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What is the Golden Triangle?

Not many destinations inspire the senses quite like India. An enigmatic clash of colours, smells, sounds and flavours, a journey to India will captivate you with its deep-rooted cultures and bucket-list landmarks.

This classic seven-day Northern India tour will help you uncover Delhi’s colonial splendour, where the old and new stand side by side, and experience the immaculate elegance of the iconic Taj Mahal, its grace and poise a stark contrast to the muddled streets of Agra that lead to it.

The final “point” of your triangle takes you to Jaipur, its hillside Amber Fort and ornate Hawa Mahal beautiful examples of the extravagant building designs that typify the region.

Watch the Golden Triangle come to life

What's included

Food
Breakfast is served daily at the hotel and lunches are Indian and buffet-style in local restaurants with limited Western food available.
6 breakfasts, 3 lunches.

Transportation
All transportation is included throughout your Golden Triangle tour via air conditioned private coach. Size will vary depending on group size.

Accommodation
We take great care in our selection of accommodation. Typically, we feature well located, 4 and 5 star hotels depending on what kind of holiday you book.
3 nights in a Delhi hotel, 1 night in an Agra hotel, 2 nights in a Jaipur hotel

Entrance fees
All sightseeing entrance fees are included where possible as well as local taxes.

Tour guide
You’ll be joined by an English-speaking, dedicated tour guide throughout your Golden Triangle tour, from your airport pick-up to your airport drop-off. Informative and passionate, these guides ensure you’ll get to know the destination in a really unique and authentic way.

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Your itinerary

Delhi – Hotel Stay

One of the most historic capitals in the world, Delhi is a treasure trove that reveals the ultimate combination of tradition and modernity. Made up of seven ancient cities, its multi-layered existence and profusion of architectural styles is tantalizing.

 

What's Included

  • Transfer from Delhi airport to hotel

Delhi - Hotel Stay and Tour

Your full day of sightseeing includes a tour of the 300-year-old walled city of Old Delhi. Visit the most elegant mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, characterised by its black and white onion dome and minarets, and Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. You’ll also see the imposing India Gate on a tour of New Delhi and visit Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Resplendent in white marble and red sandstone, Humayun’s Tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Culturally significant as the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, the tomb is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

 

What's Included

  • Breakfast & lunch
  • Fully escorted tour of Old and New Delhi by private coach

Delhi to Agra - Hotel Stay and Tour

In Agra, you’ll visit the world famous Taj Mahal. It’s true what they say about the Taj Mahal, it really does take your breath away and is fully deserved of its place as one of the seven esteemed Wonders of the World. Soaring minarets, tranquil gardens and glittering pools decorate the outside, before you slip behind the towering walls to see a truly mesmerising spectacle unfold. The monuments cool interior comes alive on the intricate inlaid walls, resplendent in a kaleidoscope of colourful jewels. You’ll also travel to Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the capital of the Mughal Empire for generations.

 

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Agra by private coach (approximately 3 - 4 hour drive)
  • Fully escorted tours of Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

Agra to Jaipur - Hotel Stay and Tour

On your way to the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, you’ll stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital in the late 16th century, before arriving at the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

 

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Morning visit to a marble factory
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to Jaipur by private coach (4 - 5 hour drive)
  • Fully escorted tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur

Jaipur - Hotel Stay and Tour

During your time in Jaipur you’ll see the intriguing red sandstone Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, an astrological and astronomical wonder built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. You’ll also visit the Amber Fort during your time in Agra. An exceptional example of Rajput architecture, the honey-coloured Amber fortress stands high on a rocky hillside and is reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below. Explore the palatial grounds and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), a room intricately embellished in thousands of mirrors.

 

What's Included

  • Breakfast & lunch
  • Fully escorted tours of the Amber Fort and a Textile and Carpet Factory
  • Demonstration on block printing and rug making
  • Fully escorted tours of City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Jewellery Factory

Jaipur to Delhi - Hotel Stay

Today you’ll travel back to Delhi for a final night and a chance to relax.

 

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Delhi by private coach (approximately 6 - 7 hour drive)

Fly home
Today you'll fly home, your Golden Triangle discovery complete. 

 

What's Included

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport
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We work with our trusted partner, SITA, to operate all of our Golden Triangle tours.

Providing travel excellence since 1933, SITA is renowned for its highly experienced team of international specialists, providing enriching and authentic travel experiences and crafting journeys for travellers that are treasured for a lifetime.

 

Ask the expert

New Delhi-based tour guide Sunil Bahal, who has worked as a guide for over 26 years, shares his expertise on India’s Golden Triangle.

Q. What makes the Golden Triangle such a special experience for visitors?

A. It’s a perfect introduction to capture the Indian experience. The Golden Triangle captures the essence of India. When you travel to the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur you cover eight [UNESCO] World Heritage Sites, which is phenomenal. When you travel between the cities, you also see wonderful countryside. Diversity, architecture and the monuments make the Golden Triangle perfect for any visitor coming to India for the first time.

Q. What’s a personal highlight of the Golden Triangle tour and why?

A. My personal highlight is, of course, the Taj Mahal. I have stopped counting how many times I have been to the Taj Mahal, but whenever you walk into the monument, it never disappoints you. It’s truly majestic and breathtaking; the symmetry, the ambiance, the setting. Whatever the weather – it is spectacular and nothing beats it.

Q. What do you think surprises visitors the most about the Golden Triangle?

A. It is the diversity. When you travel from one city to another, you see the change in the landscape every 10-12 miles; the cuisine, the way people are dressed, the climate. It is like travelling across a continent and that’s why we call it the Indian subcontinent. It’s also the warmth of the people that really surprises visitors. People are so very helpful, friendly and always smiling. Lastly, the moment you step inside any of the monuments from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is so very serene and the colossal scale of the moments naturally surprises visitors.

Q. What are some of the hidden treasures you like to share with your tour groups?

A. There are so many hidden gems to see. In Delhi, when you travel to the Old City [Old Delhi], it’s the Grand Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in India. It can fit about 20,000 people at a time, so it is huge. We call it Jama Masjid. When you travel from Agra to Jaipur there is a place called Fatehpur Sikri, which is a World Heritage Site. It’s so fascinating, with a rich history and so many palaces. Also the Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur is incredible; it is another World Heritage Site and has the world’s largest stone sundial! It calculates the time, the position of the sun, moon and stars. These – the Jama Masjid in Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri outside of Agra and Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur – are my three hidden treasures of the Golden Triangle.

Q. Do you have a favourite restaurant that you like to take guests visiting your home city of New Delhi?

A. I have a favourite restaurant; it’s called Lazeez Affaire, which is very close to the embassies and the British High Commission. The food is really delicious, there’s a lot of variety and wonderful service. My favourite dish is chicken – chicken is the speciality in Delhi.

Q. What tips or advice do you have for a first-time traveller to the Golden Triangle?

A. It is an assault on the senses. My advice is to take it as it comes and, when you do that, then you enjoy it. It is an experience!

Q. What are the benefits of taking an escorted tour over touring independently?

A. The benefits of an escorted tour, especially when you are visiting India for the first time, is you have a person who knows how things work over here, speaks the languages and knows things like how to get tickets and into monuments.

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