Experience India’s rich history by visiting intriguing, story-laden, iconic destinations and architecture. Join your English-speaking tour leader to explore the Golden Triangle, a circuit covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Take in the sunrise at the Taj Mahal and wander magnificent gardens before uncovering Agra Fort and the gripping stories it all. Wander deserted palaces and plazas at Fatehpur Sikri and marvel at the Mughal and Rajput architecture in City Palace. Hop a rickshaw and ride though Old Delhi, visit the 1000-year old Chand Baori on your way to Jaipur where you’ll experience a full-day guided tour of Rajasthan. Visit Red Fort, and Amber Fort via Jeep and view the famous mirrored room, the Sheesh Mahal.
We’ll get you to and from your holiday with no troubles – all you need to do is pack your bag and make your way to the airport! Enjoy return flights & taxes with a full-service carrier included in the price!
Enjoy a total of 6 nights accommodation staying in standard hotels during your tour. Your accommodation is sorted as you make your way through India!
Feast on a delicious breakfast every day when you pull up a seat for breakfast during your tour. For more information check out the itinerary.
We want you to see the best of India while you’re there, so we’ve included a rickshaw ride through the lanes of Old Delhi. Marvel at a selection of iconic cultural & UNESCO World Heritage-listed sights, So keep your camera close by, you’ll never be short of photo opportunities in this incredible city.
Discover Jaipur in a unique way! Travel by Jeep to the top of the Amer Fort in Jaipur. Learn about the history and sights of the regions courtesy of your tour guide.
The last thing you want to do on your holiday is stress about how you’re going to get from A to B in India. With us, you won’t have to worry! Enjoy transfers on us this holiday!
There’s no need to go digging through your pockets for entrance fees this holiday, we’ve got you covered! We’ve included all your sightseeing & entry fees mentioned in the itinerary so you can focus on your tour and savour the beauty of India!
Don’t miss out on a thing when you visit India this holiday! Your tour includes English-speaking tour guide(s).
From $1599*pp ex Sydney and Perth
From $1749*pp ex Melbourne and Brisbane
From $1849*pp ex Adelaide
Single supplement available from $220 based on Ex Sydney departure
30 December 2020
Day 1: Australia – Delhi (In-flight Meals)
Depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth today. Upon arrival into New Delhi, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to check-in to the hotel. Note: Due to flight times and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart the day before (Day 0).
Day 2: Delhi (B)
This morning after breakfast, join your experienced local guide on an exciting half day tour of Delhi. Visit historic Jama Masjid and drive past the Red Fort. Experience the narrow winding lanes best traversed by cycle-rickshaw; they house some of the oldest trading establishments and inhabitants of the Old City.
Later, drive past the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) and the secretariat buildings, the impressive Rajpath and World War I memorial arch; the India Gate. Later visit Delhi’s most beautiful monument; the Humayun’s Tomb. On the way back to the hotel, notice the contrasting architectural styles, introduced by colonial rulers, mirroring styles from across Europe and adapted to India.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra (approx. 235km). (B)
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, view the changing landscape from your comfortable air-conditioned coach to Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal. After checking in, relax or explore in your own time for the rest of the day.
Day 4: Agra (B)
Start the day with a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. The stunning mausoleum immortalized the name of Shah Jahan’s last wife Mumtaz Mahal, “light of the palace”. Built by artisans from neighbouring Islamic countries as well as India, it is aptly described by the poet laureate Tagore as “A tear on the face of eternity”. Decorated with a mosaic of semi-precious stones and Persian calligraphy recreating verses from the Koran, the mausoleum is an important place of pilgrimage as the empress died in childbirth, making her a martyr. At dawn the marble structures glow and gently change colour as the sky brightens. After returning to the hotel to freshen up and for breakfast, visit mighty Agra Fort. Richly decorated with marble and mosaic, it was in part of this fort-palace that Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in homage to his wife, spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son. The quarters where he was confined have a magical view of the Taj Mahal across the river Yamuna. Enjoy free time to wander the intriguing streets and laneways of Agra’s old city.
Day 5: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri – Jaipur (approx. 245kms) (B)
The tour departs for Jaipur after breakfast this morning. Just 40kms outside Agra, stop to wander the deserted plazas and streets of Fatephur Sikri, built by the Mughals in the 15th century and abandoned within 20 years due to a lack of the water, the ornate buildings and palaces are remarkably well preserved, they offer a somewhat eerie in sight into the grandeur of the Mughal Empire at its peak.
