Golden Triangle, Tigers and Amritsar

Golden Triangle, Tigers and Amritsar

Delhi, Agra and Jaipur stand as giants of history and crucibles of North Indian art, craft, culture and cuisine. Imprints of empires and dynasties remain, not just in stone but encapsulated in daily life.

Discover the many layers of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, visit magnificent places off the beaten track, explore bustling markets, watch colourful scenes of daily life and meet generational artisans preserving traditional crafts and ways of life that directly connect contemporary India with the medieval.

Spotting tigers is high on the list of most visitors’ wish list, and there is no delight bigger than spotting a tiger amongst the impossibly romantic ruins of Ranthambhore National Park. Your safaris here are highly likely to leave lasting memories.

The city of Amritsar has witnessed a tumultuous history, and offers reminders to its past in the streets of its old town, the memorial at Jalianwala Bagh, the poignant Partition Museum and the nearby border ceremony at Wagah. The Golden Temple is the spiritual heart of Amritsar, a place of wonder and peace where everyone is welcome.

Travel Green in Executive class on some of India’s fastest trains. Let stories come alive with our expert local guides.

This grand tour takes several World Heritage sites. Gourmands will love the chance to taste authentic cuisines, and if you love shopping, or just browsing, the old bazaars are sure to enthral you.

11 DAYS
FROM £1895
Solo Only
Themes:
Activity Levels
Moderate
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • Entrance fees/tickets for the above
  • In-destination transfers & transport
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • English speaking guides
  • 24/7 support while you travel

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Day 0: Depart from UK

The tour begins in Delhi on Day 1.

We recommend that you fly to Delhi on the following flights, from London Heathrow.

Air India flight AI166, departs LHR 2145, arrives Delhi 1035 (next day)

Virgin Atlantic VS300, departs LHR 2005, arrives Delhi 0930 (next day).

If you are travelling from another airport, or taking other flights, please ensure they arrive by 1030 on Day 1 of the tour.

Note that International flights are not included in the tour price. We can book flights for you on request.

None
Day 1: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi at 0930 hrs by flight VS300 or by AI166 at 1035 hrs, where, you’ll be met by our representative and the group will transfer to your hotel.

After lunch, in the afternoon we shall start our tour with a visit to the World Heritage site of Qutub Minar, followed by the grandest of early Mughal monuments in India, Humayun’s Tomb.

Dinner
Day 2: Old Delhi

Today, we marvel at the glory days of Mughals in Old Delhi (Shahjahanbad), starting with an early visit to Jama Masjid, the grand mosque. Climb one of the minarets of the mosque for a truly spectacular bird’s eye view (if open to public)

Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the busy Chandni Chowk markets, where the street food has something for everyone – lip-smacking kebabs, paranthas and mithais.

During the afternoon, you’ll visit a traditional family-owned perfumery to observe the medieval art of making natural perfumes.

Meet a Kabootar-baaz and learn all about the intricacies of the sport of pigeon racing from the rooftops of Old Delhi for a truly unique cultural experience to end your day. Then drive along the wide treelined boulevards of New Delhi.

Around dusk, visit India Gate for an evening walk around India Gate

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in central Delhi.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Agra

After an early breakfast drive to Agra (04.5 hours) via Yamuna Expressway.

Visit Agra Fort, followed by a short walk around old bazaars of Agra and visit to Agra’s grand mosque, Jama Masjid.

To gain insight on Agra’s living arts and distinctive cuisines, see some of Agra’s speciality foods being prepared – the sweet ‘Petha’, the savoury ‘Dal Moth’ (Agra’s tangy version of Bombay mix).

The mausoleum of Itmad-ud-daulah (often called ‘Baby Taj’) is perfectly formed, and profusely decorated in marble inlays.

As evening approaches, visit Mehtab Bagh, a lost Mughal Garden which has gradually been restored and is the best place to watch dusk fall over the Taj Mahal from across the river.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Abhaneri

Fall in love with the Taj Mahal at sunrise. An early morning start to beat the crowds is the best way to appreciate its sublime beauty. No matter how many times one has seen the photos, the experience is truly memorable. Watch marble inlay artisans at a marble workshop.

