A Taj Showcase - 9 days
PREMIUM TOUR: Explore the famous Golden Triangle while staying in the lap of luxury at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. From the lavish Gateway Hotel in Agra, to the majestic Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur and exquisite Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, this itinerary is the definition of luxury and India at its absolute finest
Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your Taj Hotel - either staying in the magnificent Taj Mahal Hotel or the extravagant Taj Palace Hotel, both a fine example of luxurious accommodation. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.
Overnight: Taj Palace
This morning we enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. This evening is free to enjoy the luxury of your Taj Hotel.
Overnight: Taj Palace | Breakfast
Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital, upon arrival we check into the Gateway Hotel where you will have a Taj Mahal facing room, all you have to do is glance out your window to see one of the world’s most iconic monuments built in the name of love.
In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later, we take a motorised buggy to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunset.
Overnight: Gateway Hotel | Breakfast
Agra - Jaipur. En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. As we get closer to Jaipur we stop for a tasty lunch and visit Chandra Haveli, a charming haveli (mansion house) with small courtyard, lawned gardens and rustic appeal carefully being restored to the splendour of better farming years (if open, currently under renovation). Once in Jaipur, we visit a cotton trading/tailor shop where you can get clothing tailored for delivery to your hotel before we leave!
In Jaipur, you will stay in the majestic Jai Mahal Palace where you have 2 nights to enjoy the luxury of this decadent property set upon 18 acres of manicured lawns and Moghul designed gardens.
Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace | Breakfast
Today take a guided tour of the Pink City. Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. A jeep transports us to the lofty fort where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
The evening is at leisure for you to soak up the luxury of your palace room as much as you can. Or visit the local markets and pick up some bargains. Just wandering the busy streets is an experience in itself.
Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace | Breakfast
Today involves a day of driving as Udaipur beckons, upon arrival check in to your luxurious palace room at the Lake Palace Hotel. Located in the middle of Lake Pichola the white marble hotel sits on a four acre island and is only accessible by boat. Built as a palace in 1746 and now refurbished as a hotel Lake Palace Hotel is an icon of Udaipur. The beautiful building almost seems to burst out of the surrounding waters.
This evening is free for you to unwind and enjoy the luxurious amenities. On day 7 we take a morning city tour of this walled city renowned for its palaces - the white marble Maharajah’s Palace, the Winter Palace (with its inlaid tile, mirrors and mosaics of peacocks), the Jag Mandir (an eighteenth-century yellow-sandstone palace) and Jag Niwas (an eighteenth-century granite and marble palace). Also see the Victoria Hall Museum (local historical displays and antiques), Sahelion-ki-Bari garden and the Jagdish Temple. This evening we enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Overnight: The Taj Lake Palace | Breakfast x 2
Today you will be transferred to Udaipur airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to yet another luxurious Taj Hotel - you will be accommodated in either the Taj Mahal Hotel or the Taj Palace. The evening is free for you to enjoy your final night of luxury.
Overnight: The Taj Mahal Hotel | Breakfast
Sunday. Today after breakfast and your onward transfer to the airport tour arrangements come to an end.
Discover Amritsar & the Golden Temple
Discover beautiful Amritsar on our 3 day/ 2 night Golden Amritsar bolt-on. Home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion. 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.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 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 and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
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.
Taj Palace, Delhi
Built in 1983 and renovated in 2011, the Taj Palace hotel is a perfect example of first class service in a luxurious setting. All guest rooms are perfectly appointed with expansive views of the city. The hotel offers guests some of the best dining experiences in the city with top chefs and fine cuisine. Start the day with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool before setting out to explore Delhi. Perfectly positioned between the city centre and the airport in the diplomatic enclave part of Delhi.
The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi
A popular choice for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the luxury Taj Mahal Hotel displays beautiful Mughal architecture alongside contemporary facilities. These include a Wellness spa featuring Indian treatments and the luxurious Taj Club Floor and Lounge offering stunning panoramic views of the city. Opt for a pool view room to be greeted with superior vistas of the surrounding area. Without doubt the Taj Mahal in Delhi has one of the most prestigious addresses in India, Number One Mansingh Road. Surrounded by beautiful broad boulevards and leafy grounds with India Gate just a short walk away.
Gateway Hotel, Agra
Set amidst six acres of manicured gardens, the Gateway hotel is a beautiful oasis in the chaos of the city. Carefully blending modern day necessities with traditional designs - all rooms have both Wi-Fi connectivity and classic marble flooring. A refreshing outdoor pool offers guest some cool in the heat of Agra and our recommendation here is to upgrade to a Taj View room. This accommodation is located on the popular Fatehabad Road in Agra, close to all of the major attractions.
Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
Surrounded by 18 acres of perfectly manicured Moghul gardens, the Jai Mahal Palace luxury heritage breathes opulence and comfort. Rooms are designed in a colonial style with gold hued silks, marble floorings and Rajasthani wooden furniture. Sipping a cup of Indian tea before dinner at the Terrace is a must. Very well located in central Jaipur. Major attractions like the Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds are both easily accessed from here.
The Lake Palace by Taj, Udaipur
Built for a young prince in 1743, the Lake Palace by Taj is one of Udaipur's most iconic sites. Guest rooms are grand with high reaching ceilings, luxury amenities, rich marble flooring and beautiful lake views. A number of restaurants all with master chefs offer guests a great range of dining options from the rooftop to the poolside. The hotel's 1 hour heritage walk is a great way to learn about the magnificent grounds whilst sipping a delicious galss of champagne. Perfectly located in the middle of Lake Pichola in the beautiful city of Udaipur.
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