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.
A very well balanced mixture of sites, cultural experience and also free time.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, it's an excellent taster of India, very hassle free. The tour guides were all very friendly, knowledgeable, good people. I would definitely go on another tour and recommend On the Go to anyone else. ”
Our tour guide was excellent and went above and beyond to satisfy everyone in the group. He looked after us very well.
As a solo traveller I didn't feel lonely at all. Everyone was friendly and I made some good friends. Great tour!”
Yusef was the best guide I have ever met on a group tour!
He was knowledgeable and extremely modest. He kept up an appropriate pace, was very caring and an excellent host.
Loved the itinerary and I hope to go back to India soon.”
We have just returned from your ‘on the go’ Taj Express trip – what a FANTASTIC time we had.
The main reason I’m writing is to say that our Tour Guide ‘Yusuf’ who lives in Jaipur was beyond belief in brilliant dedication, knowledge, patience and good humour and went out of his way to explain things, answer numerous questions at any point about anything and show us all that was planned and more. Please could you pass on our gratitude to him and to his supervisor.
We will definitely be travelling with you again
Thank you ”
Yusef was brilliant, bright, courteous and thoughtful - a great guide. Ryan was great pre-tour and sounded like he knew his stuff. This trip was great! ”
I can’t believe we have been back two weeks. Our computers have been down so I have been unable to email and let you know how it went as I promised I would.
In a word – It was INCREDIBLE – Incredible India.
To break it down - The Taj Express – Was an excellent choice for a taste of India.
Satendra was a superb guide. He was very organized but always seemed so relaxed and yet managed to hold everything together. His knowledge was excellent and he always gave very clear, accurate information at every point. Amrik, who got us back to Delhi when Satandra continued on with the smaller group, was also an excellent guide, especially being so young. The hotels were amazing. Whoever chose the hotels did a superb job, everyone so different, yet all very typical of India. In fact when we came to the last hotel I didn’t think we could have bettered the previous ones but we did. I said to Satendra ‘He just kept pulling rabbits out of the hats’ they were so good.
The group as you know were all a lot younger than Bob and I and quite a few of those who had travelled with ‘On The Go’ before and some had other tours booked with you. Everyone had the same opinion as us, that it is a very well run company and they would certainly do other tours with you should the occasion arise. We had absolutely no complaints and heard no complaints from anyone else either. Train travel in India is fantastic – everything runs on time and thanks to your organization we were very well looked after getting on and off at every point.
We enjoyed Amritsar and again our guide was very good. The hotel you chose for us here was Bob’s favourite, the Owners were such gentle spiritual people – perfect place to relax. We were then picked up at Ambala and driven to Shimla for the next eight days for which we didn’t have a guide but again we did not have to worry about a thing. Each person gave very clear instructions for the following part of our trip and at all times we were picked up on time by a friendly and courteous guide. The hotels in Shimla had been a dream of mine for many years and they did not disappoint. We spent the time here relaxing, walking and generally enjoying the natural beauty.
Back to Delhi where the Raddison at Noida was again an excellent choice – close to large shopping centers and also the convention we went to was easily accessed. India was an experience we will never forget. Thank you for all of your work in making the whole trip the success that it was, in fact Bob and I think it was one of the best holidays we have ever had. ”
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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! ”