Experience the richness of Indian culture on this classic tour of India's Golden Triangle. Kick off in Delhi, both old and new, explore the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra and the stunning Pink City of Jaipur. Combine this with a night at a Maharaja's Palace and you've got the perfect 1 week Indian adventure.
Old & New Delhi
Join our Welcome Meeting this morning before we enjoy a packed day of sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. See the eternal flame at Raj Ghat, which was the site of Gandhi’s cremation and is now a place of peaceful contemplation. We also enjoy a thrilling rickshaw ride around the Chandni Chowk bazaar and explore New Delhi. Walk down the Rajpath, formerly known as the ‘King’s Way’ and see the famous India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy a group Namaste dinner.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner
Delhi - Agra. Travel to Agra today and visit the impressive walled Agra Fort. Our day continues with a tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, India’s most famous site. This iconic white monument was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in memory of his beloved wife. It is perhaps the most extravagant symbol of love the world has ever seen and has no rival.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
The princely state of Karauli
Agra - Karauli. This morning we’ll visit the eerie former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has laid abandoned for more than 400 years. Continue to the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas in Karauli, stopping for lunch en route. The palace is our home for the night and also remains the residence of the current Maharaja of the state. Enjoy free time to explore the palace grounds and if we’re lucky, we may be able to join a tour of the site led by the princess herself. The family is lovingly restoring the Karauli City Palace, which we visit later this afternoon. This evening opt to attend the evening Aarti (prayer).
Overnight: Karauli | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Karauli - Jaipur. We travel to a local school this morning (if open) to meet the pupils and teachers. Our ‘Change for Children’ programme operates here and any donations you can spare help make a real difference to the lives of underprivileged children. You may wish to consider bringing some educational gifts with you on your tour (see trip notes) to give out to the children - they will be greatly appreciated.
Later, we continue to the vibrant UNESCO listed Pink City of Jaipur where the rest of the day is free to explore. Perhaps catch a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema or explore the buzzing walled city centre - look out for monkeys scampering across the rooftops.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast
Enjoy an unforgettable experience early this morning with an optional balloon ride over Jaipur. Sail with the wind over the surrounding region and pass above hill-top forts and regal palaces. Later, enjoy a jeep ride to Amber Fort for a guided tour and visit a cotton weaving house for an authentic demonstration of fabric dyeing. We also tour the UNESCO-listed Jaipur City Palace and Jantar Mantar space observatory, which is home to the world’s largest stone sun dial.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast
Saturday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer to the airport.
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.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are 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 who would like their own room 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.
Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, Delhi
The luxurious Jaypee Siddharth is a stunning property located just five kilometres from the New Delhi Railway Station. Guestrooms are exquisitely decorated with a blend of cream and brown tones and benefit from air conditioning and complimentary WiFi. If you have free time, guests can indulge in one of the rejuvenating treatments available at the spa, take a dip in the outdoor pool or work up an appetite in the gym. A range of cuisines are served in the various restaurants found within the hotel complex.
Hotel Jivitesh, Delhi
The Jivitesh Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Karol Bagh, a popular neighbourhood of Delhi renowned for its excellent shops and vibrant street markets. The Jivitesh offers comfortable and spacious guest rooms, with modern amenities such as free WiFi, and you can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent customer service from the hotel staff. Enjoy authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool after a day of sightseeing in the capital.
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, Delhi
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a modern, luxury hotel located in Dwarka, on the outskirts of New Delhi, just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Spread over 7 acres, this striking hotel has a unique angular design and offers 250 luxurious rooms and suites. All tastes are catered for at the hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant, while the Indus Express restaurant serves mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine. Head to the popular Tipple bar for a delicious array of heady cocktails or relax by the poolside with a refreshing smoothie from the Celsuis Pool Bar. The nearby Sector 21 Metro station provides direct access to the heart of the city and after a day of sightseeing you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the sauna and massage parlour.
Seven Hills Tower, Agra
The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The al fresco dining area offers beautiul views of the Taj Mahal, perfect for enjoying a sunset drink.
Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli
Built in 1938, this stunning property is the residence of the Maharaja (181st in the Royal Dynasty) and Maharani of Karauli. Both the architecture and furniture have been designed in fitting with colonial styles and the property offers a fantastic insight into the history and elegance of a bygone era. Rooms are split between deluxe rooms and luxury suites, each including a range of modern amenities such as a mini bar, a well-appointed ensuite and a plush king-sized bed. In the evenings, guests can tuck into an array of regional specialties as well as cuisine from around the world in the hotel's restaurant. The hotel is just 7km from the nearest train station.
Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
Made of pink and red sandstone, the beautiful heritage-style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthani architecture. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits, with modern amenities such as free WiFi and ensuite bathrooms. Spend an evening dining on continental, Indian or Rajasthani cuisine on the outdoor terrace or request a private, candlelit dinner on the rooftop under a star-studded sky. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, this hotel is just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.
The tour was magnificent! I loved the fact that I experienced Incredible India in its true form - the culture, an eye opener to to the things one has to appreciate.
The tour guide I believe (Satendra Sharma) just won 2015 Tour Guide of the Year for India. We celebrated his achievement with him. He was truly fantastic and a true Ambassador for India. Well done to him! His knowledge, patience, kindness and humility are his strengths. ”
Satendra Sharma was everything a tour guide should be; Charming , witty, knowledgeable, helpful. Always there when needed.
The tour was a delightful introduction to central India; it's culture, history, food, poverty, and richness. the Rural and Urban contrasts were well expressed and the "Places of Interest" visits were relevant and beautifully underlined by Satendra. The added extras, like elephant and rickshaw rides were great fun.
Really enjoyed it. Gave me a taste of Indian culture. Amazing buildings. Beautiful saris. Nice people on the tour. Tour leader was organised, proud to show us part of India, quite a serious person, a little aloof but that I think is just his style. Did a good job looking after us.
Nice to be picked up at airport and delivered again.”
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.”
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. ”
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. ”
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. ”
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.”
I had a wonderful time in India! We had a great group of people and Akhilesh was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. I certainly learnt a lot about India from him and it gave me a great insight in to such a wonderful country. He is certainly an asset to your company!! I look forward to telling all my customers about my trip. ”
The tour was absolutely outstanding!!! India is beautiful! The hotels were amazing. The people were great. Our tour guide Akhilesh was fantastic! I learnt so much from him. His knowledge of India is brilliant. He answered all of our questions and his responses were so informative. He also took care of us all safely. Anything we needed he sorted out for us. Thank you On the go!”
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It was truly amazing. Got a real feel for India. Thank you. Could not have asked for a better guide. Yusuf Khan was amazing! ”