India Golden Triangle Tour – 7 Days

India Golden Triangle Tour – 7 Days

The trip takes you, in a short time, to three major Indian cities and lets you experience the magnificent India. From the bustling bazaars to large mosques to marvelous temples to the Pink City with
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  • Trip Code: ATH3449
  • Country: India
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
  • Starts at: New Delhi
  • Ends at: New Delhi
  • Trip Route:

    New Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-New Delhi

  • Best Season: 
October to November, February to March

Trip Highlights

  • Crown of Palaces the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world
  • Bustling bazaars like Chandni Chowk that give you an unforgettable taste of India
  • Lotus Temple, a flower-shaped Bahá’í temple made of pure white marble
  • The Pink City Jaipur with its magnificent forts and palaces like Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, etc
  • Elephant ride in Amer Fort
  • Fatehpur-Sikri, the capital of the empire of one of the greatest Mughals Akbar
  • Agra Fort, one of the finest Mughal fort

Trip Information

The trip takes you, in a short time, to three major Indian cities and lets you experience the magnificent India. From the bustling bazaars to large mosques to marvelous temples to the Pink City with its majestic forts and extravagant palaces to “a teardrop in the face of eternity”, time will pass swiftly. You will experience rich history, colonial past and unique cultures that influence each other. And at the end of the tour, you will have extraordinary memories and an unforgettable taste of India.

Golden Triangle is the most popular tourist circuit in India which covers Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. It is called so because of the triangular shape formed by the three cities on map. The tour starts in Delhi where you will explore both Old and New Delhi. Then journey to the Pink City Jaipur in Rajasthan by road. It is said that there is more history in Rajasthan than the rest of India put together. Enjoy an elephant ride in Amer Fort. Then travel to Agra to marvel at the Taj Mahal, a true wonder of the world. The majesty, beauty and touching story of this white marble mausoleum will fill you with awe. Return to Delhi for your flight departure.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Delhi. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in Delhi. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03: Guided Sightseeing and Drive to Jaipur from Delhi (265 km/5 hrs). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 04: Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 05: Drive to Agra via Fatehpur-Sikri (251 km/4.5 hrs). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 06: Agra Sightseeing (Taj Mahal and Agra Fort). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 07: Drive to Delhi (210 km/4.5 hrs) and Departure
Day 1 – Arrival in Delhi

Our airport representative will receive you at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to the hotel in a tourist vehicle.

If you arrive before 4 pm, there will be pre-trip meeting in the hotel. You will be briefed about your trip. Ask questions if you have any. And if you arrive after 4 pm, the meeting will be held the next day. 
Overnight at Hotel. (No meals included.)

Day 2 – Guided Sightseeing in Delhi

Have breakfast. And then your sightseeing tour will begin. Your guide will take you to explore both Old and New Delhi.

Start with a rickshaw ride in the bustling alleys of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets of Old Delhi. This is where you will have an unforgettable and mad taste of India. It’s also a great place for shopping. After a wild and enjoyable experience in Chandni Chowk, visit Jama Masjid. One of the largest mosques in India, it can hold 25,000 people. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. When you are done exploring Old Delhi, it’s time for New Delhi. The sites you will tour are: India Gate, a war memorial built for the 82,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I; Rastrapati Bhavan (Presidential Residence), the official home of the President of India; Lotus Temple, a flower-shaped Bahá’í temple made of pure white marble; and Qutub Minar (Minaret), the second tallest minar in India towering 240 feet.
Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 3 – Guided Sightseeing and Drive to Jaipur from Delhi (265 km/5 hrs)

On this day, take a drive to Jaipur, the Pink City of India. But before the journey, in the morning, visit Laxminarayan Temple. It’s a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, one of the three supreme gods of Hinduism. And also visit a giant statue of Lord Shiva, another supreme god.

The drive covers 265 km and takes about 5 hours. Travel from Delhi to another Indian state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan literally means the Land of Kings and is known for its magnificent forts and extravagant palaces.

Once you reach Jaipur, explore its bazaars. You are in for a spectacular shopping treat. And also visit Hawa Mahal, which means Palace of Winds. Made of red and pink sandstone and like something out of a fairy tale, this palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh so that the women of the royal household could observe the life in the streets.
Overnight at a hotel in Jaipur. (Breakfast included.)

Day 4 – Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur

After breakfast, take a short tour outside Jaipur to a town of Amer. Explore Amer Fort, which is also known as Amer Palace, on the back of elephant. A major tourist attraction in Jaipur area, Raja Man Singh the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army constructed this fort. It has influences of both Muslim and Hindu architecture. Then return to Jaipur and explore and do shopping. Two other major attractions you will visit are: City Palace and Jantar Mantar. City Palace is an impressive complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings situated in the heart of Jaipur. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Jantar Mantar is a collection of 19 astronomical instruments. It includes the largest stone sundial in the world.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 5 – Drive to Agra via Fatehpur-Sikri (251 km / 4.5 hrs)

Early in the morning, take a four-and-a-half hour drive to the city of Agra. On the way, stop at Fatehpur-Sikri. The magnificent red sandstone fort was established by the Emperor Akbar of the Mughal Dynasty in commemoration of the Sufi saint Salim Chishti who predicted the birth of his three sons. It was the capital of Akbar’s empire but it was dramatically abandoned mainly due to lack of water. Overnight at a hotel in Agra.
(Breakfast included.)

