Take a journey around India’s iconic Golden Triangle to witness highlights such as the Taj Mahal and the "Pink City" of Jaipur, into beautiful Ranthambore National Park, one of India's most iconic parks and now a centre of conservation. Perfect for first-time visitors to India who want to tick off those bucket list experiences.

9nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

9 nights round trip from Delhi

Delhi: 2 nights

Agra: 2 nights

Ranthambore: 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 metropolitan capital, you’ll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi, visit fantastic landmarks including the historic Red Fort, the Chandni Chowk bazaar and the resplendent Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India. In New Delhi, you’ll drive past the Presidential Palace, India Gate and the Parliament house and visit Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.

AGRA One of India’s most popular destinations, Agra is home to the world-renowned Taj Mahal. During your time here, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the cultural wonder at both sunrise and sunset, the best times of the day to see the 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.

RANTHAMBORE Continue to Ranthambore stopping to wander the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sirki. Abandoned due to a lack of water supply, it remains an exceptional example of Mughal splendour. One of the largest reserves in northern India, Ranthambore National Park is renowned for its excellent tiger population. You can enjoy morning and afternoon game drives during your stay, so there is ample opportunity to try and spot the elusive wild Bengal tigers in their natural environment.

JAIPUR Continue to Jaipur, a city rich in cultural heritage. You’ll spend a full day exploring the city including a visit to the beautiful Amber Fort, a sprawling historic palace complex situated within the Aravalli Hills, the stunning City Palace complex and the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar. Return to Delhi for a final night before flying home or to your next destination. We would recommend staying in the area of Gurgaon to be closer to the airport.

Tailor your tour

You'll have plenty of unforgettable moments on this suggested itinerary – ideal for ticking the country’s most iconic sights off your bucket list. Agra’s spellbinding Taj Mahal is a real tour highlight, so if you want to upgrade your stay here, we recommend the opulent Oberoi Amarvilas, as you can gaze out at the Taj Mahal from almost every window.

Big wildlife fan? For a more intimate potential sighting of India’s magnificent tigers, you could skip Ranthambore and instead fly to central India to visit one of its lesser-known national parks, such as Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve or Kanha National Park – the original inspiration for The Jungle Book.

After a sightseeing-heavy itinerary, you might want some time to chill or experience some of India's famous Ayurveda treatments, so we recommend extending your stay and flying down to Kerala or Goa for a spot of beachside relaxation.

We’re experts in creating tailor-made itineraries, and we know it’s the personal touches that make a holiday extraordinary. Chat to one of our travel experts and let us plan an India adventure that’s right for you.