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The Golden Triangle and Beyond

15 days from £2620 per person

Home to some of India's most recognisable sights, northern India is a region defined by splendid architecture, pulsating cities, grand scenery and traditional rural life. Start your journey in Delhi, where there will be ample time to explore the city. From Delhi, travel by rail south to Agra, home of the beautiful Taj Mahal, before heading west to the princely state of Rajasthan. Here explore the historic 'pink city' of Jaipur and Jodhpur with its fabulous fort and colourful markets. Time will also be spent in the rural market town of Deogarh before ending your journey in picturesque Udaipur.

Route: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Jodhpur Deogarh – Udaipur – Mumbai

Itinerary Highlights

Experience the majesty of the Taj Mahal, one of the architectural wonders of the world. This ancient monument clad in translucent marble never fails to impress at any time of day.

The colossal Meherangarh Fort dominates the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, towering 125 metres above the old town. This immense fortress provided security and shelter for the population from 1460.

The magical Lake Palace in Udaipur appears to float on Lake Pichola. Now a luxury hotel, the palace was built in the 18th century by Maharana Jagat Singh II as a winter residence.

Itinerary: The Golden Triangle and Beyond

Today fly from the UK to Delhi on Jet Airways. (N)
India's modern capital, Delhi is a fascinating city. Old Delhi developed as the heart of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries and is home to mosques, forts and crumbling monuments. In contrast, New Delhi’s government buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and attractive white-washed bungalows was purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the centre of Indian political power. (N)

Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)

Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel (or similar)

This morning explore Old Delhi with your guide. Visit the area's dense network of alleyways, homes, bazaars and mosques including colourful Chandni Chowk market, beautiful Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Rajghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. In the afternoon head to New Delhi which was originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and today is home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate. (B)

Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)

Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel (or similar)

Early this morning travel by train from Delhi to Agra where you will stay overnight. Agra was once one of the world's most important cities and later visit the imposing Agra Fort, established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. No stay in Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, arguably the greatest monument to love, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal is a building world renowned for its beauty and the craftsmanship is outstanding. (B)

Accommodation in Agra: ITC Mughal Hotel (or similar)

Today leave Agra and drive to Fatehpur Sikri which was once the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and constructed of beautiful red sandstone. Afterwards visit nearby Abhaneri home to the famous 8th century Chand Baori, the deepest step-well in the world. Leaving Abhaneri continue by road to Jaipur for a two night stay. Planned by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur is a vibrant city of bazaars, palaces, fine havelis and spectacular forts. (B)

Accommodation in Jaipur: Dera Mandawa (or similar)

This morning travel outside of Jaipur to Amber Fort which is set on a ridge above rugged hills. A Rajput capital for over 700 years, there is plenty to explore here from well-tended gardens and small temples to the private chambers of the Maharaja. In the afternoon return to Jaipur and visit the superb City Palace complex which is home to the beautiful Peacock Gate and famous Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds'. Also of interest is the Jantar Mantar – the largest stone observatory in the world. (B)

Accommodation in Jaipur: Dera Mandawa (or similar)

After breakfast leave Jaipur and drive through the arid Thar Desert to the charming 'blue city' of Jodhpur, Rajasthan's atmospheric and colourful second city. Jodhpur is defined by the mighty Meherangarh Fort – one of the finest in India – and charming old city of winding lanes and tumbledown buildings. (B)

Accommodation in Jodhpur: Pal Haveli (or similar)

Upgrade option: Raas (or similar)

Today explore Jodhpur with your guide starting with a visit to the Meherangarh Fort. Wonderfully well maintained, the fort offers a fascinating insight into the ancient life of the city and houses many palaces and temples. The views from the ramparts over the city below are spectacular. Leaving the fort, visit cenotaphs of members of the royal family before taking a walking tour through the lanes of the old city. (B)

Accommodation in Jodhpur: Pal Haveli (or similar)

Upgrade option: Raas (or similar)

Drive to the small market town of Deogarh in the heart of rural Rajasthan. Stay for two nights at Deogarh Mahal, a traditional Mewari fort with classic Rajasthani interiors. Alternatively you may wish to upgrade to Dev Shree, a charming homestay with seven large comfortable bedrooms with a lovely setting. (B)

Accommodation in Deogarh: Deogarh Mahal (or similar)

Upgrade option: Dev Shree (or similar)

At leisure to enjoy Deogarh and the surrounding region. Birdwatch, walk the surrounding hills, picnic by the lake or ride the local train where the line and equipment date from 1923. (B)

Accommodation in Deogarh: Deogarh Mahal (or similar)

Upgrade option: Dev Shree (or similar)

This morning drive through picturesque countryside to the Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. The most famous of the temples is over 550 years old and is particularly beautiful. After visiting the temples and learning about Jainism, continue through the Aravalli Hills to Udaipur. With its grand palaces, placid lakes, gardens, Udaipur is one of Rajasthan's most attractive cities. (B)

Accommodation in Udaipur: Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel (or similar)

Upgrade option: Leela Palace Hotel (or similar)

After breakfast visit the impressive City Palace which overlooks Lake Pichola and is still owned by the Maharaja of Udaipur. Highlights include the Mor Chowk court, Manak Mahal, Chini ki Chitra Mahal and Queen's Palace. The neighbouring Fateh Prakash Palace with its unique Crystal Gallery and grand Durbar Hall is also worth visiting. Later taking a walking tour of the old town including the intricately carved Jagdish Mandir temple. End the day with a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. (B)

Accommodation in Udaipur: Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel (or similar)

Upgrade option: Leela Palace Hotel (or similar)

Today transfer to Udaipur Airport and fly to Mumbai for a two night stay. One of the world's great cities, Mumbai developed from a small group of islands to India's economic powerhouse and gateway to the world. Ever expanding, Mumbai is a combination of old and new, the chaotic and the peaceful, making it one of India’s most vibrant, bustling and human of cities. (B)

Accommodation in Mumbai: Vivanta by Taj - President Hotel (or similar)

Upgrade option: Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel (or similar)

Today explore the city with your guide. Start your day at the Gateway of India, one of the iconic locations of the city, built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. Continue to the excellent Prince of Wales Museum and from here stroll through the historic Colaba district to admire the impressive Gothic and Victorian architecture before continuing to Malabar Hill for far-reaching views over the city. End the day at the colourful Dhobi ghats where traditional laundryman collect, wash and return the city's linen. (B)

Accommodation in Mumbai: Vivanta by Taj - President Hotel (or similar)

Upgrade option: Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel (or similar)

Transfer back to Mumbai Airport and catch the Jet Airways flight to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Train travel as specified
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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