"India has two million gods, and worships them all.
In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire." Mark Twain
Golden Triangle by private car & driver
7 days | 6 nights | from $1899 USD
A romantic trip around "The Golden Triangle" of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, this private tour explores India's most popular, and fascinating cities from the inside. Start and end in Delhi - India's teeming capitol - as you experience a comprehensive, insider view of the incredible contrasts of India.
You'll see the fabulous wealth of the early Moghuls - the palaces and forts dating back to the 1500's and the famous Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Red Fort. Marvel at Akbar's Buland Darwaza, or the "Gate of Magnificence", built in 1601 at Fatehpur Sikri - a testament to the architectural daring of the great ruler.
DAY 1 and 2 Delhi
Begin your Golden Triangle Tour in Delhi with a 2 day/2 night city visit of the famous monuments. In the afternoon we’ll travel to our hotel in Agra approximately 3.5 hours south.
Check-in to your hotel and dinner at your leisure.
DAY 3 Agra
In the early morning we'll watch the sunrise across the Jumana River illuminate the beautiful Taj Mahal. We'll take in the view from the Moon Garden or Mehtab Bagh at the riverfront. Then back to your hotel for breakfast before we see more of Agra.
We'll start with the lesser known, but still impressive, tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, called the “Baby Taj”. The buildings are smaller but wonderfully decorated with painted and raised plaster designs.
We return to Taj Mahal by midday - the stunning monument to Mumtaz Mahal, Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. Designed and built over 22 years by Persian architect Ustad Isa, it stands forever as a testament to the heart-broken Shah’s undying love.
Tea stop and light lunch en route to our next famous monument - the Agra Fort. This was the summer palace of Shan Jahan and from the high terrace you can view the Taj Mahal in the distance. Built of intricately embellished red sandstone it provides a distinct contrast to the marble palaces within.
On our way from Agra to Jaipur we will stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the city Akbar built in 1570 and abandoned 10 years later.
Later we'll pass by the small town of Abhaneri, famous for Chand Baori-the deepest step well in the world at 100 feet deep.
Check-in to your Jaipur hotel and dinner at your leisure.
DAY 4 Jaipur
The grand Amer or Amber Fort, built by Raja Man Singh in the 1600’s, awaits our morning arrival. Walk the long way or try the caparisoned elephant ride to the main Sun Gate. The huge enclosure holds the stunning Palace of Mirrors
(Sheesh Mahal), Hall of Public
Audience (Diwan-e-Aam), the Hall of Private Audience (Diwan-e-Khas) and the innovative Sukh Niwas - early air conditioning using the wind that blew over water soaked reeds within the palace!
Nearby is the Tiger, or Nahargarh Fort,
standing on the edge of the Aravalli
Hills overlooking sprawlingJaipur
below. Although smaller, the palace has wonderful views and impressive frescoes throughout.
Tea stop and light lunch enroute to "The Pink City" where we will stop at the iconic Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). On our way we can view the Jal Mahal - the lovely Water Palace set it Man Sagar Lake. Now abandoned, it floats like a mirage surrounded by the lake and mountains.
Back to your hotel and dinner at your leisure.
DAY 5 Jaipur
Today we explore the City Palace built by Raja Man Singh during 1729-1732. The complex includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces as well as a colourful bazaar.
There is a wonderful museum and opulent palace rooms decorated with antique carpets and furniture. Parts are still inhabited by the royal family members today.
Tea stop and light lunch in a Indian restaurant outside the palace.
Next is Unesco World Heritage Site Jantar Mantar. The site is a collection of stone, brass and masonry instruments that were used for astronomy and built following ancient Hindu sanskrit texts. It also has the world's largest stone sundial.
That will conclude our afternoon with free time back at our hotel. Dinner at your leisure.
DAY 6 Jaipur/Delhi
After breakfast and check-out we’ll have a chance for browsing the many shops and craftspeople enroute to Delhi on Day 6.
City Tours of Old and New Delhi,
Agra and Jaipur
Visit to the abandoned city
of Fatehpur Sikri
View the Palace of the Winds
and Jal Mahal in Jaipur
Stop at Abhaneri Stepwell
Visit Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort,
Qutub Minar in Delhi
Guided tour of Agra Fort, Baby Taj
and Taj Mahal in Agra,
Guided tour of City Palace,
Galati Temple and
Amber Fort in Jaipur
4 Star accommodations
in our select hotels
car or mini van
and professional driver
Flexible leisure time
and optional activities
Airport transfers for
arrival and departure
Top Golden Triangle sites