Short Trips in India – 1 to 3 Days Budget Tours You should not Miss

Are three days enough for a short trip in India? The most popular tourist cities in India are the Golden Triangle of New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur in north India, which takes 7 to 10 days. If you still want to visit the historical sites and beaches in South India, it will take longer. However, if you are on a business trip or stopover for only a few days, you should make full use of your time. Here is the guide on 1 to 3 days short tours to India that you cannot miss.

1 Day Tours of India – the Most Popular 6 Plans

1. Delhi Day Tour

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

 Classic route: Humayun's Tomb - Jama Masjid - Red Fort - Old Town Rickshaw Experience - Chandni Chowk

 Highlights: As the capital of India, Delhi must be tops on your list to have a short break in India. Humayun's Tomb is the source of inspiration for the Taj Mahal. With its typical Mughal architecture and valuable relic communities, it provides a unique perspective for people to study and understand Indian history and culture. Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India even in the world at present. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower and watch the downtown scenery of old Delhi. As an ancient architectural site with Islamic style, Red Fort is a good place to learn about Indian history and culture. Chandni Chowk is a miniature version of India and is a good place for tourists to learn about the ordinary life of Old Delhi people.

2. Varanasi Day Tour with Ganges River Cruise

Vanarasi Day Tour

 Classic route: Boating on Ganges River to Watch Sunrise – Sarnath - Banaras Hindu University - Dasashwamedh Ghat

 Highlights: The Ganges River Basin is one of the cradles of Indian civilization and the place where Buddhism rose in the past, hence a highlight of this short trip in India. There are still a large number of relics of Buddhist holy places. Sarnath is one of the four holy places of Buddhism, where Buddha established the Sangha group. In BHU, you can feel the atmosphere of Indian universities. Dasashwamedh Ghat is one of the busiest river altars on the Ganges River in Varanasi. You can take a boat from the dock here to visit the Ganges River. The scenery of the Ganges is very spectacular at sunset.

3. Short Trip to Taj Mahal in Agra

Taj Mahal Main Building

 Distance from Delhi: 220 km

 Classic route: Taj Mahal - Agra Fort
 Highlights: Taj Mahal in Agra is the most famous monuments in India and it has been selected as "the new seven wonders of the world". You need to know that the Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. After visiting the Taj Mahal, you can also visit the Agra Fort nearby, which was built in 1565 AD, it is another magnificent building of Mughal emperor Akbar.

4. Day Trip to Pink City Jaipur

City Palace of Jaipur

 Distance from Delhi: 270 km

 Classic route: Travel Jaipur by train from Delhi
 Highlights: Jaipur is a tourist attraction in India and a center of Hinduism and Jainism.  Because the whole city is decorated in pink, it is also called the pink city of India. Jaipur is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and there are variety of birds and animals in the mountain. It is not only the beautiful natural scenery of Jaipur that makes tourists reluctant to leave, but also its spectacular magnificent buildings. Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort and Palace, Jaigarh Fort and City Palace of Jaipur are the famous scenic spots in Jaipur.

5. Mumbai Day Tour


Mumbai has not only Hindu temples, but also many mosques and Christian and Catholic churches, which makes the city full of strong religious flavor. During the India short tour package to Mumbai, you should not miss Mumbai's landmark building, the Gateway of India. Its appearance resembles the Triumphal Arch in France. It is currently used to receive important guests and has become one of the important tourist attractions in India. In addition, Ajanta Caves, Beach Avenue, Elephanta Caves, Mani Bhavan, National Gallery of Modern Art and Jehangir Art Gallery are also worth visiting.

6. Jodhpur Day Tour with Camel Safari

Jodhpur Day Tour with Camel Safari

Jodhpur is located on the edge of the Thar Desert, so tourists could experience camel riding in Jodhpur. The city is famous for its small blue houses. It is the blue city of India. The most important building in the city is the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, which stands at the top of a steep mountain in the center of the city. You can clearly see the intersection of the old city and the new city here. The rock in front of Meherangarh Fort is an excellent place to watch the sunrise of Jodhpur.

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2 Days Short Trips in India – Best 2 Plans

Plan A: 2 Days Old Delhi & New Delhi City Tour

2 Days Delhi City Tour

Day 1: New Delhi's most famous King's Road has spacious and clean streets. Both sides of the road are covered with flowers and plants. There are many scenic spots along the road. You can spend your first day of this 2-day short trip in India visiting the road.

Recommended route: Rashtrapati Bhavan - Rajpath - National Museum New Delhi - India Gate - Khan Market - Big Chill

Day 2: The magnificent Mausoleum of Humayun, the graceful Lodi Gardens, the serene Safdarjung Tomb and the sad Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum constitute a perfect and fulfilling day.

Number of Tourist Sites: 12
Distance: 14 km
Transport: Bus, metro, or walk

Plan B: 2 Days Short Trip from Delhi to Agra & Jaipur

2 Days Short Trip from Delhi to Agra

Day 1: Delhi - Agra – Agra Fort - Mughal Dynasty Sites

Agra was the capital of India, ruled by the Mughal from the 16th century to the early 18th century. Agra Fort is a representative work of Islamic architecture, which once contained more than 500 buildings. After visiting Agra Fort, you can enjoy some other well-known tourist attractions on foot so that you can have a detailed understanding of the glorious history of the Mughal Dynasty.

Day 2: Taj Mahal – Fatehpursikri – Delhi
Taj Mahal is the most scenic spots worth visiting in the country and a highlight of this 2-day short tour to India. Fatehpursikri city ruins has many distinctive temples and a grand and luxurious palace, which shows the brilliant achievements of Mughal civilization.

Number of Tourist Sites: 5

Distance: 700-800 km

Transport: chartered car, bus, or train

3 Days Short Trips in India – Travel the Golden Triangle

Short Trip in India

Day 1: Delhi - Agra

Delhi is the capital of India. It is divided into old districts with a long history and newly planned new districts. There are many important historic sites in Old Delhi, while New Delhi is the symbol of India's modernization. There are many places of interest such as Lotus Temple, Gateway of India, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Mausoleum of Humayun, and Raj Ghat and so on. You can choose some attractions you are interested in to have a visit. Later in the day, you will leave for Agra.

Day 2: Agra - Jaipur

Agra was the capital of India from the 16th century to the early 18th century. The famous Taj Mahal is located here. Agra Fort is another scenic spot worth visiting. Then you can move to “the pink city” Jaipur.

Day 3: Jaipur – Delhi

People call Jaipur "rose city" because Jaipur is pink all the way and the most precious rose is pink, too. Outside Jaipur lies the majestic Amber Castle. Entering the city of Jaipur from Sheesh Mahal, the buildings are mostly decorated with pink. Jaipur Palace is well preserved, with more than 10 magnificent pavilions and many exotic trees, of which the Zhangdala Palace is the most prominent. After visiting the palace, you can also watch wonderful singing and dancing performances, watching Amber Castle on Elephants and go to Johari Bazar to buy souvenirs. Then you will return to Delhi, the short tours to India comes to the end.

Distance: 800 km

Transport: chartered car, bus, or train