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Travel by Indian railway, on an Indian train, is always an adventure!

How to travel on Indian Railways … and by Indian trains, planes, cars, rickshaws, buses, and more

WHEN PLANNING A TRIP to India, people often wonder how they are going to travel from place to place. How are Indian trains? Should they travel by Indian Railways in India, and how do they reserve a ticket? What about flying in India? Is it hard to book air tickets? And what about cars, taxis, autorickshaws, and automobiles? How much does it cost and is it safe to travel with a car and driver in India? These are just some of the questions I get asked, and that I often see in traveller’s forums.

After spending more than four years travelling around India by plane, train, automobile – and motorcycle, camel, bus, and bicycle – here are my thoughts and guidelines for booking tickets, and reducing as much stress as possible. Plus, recommended travel apps you can download and install.

  • How to take an Indian train
  • All about Indian Railways classes
  • Train safety, food, and other tips
  • Booking train tickets in India
  • Travel India by luxury train
  • Packing and luggage
  • Flying in India
  • How to book flight tickets in India
  • India travel by car
  • Bus travel in India
  • Taxis and autorickshaws
  • Other transport options
How to take an Indian train

Indian Railways (IRCTC) is one of the largest employers on the planet, and the rail network in India is one of the largest, covering more than 115,000 kilometres and plying more than 23 million passengers a day. Travelling by train in India is a great way to see the country, it’s economical, and it is much more eco-friendly than flying or driving. I’ve taken countless trains in India and I highly recommend it. But keep these tips in mind.

All about Indian Railways classes

Navigating the various classes of trains, and also the booking classes, can boggle the mind at first. I recommend 1AC / first class or 2AC / two-tier second class or EC (executive chair) or CC (chair class). It may sound fun and romantic to go third class, sleeper, or general class … but almost everyone I know who has done it, said it was gruelling, crowded, and not fun at all.

For overnight trains (trains with berths), 2AC / two-tier second class is often the best option if you are travelling alone. There are four berths in the compartment, which has a curtain and not a locked door, and another two berths with curtains along the corridor. For safety, this is the best set-up.

If you are a woman alone, in a first-class compartment filled with men, it can be disconcerting to be locked in with them. This happened to me once, and the conductor moved me. I like to book an upper bunk, as I tend to think it’s safer. Personally, I’ve never had a problem … and I’ve been on a lot of trains. I DO however, use a cable lock to lock my bags to the lower bunk when I sleep on a train.

There are many classes or grades of trains in India. The Rajdhani trains are the best (there are Rajdhanis that run overnight between Delhi and Varanasi, and Delhi and Mumbai for example). Next best are the Shatabdi trains. I have taken the Dehradun Shatabdi from Delhi to Haridwar dozens and dozens of times (to get to Rishikesh) and it’s almost always on time. Booking either EC or CC is fine on the Shatabdi.

INSIDER TIP: Try and book a train that starts with the number “2” or “02” or “12” or “22.” These are the best trains.

Train safety, food, and other tips

My experience is that trains are generally safe, but I always lock my luggage to the metal frame of the seat with a cable lock when I am travelling long distance or overnight.

Personally, I don’t eat the food on the train. I always take my own snacks and buy water, juice, and tea. There are also several services for ordering food, which are delivered to you while stopped at a train station that offers the service. I tried this once, and had a very good vegetable biryani.

Train washrooms are never good, even on the best trains. I bring wet wipes with me and use the washrooms as sparingly as possible. It’s a good idea to carry a small overnight bag if you sleep on the train, which should include:

  • Wet wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer
  • Ear plugs and an eye mask
  • Socks
  • A small flashlight or headlight
  • Reusable water bottle and thermos
  • A sweater or shawl as the air conditioning can be chilly
  • A book. Here are some recommendations for my favourite books about India.
Booking train tickets in India

Nothing is easy in India, including booking train tickets, especially if you are a foreigner. However, everything is made easier if you have a local SIM card and an Indian phone number. With a local number, you can register with the IRCTC website and book trains directly.

I use Cleartrip to book trains because I can pay by international credit or debit card and because the system keeps track of all my bookings, which helps to keep me organized. Even when using Cleartrip, however, you still need to have an account with IRCTC.

You can now book Foreign Quota tickets on the IRCTC website – which means you don’t have to stand in an infernally long queue at New Delhi train station (NDLS). However, you have to register with a foreign number and it can be difficult to complete the process. I managed to do it this summer when I was in Canada, but I had to seek help via social media. (I couldn’t get the OTP needed to complete the registration.)