Day 6 – Guided sightseeing in Agra

At first, visit the Taj Mahal. Described as “a teardrop on the face of eternity” by the Nobel-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, it is the best example of the Mughal architecture. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. The white marble mausoleum houses the tombs of both the emperor and his wife. Then, visit Agra Fort. It is one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Primarily it was used for military purposes, then Shah Jahan turned it into a palace and later his son Aurangzeb imprisoned him here. Started in 1565 AD, it took eight years to complete its construction.
Overnight at a hotel in Agra. (Breakfast included.)

Day 7 - Drive to Delhi (210 km / 4.5 hrs) and Departure

Take a drive to Delhi. It takes about four and a half hours. You will be dropped off at Indira Gandhi International Airport for your flight departure from Delhi.
(Breakfast included.)

  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off on a tourist vehicle.

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in three-star hotel for the duration of the tour including breakfast.

  • All ground transportation by private tourist vehicle for sightseeing and transferring you between cities.

  • Elephant ride in Amer Fort, Jaipur.

  • Licensed English-speaking India tour guide.

  • All applicable hotel and transport taxes.

Price Does not Include

  • International and domestic airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance (mandatory for the trip).

  • Lunch and dinner (USD 5 to 20 a day depending upon your spending habit).

  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing (Approximately USD 55 is enough for the entire trip).

  • Expenses of personal nature related to laundry, telephone calls, etc.

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for guides and drivers (Tipping is expected).

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

  • You can get a single supplementary room for USD 250 for the entire trip. For upgrading to 4-star hotel you can pay USD 300 per person and for upgrading to 5-star hotel you can pay USD 460 for the entire trip.

All you need to bring for this tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your back pack is the time of the year you are travelling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

List of Recommended Equipment for the Tour:

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e December, January and February)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e December, January, February (optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are travelling in cold season i.e December, January, February)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season which lasts from July to September)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter i.e. DecemberJanuary and February)
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene
  • 1 pair light shoes or sneakers
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional)

Medicines and First-Aid Kits

Before traveling to India, please consult your doctor regarding your health conditon and what kind of precautions you need to take.

  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at the office in New Delhi just in case if you need to change the date of your)
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Delhi for cheaper prices.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This tour is for anyone. No previous experience is needed.

Yes, there will be our airport representative waiting for you with Ace the Himalaya signboard.

We will provide you accommodation in three-star hotels during the duration of the trip. The hotels offer clean and safe rooms with attached bathroom, Internet (Wi-Fi) service, laundry facility, etc. And if you want to upgrade to four-star hotel, you can do so by paying USD 300 per person for the entire trip. To upgrade to five-star hotel, pay USD 460 per person. And for a single supplementary room, pay USD 250 per person.

Breakfast is included in the tour package. It will be provided to you in the hotel where you stay. And for lunch and dinner, you can either in the same hotel or go outside to eat in the restaurants which serve a variety of cusines from local to American to Chinese.

We use comfortable tourist vehicles for airport pick up and drop off and to transport you to sites and cities. We will use air-conditioned cars, minibuses, buses depending upon the size of the group.

This tour can be done at any month of the year depending upon your availability. But if you want the best of this popular tour, then do this in October to November and February to March.

Monsoon or rainy season lasts from June to September. The season is dominated by the humid southwest summer monsoon, which slowly sweeps across the country beginning in late May or early June. Monsoon rains begin to recede from North India at the beginning of October. South India typically receives more rainfall.

As such, the seasons of the year are observed in India as follows: Winter – December to February; Spring – March to May; Summer – May to September; Autumn – October to November.

All the monuments you visit in this trip are open for photography. But in some sites like Jama Masjid, camera and videocamera are charged. Please ask your tour guide for the fees.

You can use your international mobile phone for communication. Wi-Fi is available in most of the hotels and restaurants.

Yes. In all tourist/commercial areas you stay at and visit, you can easily use credit cards. Also debit and ATM cards. They all are widely accepted.

Yes, we don’t book international flights. Please refer to our India International Flight page for further information.

It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 8 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.

Bottled water is safe to drink. It is readily available everywhere. But for tap water, bring purifying tablets or gadgets.

Yes, they are licensed by the concerned authorities of India.

The minimum number for one tour group is 1 and the maximum number is 20.

Yes. Tip is a sign of gratitude to guides and drivers who serve you during the trip. We recommend you to spend USD 10-12 a day for tipping them. You can tip them at the end of the trip.

You must have Indian Visa approval before arrival in India along with original passport. You can see more details about Indian visa at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

The only vaccine required by international regulations is that for yellow fever. The proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are traveling to India from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org