India Original

India Golden Triangle with Ranthambore

Duration
9 Days
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Easy

This tour will take you to the most famous destinations within the Golden Triangle of India - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Tour code: GE021

Probably, no other tour besides Golden Triangle can provide you with a full-fledged glimpse of India’s royal and cultural heritage.

ITINERARY IN OUTLINE

  • Day 01: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to The Oberio Hotel*
  • Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
  • Day 03: Drive Delhi to Agra. Agra sightseeing
  • Day 04: Agra morning sightseeing including the Taj Mahal Drive Agra to Bharapur Bird Sanctury then train to Ranthambore National Park
  • Day 05: Safaris in Rathambore National Park
  • Day 06: Drive Rathambore to Jaipur
  • Day 07: Sight seeing in Jaipur
  • Day 08: Drive Jaipur to Delhi
  • Day 09: Depart from India
*While we endeavour to reserve the hotels mentioned in the Trip Dossier, it may sometimes be necessary to use different hotels of the same standard.

This tour will take you to the most famous destinations within the Golden Triangle of India - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These three destinations are well known for their rich past and lead to the famous Taj Mahal and other culturally rich sights. Also on this trip is a visit to Rathambore National Park to see the Royal Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. In addition to the main tour, it is possible to add other attractions, please see the itinerary below for details.

Tour Map

Tour Overview

Tour Duration
9 Days
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Easy
Start / End

Delhi

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN DELHI

Arrive today at Delhi’s International Airport, where you will be met by our representative who will accompany you to your hotel.

Overnight : The Oberio Hotel


Day 02: SIGHTSEEING IN DELHI

After breakfast your trip begins with a visit to Old Delhi, starting at Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. You will drive past the magnificent Red Fort, which overlooks the river Jamuna. Built between 1638 and 1648 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak, this fort is an iconic monument in Delhi. The tour continues to one of Asia’s largest mosques, Jama Masjid. We will not enter the mosque but will be able to soak up the atmosphere through watching worshippers streaming in and out and shoppers bustling around the nearby bazaar. Here we board a cycle rickshaw to move through the markets of old Delhi until we reach the spice market where there is a chance to buy aromatic spices. We stop for lunch at Chor Bazaar, which is situated between new Delhi and Old Delhi.

After lunch tour ‘Imperial Delhi’, which includes the Qutub Minar. At 72.5m high or 379 steps to climb, it is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of this, the second Mughal Emperor. This monument, in the Indo-Persian style, is a precursor of the Taj Mahal. Today we also drive passed other iconic buildings such as the India Gate, Parliament building, and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence).

Overnight : The Oberio Hotel

Add on Experiences in Dehli

  • Walking Culture cum Culinary Tour

    India is a vibrant and fast-paced country. By immersing yourself in the culture, even a little, you will gain a better understanding of the people. One way to do this is to spend a morning on a walking tour. Food is part of the culture of every country, so why not combine your walking tour with getting to know the culinary delights of India? After breakfast at the hotel, walk to the Jama Masjid and Chandini Chowk with our specialist guide. Wandering through the maze of narrow alleys you will be overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and smells that surround you. Your guide will introduce you to some delicious street food on the way. At the end of the walk, you will have lunch in an old private mansion, ‘Masterje Kee Haveli’. With its cool, and colourful courtyard and authentic Indian cuisine you will be enhanced by the charm of old India.
  • Cycling Tour of Old Delhi

    For an extra bit of adventure, why not go on an early morning guided cycle tour of Old Delhi? Cycle through old narrow lanes, congested with old houses, and with the smell of brewing tea and breakfast curry to making your mouth water. Before breakfast in the famous Kareem restaurant, visit the Jama Masjid, spice market, civil line, and cycle passed the Red Fort.

The Oberio Hotel, Delhi

DAY 3: DELHI – AGRA (205 KMS / 3 HRS)

After breakfast depart for Agra by road, where you will start your tour by visiting the Agra Fort. In the evening visit Mehtab Bagh, the garden opposite the Taj Mahal. From here you can see the Taj Mahal at sunset, which sets the scene for your visit to the Taj Mahal the following morning. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble of the Taj Mahal was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1,000 elephants. Built in the mid 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world.

Overnight : Amar Villas Hotel

Add on Experiences in Agra

  • Mohabbat the Taj

    During the evening you can chose to enjoy the Mohabbat the Taj - a musical show which features a replica of the Taj Mahal made in pure white Makrana marble like the original monument. Over the 90 minutes of the show the replica Taj Mahal will be presented in 10 different moods, representing varying seasons and hours of the day.
  • Sheroes Restaurant

    Want to give back while in India? Then visit the Sheroes Restaurant with us. The Restaurant is run by women who are victims of acid attacks but who have fought back to become self-dependent. Meet these independent, strong and brave women. There is no prices set for the food in this restaurant, but donations are welcome.

Amar Villas Hotel
Amar Villas Hotel in Agra

DAY 4: AGRA – BHARATPUR (55 KMS / 1 HR) – RANTHAMBORE (TRAIN)

After an early breakfast leave for Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, 55 kms from Agra.

En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built in the late 16th century by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace. Originally the size of London, it was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry. It remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago and is fascinating to wander round.