There are several reservation codes you need to know, too. There’s a full explanation here on Quora, but briefly:

  • CNF means that you have a confirmed ticket, even if you don’t have an actual seat or berth. Sometimes these are allotted when the chart is prepared.
  • RAC means that you have a reservation against cancellation. You can definitely board the train, and you will find out if you get a seat or a berth when the chart is prepared.
  • WL means you are on a waitlist. You can’t board the train unless and until the chart is prepared and you are allotted a seat or berth. There are several classes of WL tickets that you can read about here.
  • Tatkal. There are seats reserved in every train for Tatkal bookings, or last-minute bookings made the day before.

Best apps: Cleartrip, IRCTC Train Connect, Trainman PNR Status Prediction, RailYatri, WhereisMyTrain, Ixigo

Travel India by luxury train

If you really want to splash out, India is home to some of the world’s most luxurious trains. There are several, including the Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey, the Golden Chariot, and the most luxurious train of all, the Maharajas’ Express.

I road the Maharajas’ Express on a route in North India and it was an incredible experience.

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Packing and luggage

Swissgear Neolite 19-inch spinner on an Indian railway platform in Delhi

Elsewhere on Breathedreamgo, I have blog posts about what to pack and top 10 essential items you should bring to India. But here I want to stress the importance of packing light. There are several good reasons:

  • Only smaller luggage such as backpacks and carryon bags fit under seats in Indian Railways trains
  • Domestic air flights have very strict rules about luggage size and weight, usually just 15 kgs.
  • You will be carrying your luggage a lot due to infrastructure challenges.

This year, I am using Swissgear luggage. It’s super light, durable, and versatile. Perfect for India — where you never know what can happen! You need light luggage that can take a beating. On my very first trip with it, the train porter knocked over my 19-inch spinner into a puddle of dirty water. I was so disappointed that it got dirty so fast … but awhile later, after the water dried, the stain was virtually gone! Here’s what I’m using to travel around India:

Flying in India

It’s much easier to book a flight in India than a train, and there are a lot of options. India is home to a number of local carriers, and the domestic flight record is very good. It’s a safe place to travel by airplane, and it can be surprisingly cost effective, too. There are seat sales several times a year, and I always try and jump on those.

I usually fly if I am going a long distance, such as Delhi to Kochi / Cochin in Kerala. But sometimes to save time, I fly from Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun to Delhi, which is less than an hour. You can book all kinds of flights in India, the combinations are endless – but be warned, many flights go through Delhi or Mumbai, rather than direct.

Personally, I am partial to Jet Airways and IndiGo. Jet Airways is a full service carrier, and one of the best airlines in India. They also fly internationally, and I have flown Jet Airways many times between Canada and India. IndiGo is a fun and friendly budget carrier, great for short flights. (I just wish these airlines would have more gluten-free snacks and meals available.) Jet Airways flies out of the international terminal in Delhi, T1, which is a great airport, but it can mean longer times to get through security.

INSIDER TIP:  Flights are generally on time, or delayed by one hour at most, in my experience. Except for flights in and out of Delhi in winter. December and January can be very foggy in Delhi, especially in the morning. The fog has a notorious habit of delaying all transportation, especially planes and trains. Don’t book any early morning trains or flights in and out of Delhi in the morning during these months.

How to book flight tickets

I use Skyscanner and Google flight search to search for flights, and I often book directly through the air carrier’s website or Cleartrip. I have never had a problem booking directly through Jet Airways, IndiGo, or SpiceJet. I am a Jet Privilege member, so I use my points to travel on Jet Airways, too.

Best apps: Skyscanner, Cleartrip, Kayak, Momondo, Goibibo, MakeMyTrip

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India travel by car

Hiring a car and driver is often a great option if you’re staying within a prescribed area. I did a tour of Rajasthan and we drove an average of four hours per day, and I was able to cover most of the main cities in the state in just over a week. It’s a very convenient way to get around, but your experience will all depend on your driver. They can make, or break, your trip.

It’s absolutely essential to book with a reputed company who can supply you with a courteous and responsible driver, who speaks English, and is not insistent on taking you to stores that offer him a commission on your purchases. I wouldn’t dream of hiring a driver for a two-day or longer trip who I didn’t like or trust. The roads in India are treacherous and you need someone who can handle the intense driving conditions.

The cost of hiring a car and driver will depend partly on the car you choose. The most common cars are the Toyota Etios, which is a smaller car, and the Toyota Innova, which is an SUV-type vehicle.

