India’s Golden Triangle consists of three amazing destinations: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It makes a fantastic introduction for the first-time visitor wanting to dip their toes into India and represents the amazing array of culture, heritage and kaleidoscopic colours that can be embraced whilst travelling here. Begin by discovering the sights of the capital, Delhi, with its bustling souk-like bazaars, crumbling Mughal remains and colonial charm. Continue to Agra to marvel at the Taj Mahal, before heading to the colourful Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan, where you’ll soak up splendid architecture, bright Indian saris, decorated elephants and a rich, romantic history. As specialists in private tours of this region, luxury tours of India’s Golden Triangle are something we do best. The one we’re about to describe here is merely a starting point to share a flavour of the possibilities: it can be tweaked or completely transformed into your ideal luxury Golden Triangle tour. From the length to the sights to the luxury hotels, every detail will be designed around you to perfectly suit your tastes, schedule and budget.
Arrive in Delhi (stay at The Imperial, Delhi)
Your luxury Golden Triangle tour of India kicks off on your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by a member of our team and chauffeured to the Imperial hotel. Centrally located in the heart of New Delhi, this landmark hotel was built in 1934, and designed by Lutyen’s assistant, Bromfield. It evokes the days of the British Raj and exudes style and elegance. Take it easy this afternoon to relax, settle in, and recuperate from your international journey. Depending on the time of your arrival, if you’d like to begin exploring this afternoon you can let us know anytime – your chauffeur is always on hand and we’re only a quick call away on your complimentary mobile phone.
A guided tour of both Old and New Delhi today will introduce you to the Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Parliament House, Humayun’s Tomb and the Sikh temple. The itinerary we’ve prepared in advance is a guideline and is completely flexible to your preferences on the day – you may let your guide know your interests and he will tailor the day to better suit your tastes (we’re known for our flexible approach, allowing you complete control over the pace of your trip). After exploring the bustling capital, you’ll return to the Imperial in the evening.
Delhi to Agra (stay at the Taj Gateway Hotel, Agra)
This morning you’ll proceed to the next stop on your luxury Golden Triangle tour – Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal – for an overnight stay at the Taj Gateway Hotel. After having had the chance to freshen up over lunch, you’ll be met by your guide to explore Agra Fort, followed by the Taj Mahal in its most beautiful light – glowing a warm orange at sunset. Back at the Taj Gateway Hotel this evening, your Superior Room affords a wonderful view of the monument. Without the restriction of visiting hours, you can catch the Taj Mahal glittering in the moonlight after dark or a peachy pink at dawn. Or, for a truly special experience, we’d recommend upgrading to the Oberoi Amarvilas – one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in India’s Golden Triangle, offering your own private balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal.
Agra to Jaipur, via Fatehpur Sikri (stay at Samode Haveli, Jaipur)
After breakfast you’ll explore Fatehpur Sikri – a 16th-century Mughal fort-palace built by Emperor Akbar, and abandoned after just 14 years. Upon arriving in Jaipur later today, you’ll be assisted with checking in to Samode Haveli for a two-night stay. This charming haveli exudes local character and, at over 175 years old, it offers the opportunity to experience one of India’s charming heritage hotels. The Samode Haveli is well located too, in the centre of the Pink City, so it’s ideal for those who’d like to be in the heart of the action or explore further on foot. For a truly royal experience, ask to upgrade to the Taj Rambagh Palace – a former Indian palace. Here you can unleash your inner Maharaja or Maharani at one of the most luxurious hotels in India’s golden triangle. Those who’re seeking more understated luxury would be happier at the Oberoi Rajvilas, whilst the Suján Rajmahal Palace is a boutique-lovers delight.
Your guide awaits you for a full day of sightseeing in Jaipur. Jaipur, the last stop on your luxury Golden Triangle tour, is also known as the Pink City as many of its prominent buildings are washed in a salmon-like hue. To begin, you’ll climb the 16th century Amber Fort by elephant, before exploring the splendid palaces that lie within the complex. This afternoon you’ll continue onwards to the City Palace Museum and its little-known private rooms, followed by the Jantar Mantar observatory and famed Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Wrapping up the day with a guided walking tour through the colourful bazaars, you’ll have explored the best of the Pink City, which is well known for its beautiful local handicrafts, vibrant textiles and semi-precious jewellery.
Jaipur back to Delhi (stay at the Holiday Inn Aerocity, Delhi)
The morning’s at your leisure in Jaipur, to relax and enjoy the hotel or further explore at your own pace. Your chauffeur is always on hand to take you anywhere you may like to go. You might like to take this opportunity to browse for interesting souvenirs in Jaipur’s famous markets and emporiums – when it comes to shopping, Jaipur has something for everyone: from elegant textiles to kitschy wooden camels, even the most frugal visitor is likely to leave the Pink City with one or two pieces tucked in their case! For a souvenir with local fair, we’d recommend a piece of semi-precious jewellery or blue pottery. Your luxury Golden Triangle tour then concludes as you return to Delhi for a last night’s stay. We recommend the Holiday Inn Aerocity – though somewhat lacking in charm, it’s conveniently located just a ten-minute drive from the terminal, so its ideal for early morning departures and for avoiding the Delhi traffic. Alternatively, if your flight is departing in the evening, you may prefer to head straight to the airport – or, if you have more time in Delhi, something more centrally located (such as the Imperial we began at) would be more appropriate.
To end your time in India on a truly relaxed note and to experience the slow pace of life in rural Rajasthan, you may like to consider slotting in a night or two at the beautiful Samode Palace on the way back to Delhi. Dating back over 150 years, the Samode Palace is nestled within quaint villages and stunning natural landscapes, making it an ideal spot to relax and recharge your batteries before heading back home.
Depart from Delhi
This morning you’ll be chauffeured back to Delhi airport in time for your onward flight.
2018/19 Guide price:
₹109,000 ($1605; £1209) pp
Our journeys are inclusive of accommodation with breakfast, a private car with driver throughout, experienced guides, entrance tickets and excursions. In other words, we offer a seamless and hassle-free luxury golden triangle tour experience where the only thing you need to worry about is soaking up the sights and enjoying your fabulous hotels! This indicative cost is based on a couple travelling between October 2018 and March 2019, sharing a double or twin room. The cost would reduce significantly during the low-season months of April to September, whilst it would be noticeably higher during the peak Christmas and New Year period.
The Luxury Golden Triangle tour India itinerary we’ve described here is merely a starting point to share a flavour of the possibilities, and absolutely every aspect is flexible (from the hotels to the destinations to the length, to the sightseeing). It can be taken as-is or can be tweaked into your ideal Indian getaway. For example, those interested in wildlife may like to include a stop in Ranthambhore National Park, to spot wild Bengal tigers and bring the Jungle Book to life on a Jeep safari in Ranthambhore. Or, extend your luxury Golden Triangle tour into Rajasthan by exploring Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur (we’d recommend our best-selling luxury Rajasthan tour with Oberoi, Leela and Taj hotels). Or, head up to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Himalayan Foothills in Shimla (it pairs very well with this luxury Shimla tour), or even the bustling city of Bombay. Let us know what you’d like to create and we can make it happen!
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