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Indias Golden Triangle for Solo Travellers

From €1,378pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Cork, tour starts in Delhi, India
Departure Date
06 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Alternative dates available on request
Duration
8 Days
Destination
India
Price
From €1,378pp including flights
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Fly from Cork to India and discover Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on a solo-traveller-only adventures of the Golden Triangle.

Visit India and follow the famous Golden Triangle. On this adventure, designed for solo travellers only, enjoy the perfect introduction to India's three most popular destinations - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - as we explore the icons and discover the secrets of this fascinating region.

Experience the history of massive forts, the opulence and splendour of Rajasthan's palaces, the bustle and buzz of markets and bazaars, and the traditions of a heritage homestay. Travel through a land full of contrasts on this compact India tour, jam-packed with unforgettable highlights.

  • See the best of North India in just over a week. 
  • Float among the clouds over Jaipur and watch an Indian sunrise from the basket of a hot air balloon on an optional balloon safari
  • The Taj Mahal is not only an sumptuous masterpiece of Indian architecture, but also a truly meaningful stop on any traveller’s journey. 
  • Overlooking the picturesque scene of Moata Lake, the monumental Amber Fort is one sight that will forever be under India’s protection
  • Experience authentic Rajasthani luxury with a heritage stay in Karauli
  • Old and New Delhi fuse to create a city that pays homage to past empires, while wrestling with its modern identity
  • For those with limited time, long travel days are kept to a minimum, which is perfect for visiting several icons of northern India

This trip is for solo travellers only. If you're planning an adventure with a friend, family member or partner, please see our Classic Golden Triange Tour. If you're planning to travel on your own, with a group of other solo travellers, this trip might be just what you're looking for

This is our most compact trip in India in Original style and a lot is packed in to the itinerary. If you are after a trip that spends longer in the north of India, please ask our travel agents.

India can reach extremely high temperatures in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours early in the morning when it’s cooler, remember to keep hydrated and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt and anything else that will protect you from the sun.

We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees so we can be respectful and comfortable during our sightseeing.

Day 1: Delhi

Namaste. Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.

If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar or Red Fort of Delhi if you have any spare time.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities:

  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR500
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2700
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3500

Day 2: Delhi

Join your group leader on an excursion through Old Delhi. Ride the city’s metro system, and then hop in a rickshaw to the once water-filled square of Chandni Chowk. Discover the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before learning about the history of the Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)

Day 3: Jaipur

Travel by private vehicle into Rajasthan and on to its capital, Jaipur (approximately five hours). A friendly, busy town crammed with palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts, Jaipur is a favourite for many travellers.

Our suggestions are to stop by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), then head over to Jaipur's Royal City Palace and explore its extravagant rooms and apartments. Later, discover one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities:

  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR600

Day 4: Jaipur

Choose to take an early morning hot air balloon experience, often a highlight of visiting Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day four between September and June. Mid afternoon visit the Amber Fort.

Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Jaipur - Amber Fort

Optional Activities:

  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD260

Day 5: Karauli

Leave the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur behind and drive to Karauli (approximately 5-6 hours). This delightful town was founded in 1348 and is packed with rural ambience and traditional temples. Take a guided walk around the Old Quarter, interacting with friendly locals and learning about rural Indian life off the tourist trail.

Be sure to visit the eclectic market stalls along the way and sample some seasonal local sweets made from Indian ingredients, including petha (pumpkin), jiggery (organic sugar), peanut brittle and gazak (sesame seeds). Stay in a restored heritage property tonight where dinner is included.

Accommodation: Heritage Property (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Karauli - Village walk

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 6: Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

On the journey to Agra, stop en route at the one-time capital of the Mughal empire, Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 4 hours). Its stunning mosque displays both Persian and Hindu design and is secured by a 54-metre high entrance.

Once in Agra, there’s the option of visiting the marble tomb that was saved for the greatest of the Mughal Emperors, Akbar's Mausoleum. The day then culminates in a visit to the Taj Mahal, built in the 1640s as a memorial to the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal

Optional Activities:

  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1300

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Agra - Delhi

In the morning, take a guided tour along the banks of the Yamuna River to the iconic Agra Fort. Originally designed by Emperor Akbar in 1565 to be a military structure, it was converted into a palace during Emperor Shah Jahan's reign and later became his prison.

In the early afternoon, take the 3-4 hour journey back to Delhi by private bus. Arrive back at the hotel with enough time to freshen up and decide whether to enjoy one final dinner with the group.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Agra - Agra Fort

Day 8: Delhi

There are no activities planned for the final day and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time. Check out time from the hotel is 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. If you decide to stay an extra couple of days, there are plenty of activities in and around the city to enjoy.

Optional Activities:

  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2700
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3500
  • Single Supplement

A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for this trip and is applicable for all nights

  • Hot Air Ballon Ride

Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate from September 1st to April 31st and last approximately 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost.

You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$260pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions (tickets are fully refundable in case of bad weather).

Price is per person, based on 2 sharing and includes: 

  • Flights and charges from Cork
  • 8 day India's Golden Triangle For Solo Travellers tour
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Auto rickshaw, Metro
  • Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), Heritage Property (1 night)
  • Included activities:
    • Delhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
    • Delhi - Jama Masjid
    • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
    • Jaipur - Amber Fort
    • Karauli - Village walk
    • Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour
    • Agra - Taj Mahal
    • Agra - Agra Fort

Please ask us about:

  • Flights from Dublin or Shannon 
  • Travel insurance
  • Extend your holiday with a stay in Delhi or continue to another part of India
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 0818 300 204, email incredibleindia@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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