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Golden Triangle with Ranthambore

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Stunning Mughal architecture, vibrant cities and iconic wildlife await on this 10-day tour.

10 days From £1,825 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QGT22

About the tour

Begin by taking in the two contrasting sides of Delhi before heading to Agra and Jaipur to visit breathtaking palaces, forts and temples, including the iconic Taj Mahal. Meanwhile, a night in Ranthambore offers the opportunity to spot the elusive Bengal tiger.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Delhi

Begin your holiday by catching your overnight flight from London to Delhi.

Day 2 - Delhi

Touch down in Delhi. On arrival, a private transfer awaits to take you to your luxury five-star hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure, which you could spend relaxing in your hotel after your long journey.

If you do want to head out, you'll find an international metropolis waiting, with something to discover around every corner. India's capital is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is said to consist of seven successive cities, with British-built New Delhi making up an eighth.

Day 3 - Delhi

Discover Delhi's fascinating contrasts, with visits to both old and new Delhi. Begin with a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, taking in the narrow streets of the bazaar as you travel between Delhi's Red Fort, India's largest mosque the Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Follow this up in the afternoon with a drive through the spacious, tree-lined avenues of New Delhi, taking in the imposing India Gate, the towering Qutab Minar and the Emperor Humayun's tomb, inspiration for the iconic Taj Mahal.

Day 4 - Delhi to Agra

Journey to Agra via the Gatiman Express train. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, the city is home to some of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India.

Start exploring immediately with a visit to Agra Fort before checking into your hotel. The complex was once the residence of the Mughal emperors, and houses stunning pavilions, gardens, mosques, and royal audience halls.

In the afternoon, visit Taj Mahal. The building's breathtaking domes need little introduction; spend your time marvelling at the exquisitely crafted marble and perfectly manicured gardens of this royal mausoleum.

Day 5 - Agra to Ranthambore

Continue your adventure around the Golden Triangle as you travel from Agra to Bharatpur via private transfer. Stop off at Fatehpur Sikri en-route - a spacious red sandstone city built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India's most influential rulers.

When you arrive in Bharatpur, you are treated to a traditional lunch before exploring the ornate Laxmi Vilas Palace and its relaxing grounds. From here, transfer to Bharatpur Railway Station to board your train for Sawai Madhopur, near Ranthambore National Park. A private transfer to your hotel awaits when you arrive.

Day 6 - Ranthambore National Park

Head out in search of the elusive Bengal tiger, with jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park. One of the best times to spot tigers is at sunrise, so set your alarms for an early morning pickup and enjoy the atmosphere of the park as it wakes up.

Relax at the hotel for the rest of the day until your evening drive - another opportunity to spot these majestic big cats. Ranthambore offers a range of fascinating wildlife, so look out for leopards, panthers, hyenas, crocodiles and sloth bears on your tiger safaris too.

Day 7 - Ranthambore to Jaipur

Leave Ranthambore behind for the beautiful Rajasthani capital of Jaipur today, known as the 'Pink City' because of the distinctive pink stone used to construct many of the area's original buildings. One of the most culturally rich cities in India, Jaipure contains several magnificent palaces and temples to explore.

When you arrive, pay a visit to the stunning Birla Mandir Temple. A popular pilgrimage site for Hindus, the white marble buildings are surrounded by lush gardens. Witness a traditional aarti ceremony to see the temple in its full beauty, with flickering lamps creating a unique atmosphere.

Day 8 - Jaipur

Explore the palaces and forts of Jaipur, beginning with the facade of the Hawa Mahal, built for the ladies of the Mughal royal family.

Continue to the Amber Fort. After ascending the steep slope to the fortress by jeep, wander through the beautiful buildings of the fort complex, losing yourself in the intricate blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

Your next stop is City Palace, a sprawling residence that occupies a seventh of the area of the city. Here you'll also find a museum with an extensive collection of historic weaponry and a historic observatory housing the world's largest sundial.

Day 9 - Jaipur to Delhi

In the morning, you're free to explore Jaipur at leisure. If you'd like, a Heritage Water Walk excursion can be arranged for you; this gives you a fascinating insight into the history of the area through the city's water structures.

Alternatively, you could set your own itinerary. Why not visit the stunning Jal Mahal, shop for traditional Rajasthani clothes and crafts at Jaipur's bazaars, or spend the morning sampling delicious local delicacies?

This afternoon, meet your private transfer back to Delhi, where a comfortable hotel and a sumptuous end-of-holiday dinner await.

Day 10 - Delhi to London

Check out of your hotel and meet your private transfer to Delhi Airport. From here, board your flight back to London Heathrow, where your holiday comes to an end.

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Golden Triangle with Ranthambore

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