Discover the spectacular sights of India's famed Golden Triangle including both old and new Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur and Agra - home to the magnificent Taj Mahal as well as exploring the Chand Baori step well and sampling traditional rural Indian life in the quaint village of Bharatpur.
Old and New Delhi sightseeing
Join our Welcome Meeting this morning before we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in India’s capital. In Old Delhi we see the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and visit Jama Masjid - the oldest and largest mosque in the whole of India. We also visit Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhi’s cremation. An eternal flame now burns here in his honour. Continue to the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar for an exhilarating rickshaw ride. Later, explore New Delhi, including the Rajpath and the impressive India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy a group Namaste dinner.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner
Delhi - Jaipur. We leave Delhi and travel to UNESCO-listed Jaipur today. In 1876 the Maharaja had the Old City painted pink to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (soon to be King Edward VII), giving Jaipur its famous nickname. This afternoon we tour the City Palace in the centre of the Old City and the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast
Enjoy an optional hot air balloon ride over Jaipur this morning, an unforgettable experience. Sail over the beautiful region with the Pink City below you and pass over palaces, villages and temples. We then take a jeep ride to visit the famous lakeside palace of Amber Fort. Walk down cobbled streets and explore courtyards laid out over four levels. We continue to a local cotton weaving house on our way back to Jaipur.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast
Chand Baori & Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur. Say goodbye to Jaipur today as we travel to the village of Abhaneri to see the beautiful Chand Baori step well, where 3,500 steps climb down to the water’s edge. The well famously featured in the blockbuster movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’.
We continue to a local school (if open), where we operate our Change for Children programme. Any donations you can give here will make a real difference to the lives of underprivileged children. You may also wish to bring some educational gifts with you from home to give to the pupils (see trip notes). Finally, we visit the UNESCO-listed Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Enjoy a rickshaw ride around this wetland reserve, home to hundreds of bird species. We'll be escorted by a knowledgeable guide who will help you to spot and identify these birds.
Overnight: Bharatpur | Breakfast, Dinner
Bharatpur - Agra. We visit the former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri this morning, which has laid abandoned for more than 400 years. Continue to Agra where we see the imposing Agra Fort, before paying a visit to India’s most iconic site - the Taj Mahal. This famous monument was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, in memory of his beloved wife who died tragically in childbirth. It remains the most extravagant monument to love ever built and is the enduring symbol of India. Enjoy a tour of this famous site before we continue to our hotel.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
Saturday. Our tour comes to an end today with an included departure transfer to the airport.
Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour
Uncover the delights of India’s famed Golden Triangle - Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, then head south to tropical Kerala. Visit historic Fort Kochi and the picturesque hill station of Munnar with its verdant tea plantations, relax in sleepy Kumarakom and spend a night aboard a house-boat, gliding along the palm fringed backwaters. Our Golden Triangle & Kerala tour includes the arrangements of our Taj Traveller tour coupled with a week of sightseeing and relaxing in captivating Kerala.
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.
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.
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini, Delhi
Located just footsteps from the nearest metro station, the Crowne Plaza New Delhi offers a beautiful blend of contemporary facilities and warm Indian hospitality. Each en-suite guestroom features traditional wood furnishings and a minibar, free WiFi and a flat screen TV. Guests can unwind in the Adya Spa which features a mix of Asian and European therapies or take a swim in the outdoor pool to escape the heat. The hotel prides itself on its range of dining options including the Spice Art restaurant, which serves delicious North Indian cuisine, and Moasic, where you’ll find a range of international dishes.
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.
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.
Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur
Set amongst 2 acres of landscaped gardens, the Udai Vilas Palace is a traditional hotel located right in the heart of Bharatpur city. Guest rooms are spacious and well equipped with comfortable beds and large windows. The hotel is famous for its barbecue nights and Rajasthani folklore evenings, where you will be enthralled by traditional music and dance performances. Keoladeo National Park, one of the most well-known bird sanctuaries in India, is also just a five-minute drive away.
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.
