A fantastic 7-day India Golden triangle tour including the ‘must do’ activities for someone visiting India for the first time. Above all, it will unveil its most famous cities; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Experience the contrast in Delhi of its rich past and thriving future. Walking along the pathway towards the Taj Mahal will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip as you approach the monument of a beloved Queen. Thereafter visit the stunning Agra Fort and marvel at the old city of Fatehpur Sikri. Particularly interesting will be the elephant ride at the Amber Fort all the way to the gate. Lastly, tour the Pink City with time to explore Jaipur’s colorful markets.
At a glance
Day 1 Welcome to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Combined Old and New Delhi tour
Day 3 Depart for Agra. Afternoon at leisure in Agra
Day 4 Morning tour to the Taj Mahal
Day 5 Stop at Fatehpur Sikri before arriving in Jaipur
Day 6 Tour of Jaipur with Elephant ride to the Amber Fort
Day 7 Return to Delhi Airport for onward/return flight
> Visit Purana Quilla, one of Delhi's oldest Forts
> Attend the Sound and Light Show at the Red Fort, reenacting Delhi's tumultuous 5000 history
> Stop in Fatehpur Sikri, a ruined Moghul City on the way to Jaipur
> Morning tour to the beautiful Taj Mahal
> Ascend Amber Fort on elephant back
- Morning tour of the Taj Mahal and Fort.
- Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20;000 craftsmen brought together from Persia; Turkey; France and Italy. It took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Please note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
- Later visit the Agra Fort containing the halls of private and public audiences and other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb; looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.
- After the tour return to your hotel for overnight.
Agra – Jaipur (B)
- Depart Agra for Jaipur by car.
- Visit Fatehpur Sikri; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to a scarcity of water.
- The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses the tomb of Salim Chisti; Panch Mahal and other palaces; which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition.
- On arrival check-in at your hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
- Morning excursion to the Amber Fort.
- Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city; Amber is a classic; romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace.
- Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes; apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded in the plaster.
- A major attraction at the Amber Fort is the Elephant Ride; all the way up to the Fort entrance.
- The afternoon tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace;- the former Royal residence;- part of it converted into a museum.
- One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum; housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols; blunderbusses; flintlocks; swords; rifles and daggers.
- Return to your hotel for overnight.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 6 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 APR and 30 SEP 2019
Contact us for any other date of travel required
India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)
Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge
Culture and Language
It is traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection
Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way in getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential
Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
Delhi is an ancient city and also India’s Capital, best known for its big Shopping Malls. Laxmi Narayan Temple, Qutub Minar, Akshardham Temple, Bahai Temple, Gandhi Smiriti, Jama Masjid and India Gate are some of the city’s attractions you will see.
Agra is a beautiful city in Uttar Pradesh. Located near the banks of the Yamuna River. Undoubtedly, The “Taj Mahal” is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. When in Agra visit the majestic Agra Fort and Baby Taj (Itmad-Ud-Daulah). Time permitting, shop at the Kinari Bazaar. Best time to shop is around 4 pm.
We offer an unbelievable Top Class tour In Jaipur best known as the “Pink City”. The Amber Fort, Anokhi Museum, Chokhi Dhani, City Palace and Jantar Mantar are Jaipur’s highlights.
India remains an unresolved enigma. A mystifying land that blends emotions, colors, passion, and spirituality at equal measures. If you want to explore this incredible realm and soak in the intense senses and sensuality of its vibrant culture, then book this spellbinding Golden Triangle Tour of North India journey.
Northern India offers a mixture of countless historical, social, and cultural influences. After all, it presents a splendid picture of a kaleidoscopic nation. The renowned “Golden Triangle Tour” is an outstanding and informative stepping stone in your passage to India.