Don’t expect the driver to double as a guide. They may be informative about the culture, but they are not trained as guides and may not be knowledgeable about the region they’re driving in.

INSIDER TIP: I work with several great companies here in India, and can help you to find a good car and driver. Contact me at info @ breathedreamgo [dot] com and I will connect you to a very reputable company that only uses new cars (less than 5 years old) and hires the best drivers.

A word about bus travel in India

When I was planning my first trip to India, back in 2005, I promised my brother I would not take a bus in India. He had gathered the impression that it was dangerous. This may be true, as I have read about a lot of bus accidents in the mountains, and I know a travel blogger who was in a bus accident in Rajasthan. One of the absolutely worst travel experiences I have had in India was on an overnight bus between Goa and Mumbai. I really don’t recommend overnight buses!

I generally avoid buses just because I don’t think they are all that comfortable. I make exceptions if the route is straightforward and flat, like the Rajasthan Transport (RSRTC) bus that plies between Delhi and Jaipur. I almost always take that bus between Delhi and Jaipur. It’s inexpensive and convenient, and it’s a nice, plush Volvo luxury bus. (However, they moved the boarding point from Bikaner House to either Old Delhi or Gurugram, check the RSRTC website.) My only complaint is the terrible places the bus stops for a rest break. It’s frustrating to drive by large, shiny, fabulous restaurants and stop at the shabby, dirty, broken-down government-run rest stops.

But sometimes, the bus is the only option. In that case, you can try booking through Red Bus. But not in the mountains. Please promise me you won’t take a bus in the mountains!

Best app: Red Bus

The trusty Indian autorickshaw is a great way to get around in metros

Taxis and autorickshaws

For getting around within a city, taxis, and autorickshaws are the best. To call a taxi, I recommend downloading the Ola app and using it. Uber is popular in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai and can work out very well. It’s generally much cheaper to use Ola and Uber than a local taxi stand.

Autorickshaws can be a great way to go shorter distances. Make sure you have the fare fixed before you start. There is usually room for some negotiation. In touristy areas, they tend to inflate the fares for foreigners, sometimes even doubling them. It’s good to know what the real fare is.

And in really crowded places like Old Delhi, Varanasi, or the Haridwar bazaar, the cycle rickshaw is the way to go. Personally, I tend not to negotiate with these guys because they work so hard for their money.

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Best apps: Ola, Uber

Other transport options

These are the most common ways to travel in India, but there are many other options. If you ride a motorcycle or scooter, you can rent them, or join motorcycle trips. In Rajasthan, you can go on camel or horse safaris. In Kerala, you can travel by houseboat on the Backwaters. In national parks and tiger reserves, you can travel by an open, jeep-type vehicle, the Maruti Gypsy.

Some people may want to ride an elephant in India, but I strongly advise against it. You can read about why you shouldn’t ride an elephant here.

Safe travels and have fun! Let me know if you want any help with itinerary planning, or booking. I work with a number of highly recommended companies. Plus, I offer several “India for Beginners” custom itineraries.

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The ancient Chinese fishing nets of Kerala, India, through the lens of photographer Andrew Adams.

Here’s how you can help Kerala rebuild after flooding

If you want to help Kerala, India rebuild after flooding wreaked havoc throughout the state in August 2018, here’s what you need to know.

Kerala is a beautiful state in South India that runs along the Arabian Sea coast to almost the very bottom of the country. Often referred to as “God’s Own Country,” it’s one of the premier tourist destinations in India — known for gorgeous tropical beaches, fascinating Backwaters, lush spice gardens, Ayurvedic treatment centres, Periyar National Park, the historic port city of Fort Cochin, and much more.

I often travel in Kerala — in fact, it’s where I usually go for vacation in India. I also recommend Kerala as a great place to start your travels in India. I think of it as India’s soft landing, and wrote a blog post about Kerala with my recommendations here. The photos in both of these posts are by my good friend Andrew Adams. Andrew is a Canadian photographer with a passion for South Asian Culture, and he is fundraising for Kerala flood relief by selling prints of his photographs, and donating 100% of the proceeds to the Chief Minister of Kerala’s Distress Relief Fund.

Beautiful Varkala Beach in Kerala, India, through the lens of photographer Andrew Adams.

Andrew has spent the last 10 years traveling across India. However, it is the South, specifically Kerala, that has influenced him the most, and inspired his photography. The warm, friendly people of Kerala have always welcomed him into their homes, sharing their home cooked meals, rich culture, and a simple and honest lifestyle. Andrew has spent the last few years living in Kerala and has made many friends there. When the floods hit, it shook him deeply.

