Experience the best of India’s historical and architectural highlights on this 6-day private Golden Triangle Tour of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Mandawa with a private guide. Begin your adventure in Delhi, where you’ll visit one of the world’s largest mosques before continuing on to Raj Ghat, which commemorates the life of Mahatma Ghandi. Check out Taj Mahal in Agra, visit the famed Qutub Minar and wander the streets of Mandawa where incredible ‘havelis’ (mansions) house the elite. Breakfast is included, with an option to upgrade for lunch and dinner.
- 6-day India tour, round-trip from Delhi with a private English-speaking driver and a guide
- Discover the palaces, fortresses and mansions of the Golden Triangle — Delhi, Agra, Jaipur — plus Mandawa
- Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb
- Visit Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and drive through India Gate in Delhi
- Breakfast included plus optional lunch or dinner upgrades
- Hotel pickup and drop-off included
Explore four diverse cities on this 6-day private tour of the Golden Triangle. Enjoy round-trip transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle from Delhi airport or your hotel, accompanied by an English-speaking driver.
Choose from 3-, 4- or 5-star accommodations with breakfast included, and opt to eat on your own, or upgrade to include lunch and dinner at your hotel. Transportation to local restaurants recommended by your guide is also included. (Please provide a day’s notice if meal plans change.)
Day 1: Delhi
Kick off a half-day sightseeing tour of Delhi at your hotel or airport. Ride in air-conditioned comfort to check into your hotel if arriving by plane. Eat lunch on your own and then meet your guide for a tour of some of Delhi’s major highlights.
Ride with your driver to Jama Masjid. This large mosque is one of the largest in the world and worth exploring with your guide. Learn how this impressive structure was built by Shah Jahan and check out an ancient copy of the Qur’an before making your way to Raj Ghat, where Ghandi was cremated. Along the way your guide will point out monuments like the Red Fort, Khari Baoli spice market and the Chandni Chowk Bazaar.
Make your way to Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built of red sandstone and white marble. See the highest spire in all of India before heading to Humayun’s Tomb. This second UNESCO World Heritage Site is the final resting place of the 16th-century Mughal emperor.
Ride in the comfort of your private vehicle past India Gate, an iconic monument built to honor fallen soldiers of World War I.
Overnight: 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotel in Delhi
Day 2: Delhi—Agra
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before venturing out on the 4-hour drive to Agra for an afternoon of sightseeing. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to your accommodation, where you’ll enjoy lunch before heading to the iconic Taj Mahal.
This UNESCO World Heritage-listed structure is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Shah Jahan to commemorate the love he had for his third wife, the Taj Mahal took some 20 years to erect. Your guide will provide insider information about the impressive white marble structure and the architectural influences of Turkey, India and Islam that can be seen on its façade.
From there, head to the red sandstone Agra Fort, where you’ll see more Islamic and Hindu architecture. Look out over the Yamuna River and explore the landscapes of this impressive complex, which was built by Emperor Akbar. Enter the ornately decorated rooms with your guide and learn about the significance of the Diwan-I-Khas (private audience hall) and Diwan-I-Am (public audience hall) on your tour.
The final top of your day in Agra is the Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah. Known by locals as the Baby Taj, this architectural masterpiece was built in the 1600s and is filled with precious stone detailing and stunning marble work.
Overnight: 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel in Agra
Day 3: Agra—Jaipur
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before departing in air-conditioned comfort to Jaipur — approximately a 5-hours drive from Agra. Make a stop at Fatehpur Sikri along the way, where you’ll learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was built by Emperor Akbar in the 1500s. Marvel at the Hindu and Muslim architectural influences as you explore the walled complex and visit Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal and other buildings located on the grounds.
Return to your vehicle and make your way to the city of Jaipur, where you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy the evening as you wish. Your driver can deliver you to the local market, where it’s possible to explore the stalls selling fruits, vegetables and crafts without your guide.
Overnight: 3-, 4- of 5-star hotel in Jaipur
Day 4: Jaipur
Relax over breakfast in your hotel before heading out to explore the famed Amber Fort with your guide. Take in incredible views of Maota Lake and learn about the history and design of this fortress from your guide.
After lunch, experience the kinetic energy of Jaipur on a city tour of this diverse destination. Follow your guide through the City Palace, where you’ll see traditional textiles, armor and costumes.
Once you’ve learned about the reign of Jai Singh II during this informative tour, head to the Palace of the Winds—Hawa Mahal—which looks similar to the crown of the Hindu god, Krishna. Make a stop at the historic stargazing observatory, Jantar Mantar. Your guide will unlock the beauty and charm of this ‘Pink City’ as your tour the gardens, palaces and temples that make Jaipur truly memorable before returning to your hotel.
Overnight: 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel in Jaipur
Day 5: Jaipur—Mandawa
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before making your way to Mandawa. Relax in air-conditioned comfort for this four-hour car ride in your private vehicle. Check into your hotel and head out to the streets, where you’ll visit upwards of 20 havelis—beautiful mansions owned by the city’s elite. Admire the extravagance evident in each of these old buildings and uncover the history of places like jhunjhunwala haveli, which was abandoned and left to ruins.
After touring the town, stop at Mandawa Fort. This 18th-century structure offers stunning views of the town and beautiful gardens filled with colorful peacocks make for a relaxing afternoon of wandering. Your guide will highlight key elements of this historic structure as you explore the beauty of the interior’s rooms and quarters.
Overnight: 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel in Mandawa
Day 6: Mandawa—Delhi
After enjoying breakfast in your hotel, spend the morning sightseeing at your leisure or relaxing in your room. Your private driver is available to take you wherever you wish in Mandawa without your guide. In the afternoon, settle in for a 6-hour ride to Delhi, where you’ll be dropped off at your airport or hotel.
The following hotels (or similar) will be used in each city:
3-star: Madhuban Peppermint or Grand Sartaj4-star: The Royal Plaza or Country Inn & Suites Saket5-star: Hilton Garden Inn or WelcomHotel Sheraton
3-star: Raj Mahal Hotel or Amar Hotel
4-star: Clarks Shiraz or Four Points by Sheraton
5-star: Radisson Blu Hotel or Hilton Double Tree
3-star: Redfox Hotel or The Wall Street Hotel
4-star: Fortune Metropolitan or Ramada Jaipur
5-star: ITC Rajputana or Trident Jaipur
3-star: Desert N Dunes or Udai Vilas Palace
4-star: Vivaana Culture Hotel or Castle Mandawa
5-star: Vivaana Culture Hotel or Castle Mandawa