India's Golden Triangle
With diverse layers of history and culture, your journey along India’s Golden Triangle will take you to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring sites. Tour Delhi’s 12th-century Qutab Minar, Agra’s legendary Taj Mahal, Jaipur’s Amber Fort, and float along the Ganges River to experience ancient traditions still alive today.
Best time to visit: February-April, October, November
Ideal For: Couples
Day 1 – Arrive in Delhi
Arriving in the evening in New Delhi, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel.
Day 2 – Get to Know Delhi
Start exploring New Delhi on a guided excursion beginning with a visit to the 12th-century Qutab Minar, a soaring 239 foot-tall tower, which is part of a sprawling archaeological complex. Tour the ornamented tomb and gardens of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and an array of other landmarks in New Delhi. In the afternoon, explore Old Delhi, with its magnificent Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. End the tour with a bicycle rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and Chandni Chowk bazaar.
Day 3 – Fly to Varanasi & Explore Ancient Traditions
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for a mid-morning flight to Varanasi, where you will be met at the airport and driven to your luxury resort. After lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of the city, visiting bustling bazaars and ancient temples along the banks of the Ganges River, iterations of daily life that adhere to long-standing tradition. This evening, take a sunset cruise on the Ganges River during the prayer and oil lamp ceremony.
Day 4 – Cruise the Ganges & Fly to Agra
Begin the day with an early morning boat cruise on the Ganges to see another side of the ancient Hindu rituals of Varanasi as pilgrims dip into its holy waters, the ashes of the recently-deceased are scattered, or people quietly bathe and meditate. Return to your resort for breakfast and then head to the airport for a midday flight to Agra. Settle into your hotel and then enjoy a sunset visit to the majestic Taj Mahal.
Day 5 – Tour the Taj Mahal
Early this morning, drive to the Taj Mahal to watch as the marble glows in the dawn light. Return to your hotel for a relaxing breakfast and then rejoin your guide for a private tour through the fascinating history and magnificent gardens of the Taj Mahal. After lunch, embark on a guided walking tour of Agra’s ancient Kinari Bazaar before visiting the red sandstone Agra Fort, a monument to the former grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
Day 6 – Sightseeing en route to Jaipur
After you check out of your hotel this morning you will be driven to Abhaneri, where you will visit the 10th-century Chand Baori stepwell, a massive stone pavilion that reaches more than 100 feet into the ground. Enjoy a guided tour of the monument and the small village of Abhaneri, where locals weave traditional garments and make ceramics. Continue your journey to Jaipur and settle in for the evening.
Day 7 – Explore Jaipur
Begin your day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort and Palace, just outside of Jaipur, where you can ride to the top of the ramparts atop a caparisoned elephant like the emperors of old. Explore the decorated halls of the palace, and then visit Jaipur’s main bazaar in the Old Town, the City Palace complex, and the stone observatory of Jantar Mantar.
Day 8 – Departure
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Delhi airport for your international flight home.
Remarkable Journeys has partnered with Lost World Adventures to create this journey. We partnered with Lost World due to their well-mannered relationships with tour guides, hotellers, airlines, and ground management services in the region. In our opinion, they offer the best value and experience in the region.
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