“One of my friends was sending me live updates with photos and videos, saying a large group with many children were waiting to be rescued. Not enough boats were coming,” Andrew told me. “I immediately went into panic mode and started sending out his messages and GPS location on Facebook. Thankfully he made it to a rescue camp. Another friend, and Yoga teacher, Anoop’s home was filled waist-deep in water. He makes very little money teaching Yoga, and his family was already relying on him to support them. Now he’s not sure how they will manage.”

Andrew Adams in Kerala

These are just a few of the stories that have touched Andrew personally — many are much worse — prompting him to help by selling his work and donating the proceeds to the relief fund.

“It’s going to be a long road to recovery. Please help the people of Kerala get back on their feet any way you can. Thank you so much.”

You can order prints, in various finishes, including canvas, framed ready to hang. Prices start at $25.00 and they can be printed and shipped to the USA, Canada, India, and also internationally. The company fulfilling the order charges a small fee (5% of sales) and printing fees. The rest will be donated to the Chief Minister of Kerala’s Distress Relief Fund.

Please click here to visit the Photo Gallery and purchase a print. Follow Andrew Adams on Instagram.

Fishing boat in Kerala, India. Photo credit: Andrew Adams.

Wise words on how to help Kerala flood relief

For those of you who have also been deeply touched by this disaster, and want to help, Gopinath Parayil of The Blue Yonder, a responsible travel company based in Kerala, wrote these wise words, which he has generously allowed me to reuse. Few people have done more than Gopi to showcase and preserve the culture of Kerala, his birthplace, through his unique and compelling tours.

Please STOP, CHECK & PROCEED

If you are someone who genuinely wants to help us in Kerala, please apply the above. (This applies to those coming from different parts of Kerala to affected areas as well.)

Because you want to help and support us, please don’t pack your bags and come to Kerala to help us NOW. Please check on people you know here about what help they need before you make a move. This is NOT because we are arrogant and because we don’t need your help. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Not only for now but also for the future.

BUT

Please check on us before you start your journey to Kerala. Your good intentions otherwise will clog our already broken roads, crowd our relief camps, and most importantly take away precious time from those in the ground. We don’t want unsupervised volunteering to be the next DISASTER. Irrespective of your good intentions, allow us locals to handle this crisis. We won’t let you down. We won’t let us down. We can’t afford to.

The immediate crisis is over. We stood together, we held each other, we held out our hands to support one another. We know we are in your prayers. Thank you. As for the next phase, while many of us are still in relief camps, some of us have started checking on our houses. It breaks our hearts, after a week of deluge. But we aren’t broken. We know you will not allow us to break. We trust in you as well.

We NEED you to hold the ground and be patient. While our fishermen rest a bit and repair their boats and nets, while our policewomen rest a little bit, us locals — ranging from drivers to merchants to technologists to politicians to housewives to officers and managers and labourers — we need to figure out HOW to fix our problems. In the meantime, please HELP US REMOTELY, unless otherwise specifically requested for.

Here’s the best you can do to help us:

  1. Watch out for us remotely. We call our fishermen “God’s Own Army.” You will be “Kerala’s Standby Army.”
  2. Contribute financially. Donate to the Chief Minister of Kerala’s Distress Relief Fund. (Or another authorized fund, see list below.)
  3. Offer to help if you have expertise. Goodwill is one thing. We respect you and appreciate even the thought of helping us. BUT what we need now is expertise. Are you an expert in disaster recovery? Then please come, but again, only when we request. Come only when we switch on the GREEN light. Until then it should be RED & YELLOW.
  4. Come visit us once our tourism season kick starts. Your spending as tourists will help us recover our 28,000 crores tourism business that provides jobs to millions of people. Help us rebuild the local economy together.

We have some scars here and there. TRUE. But we are still beautiful. Inside out. We are cleaning up our roads and homestays and hotels. We will be ready for business soon. Come and holiday with us in a month. We will OPEN our homes, our HEARTS. We will welcome you with with our open arms. To show our world, our resilience, about how we stood together.

Until then, please, we request you to be our standby army. Think about the rules of traffic lights. Apply the principle. History will thank you for being smart and practical and not emotional at this time.

Stand with us. Stand by us. Thank you for your love  

Gopi

Beach umbrellas in Kerala India. Photo credit: Andrew Adams

How you can contribute financially to help rebuild Kerala

There are many, many organizations, companies, governments, and individuals who have created relief drives for Kerala. I will try and add as many credible and authorized fundraising initiatives as I can here, and will continue to add to this list.

