India's Golden Triangle Superior Tour 7 nights

Our Golden Triangle tour 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 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.

Duration
8 days

Guide Price

€1,529 pp
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Humayun's Tomb

Trip highlights

  • Discovering Delhi's temples and mosques
  • Experiencing the majesty of the Taj Mahal
  • Visiting ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Lingering at Jaipur's romantic palaces
  • Seeing Jantar Mantar – a series of architectural astronomy instruments
  • Watching the sound and light show at Red Fort

Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel in Delhi. Enjoy Delhi at your own pace as today is spent at your leisure. We recommend taking a rickshaw ride and enjoy the bustling bazaars. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • 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 thoroughfare. 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 erstwhile Indian princely states, 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. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Taj Palace, New Delhi or similar

After breakfast, depart on the drive to Agra. After the 4-5 hour drive, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Radisson Blu or similar

This morning is an early rise as a visit the world famous Taj Mahal, to watch the sunrise is on the cards. 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).

Visit Agra fort containing the halls private and public audiences and other palaces. Visit Agra Fort - behind its forbidding red sandstone battlements lie palaces that tell the story of the Moghul Empire. The most impressive part of the Fort is the Dewan-e-Am, where the Emperor sat on his throne to dispense to his subjects, and the Dewan-e-Khas where he received foreign dignitaries.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Radisson Blu or similar

This morning depart for Jaipur. Stop en route at the Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was  fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. 

Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti,  Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power. 

Continue your journey to Jaipur.

Suggested Accommodation

  • 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.

Suggested Accommodation

  • ITC Rajputana or similar

Depart for Delhi (5hrs/260km) for your last night of the tour in Delhi. Alternatively if  you feel you have only scratched the surface of India, and want to experience more, then our destination specialists can help create your perfect itinerary and, weather you want to experience Ranthambore National Park, the spirituality of Varanasi or the toy train to the Himalayan foothills and visit Shimla.    

Suggested Accommodation

  • Taj Palace, New Delhi or similar

After breakfast, continue on your onward journey. 

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
  • Excursions not detailed