For those wanting to experience the culture and history of north India with the added excitement of India’s fantastic wildlife, this is the perfect itinerary. Covering the incredible sights and atmosphere of the Golden Triangle, this tour also takes you into Ranthambore National Park where a strong population of the Bengal Tiger means sightings are frequent. A fantastic and varied selection of properties on the edge of the park makes for a wonderful stay.
Day 1 - Welcome to India!
This morning your overnight flight arrives in to Delhi, bursting with history and tradition. Your private driver and guide will greet you at New Delhi International Airport and transport you to your comfortable accommodation. We’ve not planned anything for this afternoon to allow you to recover from your flight, so relax or head out for a wander!
Day 2 - Fascinating Old and New Delhi
Today you will have a full tour of Old and New Delhi. Your guide will explain the full history and highlight the contrast between the Old and New regions of the city. A highlight of the tour is a guided walk or cycle rickshaw through the sprawling narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, where you can absorb the sights, sounds and fascinating local life in the depths of Old Delhi. The tour takes approximately 5 hours, and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 3 - Romantic sights of Agra
Experience India’s famous railways today as you catch your morning train to Agra. After settling in to your accommodation, your guide will take you around Agra’s key sights, one of the highlights being the magnificent Red Fort. Later this afternoon, you will finish the day by enjoying the sunset from the quiet gardens of Mehtab Bagh, which sit behind the spectacular Taj Mahal. A peaceful and magical experience.
Day 4 - The magic of the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is one of the most romantic and iconic buildings in the world, and one that most certainly lives up to it’s hype. We recommend visiting at sunrise, when the crowds are a little quieter and the ethereal early morning light adds to the magical atmosphere. Later this morning you will continue on to Ranthambore National Park by road and train, arriving in the evening.
Day 8 - Stunning palaces and impressive architecture
Today your guide will join you in exploring the beautiful old city of Jaipur, discovering the imposing Amber Fort and intricate facade of the Palace of the Winds. Learn about the fascinating workings behind Jantar Mantar Observatory and soak up the colourful atmosphere of this beautiful city. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.
Day 9 - Colour and vibrancy of Jaipur's old Bazaars
Relax or explore Jaipur under your own steam today. Perhaps jump in a rickshaw and explore the streets, experience a little shopping at the street markets or enjoy an authentic Rajasthani lunch. Make sure you keep your camera handy as the colourful mounds of spices, dusty roads and enchanting characters of the local people make for some fantastic photographs. Later this afternoon, your guide will walk you through Jaipur’s old Bazaars, explaining the traditional craftsmanship and techniques still used today, giving you a chance to get under the skin of Jaipur and experience local life.
Day 10 - Final journey back to Delhi
After a leisurely morning in Jaipur enjoying breakfast in the tranquil surroundings of your hotel, your driver will collect you and transport you back to Delhi for your final evening in India. You can relax at your hotel near the airport in preparation for your international flight home, and perhaps plot your return to this wonderful country!
This itinerary costs from £1,600 per person B&B and is based on two people sharing during the high season (Oct-Mar) excluding the Christmas and New Year period. The price includes all private transfers and domestic travel but not international flights.
International flights tend to cost about £600pp for a return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.
- Prices start from £1,600 per person
- Accommodation on B&B basis
- Private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Train tickets
- Local taxes
- All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including 5 safaris in Ranthambore National Park
- All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered