Combine the magnificent Golden Triangle with some time in rural India on our popular 8 day tour.
Old and New Delhi – the magnificent Red Fort, India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi’s crematorium Raj
The spectacular Taj Mahal – India’s most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
The Pink City of Jaipur – the lofty Amber Fort, the regal City Palace and the ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
An elephant ride into Jaipur’s Amber Fort – just like the Raj would have done
Fatehpur Sikri – an ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra – the beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
Rickshaw ride around Keoladeo Ghana National Park – a UNESCO Heritage site famous for its amazing array of
Bharatpur – rural India at its friendliest
Abhaneri Step Well – famous and iconic 9th century stepwell
Day 1: Delhi
Upon arrival into Delhi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day
is free to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.
Day 2: Old Delhi & New
This morning, our welcome meeting takes place. We’ll then embark upon a full day sightseeing tour of Old and
New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a Namaste Dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Day 3: Jaipur – the Pink City!
Delhi – Jaipur. Today we drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City because Maharaja Ram Singh had
all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII),
it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. This afternoon we enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar
Mantar – an ancient yet cleverly designed space observatory. Watch out for snake charmers along the way.
Day 4, Amber Fort, Elephants
Early-risers can opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over Jaipur, and sail over hilltop forts, regal palaces, sleepy
villages, and stone carved temples. Then we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort – a
sprawling Rajput construction, perched on a hillside overlooks the dusty plains below. We’ll travel up to the palace
in princely style, aboard Indian elephants (subject to regulations/availability as the elephants are limited to the
number of trips that can make up the fort each day). Arriving at the top we’ll tour the fort’s well-preserved interior
and grounds. Before returning to Jaipur we stop at a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing
and block printing.
Day 5, Village life
Jaipur – Abhaneri – Bharatpur. Departing Jaipur we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the
largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep.
Then we gain an insight into local village life, visiting Adarsh Vidya Mandir local school (if open), where we operate
our ‘Change for Children’ programme. After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo
Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through
Day 6, Taj Mahal
Bharatpur – Agra. En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor
Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned
in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary
Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in
childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains
one of India’s most enduring symbols.
Day 7, Onward to Delhi
Agra – Delhi. After breakfast we return to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or
independently explore the city.
Day 8, Delhi
departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Holiday Price Includes
- Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.
- Transportation – Entire round trip Ex- Delhi by an air-conditioned vehicles for all categories as per the itinerary. Vehicle is as per the itinerary and not on disposal basis.
- Breakfast included in all packages and Dinner is included in all non-Economy Package.
- Travel insurance.
- All currently applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
- Wifi Internet provided in vehicles during transportation in all non-Economy packages.
Holiday Price Excludes
- Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
- Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
- Any rides, safaris, boating charges, other than the mentioned in the inclusions.
- Entrance fees and guide charges, unless specified in the inclusions.