The Taj Mahal

7 day itinerary

India's Golden Triangle - Small Group Tour

Temples, mosques and grand palaces

This fully-escorted small group tour is a wonderful introduction to the heritage and culture of northern India. Visit the land of royals, the heart of power in medieval India, see the forts and palaces, and find yourself intrigued by the stories of valour, courage, love and betrayal which are associated with these majestic buildings. Your tour includes visits to The Imperial Delhi - modern yet traditional by heart, Agra - the town of the eternal Taj, and Jaipur - also known as the pink city, slowly growing into a multi-cultured metro city. End the tour with Neemrana Fort-Palace, a historic fort in the Rajasthan country side, a perfect way to spend your last day.

 2019 Departure Dates

13th January, 10th, & 24th February, 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 11th August, 8th September, 13th October, 10th & 24th November and 8th December

2020 Departure Dates

12th January, 9th and 23rd February, 8th March, 12th April, 10th May, 9th August, 13th September, 11th October, 8th & 22nd November and 13th December

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Experiencing Delhi's temples and mosques
  • Witnessing sunset at the Taj Mahal
  • Visiting the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Staying in a Heritage retreat

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
7 days
Guide Price
£1,389 per person
Price based on
Based on December 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with British Airways, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Accommodation in twin or double bed with private facilities (hotels listed are subject to change).
  • Meals as stated.
  • Air-conditioned transport, vehicle depends on group size (max. 14 people).
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking tour manager.
  • Airport assistance and transfers.
  • All site entrance fees while touring as appropriate.
  • International flights.
Not included
  • Visa fees.
  • Airport departure taxes.
  • Beverages during meals.
  • Tips for the driver/guide.
  • Optional excursions.

Itinerary Breakdown

Meet and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.

The capital city of modern India has behind it centuries of history, which has enriched its culture. Nowhere has tradition blended with modernity on a scale as evident as in Delhi - age-old monuments stand cheek to cheeck with ultra modern hi-rise buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for centuries. Today the old and new city combine to present a harmonious whole, offering the traveller elegant shops, broad laburnum lined avenues, sun warmed elegant forts and mosques that were once stronghold of Mughal powers and colourful bazaars.

Spend the evening meeting your guide over dinner.

After a rested first day, enjoy a day of sightseeing of Old and New Delhi today. In Old Delhi, see the Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi & the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Spend some time in Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of a crowded oriental bazaar, and drive past the Red Fort. In New Delhi visit the Bangla Saheb Sikh temple, India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World Wars), drive past the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the parliament house. Towards the end, visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234 ft. Overnight in Delhi.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Piccadilly or similar

Begin the day with a drive to Agra. This journey will take approx 4.5 hours.

Spend the afternoon taking in the best sights of Agra. Visit the Agra Fort containing the halls private and public audiences and other palaces.

Later visit the world famous marble marvel that is the Taj Mahal, to witness the sunset over this romantic building. This marble wonder was built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen who took 17 years to complete it. Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, and a three hour time limit has been introduced.

Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar

Travel to Jaipur (5.5 hours) via the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 and the capital for 14 years. Visit the well preserved, graceful buildings and grand palaces within the 'Ghost City'. Enjoy lunch at Bharatpur, then continue to Jaipur for a two night stay.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • ZONE by Park or similar

In the morning after breakfast visit the Amber Fort, a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is impressive. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal (also known as the Palace of Winds). Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city visiting Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, where part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. The palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city.

Later visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • ZONE by Park or similar

Today morning drive to Neemrana (3 hours drive). On arrival check into your hotel.

Neemrana Fort-Palace is not just a hotel, it is a historic and cultural destination in itself. All efforts have been made to maintain the old charm of this palace, and care has been taken to ensure basic comforts that have come to be associated with the changes in lifestyle since 1464. Neemrana offers a unique experience of seeing and living history. Nothing about Neemrana is ordinary.

On weekends, there are cultural performances organised by the Neemrana Music Foundation, making Neemrana Fort-Palace an ideal location. You have most of the day to experience this historic and captivating town. Indulge in a visit to step well or take a vintage car ride. If you would prefer to relax, simply recline by either of the two swimming pools, or take a rejuvenating massage in the spa, all at your own pace. In the evening, enjoy a cultural music or dance performance along with dinner.

Overnight at Neemrana.

Points of Interest

  • Relax in this heritage hotel that brings the historic past to life
  • Take a classical vintage car ride to the local village

Overnight Accommodation

  • Neemrana Fort-Palace or similar

Today you have an early morning drive to Delhi airport (approx. 2 - 3 hours drive), to board your return/onward flight.

For those you want to experience more of what India has to offer, our destination specialists can give unparalleled advice from their own experiences and ensure you make the most of your time in this beautiful and enchanting country.

  • Delhi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Bustling bazaars
    • Modernity of New Delhi and historic Old Delhi
    • Visit the precursor to the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb
    • Lotus temple
    • India's Gate
  • Agra

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
    • Visit the Agra fort
    • Rich in history and culture
    • Delicious Indian cuisine
    • Majestic architecture
  • Jaipur

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Pink city
    • Amber fort
    • Walk the streets of the hidden bazaar
    • Visit Jaipur city palace
    • Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of Winds
  • Itinerary Highlights

    • Historical and cultural town
    • Heritage accommodation
    • Vintage car rides available to local villages
    • Cultural music or dance performance
    • True taste of history