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The Golden Triangle

*International flight included
10 days/8 nights in India in India and The Subcontinent

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Tour Summary

Explore the sights and sounds of India on this 10-day tour encompassing 3 of India’s most famous cities. Rich in culture and architecture, there will be many opportunities to take some memorable snaps during your stay and enjoy wandering around the colourful markets. Known for its tigers, Ranthambore National Park offers you a good chance to see these majestic animals.

On a Worldwide Journey Golden Triangle tour you start your holiday in style with complimentary lounge entrance at Heathrow, all the game drives take place in an open-jeep so there are better viewing and photography opportunities and the group size will never be more than 12 people.

Taj Mahal, Taj View Hotel, Agra, India.
Taj Mahal, Taj View Hotel, Agra, India.
Bengal tiger, India
Bengal tiger, India
Baby Taj, Agra, India, Thinkstock
Baby Taj, Agra, India, Thinkstock
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Colour powder, India
Colour powder, India

Day 1: London - Delhi

Fly overnight with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow to Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

On arrival, transfer to your hotel for rest of the day at leisure or you can hail a cab to one of the many colourful markets. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which combines the ancient with the modern. Accommodation is at Holiday Inn New Dehli Noida Mayur Vihar (2014 departures) or Royal Plaza (2015 departures) for 2 nights.

Day 3: Delhi

After breakfast enjoy a combined city tour of Old and New Delhi, beginning with a visit to the Red Fort. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built between 1638-1648 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. Later visit Raj Ghat, Ghandi’s memorial, and drive past India Gate, the Parliament building and the President’s Residence, before visiting Qutb Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 4: Delhi - Agra

Early morning departure by Shatabdi Express train to Agra, which was once the capital of the Mughal Emperors. Visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Empire under successive generations. Continue to Itmad-ud-Daulah (‘Baby Taj’), followed by a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal and see this masterpiece at sunset. Emperor Shah Jahan built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans, 22 years to complete. Overnight at the Trident Hotel. (B)

Day 5: Agra – Ranthambore

Drive to Bharatpur this morning via the deserted 16th-century city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the Great and abandoned on the emperor’s death. In the afternoon, board the Express train to Sawai Madhopur and proceed by road to Ranthambore National Park. Stay 2 nights at the Ranthambore Regency. (B, D)

Day 6: Ranthambore National Park

Early morning and late afternoon game drives, with the opportunity to see some of India’s richest and most diverse wildlife with over 270 species of birds, 12 reptiles and 30 mammals. This is one of the best places in India to see the Royal Bengal Tiger. Also visit the Dastkar local community project supporting villagers in the making, marketing and selling of their specialist crafts enabling them to be self sufficient and help break the cycle of poverty. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Jaipur

After an early morning game drive that will conclude your visit to Ranthambore, drive to Jaipur. The vibrant 18th-century capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink coloured buildings in its old city. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Jaipur, home to cultural delights and also a shopper’s paradise! Watch artisans produce jewellery, tie-dyed textiles, stone carvings and leather shoes. The main markets are at the Jauhari Bazaar and Badi Chaupar. Stay 2 nights at the Country Inn and Suites (2014 departures) or Hilton Jalpur (2015 departures). (B)

Day 8: Jaipur

Take a morning tour of Amber Fort, a honey-coloured fortress palace in the Aravalli Hills. Possessing a chamber of mirrors, the interiors are a decorative arts paradise and there are striking views of the gorge. In the afternoon, visit the Observatory and City Palace which boasts courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. (B)

Day 9: Jaipur - Delhi - London

Please note: 2014 tours will depart from the hotel this morning for an early morning flight from Jaipir to Dehli. Remain at Delhi airport for the early afternoon Virgin Atlantic flight back to London.

For 2015 tours this morning take the early morning train to Delhi. Check-in at the Royal Plaza for one night. Afternoon at leisure with the option of returning to Old Delhi for a food walk, exploring the myriad of art and craft shops at Haus Khas, visiting Akshardham temple by metro or enjoying a walking tour of Mehrauli Archeological Park with a specialist. (B)

Day 10: Delhi - London

After breakfast, depart for the airport and the Virgin Atlantic flight to London Heathrow. Arrive in London later the same day. (B)

  • Flights as shown in the itinerary including all taxes & fuel surcharge
  • Full programme of sightseeing included with Entrance fees
  • Private guide and private air-conditioned vehicles throughout
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included
  • Exciting train journey
  • Open jeep Tiger Game drives
  • Visit a local community project at Ranthambore
  • Complimentary lounge entrance at Heathrow - a great way to start your holiday! (2013 dates only)
  • Maximum group size 25 passengers

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