I had a wonderful time on this tour, every day was filled with interesting sightseeing, amazing food and so many new experiences. We were a group of 14 and our guide really helped get the group together, he was excellent, very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. The itinerary was perfect, we fitted in so many experiences and everything went as planned. The hotels were wonderful, especially the Haveli. Our guide helped with money changing, wifi passwords, food choices, he really did make the holiday special. I would love to go on another trip like this and am now saving up for the next one.”
Had a wonderful trip. Fully packed with a fantastic itinery, we managed to pack so much into the time we had. The tour guide was amazing and really made our holiday. He was knowledgeable about the sights, gave us an insight into Indian culture, took us to some lovely places to eat. Our group consisted of 14 people and 3 people were often late at the meeting point, our guide was polite but firm in telling them that they had to be on time so that everyone could enjoy the trip. I would t hesitate to recommend this tour and our guide. ”
A really enjoyable tour covering all the points we wanted to see in Northern India culminating in spending my wife's birthday at the Jaj Mahal. The hotels were excellent and the itinerary was well thought out allowing enough time at each attraction.
The main reason for the success of this tour was the management, knowledge ,friendliness & helpfulness of our tour guide "Satendra". He coped with all the problems that individuals in a group our side could give him. He was at all time courteous and spent extra time ferrying people to Banks and/or ATMs. ”
This was the most amazing tour. I had wanted to see India for a long time and I was not disappointed. Satendra was a wonderful guide and nothing was too much trouble for him. We had trouble getting any rupees and all through the trip he kept his cool and good humour. We also had a great driver. India was dusty and noisy (on the roads) but it was also very colourful and vibrant. The people were amazing, kind and generous with their time and happy to answer any questions or help out. I would go back in a heartbeat to see more of the beautiful countryside. On the go tours was great, I like the smaller tours over others I have been on and would certainly take one of them again. A fantastic experience.”
This tour was well paced and covered all the sights as would hope and expect in this area. I think it would have been nice to have had an experience of live music and dancing included.
Sat adjusted some timings in response to requests from the group which was appreciated as it meant we had a good long time at the Taj Mahal which was important for everyone.
It would have been nice to have known how much of the mandatory 'tips' money was put aside for the driver and driver helper as they did a great job and it may be that group members would like to have given some extra to reflect this.”
Dispite the fact we had missed the early morning flight from Mumbai to Dehli we contact the mobile number given on our our tour voucher, Gorove reassured us that we would be meet on arrival at Dehli and would be taken our designated hotel. We were dually met by Taj who introduced to BP Yadav who was to remain our named drive through out our 8 day tour and he very patient with us and ensured that were collected fir the tours on a timely basis and took us and collected.
We were met on same by Sahil Butt who patiently explained the various hotel and meaks vouchers and the payments of of our transport from the airport to the hotel. He also suggested a very famous restaurant called the Karim's which was marvelous.. As for the hotels most of them were comfortable but the very best was the Mandava Heritage Hotel in Jaipur and close second was the hotel in Agra.
The tour guides were generally knowledgeable but the guide for Agra was the very best as he took time to explain some finer points of history and never got tired of our questions and a close second was the guide from Jaipur who apart from giving salient historic info but took some fantastic pics. ”
The guide was excellent. I really enjoyed Rajasthani home cuisine. ”
Fantastic experience, visited some truly incredible places, it really was a once in a lifetime trip. Sammy our tour guide was fantastic, he went above and beyond to make sure that we had a fabulous time, can't wait to go back and explore some more of incredible India”
Yusuf was amazing. Very knowleable. Paced the tour well that we spent just the right amount of time at each stop.”
Excellent tour, only downside was being unable to really explore old Delhi due to demonstrations (outside of OTG control).
Yousef (tour guide) was extremely knowledgeable and happy to share his experiences and answer any questions we had. Made what I am sure would be a very difficult journey on my own very straight forward and seemless. ”
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The Guide was fantastic - top notch, and absolutely an asset to On The Go!
Vans Pradeep really made the tour what it was.
Otherwise, the trip was spot on. Good hotels, decent restaurants, and the sights were fantastic. The Taj Mahal was better than expected, and I enjoyed the whole experience. ”