6 day escorted tour itinerary

India's Golden Triangle Tour

Classic cultural sights of northern India

India's Golden Triangle is a fabulous and inspiring introduction to the history and culture of northern India's splendid Moghul heritage. As you travel with your personal driver guide, visit the iconic sites that helped shape the history and discover the inspiring heritage of India's northern cities which make up India's famous Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, with sights such as the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Discovering Delhi's temples and mosques
  • Experiencing the majesty of the Taj Mahal
  • Visiting Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Jaipur's romantic palaces
  • Astronomical Jantar Mantar
  • Seeing the sound and light show at Red Fort

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
6 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals included as detailed.
  • Private air-conditioned transport.
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local guide.
  • Airport assistance and transfers.
  • All site entrance fees while touring as appropriate.
  • International flights.
Not included
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Beverages during meals
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Optional excursions

Itinerary Breakdown

Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel in Delhi. Enjoy Delhi at your own pace as today is spent at your own leisure. We recommend taking a rickshaw ride and enjoy the bustling bazaars. You can upgrade to The Leela Palace New Delhi for the evening if you fancy. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Standard tour - The Suryaa or similar Superior tour - Taj Palace, New Delhi or similar

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi, the 300 year old walled city built by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan as his capital in 1648. The focus of the city is the magnificent red sandstone Jama Mosque. Drive past the Red Fort, where the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on India's Independence Day. Visit Jama Masjid, standing high on a hillock and India’s most elegant mosque. Around these two focal points of the 17th century is a thriving modern city in a medieval setting.

This area once had a tree-lined broad central avenue, with a canal dividing the thorough fare. On the way back, visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's shrine. New Delhi is the early 20th century British capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and Herbert Baker. Drive past the President's house, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the two flanking Secretariat buildings - the nerve centre of government activity. Then onto the India Gate. Around India Gate are many palaces of the former Indian princely states, which are now public offices and museums. Visit the precursor to the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb, built in 1565 AD by the widow of the second Mughal emperor Haji Begum. Later, visit the Qutab Minar, standing 72 metres high. End the day by visiting the Hindu heritage of the city, the Lakshmi Narayan temple. Later, leave Delhi by car for Agra (4-5 hours drive).

Overnight in Agra.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Standard tour - Radisson or similar Superior tour - Jaypee Palace or similar

This morning you'll wake up early for a visit to the world famous Taj Mahal at sunrise. Built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Crafted from white marble, this perfectly-proportioned architectural masterpiece took 17 years to complete (please note: the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, and there is a three hour time limit at the Taj Mahal).

Later leave Agra for Jaipur, visiting the Ghost City of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Built in 1569, Fatehpur Sikri was Emperor Akbar's capital, fully occupied for 14 years, but slowly deserted after Akbar left the city. Continue on the drive to Jaipur.

On arrival, check-in at your hotel for an overnight stay in Jaipur.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Standard tour - Holiday Inn City Jaipur or similar / Superior tour - ITC Rajputana or similar

After breakfast depart for the classic and romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not be impressive from the outside, but the interior is a paradise and is sure to impress. En route to Amber Fort there will be a brief photo stop at the Palace of Winds, (Hawa Mahal).

In the afternoon take a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the Maharaja's City Palace, the former royal residence and the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world.

Return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Jaipur.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Standard tour - Holiday Inn City Jaipur or similar / Superior tour - ITC Rajputana or similar

Depart for Delhi (5 hours) to spend your last evening exploring the bustling city.

Overnight in Delhi, why not upgrade to The Leela Palace New Delhi to finish your tour in luxury. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Standard tour - Heritage Village or similar / Superior tour - Taj Palace, New Delhi or similar

Spend the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your onward journey. 

  • Delhi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Sound and light show at Red Fort
    • Lotus Temple
    • Bustling Bazar's
    • India Gate
    • Take a traditional rickshaw ride
  • Agra

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Taj Mahal
    • Fatehpur Sikri
    • Historic and captivating city
    • Agra Fort
    • Exquisite cuisine
  • Jaipur

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk the hidden streets of the old Bazaar
    • Visit the Jaipur City Palace
    • Palace of the Winds
    • Amber Fort
    • Jal Mahal