After lunch (not included), the tour will stop briefly in Abhaneri, the otherwise unassuming regional town is home to a stunning stepwell; Chand Baori. Its ornate, symmetrical and strikingly narrow stepped walls were constructed over 1000 years ago and remain in excellent condition. The day concludes on arrival into Jaipur, look out for the effect of the setting sun on the city’s pink walls as you enter.
Day 6: Jaipur (B)
Spend today exploring the ‘Pink City’ and its historical significance in the region. Start at magnificent Amber Fort, strategically positioned on a hilltop, home to vast halls and the famous entirely mirrored room ‘Sheesh mahal’.
In the afternoon visit the sprawling City Palace, a superb marriage of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The seven storied Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace) is a sprawling complex with multiple courtyards, public buildings, astronomical observatory and zenana mahals (harems). From the City Palace you enter the extraordinary “Jantar Mantar”, an astronomical observatory built in 1827. Instruments resembling massive futuristic structures are actually highly sophisticated instruments which are accurate even today.
Finally, drive though the busy streets for a photography stop at Hawa Mahal, the ornate pink façade an icon of the city. The five storied high ‘screen’ composed of projected windows and balconies protected by fine latticed screens, was designed to enable the ladies of the harem to observe the lively street scenes of the city from a position of privacy.
Enjoy free time this evening.
Day 7: Jaipur – Delhi Approx 270kms– Australia (B, In-flight Meals)
After breakfast, depart Jaipur for your drive through Rajasthan to Delhi airport and your flight home.
Day 8: Arrive Home
PRE-TOUR EXTENSION: 4 Day Discover Ranthambhore National Park
Extension is available 01 October 2019 – 31 March 2020 only. Minimum group size 6
Day 1: Delhi (B)
After arriving in Delhi from Australia, be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – – Ranthambhore National Park (approx. 4.45 hours). (B, D)
Start the day at leisure. After checking out, be escorted to the station and assisted to your AC carriage and allocated seat. Then sit back and experience authentic India rail travel on your afternoon’s journey from the city out to North India’s largest National Park.
Day 3: Ranthambhore National Park (B, L, D)
Today will revolve around your morning and afternoon safaris. Join your experienced, English speaking guide on incredible jeep-based game drives. Look for Bengal tigers, leopards and many other species at home in the park.
Depending on the time of year, the morning safari’s leave between 6 and 7am. Afternoon drives are from 2pm.
Day 4 Ranthambhore – – Delhi (approx. 4.45hours) (B)
Leave the resort after an early breakfast this morning. Be transferred and assisted to board your train for the relaxing trip back to Delhi, where you will be met and escorted to your hotel to commence your 8 Day India’s Golden Triangle Tour!
POST-TOUR EXTENSION: 4 Day Explore Rajasthan: Pushkar & Jodhpur
Day 7: Jaipur – Pushkar (approx. 150kms) (B)
After breakfast, check out of your Jaipur hotel and depart the city bound for Pushkar. Arriving in the afternoon, there‘s time to start exploring Pushkar, renowned for eclectic stalls, shops and delicious street food. Make your way at sunset to the Lake to observe the light soften across the surrounding mountains and glowing white buildings. Pushkar is a pilgrimage town and place of great spiritual significance for Hindus. Listen out for drumming and other music, look out for chalk mandalas on the ground and smell the ubiquitous incense wafting through the streets.
Day 8: Pushkar – Jodhpur (approx 215) (B)
Experience the remoteness of the Rajasthani desert this morning, as you are driven through rural towns and villages to Jodhpur. Relax or explore for the rest of the day.
Day 9: Jodhpur (B)
Join your guide for an informative half day tour after breakfast today. Your comfortable AC vehicle will transport you to the highlights of Jodhpur, including the Jaswant Thada cenotaph, the Old City’s iconic Clock Tower and bustling surrounds with free time to wander the shops. Also, be transported up to imposing Mehrangarh Fort, with its excellent museum and bird eye view directly over the ‘Blue City’ – actually the traditionally Brahmin neighbourhood, with its distinctly blue painted adobe homes.
In the evening a further trip just out of the city to Bishnoi Village. This small desert town is populated by devotees of a 14th century guru who advocated protection of all living things, including plants. Get a sense of the unique way of life here, where plants and all animals are revered.
Day 10: Jodhpur – Delhi – Australia (B, inflight meals)
After breakfast at the hotel today, time to check out and depending on your domestic flight time, be transferred to the local airport for the 1.5 hour flight to Delhi. You will then be free to check in for your further flight home.
Day 11. Arrive Australia (inflight meals)
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