Following the popular Golden Triangle route, with two nights each in Delhi and Jaipur and overnight stays in Bharatpur and Agra, this wonderful collection of city stays, sightseeing and national parks is a superb introduction to India’s diverse attractions. There are pre-bookable optional excursions to add to your itinerary, in addition to the included excursions which transport you to Jaipur’s imposing Amber Fort and Keoladeo National Park, one of India’s most important bird reserves. Conclude with the ultimate experience of a sunset visit to the majestic Taj Mahal. If you wish, you can choose to stay longer in this diverse country, on one of our great value holiday extensions.
Direct flights with Virgin Atlantic or Jet Airways from Heathrow
All airport taxes, security charges & UK APD
6 nights in hotels (as specified or similar)
6 meals: 6 breakfasts
Hotel porterage (one bag pp)
Escorted by an expert local tour manager
Transportation in comfortable air conditioned vehicles
Full-day Delhi tour
Half-day Amber Fort tour
Visit to Deeg Palace
Birdwatching at Keoladeo National Park
Visit to the Taj Mahal
Enhance your experience
• Upgrade to Half-board from £69pp
• Pre-bookable Qutab Minar from £30pp
• Pre-bookable Jaipur Palace from £36pp
• Add a Ranthambore extension package, 3 nights from £229pp
Make your way independently to the airport and fly to Delhi. Arrive on day 2 and transfer to the 4-star Holiday Inn for a two-night stay. This afternoon is free for you to absorb the incredible mixture of vibrant sights and smells that compete with the hubbub of the city’s lively streets, or we suggest taking an optional excursion to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Qutab Minar, a remarkable 12th century tower and India’s most-visited monument. At the foot of the 73m-high tower of victory is Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India.
This morning join our guided tour of New Delhi, passing some of the impressive Raj-era architecture designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the early 20th century, such as India Gate, a grand war memorial likened to the Arc-de-Triomphe, and vast Rashtrapati Bhavan, official residence of the Indian President. We also visit Humayun’s Tomb, an extravagant tomb commissioned by his widow to honour of the young Mughal Emperor, taking 14 years to complete and allow him to finally rest!
We leave Delhi this morning for the journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Check in to the 4-star Golden Tulip Hotel for a two-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the colourful, chaotic streets of this flamboyant city. We recommend finding the distinctive Hawa Mahal, a honeycombed hive of spectacular proportions in pink sandstone known also as the Palace of the Winds. Look out for the swarms of motorbikes and rickshaws careering along the roads!
Today we take an excursion into the hills surrounding the city to see the remarkable Amber Fort. The apparent forbidding walls enclose a stunning red sandstone palace complex, adorned with marble, mirrors, murals and precious stones. For this afternoon we recommend an optional tour of the impressive City Palace. Once the Maharaja’s residence, it is still the residence of royal descendants however part of it is now a fascinating museum, exhibiting art, armoury and the royal wardrobe collection. The excursion also includes the 18th century Jantar Mantar observatory, holding unusual astronomical instruments.
Leave Jaipur this morning, stopping at Deeg Palace - an exquisite royal summer palace, built in 1772, which still contains the furniture and objets d'art of the Bharatpur royal family who resided here until 1951. The palace is set among lovely gardens and fountains, considered second only to the Taj Mahal in beauty. From here, continue to Bharatpur for an overnight stay at the 3-star Hotel Udai Vilas Palace.
Today is a day for those with an interest in bird and animals species! Rise early this morning for a trip to Keoladeo National Park. A guided rickshaw ride will take you through one of Asia’s finest bird sanctuaries, where more than 380 resident and migrant bird species have been recorded. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like striped hyenas, jungle cats and wild boar. We return to the hotel for breakfast, before leaving for Agra and the 4-star Clarks Shiraz Hotel. There is no better way to enjoy your last evening than watching the sun set over one of the world’s most beautiful icons - the magnificent Taj Mahal - a ‘love poem in marble’ from the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. We visit this iconic sight at sunset, when the light of the day can have a profound effect on your experience.
Day 8 London
Transfer to Delhi Airport and fly back to the UK. Alternatively, add a three-night extension in Ranthambore, or stay in Goa.
Travelling in comfort on scheduled airlines and staying in carefully chosen 3 and 4 star hotels, each one of our tours is expertly arranged. With all taxes and fees included, hotel porterage covered on most holidays, quality air-conditioned transportation and a 24 hour emergency helpline once on tour, you can rest assured you will be well looked after as soon as you arrive. With expert local tour managers on the majority of our tours, sharing with you their knowledge and passion for the destination, you’ll enjoy a deeper insight into the places you visit and the new cultures you encounter.
Home pick-ups are not included on Traveller, by Titan holidays, so you are free to travel independently and at your own pace to your chosen UK airport. If you’re driving, we have a wide choice of great value parking options and hotels available. Alternatively, sit back, relax and let someone else do the navigating and travel by coach or rail.
And once at the airport, why not begin your holiday in style with an airport lounge pass? Simply call us for a quote and let us make the arrangements for you.
Highlights of India
The wonders of this fascinating country are combined in a perfectly-paced exploration of the Golden Triangle route