Beyond the Golden Triangle

From £1,529.10
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - May 2021
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From £1,529.10
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - May 2021
Tour Overview

​​If you want to delve deeper into India's fascinating culture and history, this is the tour for you. Discover the many highlights of Delhi before heading to Agra and ticking off the world-famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Keep your fingers crossed for plenty of wildlife sightings on safari in Ranthambore National Park and then enjoy a visit to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and nearby Amber Fort. An overnight stay in a restored 200-year-old fort rounds off your journey and adds a touch of luxury at the end of your holiday.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
  • 8 nights  in 5-star hotels and lodges plus 1 night in flight
  • 19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of New Delhi
  • Discover Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw
  • Dawn visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort and Itmad ud Daulah tomb
  • The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Train ride through scenic countryside
  • Search for tigers on a morning Ranthambore safari
  • Afternoon safari in Ranthambore
  • Traditional dance show and dinner at Talabgaon Castle
  • Visit the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Try a lassi in Jaipur
  • Venture up to the hilltop Amber Fort


Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Delhi

​You'll depart on your scheduled flight to Delhi today.

Day 2 Delhi

​On arrival in Delhi we will transfer you to your hotel. After time to settle in, we're off on a half-day sightseeing tour. You'll see UNESCO-listed highlights including the exquisite Humayun's Tomb and the ancient Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower. We're then going to drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, and past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House – two grand reminders of the city's colonial past.

Meals included: L,D

Day 3 Delhi - Agra

​A great way to start your day is with a morning cycle rickshaw ride through the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. As we go we'll delve into its maze of crowded streets and thronging markets, and see the spectacular exterior of the Red Fort. Next, we'll explore by foot as we take a stroll through the fabled street bazaar, Chandni Chowk, and admire the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque. We'll also visit Gandhi Smriti Museum, the location where Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and the place of his assassination. Our day concludes with a drive to Agra.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Agra

​Get ready to experience one of the highlights of your holiday today – a dawn visit to the incredible Taj Mahal. This magnificent mausoleum, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, is one of the world's most glorious sights. We'll watch in awe as the sun rises over its white marble walls which are inlaid with semi-precious stones. We'll also head to nearby Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, for a fabulous view of this iconic masterpiece from the other side of the Yamuna River. Our next stop is at the red-sandstone Agra Fort, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, then we'll see the Itmad ud Daulah tomb. This was the first monument in India to be built entirely from marble and is known as the 'Baby Taj'. If you would like to enjoy an evening out, there's the option to watch a performance of Mohabbat the Taj, about Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife. Featuring colourful costumes, enchanting songs and energetic dancing, this is the perfect end to our day.  Please note: The show is not available on May to July departures.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Agra - Ranthambore

​Today we're going to travel by train, quite an experience in India, but before we reach the station we'll visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. At the railway station, stop to take in the vibrant atmosphere as you join the throng of travellers. You'll see vendors selling spicy samosas and small boys serving chai from huge silver kettles as you board the train. Once on board, sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery with your fellow travellers as you are taken to Ranthambore.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Ranthambore

​A thrilling day lies ahead, with not just one but two safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. On morning and afternoon game drives we'll make our way through thick forest, where pretty waterfalls provide the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. Our knowledgeable Local Guide will help you to spot other residents of the park, including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. Keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the elusive tiger, or the even rarer leopard.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Ranthambore - Dausa

​Today we journey by road to our next hotel, which is the 200-year-old Talabgaon Castle, a beautifully restored fort offering us a truly unique experience. We'll have lunch on arrival and then you're free to relax and do just as you wish. Perhaps you'll sit in the lovely gardens with a cool drink, or maybe a dip in the swimming pool will prove too tempting to resist. 

Later, we're going to get together to enjoy a barbecue dinner at the castle poolside, complete with bonfire, musicians and traditional folk dancers. The lavishly laid out buffet barbecue serves a combination of Indian and continental cuisine and you can enjoy a drink at the Peacock pool bar, all against the backdrop of the palace and its gardens, beautifully lit up and fit for royalty.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Dausa - Jaipur

​Today we've the famous 'Pink City' of Jaipur in our sights, which we'll reach by road. Views of sandstone buildings tinged with pink and ochre set amongst barren hills will greet us on arrival in the capital of Rajasthan. We'll get our bearings with an afternoon guided tour, which includes the commanding City Palace and the Mughal treasures in its museum. We'll also see the elaborate façade of the Palace of the Winds, from where ladies of the court could watch unseen. Before we head to our hotel, there will be time to browse the colourful ceramics and textiles in the Old Town's bustling markets.

Whilst in Jaipur you will also be served a glass of Lassi, a blend of water, yoghurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthern pots to add a unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai, leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full!  ​
Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Jaipur - Delhi

​Your day begins with a short drive to the marvellous Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold which sits on a hilltop overlooking the desert. We'll step inside to see the eerie Temple of Kali, the jewel-like Palace of Mirrors and the enchanting Hall of Pleasures. Later, we return to Delhi by road.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Delhi - UK

​This morning we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK. As you are travelling westwards, you will arrive later the same day.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

 

Accommodation

Vasant Continental

The 5-star Vasant Continental is situated in the diplomatic enclave of Delhi.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Radisson Blu Hotel Agra

The contemporary rooms in Radisson Blu Hotel feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Rooms are also equipped with tea/coffee-making facilities, a minibar and en-suite bathrooms. Other hotel facilities include fitness centre an a swimming pool alongside with the spa featuring a range of therapies and treatments. Restaurant on-site serves various Indian specialties and features separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. 24-hour coffee shop, the poolside bar and tea lounge are also available for guests looking for a quick bite.

Jungle Villas

The 4* Jungle Villas, Ranthambore is located in 10 acres of natural forest close to Ranthambore National Park. It offers an outdoor pool and spa center as well as an onsite restaurant. Each bedroom has its individual style and has modern amenities such as a kettle and private bathroom with extras such as bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. The hotel has a 24 hour reception.

Talabgaon Castle

Talabgaon Castle is a 200 year old, stunningly resorted fort situated in rural Rajasthan. The gardens of Talabgaon Castle are lovely - a great place for an early morning stroll! The hotel has many stunning features such as the roof top terrace, the pool bar, castle library and polo bar.

Ramada Hotel - Jaipur

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka New Delhi

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a newly built hotel in Delhi. It is modern in style and features amenities such as a spa, steam room, whirlpool and outdoor swimming pool. Hotel also has 5 restaurants/bars. Rooms feature tea and coffee-making facilities and large TVs.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.