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Best time to go: September - April
Best for: First Time Visitor, Cultural & Immersive

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is India’s classic tour explores the forts, temples, and palaces in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. We also add a twist to this by adding in a stay in a rural fort, allowing you to also immersive yourselves in the beauty of the Indian countryside.

It goes without saying that we will provide you with your own private driver and expert guides throughout. We also include a few scenic train journeys along the way, to offer a slightly different travelling experience. We seek out immersive ways to see the destination, from visits to local markets to guided walking-tours through villages. Variety is the key, and we also aim to ensure you don’t get ‘templed’ out. There are fewer better ways to make the most out of a short trip to India.

Delhi

Begin in Delhi, and either stay in a characterful 150-year old Haveli or the Grand Dame Imperial. It which has been lovingly restored to its former glory. You will stay in the heart of Old Delhi, being able to wander out through the bustling markets and alleyways before returning for a drink on the rooftop at sunset. Explore Delhi with a private guide, beginning with a look at Mughal Old Delhi, before also visiting the British New Delhi. 

Agra

The best way to get to Agra is on the fast train which takes two hours. We will, of course, put you in Executive Class (with airline-style seating and turbaned waiters). First of all, you will set out on a tour of Agra with your expert guide, exploring Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah (the Bay Taj). Finally, in the late afternoon, set off on a walk through the local villages on the far side of the Yumana River. Here you will see the Taj at sunset from a unique angle.

Next morning, head to the Taj Mahal for sunrise. It is one of those life-changing experiences, that always makes you smile. Your guide will regale stories of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, of heartbreak and family feuds that left him locked up in Agra Fort looking over the tomb of his late wife. 

Ramathra

Our twist on your Golden Triangle tour comes next, where you will head into the depths of rural Rajasthan. First of all, you will see the Taj Mahal, up close and personal, at sunrise before setting off to Ramathra. This is an area that hasn’t changed in centuries, where local farming communities largely lead a subsistence life. See sari-clad women add a dash of colour to the dusty roads and thatched houses as they go about their daily lives. You will stay at the amazing Ramathra Fort, which offers dramatic views over the countryside. Take a picnic beside the nearby lake, or just put your feet up with a stiff G&T admiring the views. Above all, we love it here, and it certainly gives you a balance from the Indian cities that feature on the Golden Triangle. 

Jaipur

Next, you will be driven to Jaipur by your private driver, which takes about five hours. You’ll have three nights here, and we suggest spending your first afternoon at leisure. Over the next two days, you can head off and visit the local milk market, explore the backstreets of Jaipur, and also see the sights such as the City Palace, Haha Mahal, Observatory and Amber (Amer) Fort. 

Extensions

You can then either drive (five hours) or take the train to Delhi, spending your final night close to the airport. You can extend your trip with an extension to Goa, Kerala or possibly the colonial summer capital of Shimla. Some guests like to weave in a visit to Varanasi.  You can also see tigers in Ranthambore National Park. You can also extend your time in Rajasthan. This could include the amazing cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur. 

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£1850-£3495
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Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.

Highlights

  • Explore Delhi, Agra, Ramathra and also Jaipur
  • have your own private guides and drivers
  • Embark on some train journeys
  • Stay in wonderful boutique, characterful hotels

Suggested Hotels

Day 1-2

Dharampura Haveli

$ $ $ $ $  

Dharampura Haveli is located in the heart of Old Delhi and is a fantastic 150-year old restored Haveli, offering just 14 rooms and is quite possibly Delhi’s most characterful hotel.

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Day 1-2
Imperial Hotel, Delhi, India

The Imperial Hotel

$ $ $ $ $  

The Imperial Hotel is Delhi’s most iconic luxury hotel and is located in the heart of Connaught Place. Featuring elegant art deco and colonial design, it simply is the best address in town.

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Day 3
ITC Mughal, Agra, India

ITC Mughal

$ $ $ $ $  

The ITC Mughal is a comfortable international hotel located close to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, set within 25 acres of landscaped gardens featuring Mughal style water gardens and fruit trees.

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Day 3

The Oberoi Amarvilas

$ $ $ $ $  

The opulent and elegant Oberoi Amarvilas is by far the best hotel in Agra, with all the exceptional rooms offering exceptional views of the Taj Mahal.

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Day 4-5

Ramathra Fort

$ $ $ $ $  

Far from the madding crowd, the intimate 350-year old Ramathra Fort provides a wonderful glimpse into the unspoilt charm of rural Rajasthan.

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Day 4-5

Ramathra Fort

$ $ $ $ $  

Far from the madding crowd, the intimate 350-year old Ramathra Fort provides a wonderful glimpse into the unspoilt charm of rural Rajasthan.

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Day 6-9

47 Jobner Bagh

$ $ $ $ $  

Jobner Bagh is a stylish guest house located in the pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan offering comfortable rooms and suites.

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Day 6-9
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India | Luxury Palace Hotel | Millis Potter Travel

Taj Rambagh Palace

$ $ $ $ $  

The Taj Rambagh Palace is the grandest and most opulent hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Rambagh has 85 sumptuous rooms, fantastic facilities and ample grounds.

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Day 10
Trident Gurgaon, Delhi, India

Trident Gurgaon

$ $ $ $ $  

The Trident Gurgaon is a luxury city resort located close to Delhi’s International Airport, perfect for a first or final night on a tour if India.

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Day 10
Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi, India

The Oberoi Gurgaon

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Gurgaon is a luxury city-resort hotel, located just 15 minutes from Delhi’s International Airport, and has world-class facilities and rooms.

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Customise Your Itinerary

We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

Tigers

Fit in a safari in Ramthambore National Park between Ramathra and Jaipur

Beach Extension

You can extend your time by flying from Jaipur to Goa, or even Kerala to add a few days of beach time at the end of your tour.

Shimla

After doing the Golden Triangle, you can fly up to Chandigarh and either drive or take the train to Shimla, the summer capital of the Raj

Varanasi

If you want to see Varanasi, you can fly there from Delhi, and then on certain days of the week, fly to Agra and continue the tour as suggested.

Rajasthan

After you visit Jaipur, you can then set off to explore further destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner or Udaipur. In fact, you could spend a month just exploring this magical corner of India!

Mr and Mrs Ingham, Rajasthan, February 2017

Marcus Potter arranged an amazing tour to Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra & Varanasi for my wife & I. He provided an excellent itinerary and we were always looked after efficiently by local guides. He also contacted us whilst we were in India to ensure our return flights were confirmed. The whole experience was most memorable.

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