Your next stop is the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, now known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This is a famous avifauna sanctuary and World Heritage Site. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded there so far. Here it is possible to enjoy bird watching by cycle with a trained nature guide.

After lunch, board the train to Sawai Madhopur, the stop for Rathambore National Park, which takes approximately two hours. Transfer to your hotel and relax in the evening before the safari the next day into one of the best known safari parks in India. Formally a hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, now Rathambore is a major tourist and wildlife enthusiast attraction. Today the animals are only shot on camera!

Overnight : Vanya Villas

DAY 5: RANTHAMBORE

This morning, you enter Rathambore reserve, home to animals such as the Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, hyena, jungle cat, desert cat, desert fox, jackal, blue bull, Indian gazelle, spotted deer, common langur monkey, marsh crocodile, python etc. Birdlife is also abundant and rich, with almost 300 different species of migratory and resident birds. After the early morning safari, return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon, embark on another memorable safari into the reserve.

Overnight : Vanya Villas

DAY 6: RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR (160 KMS / 4 HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. This will take approximately four hours. In the evening enjoy an interactive dinner with a local family. Join the hosts in their kitchen for a cooking demo and feel free to join in!

Overnight : Rambagh Palace

DAY 7: IN JAIPUR

After breakfast, visit the Amber Palace, stopping first at Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds. You can either drive or walk to the palace as you wish. One of the highlight of the Amber Palace is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors). As part of the tour today, you will visit the City Palace. Here the museum has a vast collection of rare manuscripts, an armoury, costumes, carpets, and miniature paintings. Continuing on the tour of Jaipur, visit the observatory know as Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. In the cooler part of the afternoon there is a guided walk round the Old City, through narrow lanes and quaint bazaars where you will have an opportunity to window shop or buy some of the array of handicrafts and artefacts.

Overnight: Rambagh Palace

Add on Experiences in Jaipur

  • Bollywood Experience

    What is more Indian than a Bollywood movie? We can arrange for you to visit Rajmandir Cinema to catch a Bollywood flick in all its technilcolour glory!
  • Visit to Ladli NGO

    Ladli is a vocational training programme for abused, orphaned and destitute children. For most of these children the alternative to Ladli is begging, child labour or prostitution. At Ladli they learn jewellery-making and skills such as tailoring and stitchwork. They also study subjects, including English, drawing and dance to acquire education and livelihood skills. But more than that, Ladli is a place where emotional damage and the stresses of extreme poverty can begin to heal.

Rambagh Palace

DAY 8: JAIPUR TO DELHI (268 KMS / 6 HRS)

After breakfast drive back towards Delhi, and check into the hotel.


DAY 9: DEPART DELHI (FLIGHT)

Our representative will collect you from your hotel and take you to the airport for your departure.


Add on Experiences in Delhi

  • Metro Ride to Akshardham Temple

    Take a ride in the state-of-art Delhi Metro. Then go from the ultra-modern Delhi to Akshardham Temple, back into India’s glorious past through art, values and harmony of mankind.
  • Dilli Haat

    At this market, craftsmen from various States sell their handicrafts for you to take home as gifts from India. You can also saviour some of the local foods from different regions here.
  • Explore Connaught Place

    Connaught Place is the colonial heart of New Delhi and is one of the landmarks of the British Raj. Today it is home to some of the best (and more expensive) shops and eateries.

Complimentary Services

The following services are provided complimentary to our guests:
  • Complimentary tourist registration in the respective consulate office or embassy.
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation.
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability).
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu, including a culture show presented by different ethnic groups.

Cancellation Charge Incurred

If you cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of cancellation fees will apply:
  • 60 days before departure : Loss of deposit - 40% of total trip cost
  • 29 days to 59 days before departure : 50% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure : 70% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure : 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made not less than 48 hours before departure. There is a minimum 40% cancellation charge PLUS any tax, transportation and permit fees. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the programme ends before the stated itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for the early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feel it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues.
  • The Company is not liable for cancellation or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances.
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in local or international flights being missed. We suggest you leave adequate time between the end of your trek and your international flight.
  • Our staff are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety. Therefore, their decision regarding safety is final. The Company is not responsible in any way, for any outcome, should you refuse to follow their advice.

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request an advance payment of the quoted amount. This amount will depend on the time between booking and departure for Bhutan. Payment can be made by credit card when filling up our GE Booking Form.

If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
GPO Box: 20195
Third Floor, Bhattachan Complex,
Baluwatar, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4417959
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www.gurkhaencounters.com

Note: Payment through Master/Visa card has an additional bank service charge of 4%. Payment through American Express has an additional bank service charge of 5.5%.


Things to Bring

Miscellaneous Items

  • Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Safety pins, sewing kits, zip lock bags for small items
  • You may wish to bring postcards of your hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with locals you meet along the route. Please do not give money or sweets to children.
  • Complimentary use of freshly laundered sleeping bags and down jackets.

Toiletry Items

Please bring with you a towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items. Please ensure you bring enough personal medicines and extras incase of flight delays.

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Very nice staff, porters and Guide, who gave explanations about everything and got out their way to help, they were also very knowledgeable of the terrain and the history of places we visited.

Onatibin, Tantanatia

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