India – Golden Triangle tour
10 days from £631 per person Saving you £116 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrival in Delhi
Your guide will welcome you and take you to your hotel in bustling Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
Start your day with a visit to charming Old Delhi, beginning with the Jama Masjid. It’s the largest mosque in India and one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (whose best-known work is the Taj Mahal). See the lanes of the colourful Chandni Chowk shopping bazaar by rickshaw, discover the monumental Red Fort and pay a visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Move into contrasting New Delhi for your afternoon tour, which includes a drive along the ceremonial Rajpath, past the imposing Rashtrapati Bhavan (presidential residence), the India Gate memorial and the Parliament House. You’ll also see Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar tower before dinner.
Day 3 Delhi – Shimla
Rise early to catch your train to Kalka then switch to the Toy Train, a narrow-gauge rail line built by the British in 1904. You’ll reach Shimla hill station at an altitude of about 6,500 feet above sea level. Shimla was the former official summer capital of the Government of India right up until 1947, when India gained Independence. Check into your hotel for the night.
Day 4 Shimla
You’ve got a fuIl day of sightseeing ahead: tour the Viceregal Lodge with its manicured lawns, the Shimla State Museum and Library, Jakhu Temple, dedicated to the monkey God Hanuman, St Michael’s Cathedral and the busy commercial area of Mall Road.
Day 5 Shimla
Explore the hill town of Shimla at your own pace – you’ve got the day to yourself.
Day 6 Shimla – Delhi
Take a train from Kalka back to Delhi and check into your next hotel to rest up for Agra tomorrow.
Day 7 Delhi – Agra
Travel to Agra and check into your next hotel before visiting one of the biggest stops on your trip: the Taj Mahal. It took nearly 22 years to complete this grand palace, a monument to Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife. There are 22 small domes over the Taj Mahal representing the 22 years, with verses of the holy Koran inscribed on them.
Next up is the crescent-shaped Agra Fort, nestled on the western banks of the River Yamuna. It was commissioned by Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal Emperors, in 1565, and has been much added to since then. Explore its palaces, gardens and halls with your guide.
In the evening, take your seat in the audience and watch ‘Mohabbat The Taj’, a historical play about love.
Day 8 Agra – Jaipur
Today you’ll be driven to Fatehpur Sikri, a sprawling complex of palaces, mosques, temples and other structures. It’s a stunning amalgamation of Persian and Indian styles of building.
You’ll continue to Jaipur, with its pink sandstone palaces and green gardens, to check in to your hotel for a relaxed evening.
Day 9 Jaipur
Time to see the magnificent Amber Fort. You’ll do most of the journey by car, then swap your mode of transport to elephant for the short ride to the fort gate. The Amber Fort was built in red sandstone and marble in 1592 by Raja Man Singh and contains examples of both Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Next stop is the beautiful City Palace complex, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture housing the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. You can also visit Jantar Mantar, the Royal Astronomical Observatory.
Finish your tour marvelling at the magnificent Hawa Mahal pink palace with its intricate lattice work, then take a walk through the old bazaars of Jaipur, popularly known as Bapu Bazaar.
Day 10 Jaipur – Delhi
You’ve got the morning free before your ride to the airport. It’s goodbye to India for now…
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included