Golden India

The essence of the golden triangle. Celebrate the rich history, culture and landscapes of this diverse and fascinating region with the perfect introduction to the wonders of North India on this Golden India Tour. Explore Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India before winding your way through Delhi’s oldest streets in a rickshaw and enjoying lunch with a family in a traditional haveli. Journey to Varanasi and float down the Ganges River before marvelling at the workmanship of the Khajuraho Temples. In Agra, experience sunrise over the mighty Taj Mahal whilst in the evening relax with sundowner drinks overlooking this monument to love. Spend two nights at the Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore National Park, searching for the elusive Bengal tiger before travelling to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur where a host of treasures await, including the magnificent World Heritage-listed observatory of Jantar Mantar and the Palace of the Winds.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

We welcome you to North India before arriving at your luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi for a two night stay.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Day 4: Varanasi

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Later, journey to one of Buddhism’s most important sites in Sarnath.

Day 5: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Freechoice: Undertake a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek.

Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Day 6: Khajuraho

Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous.

Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Day 8: Agra

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Ranthambore National Park

Explore the World Heritage-listed Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

Day 10: Ranthambore National Park

Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during private morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 11: Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur

Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Later, stop for lunch at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at your regal hotel in Jaipur for three nights.

Day 12: Jaipur

Visit the City Palace, home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century and the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1135 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant.
Day 13: Jaipur

Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli.

Day 14: Jaipur – Delhi

Bid farewell to India today as you fly to Delhi. Please book your onward flight to depart Delhi after 9.00pm.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 04$12,990.00$18,090.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 17$13,390.00$18,490.00
February: 28$12,990.00$18,090.00
October: 03$13,190.00$18,290.00
November: 14$13,190.00$18,290.00
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho / Jaipur - Delhi
Rail:Rail Ticket: Jhansi - Agra / Bharatpur - Ranthambore National Park
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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