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Hawa Mahal palace, Jaipur

The Golden Triangle Tour

By Suzanne McLaughlin
India Travel Expert for Alfred&

This introductory small group tour to northern India takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery, visiting many of the country’s most iconic sights. Experience India’s unique culture as you trace India’s famous Golden Triangle. Explore the imperial monuments of Delhi, the royal palaces of Jaipur, and the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. Throughout the tour, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will provide you with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the incredible places you visit.  

Places

Length
7 days
Group tour
Max group size 12
All departures guaranteed
Guide price range
£1,525 - £1,750pp
Including international flights. Also available on a private basis, see guide pricing below.
Included meals
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Best months to go
September to April
Special Offer

From £1,595 per person for 9 November 2024 departure, a saving of £300 per couple.  Book by 31 May 2024.

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Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, India’s exciting yet frenetic capital. A representative will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel, your base for the next couple of nights. Take the afternoon to relax, perhaps reviving in the outdoor pool. This evening you’ll visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most important Sikh houses of worship. Learn about its community kitchen, where you’ll witness heartwarming scenes of volunteers serving food to hundreds of worshippers. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, getting to know your tour companions over a glass of beer or local wine. Overnight at The Suryaa (or similar).

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2

Delhi

Discover the highlights of India’s capital city on a full day tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi, visit the Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest mosque in India built by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan whose other architectural feats include the legendary Taj Mahal. Drive past the impressive Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main seat of the Mughal Empire for 200 years. In the afternoon, explore New Delhi, including the Presidential Palace, India Gate and Humayun’s tomb. Your final stop is Qutab Minar where you can witness the illumination of its tower, which was built in the 12th century and is a prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Overnight at The Suryaa (or similar).

Things to do:

3

Delhi & Agra

Drive south to Agra (approximately 4 hours). The drive gives you the opportunity to chat to your tour guide and learn more about northern India’s culture and history. On arrival in Agra, visit the 16th century Agra Fort, an impressive red sandstone monument that houses fairytale palaces, audience halls and two white marble mosques. Overnight at Taj Hotel & Convention Centre (or similar).

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4

Agra & Jaipur

Rise early for the incredible highlight of your tour – the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the sunrise at the spectacular Taj Mahal, one of the finest pieces of architecture in the world. Be mesmerised by the captivating beauty of this monument to love as it appears to change colour with the changing light and takes on an ethereal pink glow. After breakfast at the hotel, head west to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Stop en route to see the perfectly preserved deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was founded in 1569 but was abandoned just 16 years later due to a lack of water supply. Approximate journey time: 6 hours. Overnight at Shahpura House (or similar).

Things to do:

5

Jaipur

This morning explore Jaipur on a sightseeing tour. Visit the City Palace – an exquisite complex of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture that also houses a museum and art gallery. Stop to take a photo of the picturesque Palace of the Winds. You’ll also get to visit the Royal Observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boasts the world’s largest stone sundial. In the afternoon, discover the ancient and imposing Amber Fort which sits on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake. Wander through its palatial grounds. End the day on a high by enjoying a culinary demonstration with a local family, followed by dinner. Overnight at Shahpura House (or similar).

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6

Jaipur & Delhi

The morning is free for optional activities before heading back to Delhi (approximately 5.5 hours’ drive). Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon to enjoy a different perspective of the city, high up away from the hustle and bustle below. Alternatively, join a walking tour to discover the architecture of the walled city with a local expert, or explore the temples and havelis of Old Jaipur. Overnight at Vivanta Dwarka (or similar).

Things to do:

7

Delhi & Departure

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home, or onward travel.

Another stop?

Why not extend your trip with visits to Amritsar and Shimla, on an independent basis, to discover India's western Himalayas. Witness the Palki ceremony at Amritsar’s sacred Golden Temple and discover the iconic hill station of Shimla and take a toy train ride. Alternatively, finish your Indian adventure with a tiger safari in Kanha or a relaxing stay on the beach in Goa. Ask your Personal Travel Expert for more information.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

Small Group Tour
2024: 21 Sep

2025: 05 Apr, 12 Apr, 20 Sep

£1,525

High Season

Small Group Tour
2024: 05 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 09 Nov

2025: 18 Jan, 01 Feb, 15 Feb, 08 Mar, 22 Mar, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 08 Nov, 22 Nov

£1,750

Amritsar & Shimla extension

Add a 5 night extension to this itinerary to Amritsar and Shimla on a private basis. Ask your Personal Travel Expert for details.

£2,525
Yoga at Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India
Special Offer

From £1,595 per person for 9 November 2024 departure, a saving of £300 per couple.  Book by 31 May 2024.

Price for 9 November 2024 small group tour departure, based on flights with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow.

Please ask about these offers when you contact us. You can find full terms and conditions for all our offers here.

Alfred & Suzanne McLaughlin

Suzanne loves travelling to India and has recently returned from northern India and the famous The Golden Triangle route. Highlights were helping serve chapatis to the Golden Temple’s hundreds of worshippers in Amritsar and watching the sun set over the Taj Mahal from her hotel balcony. But it’s the offbeat adventures that inspired her the most such as walking through Shimla’s fairytale foothills.

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