Experience three amazing cities on this 4-night private Golden Triangle tour of India. Benefit from the personalized expertise and knowledge of a private guide, who will explain the historical and architectural significance of each location visited.
With pickup and drop-off at Indira Gandhi International Airport or your Delhi hotel as part of the package, your tour also includes convenient transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Your 5-star luxury accommodation includes buffet breakfasts, and your guide will recommend local restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Day 1: Delhi
Whether you’re already in Delhi or arriving at the airport, you’ll be picked up and transferred to either WelcomeHotel Dwarka or Oberoi Maidens Hotel to check in. If arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport, a tour representative will greet you as you exit the arrivals terminal.
Spend the rest of your day at leisure before your itinerary begins the following day.
Overnight: WelcomeHotel Dwarka or Oberoi Maidens in Delhi
Day 2: Delhi – Agra (B)
After breakfast, meet your guide and embark on a private tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi, beginning with a visit to Raj Ghat: a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Driving past the Red Fort, continue to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. Built in 1656 with the help of 5,000 craftsmen, it was the last architectural wonder of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan.
Hop back in your private vehicle and pass under the World War I memorial of India Gate as your guide shares interesting commentary. You’ll drive along Rajpath (King's Way), a boulevard leading to Rashtrapati Bhava. View this residence of the president, flanked by the houses of parliament and the government secretariat buildings.
After your tour, travel to Agra, located 130 miles (205 km) away. After an approximate 4-hour drive, check in to your hotel and relax for the evening.
Overnight: ITC Mughal or Trident Hotel in Agra
Day 3: Agra – Jaipur (B)
Enjoy breakfast, followed by a half-day private city tour of Agra, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites. First, visit India’s most iconic landmark, the Taj Mahal, that was built in the mid-17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of love for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Hear stories about the impressive monument that took some 22 years and 20,000 men to construct. Marvel at the white-domed mausoleum, and learn how the marble was quarried hundreds of miles away and transported to the site by a fleet of some thousand elephants. Enjoy close-up views of the intricate marble inlay — perfect from almost any angle — and make the most of ample time to be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture that combines Persian, Turkish and Indian styles.
Your next stop is Agra Fort, another outstanding example of Mughal architecture. The seat of the Mughal Empire, the 94-acre (34-hectare) brick fort dates back to 1080 AD. The present structure owes its origins to the Emperor Akbar the Great, who erected the walls, gates and buildings on the eastern banks of the Yamuna River. Shah Jahan later added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts.
Visit the fort’s Hall of Public Audience and Royal Pavilions with your guide before your 6-hour drive to Jaipur in the afternoon. Along the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red sandstone city built in the late 16th century by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace.
Abandoned 15 years after it was built when the wells went dry, Fatehpur Sikri remains in much the same condition today as it was hundreds of years ago. While walking around with your guide, discover the points of interest in this magnificent city that was once larger than London, including palaces, pavilions and mosques. As you wander around and gaze at the buildings, you’ll be amazed by their near-perfect condition.
After the visit, continue your drive to Jaipur where you’ll check in at your hotel for the evening.
Overnight: ITC Rajputana or Trident Hotel in Jaipur
Day 4: Jaipur (B)
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before your guide takes you just outside of Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber, for a visit to Amber Fort. Along the way, make a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, translated as the ‘Palace of Winds’ — one of Jaipur’s best-known landmarks. This 5-storey palace was built in 1799 and shows off an elaborate façade, behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings-on in the street below. Admire the intricate pink sandstone carving of the building and more than 900 small windows that are decorated with intricate latticework.
When you arrive at Amber Fort, you’ll see that it is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks Maota Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli Range and crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area.
From the bottom of the hill, a ride on an elephant — outfitted with traditional coverings — will spare you the trouble of reaching the fortress on foot. (Alternatively, you may travel by Jeep.) Once at the top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls on a private tour with your guide.
The17th-century architectural wonder, built by Raja Man Singh I (Emperor Akbar’s most successful general), is known for its artistic style that blends both Hindu and Mughal elements. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
Afterward, head back down the hill with your guide by Jeep and reboard your private vehicle for a sightseeing tour of the city. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur are the City Palace, which became the seat of power after Amber Fort. This overwhelming complex features exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards along with decorative art and carved doorways. In the palace museum, find collections of rare manuscripts, armor, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1726. One of five such astronomical wonders constructed by Sawai Jai Singh, the observatory makes accurate predictions even to this day.
Take some time out to wander around the local markets of Jaipur before returning to your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Overnight: ITC Rajputana or Trident Hotel in Jaipur
Day 5: Jaipur – Delhi (B)
Following breakfast, travel back to Delhi (an approximate 6-hour drive) and finish with a drop-off at Indira Gandhi International Airport for your onward flight. Alternately, request a drop-off at your hotel if you choose to stay on in Delhi.