A true introduction to India; this tour takes in three of the country's most popular sights, known as the Golden Triangle. Start in the historic city of Delhi, with the tree-lined boulevards of Lutyen’s New Delhi and the hustle and bustle of the Old City.
Move on to Agra to admire one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal, as well as the impressive Agra Fort with its Diwan-i-Am & Diwan-i-Khas (halls of public and private audience) and lastly, the Pink City of Jaipur, with its stately forts, sprawling palaces and colourful bazaars.
Day 1 Delhi
Greeted on arrival in Delhi and transferred to the Suryaa Hotel or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure, with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.
Day 2 Delhi
Explore Delhi on a full day sightseeing tour. Start with a tour of Old Delhi in the morning: enjoying a cycle rickshaw ride in the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk followed by a visit to see the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the Raj Ghat, a memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi, a prominent figure in India’s struggle for freedom. In the afternoon, drive past Lutyen’s New Delhi. Visit the tomb of Humayun and the lofty Qutb Minar, an early Mughal structure made of red sandstone and white marble.
Optional excursions: Salaam Baalak Walk.
Day 3 Delhi, Agra
Drive to Agra (4-5 hours) for an overnight stay in the ITC Mughal hotel or similar. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Agra Fort whose buildings, made of red sandstone and marble, are a mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture followed by a visit to the ornate tomb of Itamud-ud-Daula. Enjoy a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset to marvel at one of the World’s great monuments in a glow of pink and yellow hues.
Day 4 Agra, Jaipur
A full day’s drive to Jaipur (6-7 hours) with an en route stop at Fatehpur Sikri , the red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar that was abandoned after just 14 years. Closer to Jaipur, stop to see the impressive 9th Century Chand Baori step well at Abhaneri. Stay at The Lalit or similar on the outskirts of the city, for three nights.
Day 5 Jaipur
Visit the 17th century hilltop fort of Amber and the sparkling Mirror Palace. In the afternoon visit the City Palace complex including, its museum and the 18th century Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. Drive through the busy bazaars for a photo stop at the recently restored Hawa Mahal, one of the most famous buildings in Jaipur.
Day 6 Jaipur
Day at leisure. This evening there will be a colourful cultural performance and dinner at an ethnic restaurant.
Optional excursions: Hot Air Ballooning, Cooking Class.
Day 7 Jaipur, Delhi
Drive back to Delhi this afternoon (5 hours) for an overnight stay at an airport hotel.
Day 8 Delhi, UK
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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