After breakfast back at hotel, drive to Ranthambhore National Park(5.5hrs).

Enroute, visit Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri Stepwell.

Arrive in Ranthambhore and check into your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Ranthambhore National Park

Enjoy morning and evening safaris in Ranthanbhore National Park, in a shared vehicle.

The evening is at leisure in the hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Ranthambhore - Jaipur

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast

Drive to Jaipur (4hrs), arrive Jaipur and check in at your hotel.

Enjoy an evening visit to the Birla temple, and return back to the hotel.

For Diwali special departures, tonight you’ll join the Diwali celebrations at your hotel. Diwali is the biggest Indian festival, and signs of festivity, fireworks and illuminations are everywhere.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Jaipur

Explore the Pink City on a guided tour that takes in the majestic City Palace, including exclusive tour of the Royal and private apartments, followed by visits to the iconic Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar.

End the day’s cultural walks with a visit to busy Tripolia Bazaar whose inviting streets are perfect for browsing or shopping for souvenirs or arts and crafts.

Enjoy your dinner at a local speciality restaurant in Jaipur

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Amber Fort

Explore the rambling hilltop for at Amber.

later, experience Blue Pottery and Block Printing crafts first-hand, by visiting workshops where you try your hand at pottery and block printing, perhaps creating a personal souvenir for your holiday.

End your time in Jaipur with a drive back to Delhi (5hrs) to check into your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Delhi - Amritsar

Early transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board the express train to Amritsar (#12029,0720-1330, Executive class) for a scenic journey to a city of great charm and historic significance.

Upon arrival in Amritsar, you’ll check into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Take some time to unwind after your journey or explore the city at your own pace.

Later in the evening, we will visit the grand Golden Temple at night, when numerous lights illuminate its jewel-encrusted dome, and cast mesmerizing reflections in the expansive holy pool.

Witness the Palki, or ‘putting to bed’ ceremony where devotees the holy book from the main shrine to another room for the night. Accompanying the ceremony is singing, drumming, music, and the reading of hymns by a priest.

End the day with dinner at a local restaurant renowned for its Amritsari cuisine (Vegetarian).

 

Breakfast (in train), Dinner
Day 10: Amritsar

After an early breakfast, visit Jallianwala Bagh, the historic garden memorial to one of the most horrific events in the history of the British Empire – the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. As you stroll around the grounds, the signs of the tragic events of 13 April 1919 when British soldiers opened fire on a peaceful gathering of unarmed Indians are all around you. The museum offers an excellent overview of the Empire’s politics and events leading up to the fateful day.

Then, visit the Golden Temple again to explore the temple complex and community kitchens used by devotee volunteers to produce up to 20,000 meals per day. Here, you’ll enjoy a simple yet delicious lunch with other visitors from all over India and beyond – all are equally welcome to partake and this is among the most authentic of Indian experiences.

After lunch, visit the Partition Museum, dedicated to the Subcontinent’s Partition of 1947. The museum is a poignant repository of oral histories and personal artefacts, documenting experiences of millions.

Later that afternoon, drive out to the India – Pakistan border for the military ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony that marks the closure of the border gates at Attari-Wagah, and involves a colourful, coordinated parade of the lowering of the two nations’ flags.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Amritsar- Delhi

This morning, catch the early morning express train to Delhi (#22488, 0820-1350, Executive class).

Arrive in Delhi and visit the adjacent sites of Lodi Gardens and Safdarjung Tomb, to get a final glimpse of Delhi and India. The landscaped Lodi Gardens is Delhi’s answer to the Hyde Park, with several historical monuments to explore on a gentle walk.

Drive to your hotel for a short refresh, and enjoy a group farewell dinner, recounting and reflecting on experiences with your fellow travellers.

After dinner, the group will be transferred to Delhi’s International Airport at 2200 hrs to bring the tour to an end.

We recommend that you fly back to London on the following early morning flights:

Air India flight AI161, departs Delhi 0245, arrives LHR 0730.

Virgin Atlantic VS303, departs Delhi 0205, arrives LHR 0720.

If you are flying on other flights, and require an extra night’s stay in a hotel, we can arrange the extension for you.