  1. Chief Minister of Kerala’s Distress Relief Fund
  2. World Vision is distributing emergency relief and has a list of much-needed items you can buy and donate.
  3. Amazon Flood Relief (payment will be made to Oxfam, India)
  4. Facebook Kerala Flood Relief in the USA
  5. Google Maps has activated flood relief resources:

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Pushkar is a peaceful, sacred town in Rajasthan, India popular with travellers and pilgrims alike. It’s a great place for a first time visitor to India. Sunset and sunrise are the best times to enjoy the sublime beauty of the lake.

If you are a first time visitor, these India tours are for you!

ARE YOU ONE OF the many people who would love a trip to India — but feel daunted and don’t know where to start? If you are new to India travel, and are looking for India tour packages, these India for Beginners tours are for you. We offer two different North India tour itineraries designed specially for first time visitors to India, with women in mind, and female solo travellers, too.

We also provide India travel tips and lots of support and extras such as airport pickup by women drivers, through Women on Wheels, carefully selected accommodations, and responsible tourism activities that support local communities and worthwhile organizations. With these India tours, we are combining a sustainable travel approach to itineraries designed specifically for people new to India travel.

The itineraries were curated by me, Mariellen, based on my extensive travels and knowledge of India, and they are organized and sold by Anjani and Ujjwal at Cloud Itineraries. I have worked with Anjani and Ujjwal before, on the Shakti Tour to India, and I know how dedicated, reliable, and professional they are.

Lakshman Sagar is a unique and luxurious property built around a former maharaja’s hunting lodge in the countryside of Rajasthan. Private villas circle a lake filled with birds.

India tours that are safe and reliable

Having someone care for you while you are travelling in India is priceless. On these tours, someone will be available 24/7 while you are in India. We will meet you when you arrive in India, to brief you, and will give you a SIM card and connect with you via phone and WhatsApp so you can contact us at any time. Each tour comes with a one-hour, pre-tour consultation designed to get you ready for travel in India. The call will include advice on packing, tipping, shopping, and cultural etiquette; and will cover issues such as Visas, safety, keeping healthy, money and costs, and more.

Each tour has a different focus. Land of Kings and Queens is about immersion into the world of classical India. This one is for people who want to see the India depicted in tourist brochures: the fairy-tale like forts and palaces of Rajasthan, loping camels and dazzling peacocks, large turbans and neon-bright saris. Yoga, Nature and Spirituality will show you a different side of India, giving you a more serene and green adventure. This one is for people who want a taste of Yoga in India, and also want to see some of the country’s pristine forests, thriving with birds and animals.

We can design the trips for every budget — 3 star, 4 star and 5 star — and will provide you the tour cost as per your preferences and budget. We can also customize the itinerary to suit your needs.

For more information contact Mariellen Ward. To get a quote and book the India for Beginners Tours, contact Anjani of Cloud Itineraries in India or on his Indian number: (91) 9953918980.

Udaipur is India’s most romantic city. Palaces shimmer in the reflection on Lake Pichola at golden hour.

Itinerary 01: Land of Kings and Queens

Day 01: Arrive Delhi and transfer to Prakash Kutir homestay by Women on Wheels taxi service. Your first days in India will be with an Indian family in South Delhi, who will both provide you with a safe and comfortable landing in India, and introduce you to the real culture of India — the family. Read about Prakash Kutir homestay in Delhi.

Day 02: Start your day with a Yoga session and later enjoy an introduction to Indian food demonstration, plus a delicious vegetarian dinner, at Prakash Kutir.

Day 03: Start your day with a walking tour of Old Delhi led by street kids. Later a sightseeing tour of New Delhi including a drive by India Gate, a visit to Gandhi Museum on Tees January Marg and Humayun’s tomb. Have lunch in Connaught Place. Visit Qutub Minar in the late afternoon.

Day 04: Drive to Chambal Safari Lodge, visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort en-route. Chambal Safari Lodge is an award-winning and tranquil heritage lodge set amidst a 35-acre reclaimed woodland.

Day 05: Start your day with a boat ride on the Chambal River, enjoying the birds and wildlife that thrives there in a pristine natural environment. In the afternoon, go on a heritage walk.

Day 06: Drive to Jaipur and check in at the hotel. Visit Nahargarh (Tiger) Fort for sunset.

Chambal Safari Lodge is a heritage home that’s been transformed into a peaceful, green garden.

