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.
India is an amazing country and I enjoyed the tour”
Tour was amazing! Highlights were lunch in Jaipur at the stone oven place with the Turban museum and Taj! Yusuf was a great tour guide, friendly and professional allowing us enough time to explore aswell as rest! He made me feel safe amongst the hustle and bustle of locals in the cities. He also shared personal stories with us which really helped us understand indian culture.
I would not recommend going to the elephant village a lot of the group did not enjoy this as elephants were chained up and some being hit on the head with a wooden pole! :(
I wouldnt recommend the bird sanctuary in March as it was pretty empty as the birds have migrated back home. We only saw ducks and 2 other types of bird. Im not a bird fanatic but i would like to have seen more birds considering we spent a couple of hours there,
Hotels were great other than the hotel in Bharatpur i felt this hotel was quite dirty and unhygenic and it was after lunch here that a group of us felt ill at first. The only negative i have to say about the hotels is the electronic sockets. They just didnt work 80% of the time meaning we couldnt charge cameras.
I would definitely recommend the Taj Traveller tour :) ”
Amazing tour very informative and the guide was brilliant any problems we had he sorted and he asked us what we wanted to do and see rather than telling us what we we're doing.would definitely recommend this tour.”
Because it was a short past paced tour we did only brush over some of the palaces, but that is to be expected. Thought the historic & local knowledge given by Vansh was fantastic. Also his personal stories helped us have an understanding of the Indian culture. The Almondz Hotel wasn't very efficient with having towels, soap etc. the key cards would not work the second time & the biggest issue was not only the outside noise but most frustrating was the functions held on the 4th floor that went till midnight & were VERY LOUD! We had to ring and complain a couple of times. The Udai Vilas Palace hotel needed a good clean, the floors and surfaces were filthy. Food in this hotel not as good as others. Our favourite hotel by far was the Mandawa Haveli in Jaipur, even with the power going out 3 times - we loved it! All in all we loved the Tour Guide, the Driver & the Tour. Great short Indian experience & would recommend to others.”
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, new what he was talking about. Showed great concern for all members of our group, always looking out for them, directing them to the best places for photos and the best places to shop. Had a number of great meals at restaurants chosen by the guide. My daughter and I stayed on in Delhi after the tour and Sami gave us a number of places, things to do. I understand that the tour guides job is to do all this but he was very good at whatr he does.”
I had an amazing trip and Sammy was a wonderful guide. He was very informative and useful and went out of his way to help anyone that needed anything. Great guy!! ”
We had a great time on the Tour - was a great way to see a lot in a short space of time. Feedback would include
- tour guide didn't provide much information on the bus (e.g. we wouldn't really know how much further a destination was, or additional facts about things we saw unless he was specifically asked a question).
- too much was packed into full day 1 in Delhi, we didn't get enough time at each sightseeing destination to fully appreciate it.
- it was somewhat annoying that all entrance fees/tipping were not included in the price of the tour or the tipping kitty.
- we missed out on the local school visit as school was not in attendance that day - this was very disappointing as I had been looking forward to this as per the tour itinerary
- there was no heating on the bus and most people weren't aware that it would be so cool. additional information prior to departing re this would have ensured that we could have taken extra layers (or a blanket)
- on the second last day of the tour we weren't taken to a place for lunch but returned to the almondz hotel (fairly early in the day) and left to our own devices. I feel that some of the sightseeing that was rushed through on day one could easily be moved to this day, or we should have been given organised options for an afternoon activity rather than the tour ending so abruptly. ”
My trip to India was just amazing and all thanks to an awesome tour guide Satish Dhar. He went above and beyond the call for all of us on the tour to make it one of the best holidays I have ever had. He was informative, helpful and also very funny. I met some lovely people who I hope to keep in touch with. Thanks again Satish. I think he should be nominated for Tour Guide of the Year...”
Really enjoyed the tour. Best bits were Taj Mahal but other really worthwhile places of interest was the Step Well and Jaipur. Hotels very good especially the hotel in Jaipur which was the best. Very much enjoyed visiting the school and bird sanctuary. Well done to On the Go Tours. I would be very interested on further tours with the company”
This tour was an excellent way to familiarise ourselves with India at the start of our visit. It packed in so much of the history and flavour of this region. We came away impressed by the splendours of Delhi and Jaipur and of course, the Taj Mahal. Just as importantly, it helped us negotiate some of the difficulties which might have been overwhelming "straight off the plane" - we didn't have to worry about the traffic ourselves. Satish's advice, for example as to places to eat, was particularly valuable and we enjoyed his insights into the history of the various places we saw. Highlights provided by Satish that were not necessarily part of the advertised tour included the restaurant on our free night in Jaipur that featured traditional Rajasthani folkmusic and dancing. I would recommend an On the Go tour to any of our friends considering visiting India. ”
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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. ”