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From Birmingham: India Trip, Golden Triangle & Ganges £531.74pp @ booking.com
From Birmingham: India Trip, Golden Triangle & Ganges £531.74pp @ booking.com

From Birmingham: India Trip, Golden Triangle & Ganges £531.74pp @ booking.com

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If you've ever fancied India then check out this amazing trip that sees you visit the Golden Triangle and also the Ganges. This trip is in March at the time of the Holi festival. There is a lot of cheap places to stay in India and you could certainly do this cheaper but I've picked good rated hotels, private bathrooms and train travel is first/second class but this gives you a good price and then you can adjust to cheaper according to budget. Also remember that visa is additional cost.

On 12th March you will leave Birmingham for Delhi with Turkish Airlines. You will arrive in Delhi on 13th March (Holi). You will then spend 2 nights in Delhi at the Check In Room Chuna Mandi. This has great reviews and is centrally located.

On 15th you will check out of your hotel and you have the full day in Delhi. You then leave Delhi later on for the overnight train to Varanasi, home to the Ganges. Arriving into Varanasi on 16th you will spend 2 nights at the Hotel Buddha and then you can do many activities such as taking a cruise on the ganges. On 18th you will leave Varanasi and and take the overnight train to Agra in the early hours of the morning of the 19th. In Agra you will spend 2 nights allowing you to see the Taj at sunset and sunrise.

Your final stop is to take the train again from Agra to Jaipur on 21st March. In Jaipur you will spend 2 nights at the Hotel Pearl which has great reviews and is centrally located.

On 23rd you'll take the train journey back to Delhi.

Breakdown

*Important note about train tickets. I've given here the trains that would be ideal and a good class of ticket. You will need to book these 120 days in advance on irctc.co.in however to do this you need to register on the website and then email a copy of your passport. The maninseat61 website has some useful information. The screen shots are estimated prices but you can replicate these for your stay in March and you will probably find the prices cheaper booking direct with the irctc website rather than ctrip which I've used to give you an idea of prices.

2 flights from Birmingham to Delhi £677.46 book at Travel Trolley

2 nights in Delhi at the Check in Room £56 book at booking.com

2 nights at Varanasi at the Hotel Buddha £67 book at booking.com

2 nights at the Hotel Taj in Agra £71.80 book at Expedia

2 nights in Jaipur at the Hotel Pearl £32 book at booking.com

1 night in Delhi (same hotel as above) £28 book at booking.com

Trains:

Delhi to Varanasi 5442/£62.92

Varanasi to Agra 2826/£32.62

Agra to Jaipur 1462/£16.90

Jaipur to Delhi 1625/£18.79

Total £1063.49/£531.74pp

*****Can comments be kept relevant to the deal please *****

66 Comments

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Hot for the effort and looks a great trip.

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!

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Have some HEAT OP, Lots of work has gone in to this and something I want to do with just me & the Mrs. Thanks

tempt

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism … Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice



​"them to come over here" what's your name, Alf Garnett!

leewills8

​"them to come over here" what's your name, Alf Garnett!


'Them' as in Indians. Why the offence, and not very subtle accusation of racism.

Notice you didn't address the point he was making which is certainly much worse.

tempt

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism … Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice



Bell end.

simont_space

'Them' as in Indians. Why the offence, and not very subtle accusation of … 'Them' as in Indians. Why the offence, and not very subtle accusation of racism.Notice you didn't address the point he was making which is certainly much worse.



​I fully understand his comments but the 1960s racial prejudice is not needed.

tempt

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism … Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice



Stupid

Well done OP for your efforts alone.,

Can confidently say one of the most friendly and helpful people you will ever come across in India. Absolutely safe for females as well.

Stay away ! high crime rate and other domestic issues in that city, wouldn't recommend.

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samran123

Stay away ! high crime rate and other domestic issues in that city, … Stay away ! high crime rate and other domestic issues in that city, wouldn't recommend.



I could say that about some of the cities in the North West of England!

Please stop misleading people to push a deal. A quick google search reveals how unsafe India is for women.

To quote BBC from a recent article:

Scrutiny of violence against women has increased since the 2012 gang rape of a student, but attacks continue

bbc.co.uk/new…843

Original Poster

tempt

Please stop misleading people to push a deal. A quick google search … Please stop misleading people to push a deal. A quick google search reveals how unsafe India is for women.To quote BBC from a recent article:Scrutiny of violence against women has increased since the 2012 gang rape of a student, but attacks continuehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37415843



I'm not pushing people, either people want to go on holiday to India or they do not. Like anywhere in the world, I would always recommend people to review current travel advice guidance on the government website which can be found here and details on terrorism here


Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 24th Sep 2016

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tempt

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism … Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice



Hear hear, my sentiments exactly...live and let live NOT.

