This tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the Golden Triangle of India, a popular route visiting Delhi, Agra (including the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur, and hosting many of India’s cultural gems and a broad spectrum of the country’s diverse landscapes.
- Experience the ancient and the modern in the capital city of Delhi
- Gaze in wonder at the romantic, white-marble Taj Mahal
- Explore the ancient and imposing Amber Fort and the famous Palace of the Winds
- Learn the secrets behind the mysterious ghost city of Fatephur Sikri
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, guests are met at the airport by a representative and transferred to their hotel for check-in. India’s capital city is the hub of the country and offers a fusion of crumbling, narrow lanes in Old Delhi and wide imperial avenues in New Delhi. It is a hectic, noisy and buzzing metropolis crammed full of ancient ruins and monuments, incredible architecture, luxury hotels and magnificent museums.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi – Agra
In the morning, enjoy a combined tour of Old and New Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort for a photo opportunity, a site housing the 300-year-old walled city. The city was built by the Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital and hence named after him. Opposite the fort are the black-and-white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. See the Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort from the 14th century with the 13-meter-high Ashoka Pillar from the 3rd century BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948.
Continue to the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the secretariat buildings – the centre of all government activity – and down the main avenue, the impressive Rajpath to the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate, the High Court Building and the Old Fort. Visit the Qutub Miner, 72 meters high and the ruins of Quwat-ul-Eslam (Light of Islam) Mosque. See Delhi’s most curious antique, the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD.
In the afternoon depart by vehicle for Agra. Once the magnificent Mughal Capital, Agra is renowned for the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra also hosts other historic monument of great beauty, the mausoleum of Itmad- ud-Daulah’s, the massive Agra Fort and nearby Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of red stone.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 3: Agra
Visit the graceful, white-marble Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan over 22 years, in memory of his beloved wife who died after giving birth to her fourteenth child in 1631. The exterior is inlaid with precious stones and covered with beautiful calligraphy while the interior features carved relief work. Dominating a bend in the Yamuna River is the 16th century red sandstone Agra Fort which contains palaces, mosques and audience halls. His own son imprisoned Shah Jahan in the fort, and it is where he lived out his final years.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 4: Agra – Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, visiting the 16th century ghost city of Fatephur Sikri en route. It was inhabited for only 14 years until the magnificent palaces, houses, pavilions and mosques with their sandstone arches and courtyards were totally abandoned. Today the crumbling remains are inhabited only by birds of prey.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5 – Jaipur
Start the day with a visit to the Amber Fort, perched high on a narrow rocky ridge and fortified by high ramparts. Wander around the beautiful palaces and visit the Shiladevi temple, the private temple of the royal family.
In the afternoon, continue the tour to the City Palace, hosting a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. See the gigantic, astronomical instruments in Jantar Mantar, the open-air observatory, and stop by the delicately honeycombed, pink-sandstone Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, a five-storey structure of pink sandstone with finely detailed trelliswork and elaborate balconies.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 6: Jaipur – Delhi
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Depart in the afternoon for Delhi.