Breakfast (in train), Lunch (in train), Dinner
Day 0: Depart from UK

The tour begins in Delhi on Day 1.

We recommend that you fly to Delhi on the following flights, from London Heathrow.

Air India flight AI166, departs LHR 2145, arrives Delhi 1035 (next day)

Virgin Atlantic VS300, departs LHR 2005, arrives Delhi 0930 (next day).

If you are travelling from another airport, or taking other flights, please ensure they arrive by 1030 on Day 1 of the tour.

Note that International flights are not included in the tour price. We can book flights for you on request.

None
Day 1: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi at 0930 hrs by flight VS300 or by AI166 at 1035 hrs, where, you’ll be met by our representative and the group will transfer to your hotel.

After lunch, in the afternoon we shall start our tour with a visit to the World Heritage site of Qutub Minar, followed by the grandest of early Mughal monuments in India, Humayun’s Tomb.

Dinner
Day 2: Old Delhi

Today, we marvel at the glory days of Mughals in Old Delhi (Shahjahanbad), starting with an early visit to Jama Masjid, the grand mosque. Climb one of the minarets of the mosque for a truly spectacular bird’s eye view (if open to public)

Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the busy Chandni Chowk markets, where the street food has something for everyone – lip-smacking kebabs, paranthas and mithais.

During the afternoon, you’ll visit a traditional family-owned perfumery to observe the medieval art of making natural perfumes.

Meet a Kabootar-baaz and learn all about the intricacies of the sport of pigeon racing from the rooftops of Old Delhi for a truly unique cultural experience to end your day. Then drive along the wide treelined boulevards of New Delhi.

Around dusk, visit India Gate for an evening walk around India Gate

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in central Delhi.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Agra

After an early breakfast drive to Agra (04.5 hours) via Yamuna Expressway.

Visit Agra Fort, followed by a short walk around old bazaars of Agra and visit to Agra’s grand mosque, Jama Masjid.

To gain insight on Agra’s living arts and distinctive cuisines, see some of Agra’s speciality foods being prepared – the sweet ‘Petha’, the savoury ‘Dal Moth’ (Agra’s tangy version of Bombay mix).

The mausoleum of Itmad-ud-daulah (often called ‘Baby Taj’) is perfectly formed, and profusely decorated in marble inlays.

As evening approaches, visit Mehtab Bagh, a lost Mughal Garden which has gradually been restored and is the best place to watch dusk fall over the Taj Mahal from across the river.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Abhaneri

Fall in love with the Taj Mahal at sunrise. An early morning start to beat the crowds is the best way to appreciate its sublime beauty. No matter how many times one has seen the photos, the experience is truly memorable. Watch marble inlay artisans at a marble workshop.

After breakfast back at hotel, drive to Ranthambhore National Park(5.5hrs).

Enroute, visit Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri Stepwell.

Arrive in Ranthambhore and check into your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Ranthambhore National Park

Enjoy morning and evening safaris in Ranthanbhore National Park, in a shared vehicle.

The evening is at leisure in the hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Ranthambhore - Jaipur

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast

Drive to Jaipur (4hrs), arrive Jaipur and check in at your hotel.

Enjoy an evening visit to the Birla temple, and return back to the hotel.

For Diwali special departures, tonight you’ll join the Diwali celebrations at your hotel. Diwali is the biggest Indian festival, and signs of festivity, fireworks and illuminations are everywhere.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Jaipur

Explore the Pink City on a guided tour that takes in the majestic City Palace, including exclusive tour of the Royal and private apartments, followed by visits to the iconic Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar.

End the day’s cultural walks with a visit to busy Tripolia Bazaar whose inviting streets are perfect for browsing or shopping for souvenirs or arts and crafts.

Enjoy your dinner at a local speciality restaurant in Jaipur

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Amber Fort

Explore the rambling hilltop for at Amber.

later, experience Blue Pottery and Block Printing crafts first-hand, by visiting workshops where you try your hand at pottery and block printing, perhaps creating a personal souvenir for your holiday.

End your time in Jaipur with a drive back to Delhi (5hrs) to check into your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Delhi - Amritsar

Early transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board the express train to Amritsar (#12029,0720-1330, Executive class) for a scenic journey to a city of great charm and historic significance.

