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 that are almost limitless – like tiger safaris, golden beaches and extra city breaks.

7nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

7 nights from Delhi
• Delhi: 2 nights
• Agra: 2 nights
• Jaipur: 2 nights
• Delhi: 1 night

About this independent tour

Why you’ll love this itinerary
• See the epic Taj Mahal with a stay in Agra
• Visit Delhi’s major sights including Gandhi’s memorial, Raj Ghat
• Stay in some of India’s lovely colonial-style hotels
• Explore impressive forts in Agra and Jaipur
• Choose from plenty of options to extend your trip or upgrade your hotels

Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Delhi
See the city’s main monuments including Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat and Humayun’s Tomb on a full-day guided tour. Stay 2 nights at Maidens Hotel.

Day 3: Agra Drive to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. Visit this world wonder and the impressive Agra Fort on a guided tour. Stay 2 nights at Trident Agra.

Day 5: Jaipur Stop by the deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri, on the way to Jaipur. Go on a city tour and see Jaipur’s Amber Fort, City Palace and the Jantar Mantar observatory. Stay 2 nights Trident Jaipur.

Day 7: Delhi Complete your Golden Triangle tour back in Delhi. Stay 1 night at Trident Gurgaon.

Recommended highlights

Old-world charm

Stay in hotels full of character and history like Maidens Hotel in Delhi.

Dazzling dawn
Sunrise is our favourite time to see the light dancing off the Taj Mahal in (relative) peace and quiet.

An epic hotel upgrade
The Oberoi Amarvilas is the ultimate upgrade in Agra – every room has views of the Taj Mahal.

Pink City bazaars
Add a trip to the bazaar to see lovely handicrafts and try street food with a local guide.

Tailor your tour

Make it your own
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.

Where to stay
We’ve suggested Maidens Hotel to give you a taste of colonial style, with good-value luxury in Trident hotels including one conveniently near the airport at the end of your trip. To do the Golden Triangle like a maharajah would, upgrade your trip to include Oberoi hotels at every stop.

Unique experiences

We’ve included guided days around Delhi, Agra and Jaipur so you’ll see the most famous sights with a local guide who can tell you all about them. Chat to us about other things you might like to include and we’ll help you work it in – one of our favourite experiences is a tour around Jaipur’s markets.

How long

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.

Another stop
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 .

Good to know

When to go
• October to March is considered the best time to visit the Golden Triangle, although December and January can bring cool nights
• April to June can be quieter and often cheaper, but the warm temperatures can be uncomfortable
• We don’t recommend travelling during monsoon season (July to mid-September) when it gets wet and humid