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 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.
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 couldn't imagine coming to India for the first time without taking advantage of a tour like this. Satish steered us through the complexities of India. In fact I would say that the tour itinerary and accommodation are very good but Satish added to the value. Practical tips about where to find things were useful, His historical informations and answers + questions that came up were interesting and concise. We enjoyed his company and that is an important element making eight days on the road an enjoyed experience. I think it is good feature of the tour that OTG employs local experts as well. I think that OTG makes a conscious effort to provide employment to and benefit to the community.”
Great tour. Had an amazing time.”
This is the first tour my husband has done and we were absolutely delighted to have Satish as our tour leader. He is a wealth of knowledge.
He made his job look easy and that it is not. Trying to keep 19 people in check and on time is quite a task and he did it beautifully. He really thought of everything and made asking the difficult questions of a tour, very easy.
We learned so much on this trip of India. We are independent travelers but we would definitely look at doing another on the go tour - possibly Peru next year.
We left India so much more enriched. Satish really made a difference to how we experienced India and we are so grateful to have had him as our tour leader.
We had a wonderful group of people with us even our 86 year young, Mervin who out walked us.
Our only issue with the tour was it was too rushed. We would've preferred a little more time to ourselves and to chill.”
This was an amazing tour!! I didn't want to leave by the end. If you end up getting Sammy as a tour guide, you're a lucky person!!
He gave us tips about how to barter, what to do in which place during our free time, told us the best restaurants, and seemed to know the answer to every question we had for him!
Amazing tour!! Can't wait to do another one!!”
I had a fabulous time on the tour, Sat was a great tour guide. He balanced humour and knowledge well. India has been incredible and I would highly recommend it to others. We would both travel with On the Go again, Hopefully soon. ”
Thank you for a great experience! ”
Beautiful rooms, lovely meals, very busy tour - definitely an up market tour, plenty of great sites. ”
We really had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute of the tour. Being a small group of just 10, made it even better and although we ranged in age from about 25 to me, the old one of the group, we just all got on so well, and even had our last evening meal together in Delhi, after the tour had ended. Satendra our guide was really great and ever so helpful and very knowledgeable too. I think the Taj Mahal, elephant ride and the school we visited were the main highlights for me. All in all I just loved India!!!
I can assure you that we would use your company again, should we consider another tour.
Many thanks once again for all your help and great organization! ”
Thank you for a great tour. The pace of the tour & organisation was good. Yusuf was also friendly and had lots of knowledge about all the places that we saw. It was nice of him too to share his own personal stories and see his genuine appreciation of Indian culture. He was also good at answering group questions & telling us the right price to pay for things. ”
My wife and I had the pleasure of doing the Taj Traveller with OTG in April. Needless to say it was an absolutely fantastic experience. When I'm ready (financially and I hope it's soon) I'm definitely doing either Morocco, Egypt or Israel with OTG!
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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. ”