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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.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
Best for: Culture History, Family
The Trident in Agra is a first class contemporary hotel offering slick service and excellent amenities in a beautiful setting of Mughal-style gardens, courtyards and fountains.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Part of the distinguished Oberoi group, the Trident in Agra is built from red sandstone that emulates Agra's Mughal-era architectural heritage and is set around landscaped central courtyard and fountains. The hotel boasts 138 elegantly appointed air-conditioned rooms that are decorated in refreshingly vibrant colours, and arranged around a central garden with manicured lawns, trimmed hedges and a swimming pool. All rooms are equipped with modern facilities such as mini-bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and a satellite TV.
The restaurant is located beside the pool, and guests can enjoy either a la carte or buffet-style continental, South East Asian and Indian dishes – the wood-fired pizzas are a particular speciality. Situated at lobby level, the bar is a perfect setting for a relaxing nightcap, while the spa offers a wide range of replenishing western and Ayurvedic therapies to restore your vital energies after the hustle and bustle of a day in Agra.
The Taj Mahal will be on everyone’s list of places to visit, but there are plenty of other attractions in the local area, including the Itimad-Ud-Daulah, built by Empress Noorjahan and often referred to as the Baby Taj, the fortified city of Fatepur Sikri, Agra Fort, Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra and the Kinari Bazaar where you can haggle for colourful textiles and get fitted out for a Bollywood dress.
When to go
December to March is the perfect time to visit Rajasthan and the North when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant during the day. It can get cold at night, so make sure to pack a few extra layers when visiting at this time. Summer starts mid-March and can get very hot getting into May and June. The monsoon period follows directly after from July to September, where humidity is high and the region receives the majority of its rainfall, although still very minimal amounts. The months of October and November after the monsoon season are also a great time to visit the region as it experiences warm and dry weather during the day with cooler temperatures at night.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Agra Fort and Taj Mahal
Enjoy a day tour with your local specialist guide visit and stunning Taj Mahal & Agra Fort to learn about their origins and history.
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.
Visit Bateshwar Fair
The Bateshwar Fair, a bustling and vibrant festival in honour of Lord Shiva is a fascinating insight into Hinduism and its accompanying rituals. This day trip is available between October and November.
The Old Agra walking tour
The Old Agra walking tour is the perfect way to combine Agra’s famous old monuments and the hustle and bustle of the heart of the medieval town.
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.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Visit the magnificent deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the history of the Mughal Empire.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Visit the stunning and historic Taj Mahal at sunrise for a breathtaking experience.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Rohet, Udaipur
This two week itinerary takes you through Rajasthan’s captivating highlights in style. Stay at some of this princely state’s most deluxe hotels, including converted palaces, exclusive retreats and a luxury tented camp.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shahpura, Udaipur, Cochin, Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady and Periyar National Park, Backwaters, Marari
Discover beguiling India and all it has to offer on this 19 night itinerary, taking you from the glittering palaces and mighty forts of the north to the rolling hills, vibrant temples, and enchanting backwaters of the south.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
Discover India’s most enchanting state, exploring rural villages, colourful cities, mighty forts and glittering palaces on this two week trip through Rajasthan’s most iconic and memorable landmarks.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur
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.
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Goa, Mumbai
This two-week itinerary is the perfect combination of culture, wildlife and relaxation, including the attractions of India’s well-travelled Golden Triangle route, the abundant wildlife of Ranthambore National Park and the serene sandy shores of Goa.
Delhi, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Panna National Park, Khajuraho, Gwalior, Orchha, Chambal, Agra, Jaipur
Taking you through ancient towns and cities steeped in culture and history, alongside fantastic game viewing in some of India’s most renowned national parks, this itinerary is the ultimate combination of wildlife and culture.
Delhi, Agra, Ramathra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur
This itinerary offers all the iconic experiences of India’s classic Golden Triangle route coupled with game drives in Ranthambore National Park, one the best places to spot the majestic Bengal tiger in its natural habitat.
Delhi, Agra, Chambal, Gwalior, Panna National Park, Varanasi
Discover India’s spiritual side on this two week trip through some of India’s most holy destinations and sacred temples whilst staying at a fantastic selection of hotels to create an experience that is both relaxing and enlightening.