Cheaper to go to Birmingham.

samran123

Stay away ! high crime rate and other domestic issues in that city, … Stay away ! high crime rate and other domestic issues in that city, wouldn't recommend.



Same like London then?

From personal experience India is not a great place to visit as a tourist. I'd recommend seeing the sights and keeping yourself to yourself....

Definitely get a driver to drive you about, it is not a safe place so treat everything and everyone with suspicion!

And no this isn't sarcastic, I was very disappointed with the culture and atmosphere of the place.


do you know why this advise is given?

quagmireuk

From personal experience India is not a great place to visit as a … From personal experience India is not a great place to visit as a tourist. I'd recommend seeing the sights and keeping yourself to yourself.... Definitely get a driver to drive you about, it is not a safe place so treat everything and everyone with suspicion! And no this isn't sarcastic, I was very disappointed with the culture and atmosphere of the place.



Totally rubbish... We have been couple of times to India. We visited Goa, Delhi and Mumbai. We felt very safe though the people are a bit loud. We enjoyed every moment and a life time trip.

I am up for it. Really yummy food and great noise in all the cities. It takes a bit for us to adjust for the culture and people. After a week, We felt like part of them. Many shop keepers noticed us as foreigners and helped us in giving directions. Roads are a bit dirty. Advise is to follow your guide.

pentaya

Totally rubbish... We have been couple of times to India. We visited Goa, … Totally rubbish... We have been couple of times to India. We visited Goa, Delhi and Mumbai. We felt very safe though the people are a bit loud. We enjoyed every moment and a life time trip.



Each to their own but to call my experience and opinion rubbish is unjust. I'm not here slandering but just giving advice and opinion. If you disagree fine but don't resort to outright calling my opinion rubbish!

I'm well travelled and in my opinion India is not safe as it stands - Delhi was the only place I've been to where it's impossible to use the subway because of security issues... People attempted to mug me and my wife numerous times... Don't use your experience as rose tinted glasses as it's not the case in my opinion!

Super hot and super efforts...

Oh yes but apart from all that this is a great deal!

Just got back India and did the Golden Triangle.
absolutely amazing place. Beautiful forts and buildings and so much history.
Before we went we heard many horror stories. we took the Delhi Subway as well and didn't have no issues. Obviously, make sure you keep your valuables close and be alert at all times but that's just the same as any place in the UK.
loved the place, the people and the food. Be careful where you eat though as you can easily get the runs from Street food but I guess that's where the fun is!
It won't be everyone's cup of tea but if you like sightseeing, travelling and different cultures then you will love India.

tempt

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism … Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice



Your point would be valid if the UK government banned "sarees, burqas and what not" but (as it stands) they have not - hence people here can wear whatever they want. That's what laws are for.

tempt

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism … Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice



​you are very confused, did you ever work with confuse.com

simont_space

'Them' as in Indians. Why the offence, and not very subtle accusation of … 'Them' as in Indians. Why the offence, and not very subtle accusation of racism.Notice you didn't address the point he was making which is certainly much worse.



​another colleague of confused.com, you don't even know what you are talking about

tempt

Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism … Don't pack those skirts. The official advice from India's tourism minister is not to wear skirts and offend their 'cultural' sensibilities. It's perfectly okay for them to come over here and wear their sarees, burqas and what not, but not the other way round!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice



​wow and they call uk people racist, wow, hypocrites

adi0604

Stupid



stupid is ​little mild, but OK for the time being

samran123

Stay away ! high crime rate and other domestic issues in that city, … Stay away ! high crime rate and other domestic issues in that city, wouldn't recommend.



​clarify which city??

mel1408

Hear hear, my sentiments exactly...live and let live NOT.



​another confused. com

royals

​wow and they call uk people racist, wow, hypocrites



​another confused. com

Stay in the UK. No murders of rapes here, ESP if you are foreign. UKers go out of their way to look after you...ESP on public transport.

magrawal

​another confused. com



​how am I confused. maybe you should learn to read

I know Rachel means well but I don't know why she posts deals for 'brown' or Muslim countries given the negative comments that are left by the usual suspects....

But respect to you!

ladiesman589

Just got back India and did the Golden Triangle. absolutely amazing … Just got back India and did the Golden Triangle. absolutely amazing place. Beautiful forts and buildings and so much history. Before we went we heard many horror stories. we took the Delhi Subway as well and didn't have no issues. Obviously, make sure you keep your valuables close and be alert at all times but that's just the same as any place in the UK. loved the place, the people and the food. Be careful where you eat though as you can easily get the runs from Street food but I guess that's where the fun is! It won't be everyone's cup of tea but if you like sightseeing, travelling and different cultures then you will love India.




Diarrhoea, the game of risk and reward. Think I'll stick to travel monopoly when on holiday myself!
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