Day 07: Visit City Palace, market and the magnificent Amer Fort, one of the largest and most well-preserved forts in India. Enjoy block painting workshop or visit to women’s cooperative.

Day 08: Drive to Pushkar and visit Barefoot College on the way. Check in at the hotel. Visit Brahma temple and drive to Savitri Mata temple to enjoy the sunset view of the city

Day 09: Start your day with sunrise at Pushkar Lake. Pushkar is the location of the famous Pushkar Camel Fair each autumn, but the rest of the year it is a peaceful town, and sunrise on the lake is a sublime and other worldly experience,

Drive to Lakshman Sagar and check in at the hotel. Enjoy Lakshman Sagar and experience a village safari in late afternoon. Read Lakshman Sagar review here.

Day 10: Drive to Udaipur, India’s most romantic city, and check in at the hotel. Enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola in the evening.

Day 11: Visit City Palace in the morning, walk in the bazaar, and later visit a woman’s cooperative or block printing demonstration.

Day 12: Morning is free to relax later take an afternoon flight to Delhi and transfer to airport to connect with your departure flight.

Rishikesh is set in a peaceful valley where the Ganga River tumbles from the Himalayas. It’s the world capital of Yoga.

Itinerary 02: Yoga, Nature and Spirituality

Day 01: Arrive Delhi and transfer to Prakash Kutir homestay by Women on Wheels taxi service. Your first days in India will be with an Indian family in South Delhi, who will both provide you with a safe and comfortable landing in India, and introduce you to the real culture of India — the family. You can read about Prakash Kutir homestay in Delhi, here.

Day 02: Start your day with a Yoga session and later enjoy an introduction to Indian food demonstration, plus a delicious vegetarian dinner, at Prakash Kutir.

Day 03: Start your day with a walking tour of Old Delhi led by street kids. Later a sightseeing tour of New Delhi including a drive by India Gate, a visit to Gandhi Museum on Tees January Marg and Humayun’s tomb. Have lunch in Connaught Place. Visit Qutub Minar in the late afternoon.

Day 04: Drive to Rishikesh visiting Haridwar en-route. Arrive Rishikesh and check in at the hotel or ashram, depending on your choice. Rishikesh is the world capital of Yoga, located in a beautiful valley at the place where the green Ganga (Ganges) River tumbles out of the foothills of the Himalayas.

Day 05: Start your day with a Yoga session and rest of the day is free to explore the city and/or an afternoon Yoga session.

Day 06: Start your day with a Yoga session. Afternoon visit to Aurovalley Ashram or Rajajai National Park.

Day 07: Start your day with a Yoga session and rest of the day is free to explore the city and/or an afternoon Yoga session.

Vanghat Lodge is in the buffer zone of Corbett tiger reserve and you must take a raft to get to it.

Day 08: Drive to Jim Corbett National Park and check in at Vanghat Lodge. Vanghat is a small eco-lodge located within the Jim Corbett National Park buffer zone. Built with care to detail on the site of a small abandoned village, you have to walk about three kilometres and cross the Ramganga River to get there as there are no roads.

Day 09: Start your day with a walking safari in the Jim Corbett National Park buffer zone. Afternoon is free to indulge in the activities provided by the resort.

Day 10: Visit a women’s cooperative on the drive to Delhi and check in at the hotel.

Day 11: Start early morning and proceed for an excursion to Agra to visit Taj Mahal. Overnight in Agra or Delhi.

Day 12: As per your flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your departure flight.

Delhi is the capital of India, an exciting city with an illustrious past and a lively food, cultural, and shopping scene.

Cost and other details for India Tours

The cost for these trips include:

  • accommodation at suggested hotels or similar
  • daily buffet breakfasts
  • all meals at Chambal Safari Lodge, Lakshman Sagar, Vanghat Lodge, and the Yoga Ashram
  • monument entrance fees
  • walking tours, cooking demos, and other activities listed in the itineraries
  • private AC vehicle for sightseeing and transfers
  • English speaking guides for tours
  • assistance at the airports on arrival and departure
  • all applicable taxes, government taxes, and driver allowances 

What’s NOT included:

  • international and domestic airfare
  • lunches and dinners except noted above
  • personal expenses, alcohol, souvenirs
  • camera fees and tips
  • charges for Indian Visa, and travel insurance
For more information contact Mariellen Ward. To get a quote and book the India for Beginners Tours, contact Anjani of Cloud Itineraries in India or on his Indian number: (91) 9953918980. PIN it on Pinterest

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