Delve into the colourful culture and iconic sights of India’s famous Golden Triangle, including the majestic Taj Mahal, bustling Delhi and terracotta-tinged Jaipur before exploring the Himalayas’ charismatic mountain regions with hill stations and toy trains.
Suggested route & duration
14 nights round trip from Delhi
Delhi: 2 nights
Agra: 1 night
Jaipur: 2 nights
Amritsar: 2 nights
Dharamshala: 2 nights
Pragpur: 1 night
Shimla: 3 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.
DELHI Bursting with energy, Delhi really lives up to India’s nickname, the ‘Land of Contrasts’. Enjoy a morning discovering the spice-scented streets of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk bazaar on a cycle rickshaw tour, and later visit the soaring five-storied tower, Qutub Minar – one of India’s finest monuments. Admire the stunning Persian architecture of UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb and take in the impressive government buildings of New Delhi on a drive through the city.
AGRA Travel to Agra from Delhi on the Gaitman Express train, your first rail experience in a country famed for its trains. Once here you can tick one of the world’s most famous sights off your bucket list – the spellbinding Taj Mahal. During your time in Agra, you’ll be able to see this UNESCO World Heritage site and Wonder of the World at both sunrise and sunset. The 16th Century Agra Fort is another of the city’s highlights; explore its Mughal-style architecture and red sandstone palaces.
JAIPUR On your way to Jaipur, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city which was once the ancient capital of the Mughals. The ‘pink city’ of Jaipur is known for its blushed architecture and vibrant street bazaars. Get stuck into the culture of this Rajasthan capital with a city tour led by an expert local guide. You’ll visit Jaipur’s crown jewel, the Amber Fort, alongside the incredible City Palace, and the 18th Century astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar.
AMRITSAR Fly to the holy city of Amritsar which is home to the Sikh religion’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple – a serene and spiritual sight. Admire its spectacular Islamic and Hindu architecture, and learn about Amritsar’s sombre past at the Jallianwala Bagh gardens – the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre.
DHARAMSHALA This stunning hillside town sits in the Kangra Valley of Himalayan state, Himachal Pradesh. Experience the fascinating heritage and traditions of Tibetan culture with a visit to its colourful temple, monastery, museum and art centre. You’ll also take a trip to McLeod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama.
PRAGPUR Continue by road to the Heritage Village of Pragpur which has a charming and old-worldly vibe. You can enjoy an afternoon at leisure with the freedom to explore this small village at your own pace. Wander through its narrow shopping streets or head outside the village and discover the sacred Jwalamukhi Temple, dedicated to the ‘Goddess of Light’.
SHIMLA Set on an eight-mile ridge, this magnificent Himalayan hill station was once the summer capital of the British Raj and is a real favourite for travellers. While here you'll visit the impressive Viceregal Lodge, former summer home of the British Viceroy. A real highlight will be taking a ride on the slow-paced Shimla toy train and soaking up the scenery as you wind around the mountains. You will leave Shimla and travel to Kalka for your final rail journey on the Kalka Shatabdi to Delhi. On your last night in Delhi we would recommend staying in the Gurgaon district to be closer to the airport.
Tailor your tour
We’ve crafted this suggested itinerary to show you how you could explore the historical treasures and mountain regions of northern India. But if you have a little more time on your hands and want to see a whole other side of this culture-rich country, we recommend extending your trip and spending a few days in the south. Kerala is a maze of calm waterways and luminous green landscapes to allow travel at a slower pace with plenty of relaxation. Here, you could explore a thriving tea plantation and cruise the beautiful backwaters on a traditional houseboat.
If you are celebrating a special occasion, why not indulge in five-star luxury throughout your Golden Triangle tour and upgrade your stay in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. At Agra’s Oberoi Amarvilas, you can see the Taj Mahal from almost every window.
We’re experts in creating tailor-made itineraries, so chat to one of our travel experts and let us plan an India adventure that suits you.