Golden Triangle

8 days - from £900 per person

This is a brilliant tour for those who are visiting India for the first time or for those short of time. The 8 day trip strikes a perfect balance of experiences, including the rich history and bustling city life of Old and New Delhi, the breathtaking beauty and romance of the iconic Taj Mahal, and the vibrancy of Jaipur’s colourful markets and enchanting palaces.

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!

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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

You will rise early and 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.

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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. After your visit, you will continue your journey to the Pink City and capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The remainder of the day is free to spend as you wish.

Day 5 - 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.

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Day 6 - 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 7 - 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!

Day 8 - Home time!

This morning catch your flight home, usually landing the same day. Safe flight!

DETAILS:

This itinerary costs from £900 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.

INCLUDED:

  • Prices start from £900 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
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered