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India - The Golden Triangle with Tigers

Delhi, Taj Mahal, Ranthambhore Safari and the Pink City of Jaipur

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This classic tour of India's Golden Triangle takes you to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and also includes a few days at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with private guided safaris. Stay in a mix of luxury and heritage hotels.

  • Take a walking tour of Old Delhi with your private guide
  • View the Taj Mahal in Agra at sunset
  • Two extended private jeep safaris in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with our hand picked naturalist
  • Discover the 'Pink City' of Jaipur with a local expert

Delhi

Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolises, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl. Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples. Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.

Agra

Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is in fact bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this irridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its Mughal legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area. The city's wondrous sights make it completely unmissable. The magnificence of the Taj takes a hold.

Ranthambore

Ranthambore is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is around 180 km south east of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The park derives its name from the 11th century fort of Ranthambhore, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. Ranthambhore has recently introduced private permits, allowing private game drives. Stay in the park all day with your chosen naturalist and private vehicle.

Jaipur

Known as the 'Pink City' due to the pale red wash that coats its buildings, the magnificent city of Jaipur lies on an apex of the popular 'Golden Triangle' route. The capital of Rajasthan, the city claims to be India's first planned metropolis and acts as a gateway to the state's vast deserts. Packed with elegant Rajput architecture, the city is a testament to its founder's creative genius. Alive with bazaars, street vendors and animals, Jaipur remains a vibrant, captivating place. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Gratuities

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi


Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolises, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl. Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples. Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings, - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.

Day 2

Leisurely start this morning.


City tour of Delhi
Start by exploring the fascinating and living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture in Old Delhi. Wander in the busy and narrow streets of the mile-long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”, surrounded by shops and bazaars. Visit the largest mosque of Old Delhi which can accommodate 20,000 people at one time - Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. You will also have the opportunity to experience rickshaw ride here.
Afternoon, drive past the magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate in New Delhi. End the tour at Humanyun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.


You will be staying at Claridges Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Travel from Delhi to Agra (Rail Journey)


Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is in fact bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this iridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its Mughal legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area. A victim of its own success, Agra is plagued by wallahs, touts, guides and souvenir salesmen in a manner that can be quite overwhelming. Despite this, the city's wondrous sights make it completely unmissable and the bedlam on the streets fades away once the magnificence of the Taj takes a hold.


Sightseeing Agra Fort
Agra Fort was once the flourishing centre of the Mughal dynasty and four successive Emperors helped to create its massive walls, within which Hindu and Muslim styles merge into a splendid fusion. The fort has an irregular triangular shape with a 2.5 kilometre perimeter, its longest side being parallel to the river to afford all the major palace rooms a magnificent view of the river and sunrise. The continuous fort wall is punctuated with bastions and monumental gateways.


Afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal with your local guide. The Taj Mahal, meaning ‘crown of palaces', is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she passed away in 1630. Work for this great tomb began in 1631 and it took the efforts of 20,000 workers and almost 20 years of masterly craftsmanship to complete this grand monument whose marble dome is 35 metres high.


You will be staying at Radisson Blu, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Agra to Bharatpur (Road Journey)

Travel from Bharatpur to Ranthambore National Park (Rail Journey)


Ranthambore is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is around 180 km south east of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The park derives its name from the 11th century fort of Ranthambhore, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain.

Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties.Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. Being one of the most accessible parks it is very popular and therefore runs with strict rules and regulations. Why not consider flying above the mountain ranges of Ranthambhore by balloon, for the ultimate birds eye view of the wildlife. Travelling over parts of the forest that nobody else can tread. A wildlife lover and photographers dream come true.


You will be staying at Khem Villas, Full board

Day 5

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Ranthambore
Spend the morning and afternoon on game drives with specially trained naturalists. Please note these are typically shared as there are four clients to a jeep.


You will be staying at Khem Villas, Full board

Day 6

Morning Game Drive in Ranthambore
Enjoy a morning game drive.

Drive from Ranthambore National Park to Jaipur (Road Journey)


Known as the 'Pink City' due to the pale red wash that coats its buildings, the magnificent city of Jaipur lies on an apex of the popular 'Golden Triangle' route. The capital of Rajasthan, the city claims to be India's first planned metropolis and acts as a gateway to the state's vast deserts.

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, it was designed around a system of nine squares. Now packed with elegant Rajput architecture, the city is a testament to its founder's creative genius.

Alive with bazaars, street vendors and animals, Jaipur remains a vibrant, captivating place.


You will be staying at Samode Haveli, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

City and Fort Tour
The famous fortified palace of Amber stands on a terraced plateau overlooking Maota lake. Surrounded by low hills, their ragged crests silhouetted against a never-ending line of fort walls and watch-towers, the approach to the fort is spectacular. This is very much a fort in which to lose yourself, with a seemingly never-ending maze of halls, small temples, passageways and intricate stone work, with commanding views across the surrounding countryside.

Later today explore the old walled quarter of the Pink City, where the textile and jewellery bazaars are some of the most vibrant and chaotic in Asia. Visit the City Palace, including an armoury and textile collection, Jantar Mantar observatory and the famous Hawa Mahal Palace of the Winds where women of the court could watch street processions below without being seen by the crowds.


Amber Fort
Visit the famous fortified palace of Amber, which stands on a terraced plateau overlooking Maota lake. Surrounded by low hills, their ragged crests silhouetted against a never-ending line of fort walls and watch-towers, the approach to the fort is spectacular. This is very much a fort in which to lose yourself, with a seemingly never-ending maze of halls, small temples, passageways and intricate stone work, with commanding views across the surrounding countryside.


You will be staying at Samode Haveli, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Drive from Jaipur to Delhi (Road Journey)


A day use room is available for up to six hours before international check in

Fly Delhi to London overnight


You will be staying at Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Room only

Day 9

Arrive home early this morning.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Claridges

The Claridges

Built in 1952, The Claridges remains one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels....

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Samode Haveli

Samode Haveli

The townhouse of the Samode family lies at the heart of Jaipur....

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