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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
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Classic Golden Triangle
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur
Best for: Culture History, Imagine Favourites, Highlights
This week-long Golden Triangle itinerary is a great introduction to India’s glittering royal history and culture, including the iconic Taj Mahal, the magnificent forts and palaces of Jaipur and India’s bustling capital city of Delhi.
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Made up of north India’s three most visited cities - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the Golden Triangle is a great route for any first time visitors to India, offering a captivating combination of history and culture. It includes iconic sights such as the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort alongside lesser-known treasures such as Jaipur’s Palace of Wind and the ancient bazaars of Old Delhi. This week-long itinerary takes you on an express tour the Golden Triangle’s must-see sights as well as a few hidden gems along the way. You will stay at one of Imagine India’s favourite heritage hotels in Jaipur and leave with the unforgettable memory of watching the sun rise over the Taj Mahal.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi
Stay at The Claridges for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to The Claridges in New Delhi. A small luxury hotel, The Claridges is conveniently located close to Delhi’s major landmarks and attractions. Your first afternoon in Delhi is free to spend as you wish. We would recommend taking some time to relax and settle in or you may choose to enjoy a private tour of Delhi’s magnificent garden tombs that are dotted throughout the city. The following morning you will be taken to the vibrant and bustling Bazaars of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, before spending the afternoon exploring some attractions of New Delhi including Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar.
Day 3 - 4 : Agra, India
Stay at Trident Agra for 1 night
The following morning you will be driven to Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Station to catch a 2 hour train to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. After checking in to the Trident Hotel, you will meet your local specialist guide who will take you to visit the impressive Agra Fort and to the Mehtab Bagh, a grand park that enjoys spectacular views of the Taj Mahal. The next day involves an early start as you make your way to the Taj Mahal for sunrise, a magical experience and we think the best time of day to take in this magnificent mausoleum in all its glory. After breakfast, you will drive four hours to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital and the real heart of India’s Golden Triangle.
Days 4 - 7 : Jaipur, India
Stay at Samode Haveli for 3 nights
The drive from Agra to Jaipur is broken up by a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a remarkable deserted city that acted as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century. Upon arrival in Jaipur, you will be taken to Samode Haveli which will be your accommodation for the next three nights. A real favourite of Imagine India, Samode Haveli is a character-filled heritage hotel tucked away in the lanes of old Jaipur that offers guests a comfortable escape from the bustling streets of Jaipur. Spend your first full day in Jaipur exploring the city with a local guide, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory and Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. The second day in Jaipur takes you on a Meena Tribal Walk. This is a wonderful off-the-beaten-track excursion, involving a guided walk to visit the settlement of the Meena Tribe before ascending the Aravallis hills on a historic path. The path offers breath-taking views of Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, which you will then visit later that afternoon.
Day 7 : Jaipur to UK
The following morning your Indian Golden Triangle adventure comes to an end, as you are driven to Jaipur Airport in time to board your flight back home via Delhi.
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Things to do
Explore New Delhi
New Delhi has some of the most famous landmarks, such as Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the many monuments and buildings of Lutyen’s Delhi.
Visit Agra Fort
Agra fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India and well worth visiting with an entertaining private guide. The interior of the fort features stunning white marble reminiscent of the nearby Taj Malal and belies the stark red sandstone battlements.
The Mehtab Bagh is Agra's famous park that sits just across the Yumana River from the Taj Mahal. From the park there are incomparable views of the mauseoleum and it is a lovely place to relax.
Jaipur City Tour
Explore Jaipur, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal. The tour ends with a visit to the bazaars of the old city – a taste of vibrant and authentic Rajasthan.
Bazaars of Old Delhi
A guide will take you through the bazaars of Old Delhi, mainly focusing around Chadni Chowk.
Explore Amber Fort
Explore Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, visiting the Palace of Mirrors and The Hall of Public Audience. Discover its cobbled streets, gateways and enormous ramparts and transport yourself to 16th century Jaipur.
Meena Tribal Walk
Enjoy a guided walk to visit the settlement of the Meena Tribe and ascend the Aravalli hills on a historic path, enjoying breathtaking views of the Amber fort and surrounding landscape.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Visit the magnificent deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the history of the Mughal Empire.
Explore the Garden Tombs of Delhi
A tour to visit 3 of Delhi’s most spectacular garden tombs. They were set up hundreds of years ago for the rulers of Delhi to be buried in and are surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Visit the stunning and historic Taj Mahal at sunrise for a breathtaking experience.
From $1572 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private car and guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.