Upon arrival in Amritsar, you’ll check into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Take some time to unwind after your journey or explore the city at your own pace.

Later in the evening, we will visit the grand Golden Temple at night, when numerous lights illuminate its jewel-encrusted dome, and cast mesmerizing reflections in the expansive holy pool.

Witness the Palki, or ‘putting to bed’ ceremony where devotees the holy book from the main shrine to another room for the night. Accompanying the ceremony is singing, drumming, music, and the reading of hymns by a priest.

End the day with dinner at a local restaurant renowned for its Amritsari cuisine (Vegetarian).

 

Breakfast (in train), Dinner
Day 10: Amritsar

After an early breakfast, visit Jallianwala Bagh, the historic garden memorial to one of the most horrific events in the history of the British Empire – the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. As you stroll around the grounds, the signs of the tragic events of 13 April 1919 when British soldiers opened fire on a peaceful gathering of unarmed Indians are all around you. The museum offers an excellent overview of the Empire’s politics and events leading up to the fateful day.

Then, visit the Golden Temple again to explore the temple complex and community kitchens used by devotee volunteers to produce up to 20,000 meals per day. Here, you’ll enjoy a simple yet delicious lunch with other visitors from all over India and beyond – all are equally welcome to partake and this is among the most authentic of Indian experiences.

After lunch, visit the Partition Museum, dedicated to the Subcontinent’s Partition of 1947. The museum is a poignant repository of oral histories and personal artefacts, documenting experiences of millions.

Later that afternoon, drive out to the India – Pakistan border for the military ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony that marks the closure of the border gates at Attari-Wagah, and involves a colourful, coordinated parade of the lowering of the two nations’ flags.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Amritsar- Delhi

This morning, catch the early morning express train to Delhi (#22488, 0820-1350, Executive class).

Arrive in Delhi and visit the adjacent sites of Lodi Gardens and Safdarjung Tomb, to get a final glimpse of Delhi and India. The landscaped Lodi Gardens is Delhi’s answer to the Hyde Park, with several historical monuments to explore on a gentle walk.

Drive to your hotel for a short refresh, and enjoy a group farewell dinner, recounting and reflecting on experiences with your fellow travellers.

After dinner, the group will be transferred to Delhi’s International Airport at 2200 hrs to bring the tour to an end.

We recommend that you fly back to London on the following early morning flights:

Air India flight AI161, departs Delhi 0245, arrives LHR 0730.

Virgin Atlantic VS303, departs Delhi 0205, arrives LHR 0720.

If you are flying on other flights, and require an extra night’s stay in a hotel, we can arrange the extension for you.

Breakfast (in train), Lunch (in train), Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

The per person prices are based on a personal room throughout the tour, and exclude international flights. A deposit is required to reserve a place.

For further information, or to book any of our tours, please contact us.

Oct 26, 2024
(Diwali Special)
£1895 per person
Available
Mar 13, 2025
£1895 per person
Available

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INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Hotels in the itinerary:

  • Delhi: Hotel Emarald, Superior Room – 02 nights
  • Agra:  Grand Mercure, Premium Taj View Room – 01 night
  • Ranthambhore: The Pugmark Resort, Deluxe Cottage – 02 nights
  • Jaipur: Shahpura House, Suite – 02 nights
  • Delhi: Hotel Emarald, Superior Room – 01 night
  • Amritsar: Regenta Central, Executive Room – 02 nights
  • Vivanta by Taj @ Dwarka for wash & change (03 hours) with farewell Dinner

The price includes:

  • Transfers in Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Accompanying English speaking guide from Day 01 till Day 11
  • All entrances to monuments included as per itinerary
  • Two wildlife safaris in shared vehicles in Ranthambhore National Park with local park guide
  • Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Executive Class train tickets for Delhi-Agra and Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi
  • Diwali celebration at Shahpura House with Gala Dinner (for Diwali departures)
  • Jeeps to climb at Amber Fort
  • Witness the Palki ceremony at Golden Temple Amritsar
  • All currently applicable Govt Taxes

Our prices do not include international flights unless explicitly stated.

The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling and sharing a room, outside peak periods. Prices may vary depending on the time of travel, and single supplements may apply.

Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)