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8 days  |  Starts/Ends: Delhi  |  from USD $1,499  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Experience the richness of Indian culture on this classic tour of India's Golden Triangle taking in Delhi, both old and new, the famous Taj Mahal in Agra and the stunning Pink City of Jaipur. Solo Only Departures Available

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Day 1

Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Agra - Jaipur. En route to Jaipur we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore. Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Reaching the fort is an experience in itself, as we ride up the road in princely style aboard Indian elephants - subject to regulations and availability. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Village life, rural India

Jaipur - Alsisar. Today we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region, which lies in a triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. The small towns in this region were once important trading posts, and today their legacy is carried on through the beautiful painted havelis that were constructed by wealthy merchants here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Later we enjoy a walk through a local village and time to relax.
Overnight: Alsisar  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Alsisar - Delhi. This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school in Alsisar where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme, before returning to Delhi. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to further explore the city. Opt for a meal in the heart of the city or simply relax and chat with group members at the hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Saturday. Touring arrangements come to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and included onward departure transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Discover Amritsar & the Golden Temple

Discover beautiful Amritsar, home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion, on our 3 day/2 night Golden Amritsar bolt-on. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat. During your stay, we witness the sunset spectacle at Wagah Border - the only road crossing between India and Pakistan where the fascinating changing of the guards and ceremonial lowering of the flags take place with great pomp to a cheering crowd of thousands.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Almondz Hotel, Delhi
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The modern and smart Almondz Hotel offers guests good sized well appointed rooms which all come with complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-house restaurant is highly recommended providing diners with delicious food and a friendly service. Please note that the majority of hotel rooms do not have windows.

Utkarsh Vilas, Agra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Utkarsh Vilas is a simple, comfortable hotel with large rooms.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Indra Vilas, Alsisar
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Indra Vilas is a beautiful haveli with spacious rooms and set in 10 acres of land.

Trip Highlights

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis

Included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (including Namaste Dinner in Delhi)
Elephant ride to Amber Fort - Jaipur
Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Shekhawati region
Specialist local guides at some sights
7 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 8
English speaking Indian tour leader for groups of 6 or more
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: $65-70 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $20-30 USD

the tour guide "Yogi" was fabulous.. very knowledgable, always on time and made us all feel like family. Anyone who gets him as a guide is really lucky. One suggestion- it would be nice to have a little more free time for shopping etc.., in markets, as going to the expensive shops only does not suite everyones needs ( jewlwery shop at block printing place as an example). less time could be spent at such places. would definetly recommend this tour to friends and family.

Chantal Grews

Yogi was an excellent and passionate tour guide. He clearly loves his country and excels at sharing this enthusiasm with us on this tour. The Taj Express tour is a great introduction to northern India because a lot is experienced over the week.

Mairead Keegan

Sammi was a wonderful guide. He always kept watch and made sure that we had whatever we needed. He was also very knowledgable and insightful and shared many interesting stories with us.

Laura Malone-Miller

Our tour guide Vansh was amazing. He was incredibly patient with demanding & energy-draining tour group members!

His knowledge and expert opinion on the areas and their cultural differences, the magnificent sites and their stories made for an interesting and captivating tour.

At no point did he bore or provide useless information which was a huge appreciation!

Tour sites were great, didn't imagine it would be that jam-packed, but thoroughly enjoyed all the sites set out although noted that some of the older folk struggled with so much activity - perhaps a warning note to be provided prior. The driving however between Alsisar & Delhi was quite long - perhaps look into a way to shorten the distance between the two points somehow stop over?

Not enough time to shop :) Try and incorporate this into the tour as a standard highlight, possibly in Delhi or Jaipur.

Dalene Gallagher

Guide awesome very helpful and caring.

Wasn't inpressed with the standard of the hotel rooms dirty towels sometimes no hot water or air con not working no fridge at one and power outlets practically hanging off walls. I have photos.

Kathryn Henderson

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations!
Diwali Departure
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USD $649
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $400
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Pre-Tour accommodation - Delhi
USD $109
USD $80
Post-Tour accommodation - Delhi
USD $109
USD $80

This tour is also available on a private basis.

SPECIAL DEPARTURES:

07 NOVEMBER 2015 tour includes special DIWALI arrangements, please visit the 'Festival Tours' section on the web and see our DIWALI FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS TOUR for further details. A small supplement has been added to our tour price for this departure.

Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
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the tour guide "Yogi" was fabulous.. very knowledgable, always on time and made us all feel like family. Anyone who gets him as a guide is really lucky. One suggestion- it would be nice to have a little more free time for shopping etc.., in markets, as going to the expensive shops only does not suite everyones needs ( jewlwery shop at block printing place as an example). less time could be spent at such places. would definetly recommend this tour to friends and family.

Chantal Grews
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