhi are not included in the price.

Travel distances
Delhi to Agra: 204 km / 5 hours
Agra via Fatehpur Sikri to Kalakho: 164 km / 4 hours
Kalakho to Jaipur: 85 km / 2 hours
Jaipur to Delhi: 240 km / 7 hours
*Please note that times are approximate and will depend on conditions locally.

Accommodation

During this tour we stay in simple but comfortable mid-class hotels in rooms for 2-persons with private bathroom. Typically the rooms will have air conditioning available or sometimes a fan or a cooling system is used instead. In hotels where air conditioning in the rooms is available, a fee is sometimes charged for its use. Most hotels have a restaurant and usually a garden or terrace.

The planned hotels in Agra and Kalakho have a pool, nice to cool down from the Indian heat! In exceptional cases it may happen the pool or usual hotel is unavailable. In this case, a suitable alternative (pool) will be organised.

Participants who book individually share a room with another participant. We endeavour to pair travellers of the same sex. If you would like a room for yourself for the whole trip then it can be arranged. You will need to indicate this when making your booking and there will be a single room supplement charged.

Festivals

TEEJ FESTIVAL - JAIPUR
Rajasthan is India's most colourful and exotic state. The fairy-tale palaces, the massive forts and ornate clothing of the population are a feast for the eyes. Rajasthan evokes the image of classical India. The land where time stands still, the country where Hinduism still survives strongly in its traditional form.

During the Teej Festival married women pray for a happy and long marriage to Parvati and Shiva. The festival is celebrated all over Rajasthan but is the most colourful in Jaipur. Joohlas (swings) are hung in trees with leaves and flowers. In Jaipur, a statue of the goddess Parvati is shown in a kilometer-long procession accompanied by decorated elephants, horses, camels, floats and more. There is music and dancing. A truly unique festival to attend.


Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This tour is classified as Category A.

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an indication of the difficulty of a particular holiday, we have developed the following classification system:

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

The Citytrip to Delhi, Agra & Jaipur is a Category A holiday. It can be made by any reasonably healthy individual. In the summer the trip is considerably more difficult than during the rest of the year. Although in the cities we stay in simple medium-priced hotels, remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.

Nature of the Trip
This City trip brings you to three beautiful cities in the north of India. First of all the capital New Delhi, with beautiful monuments as India gate, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Gandhi memorial and Jama Masjid. Further on to Agra: don’t forget to gaze up at the iconic symbol of love, the Taj Mahal! Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state has a wonderfully medieval atmosphere enhanced by the presence of monkeys, prayer flags, camels, palaces, sacred cows, fortresses and women dressed in brightly coloured saris. India, colourful and exotic!

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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