Your Golden Triangle tour begins with an arrival at Delhi Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel in Delhi. The country's energetic capital, offers a panorama of fascinating but very conflicting images, from the forts, tombs and ruins in Old Delhi to high-rise buildings and stately homes on wide, tree-lined avenues in New Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
A full day's sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting the mighty Red Fort; Friday Mosque -Jama Masjid; silver street of Chandni Chowk; Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi; The Hindu temple - Birla Mandir; India Gate and Rajpath; Rashtrapati Bhawan - the President's House; Humayun's Tomb; Qutab Minar - a 73m high victory tower and the Bahai Temple - beautifully shaped to resemble a lotus flower. Overnight in Delhi, we are happy to recommend restaurants.
Drive to Agra - City of the Taj Mahal, a great monument to love and one of the world's most beautiful buildings. Agra, is said to be the highlight of any Golden Triangle tour package. On arrival, check in to your Agra hotel and pass the afternoon enjoying the facilities or exploring on your own.
The day starts early with a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the Wonders of the World, created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit the Agra Fort, offering gorgeous views from its lofty walls, and the Itmad-ud-Daulah - the exquisite tomb of a Persian adventurer who became chief minister at the Emperor Jehangir's court. His grand-daughter Mumtaz married Shah Jehan and her tomb is, of course, the Taj Mahal. Overnight in Agra.
Your drive to Jaipur takes you via Emperor Akbar's deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, an almost perfectly preserved 400 year-old Mughal capital. After the visit, continue to Jaipur, painted pink to welcome Prince Albert in 1853, and pink still. On arrival, check in to your Jaipur hotel for a 2 night stay and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure or exploring the bustling bazaars.
A full day of sightseeing in Jaipur includes the Amber Fort, 11 kms from the city. The Fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture and you can either ride to its lofty heights by jeep or on a gaily-bedecked elephant. Returning to Jaipur, visit the museums, palaces and halls of the City Palace (still a royal residence) and the Palace of the Winds. At the Jantar Mantar Observatory, learn how it was constructed to measure 'the harmony of the heavens', a concept dear to Hindus as they believe their fated souls move to its rhythms. Overnight in Jaipur
Day 07 - Drive Jaipur to Delhi (250 kms/05 hrs) and depart Delhi
Return to Delhi by road, pausing for tea at the Neemrana Palace, a most elegant and historical heritage hotel, before continuing to Delhi's International Airport for your flight home, with pictures, souvenirs and memories of your Golden Triangle tour.