• Compare the chaotic narrow lanes of Old Delhi with the imperial monuments of New Delhi.
  • Explore the sprawling Amber Fort and the beautiful pink-painted Palace of Winds in Jaipur.
  • Marvel at exquisitely painted havelis, an abandoned ghost city, and the stunning Taj Mahal.

The Golden Triangle (8D/7N)

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CityAgra, Delhi, Jaipur, Mandawa
ThemeAdventure, Arts & Culture, Off The Beaten Track, Walking

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative who will escort you to the hotel and assist with the check in.

Overnight in Delhi.


Day 02: Delhi

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for a city tour of Old Delhi.

Visit the Red Fort (closed on Monday). This red sandstone walled city was built by the emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 at the very peak of the Mughal power. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi. This highly decorative mosque has a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees.

Drive past the ruins of the 14th century fort known as Kotla Firoze Shah. Rising from the palace’s crumbling remains is the 13-metre-high Ashoka Pillar from the 3rd century BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where a simple black marble memorial and an eternal flame mark the site of Gandhi’s cremation.

Climb onto the backseat of a rickshaw and enjoy the sights and sounds as your driver navigates his way through the narrow maze of streets in Old Delhi.

In the afternoon set off for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi.

Drive past famous landmarks of the new capital such as the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the secretariat buildings. Continue down Rajpath, the wide tree-lined avenue that leads to India Gate, passing by the High Court and the Old Fort. Stop at Humayun’s Tomb, a garden-tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum.

Photograph the curious and un-corroded 72-metre-high Qutub Minar and the ruins of Quwat-Ul-Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque. End with a visit to Birla Temple (Laxmi Narayan) adorned with intricately carved idols.

Overnight in Delhi.


Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa

After breakfast, drive to Mandawa. On arrival check in to the hotel.

In the afternoon set off on foot for a walking tour of Mandawa.

This small 18th-century settlement was once a town inhabited by rich merchant families. With time, the merchants moved on leaving behind their beautiful havelis and mansions, many of them adorned with exquisite wall paintings. Walk through the streets to admire these palatial homes with their lavish frescoes.

Overnight in Mandawa.


Day 04: Mandawa – Jaipur

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan also known as the Pink City. On arrival check in to your hotel.

In the evening take a rickshaw ride to experience close up the colourful and chaotic streets of the old city of Jaipur.

Overnight in Jaipur.


Day 05: Jaipur

After breakfast explore the fascinating city of Jaipur.

Take a jeep to the hilltop Amber Fort. Completed in the 18th century this majestic fort offers far reaching views and great photo opportunities of the city. Visit Jantar Mantar, an outdoor observatory and architectural masterpiece. Continue to the City Palace, a famous landmark built by the Kachwaha Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Visit the museum inside the palace to see the collection of rare manuscripts and weapons along with the elaborate costumes of the Mughal Emperor.

Stop to take photos of the pink-painted Hawa Mahal, also known as Palace of Winds and one of the most iconic buildings in Jaipur. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Overnight in Jaipur.


Day 06: Jaipur – Agra en-route Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast depart from Jaipur and start the drive to Agra.

On the way stop at the fascinating ghost city of Fatephur Sikri. Built in the 16th century the red sandstone palaces and buildings of this abandoned city have remained untouched for 400 years.

Continue to Agra and on arrival check into your hotel.

Overnight in Agra.


Day 07: Agra

After breakfast set off to visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

The majestic Agra Fort is situated on the bank of the River Yamuna. It was here that Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son and spent his final years in a room with a view of his beautiful Taj Mahal. Walk around the imposing citadel and see the elegant palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its red sandstone walls.

The exquisite Taj Mahal is the city’s most famous building. This monument to love was built under the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to enshrine the tomb of his beloved wife. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close-up detail which is really astounding.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Agra.


Day 08: Agra – Delhi

After breakfast check out and transfer to the international airport in Delhi for your onward flight.

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