India's Golden Triangle and the Tigers of Ranthambore

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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  • 10 days

  • Northern India

  • Active pace

  • Small group tours

This fascinating tour of India encapsulates the glittering royal past of the Golden Triangle. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and also overnight one night in Agra, two nights in Ranthambore National Park, and two nights in Jaipur.

No tour to India is complete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, and you’ll have the opportunity to view it at sunset. This remarkable edifice was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Also visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, and tour its sandstone palaces and elegant courtyards. Next, visit to Ranthambore National Park, said to have provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger.

Other highlights include a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and a visit to the legendary Amber Fort in Jaipur. Stunning architecture, captivating culture, spectacular views of nature—this value-minded tour as it all!

At a glance

  • Delhi Climb aboard a cycle rickshaw and experience the stirring clamour of Old Delhi.
  • Taj Mahal Visit Agra’s iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Jaipur Wander the peaceful temple gardens and opulent state rooms of the Amber Fort.
  • Ranthambore National Park Search for Bengal tigers on a two-day safari.

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Kathmandu tour extension

  • 7 days: Goa stay

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
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With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Customer Reviews

Excellent trip, nice mix of city and countryside....

1st January 2018
Trusted Customer

Excellent trip, nice mix of city and countryside.

The holiday was fast paced but thoroughly exciting. The Hotels used...

21st November 2017
Trusted Customer

The holiday was fast paced but thoroughly exciting. The Hotels used were very good and service excellent. The tour director was brilliant and very knowledgeable.

On the whole the tour was very interesting and well...

11th October 2017
Trusted Customer

On the whole the tour was very interesting and well organised. However we thought that there were slightly too many religious monuments to look at that were pretty much the same and required a great deal of travel between them. It would have been nice to knock a couple of these off and visit a developed part of India to have a contrast. A spare hour or two here and there would also have been good to wind down, but there were quite a lot of late arrivals back in the evening and early starts.

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16th May 2017
Trusted Customer

Great hotels, fantastic tour guide,...

25th February 2017
Trusted Customer

Great hotels, fantastic tour guide,

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

This fascinating tour of India encapsulates the glittering royal past of the Golden Triangle. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and also overnight one night in Agra, two nights in Ranthambore National Park, and two nights in Jaipur.

No tour to India is complete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, and you’ll have the opportunity to view it at sunset. This remarkable edifice was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Also visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, and tour its sandstone palaces and elegant courtyards. Next, visit to Ranthambore National Park, said to have provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger.

Other highlights include a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and a visit to the legendary Amber Fort in Jaipur. Stunning architecture, captivating culture, spectacular views of nature—this value-minded tour as it all!

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Delhi

Day
2

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of modern India. Delhi is a magnetic blend of old and new, boasting a fascinating array of sights, from elegant shops and lively bazaars to impressive forts and mosques that were once the power-base for India’s Mughal emperors. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Delhi

Day
3

Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK; and later, visit the ancient stepwell AGRASEN KI BAOLI, which has 103 steps and a series of carved chambers and passages. This afternoon, enjoy New Delhi’s major sights, including the towering QUTUB MINAR, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun; the grand India Gate war memorial; then, a drive past Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Delhi-Agra

Day
4

Today, we travel to Agra and visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, red-sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days. Visit the famous TAJ MAHAL at sunset. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Rathambore National Park

Day
5

Today, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. After lunch, board a TRAIN for Ranthambore National Park, home to its famous tigers and the only place in Rajasthan where these impressive creatures can be seen in the wild. The area is said to have been the first setting and an inspiration of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore

Day
6

Keep a watchful eye to spot telltale tiger stripes during two jungle SAFARIS today. Also, look out for leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears, and Indian wild boar.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore-Jaipur

Day
7

Rise early this morning for one last SAFARI in this magical land. Later, arrive at Jaipur, Rajasthan’s quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jaipur

Day
8

Today, we start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Explore the ANOKHI MUSEUM and the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.

NOTE: Museum visit subject to opening times.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jaipur-Delhi

Day
9

Depart early this morning for your train to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel in Gurgaon on arrival.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi. - Home Landing in the UK

Day
10

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Delhi–Kathmandu, Nepal

Today, fly to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kathmandu

Sightseeing today starts with a visit to HANUMAN DHOKA, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the TEMPLE OF KUMARI, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Today, your tour takes you to BOUDDHANATH, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to PATAN, formerly known as Lalitpur (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Delhi - Goa

After breakfast today, fly to Goa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Spend time at your leisure relaxing and enjoying your beautiful resort in Goa. Explore the streets of the capital, Panaji, and the Temples of Ponda; visit colonial churches; and stroll the local markets to see a variety of spices and silks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Delhi: Picadilly or Radisson Blu;
  • Agra: Jaypee Palace or Radisson;
  • Jaipur: Holiday Inn City Centre;
  • Ranthambore: Ranthambore Regency;
  • Gurgaon/Delhi: Country Inn & Suites.

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