This is the first-timer’s guide to India, the must-see trilogy of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and terracotta-tinged Jaipur. There are plenty of ways to make this itinerary your own with amazing hotels to choose from and options to add on and extend that are almost limitless – like tiger safaris, golden beaches and extra city breaks.

7nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

7 nights Delhi round trip

Delhi: 2 nights

Agra: 2 nights

Jaipur: 2 nights

Delhi: 1 night

About this independent tour

This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and local English-speaking tour guides for sightseeing. The itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday.

Recommended highlights

DELHI In India's bustling capital, you'll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi, you'll visit fantastic landmarks including the historic Red Fort, the Chandni Chowk bazaar and the resplendedt Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India. In New Delhi, take a driving tour around the city soaking in sights such as the impressive colonial-era Presidential Palace and vist Humayun's Tomb, considered the precursor to the Taj Mahal.

AGRA Drive to Agra, one of India's most popular destinations thanks to the world renowned Taj Mahal. During your time here you'll visit the cultural wonder at both sunrise and sunset, notably the best times of the day to see the radiant beauty of the stunning white marble mausoleum. You'll also visit the Red Fort of Agra, a 16th Century red sandstone monument that was once the main residence of the Mughal Empire.

JAIPUR Stop by the deserted capital city of the Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri, on the way to Jaipur. Continue to Rajasthan's capital, rich in cultural heritage, where you will visit the beautiful Amber Fort, a sprawling historic palace complex situated within the Aravalli Hills. You'll then return to the city to visit the stunning City Palace complex and the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar. Return to Delhi for a final night before your onward flight. We would recommend staying in the district of Gurgaon to be nearer to the airport.

Tailor your tour

We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.

To do the Golden Triangle in style, why not upgrade to stay at Taj properties or to travel like a maharajah would, upgrade your trip to include Oberoi hotels at every stop. If you really want to add a special ingredient to a honeymoon or birthday trip, we would recommend staying at The Oberoi Amarvilas which has views of the Taj Mahal from almost every window.

The Golden Triangle usually takes 7 nights to do at a comfortable pace; we recommend this as a minimum amount of time. If you have more days to spare, we think it’s worth spending extra nights in Jaipur and getting to know the city better on a cultural walking tour and continuing to some of Rajasthan's other iconic cties such as Jodhpur and Udaipur. The Golden Triangle is usually just the beginning of your experience in India, so naturally there are plenty of great places to go on to. Add a safari in one of India’s national parks, combine this itinerary with the southern backwaters or take a trip to Mumbai.

If you would like some rest and relaxation after a busy and culturally-heavy itinerary, why not make the most of quiet Kerala, Goa's beaches or select a property famed for its Ayurveda treatments such as Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra.