Beyond the Golden Triangle
If you want to delve deeper into India's fascinating culture and history, this is the tour for you.
If you want to delve deeper into India's fascinating culture and history, this is the tour for you. Discover the many highlights of Delhi before heading to Agra and ticking off the world-famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Keep your fingers crossed for plenty of wildlife sightings on safari in Ranthambore National Park and then enjoy a visit to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and nearby Amber Fort. An overnight stay in a restored 200-year-old fort rounds off your journey and adds a touch of luxury at the end of your holiday.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Train from Agra to Ranthambore
- Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
- 8 nights hotel accommodations
- 19 meals
- Tour of New Delhi
- Discover Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw
- Dawn visit to the Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort and Itmad ud Daulah tomb
- The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
- Search for tigers on a morning Ranthambore safari
- Afternoon safari in Ranthambore
Day 1 - Depart on International Flight
You'll depart on your scheduled flight to Delhi today.
Day 2 - Delhi
On arrival in Delhi we will transfer you to your hotel. After time to settle in, we're off on a half-day sightseeing tour. You'll see UNESCO-listed highlights including the exquisite Humayun's Tomb and the ancient Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower. We're then going to drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, and past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House – two grand reminders of the city's colonial past. (L, D)
Day 3 - Agra
A great way to start your day is with a morning cycle rickshaw ride through the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. As we go we'll delve into its maze of crowded streets and thronging markets, and see the spectacular exterior of the Red Fort. Next, we'll explore by foot as we take a stroll through the fabled street bazaar, Chandni Chowk, and admire the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque. We'll also visit Gandhi Smriti Museum, the location where Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and the place of his assassination. Our day concludes with a drive to Agra. (B, D)
Day 4 - Agra
Get ready to experience one of the highlights of your holiday today – a dawn visit to the incredible Taj Mahal. This magnificent mausoleum, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, is one of the world's most glorious sights. We'll watch in awe as the sun rises over its white marble walls which are inlaid with semi-precious stones. We'll also head to nearby Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, for a fabulous view of this iconic masterpiece from the other side of the Yamuna River. Our next stop is at the red-sandstone Agra Fort, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, then we'll see the Itmad ud Daulah tomb. This was the first monument in India to be built entirely from marble and is also known as the 'Baby Taj'. If you would like to enjoy an evening out, there's the option to watch a performance of Mohabbat the Taj, about Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife. Featuring colourful costumes, enchanting songs and energetic dancing, this is the perfect end to our day. Please note: The show is not available on May to July departures. (B, D)
Day 5 - Ranthambore
Today we're going to travel by train, quite an experience in India, but before we reach the station we'll visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. At the railway station, stop to take in the vibrant atmosphere as you join the throng of travellers. You'll see vendors selling spicy samosas and small boys serving chai from huge silver kettles as you board the train. Once on board, sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery with your fellow travellers as you are taken to Ranthambore. (B, D)
Day 6 - Ranthambore
A thrilling day lies ahead, with not just one but two safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. On morning and afternoon game drives we'll make our way through thick forest, where pretty waterfalls provide the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. Our knowledgeable Local Guide will help you to spot other residents of the park, including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. Keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the elusive tiger, or the even rarer leopard too. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Talabgoan
Today we journey by road to our next hotel, which is the 200-year-old Talabgaon Castle, a beautifully restored fort offering us a truly unique experience. You're free to relax and do just as you wish on arrival. Perhaps you'll sit in the lovely gardens with a cool drink, or maybe a dip in the swimming pool will prove too tempting to resist. Later, we're going to get together to enjoy a barbecue dinner, with entertainment in the shape of a traditional dance performance. (B, D)
Day 8 - Jaipur
Today we've the famous 'Pink City' of Jaipur in our sights, which we'll reach by road. Views of sandstone buildings tinged with pink and ochre set amongst barren hills will greet us on arrival in the capital of Rajasthan. We'll get our bearings with an afternoon guided tour, which includes the commanding City Palace and the Mughal treasures in its museum. We'll also see the elaborate facade of the Palace of the Winds, from where ladies of the court could watch unseen. Before we head to our hotel, there will be time to browse the colourful ceramics and textiles in the Old Town's bustling markets. (B, D)
Day 9 - Delhi
Your day begins with a short drive to the marvellous Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold which sits on a hilltop overlooking the desert. We'll step inside to see the eerie Temple of Kali, the jewel-like Palace of Mirrors and the enchanting Hall of Pleasures. Later, we return to Delhi by road. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Tour Ends
This morning we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK. As you are travelling westwards, you will arrive later the same day. (B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Radisson Blu Dwarka, Delhi; Ramada Plaza Agra; Treehouse Resort Ranthambore; Talabgaon Castle; and Royal Orchid, Jaipur.
Dates & Prices
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|3rd October 2019||£1,869||Book Now|
|17th October 2019||£1,919||Book Now|
|31st October 2019||£2,119||Book Now|
|7th November 2019||£2,119||Book Now|
|14th November 2019||£2,129||Book Now|
|6th February 2020||£2,019||Book Now|
|20th February 2020||£2,019||Book Now|
|12th March 2020||£1,919||Book Now|
|16th April 2020||£1,819||Book Now|
|7th May 2020||£1,599||Book Now|
|1st October 2020||£1,869||Book Now|
|15th October 2020||£1,919||Book Now|
|29th October 2020||£2,119||Book Now|
|5th November 2020||£2,119||Book Now|
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: Departs 3rd October 2019 (£1,869), 17th October 2019 (£1,919), 31st October 2019 (£2,119), 7th November 2019 (£2,119), 14th November 2019 (£2,129), 6th February 2020 (£2,019), 20th February 2020 (£2,019), 12th March 2020 (£1,919), 16th April 2020 (£1,819), 7th May 2020 (£1,599), 1st October 2020 (£1,869), 15th October 2020 (£1,919), 29th October 2020 (£2,119), 5th November 2020 (£2,119)
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