Fit in a safari in Ramthambore National Park between Ramathra and Jaipur
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We arrange totally bespoke trips and design an itinerary that is designed around you. You may have seen a suggested itinerary that we can base your plans around, or we can start with a blank sheet and paper and design something from scratch. You can leave a phone number and suggest a time to call you back, and we can also arrange to do this during the evenings or at weekends if you are busy during the daytime. We can also meet up with you in you fancy a coffee and are based in and around London.