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India's most exciting sights by train

This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular forts, and have a chance to see a tiger in the wild, culminating with a night in a 200-year-old palace.

  • Delhi including a guided tour and a rickshaw ride
  • Journeys on the Shatabdi Express and Gatimaan Express
  • Agra's Red Fort
  • The Taj Mahal
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park
  • Jaipur including a sightseeing tour
  • The Amber Fort
  • Patan Mahal Palace Hotel
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    9 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
    3 Lunches
  • Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available
    Regional Departures Available

India's Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Delhi

Fly to Delhi

We leave London Heathrow on our overnight flight to Delhi, arriving in the morning of Day 2. We are then transferred into the heart of Delhi, where we spend two nights at the heritage 4-Star Maidens Hotel, located on the banks of the River Yamuna close to the quaint bazaars of Chandi Chowk.

Day 3 Jama Masjid Mosque
Jama Masjid Mosque

Sightseeing tour of Delhi

Today we explore Delhi, India's vibrant, hectic, awe-inspiring capital city. We begin our tour with a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi. We visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque which is the largest in India, before taking a fascinating rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's lively bazaar. As we head towards Chandi Chowk, we wind through a sea of pedestrians going about their everyday lives.

We leave the enticing aromas of street food behind and move on to New Delhi, where we visit Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar - India's tallest stone tower. Other highlights include India Gate, the Parliament Building and Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Day 4 The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal

The Agra Fort, and the Taj Mahal

Early this morning we have our first experience of rail travel in India as we board the Gatimaan Express to Agra, home to the truly magical Taj Mahal. On arrival in Agra we visit the enormous Agra Fort, an enormous UNESCO listed complex that stands over Agra. Its red hued walls were built over 8 years, before being finished in 1573. The building was worked on every single day for that entire time period, due it its invaluable strategic position. We then cross Agra by coach to visit the Taj Mahal, another UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Our sunset visit ensures we experience the magical aura as the sun's final rays catch the natural pink and red hues of the white marble. We leave the Taj Mahal after a truly captivating day and transfer to the Trident Hotel Agra, where we spend the night.

Day 5 Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur

Today we travel by coach on an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th century as the brand new capital city of India, Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned after only 14 years of rule when local water supplies ran dry. The deserted city has been preserved in almost the exact state it was left in 400 years ago and provides a vivid glimpse into life during the time of the Mughal Empire.

After time to explore, we continue to Bharatpur where we take lunch together at a local restaurant. Later we travel by train to Sawai Madhopur, where we transfer to the Ranthambore Kothi Hotel, for a two-night stay.

Day 6 Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

Tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park

Today we head into the Ranthambore National Park for an early morning game drive in open-topped safari vehicles called 'Canters', which are for the exclusive use of Great Rail Journeys' customers.

Many rare creatures such as leopards and panthers can be found here including hyenas, marsh crocodiles and sloth bears. The park's most popular resident, however, is the tiger. In fact, the park is one of the only places in India where the incredible tiger can still be found in the wild, thanks to the successful efforts of Project Tiger. To increase our chances of seeing all of the creatures, we embark on a second game drive in the afternoon.

Day 7 The Water Palace, Jaipur
The Water Palace, Jaipur

To Jaipur

Today we travel by coach to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. It is popularly known as the 'Pink City', as pink sandstone was used to construct the pretty buildings within the old city walls. On arrival, we check into our hotel for the next three nights.

Day 8 Palace of the Wind, Jaipur
Palace of the Wind, Jaipur

Exploring Jaipur

This morning we embark on an exciting sightseeing tour of Jaipur. We head to the grand City Palace, which is home to the current Maharaja of Jaipur. The ornate building was completed in 1728, and is now enclosed by high walls and set in fine gardens. We also see the early 18th century Astronomical Observatory, a splendid complex featuring a number of early geometric devices for tracking locations of planets.

We then see the spectacular Palace of the Winds, an opulent red and pink sandstone building created for royal ladies to overlook the city without being seen. Your afternoon is spent at leisure.

Day 9 The Amber Fort
The Amber Fort

The Amber Fort

Today we transfer to the ancient village of Amber, to visit the immense Amber Fort. Located high on a hillside, the fort was traditionally the royal stronghold, before Rajasthan's capital relocated to Jaipur. After ascending by jeep, you are free to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.

The views of the fortifications on the surrounding mountains are stunning. The imposing exterior of the defensive building contrasts with the intricate and detailed interior of the rooms. Many of the rooms have beautiful wall paintings with mirrors and precious stones inlaid in the walls.

Day 10 Patan Mahal
Patan Mahal

To Patan

We travel by coach to the town of Patan today. On arrival, we are transferred by camel cart to the Patan Mahal Palace Hotel. Built around 1790, shortly after the battle of Badal- Mahal, the Patan Mahal Palace has been lovingly turned into a heritage hotel, and is ours for today and this evening. As befi tting visitors to a palace, we receive a royal welcome when we reach the grounds, and are decorated with flowers and rangoli.

This afternoon we enjoy a guided walking tour of Patan town, a wonderful opportunity to see life in an unspoilt rural Indian town, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big Indian cities. Tonight we are indulge with a farewell gala dinner in the grounds of our palace hotel, a fitting end to our Indian odyssey.

Days 11-12 Flying home
Flying home

To Delhi and London

Today we bid farewell to the Patan Mahal, and drive to Delhi. Here we connect with our overnight flight to London, where we arrive on Day 12.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included


An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Delhi via Abu Dhabi
  • All rail and Volvo coach travel throughout
  • Porterage included from Delhi to Agra, and from Bharatpur to Ranthambore

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 22 meals including 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 9 dinners, including 1 Gala dinner in an exclusive heritage hotel


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Journey on the Shatabdi Express and Gatimaan Express
  • Sightseeing tours of Old and New Delhi and Jaipur
  • 2 game drives in Ranthambore National Park, with the chance to spot tigers and other local wildlife
  • Guided tour of the Agra Fort
  • Sunset view of the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Excursions to Fatehpur Sikri and Badal Mahal
  • Guided tour of Patan
  • Visit the Amber Fort

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your flight to Business Class from £850 per person each way

British Citizens require a visa to enter India. We can help you with visa applications up to 21 days before departure - please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for further details.

Not Included

  • In India it's customary to leave a tip for local guides, coach drivers and assistants. Tipping is at your discretion, but should you wish to leave a token of your appreciation, we recommend £22 to cover all necessary services, which can be arranged with the Tour Manager at end of your holiday.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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