Planning to visit India for the first time, there is no better option than the Golden Triangle Tour – Covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Golden Triangle Tour is the most popular tourist circuit in India. This incredible Golden Triangle Tour Itinerary comprising the three famous cities of India-Delhi, Agra and Jaipur having grandeur, glory & history.
India’s Golden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in the country’s north-west – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by good road and rail links. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250km along each side. This triangle has been dubbed “golden” for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendour on offer in each of the three cities.
Delhi portrays the new face of contemporary Indian society, where the glorious past is intertwined to the fabrics of modernism. Delhi is a depository of varied cultural rudiments that has been engrossed into the every day life of the city. Among the archaeological ramparts of ancient and medieval India, this seven times destroyed city proudly stands as a living monument of the bygone glory.
Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Agra, a medieval city, was assumed to be built in 1475, had been found its place even in the epic Mahabharatha as Agraban (means paradise). The renowned second century geographer Ptolemy spotted this place as Agra in his world map. Agra was the capital of many dynasties including Lodhi and Mughals.
Family Holidays in India – Rice and CurryArrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you can either relax or, if you all have the energy, you can take a tour around the impressive colonial buildings and wide tree-lined streets of New Delhi. This peaceful area is a far cry from the frenetic bustle of Old Delhi and is a good (gentle!) introduction to India.
In the evening take the kids to a local restaurant and introduce them to the delights of curry, rice and chapattis!
Family Holidays in India – A Traffi Jam, Delhi Style!This morning you will be accompanied by a local English speaking ‘buddy’ (not a guide). They will meet you at your hotel and take you on the metro to Connaught Place, the commercial heart of New Delhi.
From here you will leave the relative serenity of the new city behind you for the colour and mayhem of Old Delhi, travelling by rickshaw (tuk tuk) to the majestic Red Fort, the exquisite 17th century Jama Masjid Mosque and the lively markets of Chandni Chowk. Children will love going in a tuk tuk and will be mesmerised by the constant hustle and bustle. (Breakfast)
Family Holidays in India – Inside your ‘Mud Hut’!Drive to the Shekhavati area of Rajasthan, renowned for its painted frescoes and ornate havelis (merchants’ houses) but still remarkably little visited by tourists. The drive takes you through rural Rajasthan and the driver will be happy to stop to let the children stretch their legs, have a play or take pictures.
When you arrive you will be shown to your private ‘mud hut’ where you will spend the next two nights. Don’t be alarmed, these are wonderfully luxurious and beautifully decorated and there is a gorgeous pool that you will have to pry the children out of! (Breakfast
Cherrapunjee to Kaziranga
We start early and drive into the neighbouring state of Assam. At a distance of about 270 km lies Kaziranga, one of the richest wildlife sanctuaries in the sub-continent. Kaziranga is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Situated in the Eastern Himalaya and the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, it boasts the largest population of the Greater one horned Rhinoceros, The Bengal tiger and The Asian Elephant among the protected areas of the world.
Family Holidays in India – A beautiful Haveli (Merchant’s House) in ShekhavatiToday you will get a real insight into the way of life of the rural people of Rajasthan. In the morning you will explore one of Shekhavati’s small towns on foot. Family Holidays in India – Holy Cow!The old houses here are lavishly decorated and extraordinarily beautiful; some are now wonderfully renovated whilst others remain fairly ramshackle and are great places for the children to run off and explore. There are also many traditional craftsmen at work and the kids will enjoy seeing the local cobbler, blacksmith or jewellery-maker at work. Later you be introduced to your camels for an enjoyable (though sometimes smelly and noisy) ride to some of the surrounding villages. This will be a highlight for the children, who will no doubt find the strange undulating walk of the camel a lot easier on their joints than their parents! (Breakfast)
Family Holidays in India – The Amber Fort near JaipurDrive to Jaipur, popularly known as the ‘pink city’. In the afternoon you will head out of town to the magnificent Amber Fort, perched on a hilltop with wonderful views over the hills around. The fort is huge and beautifully decorated with intricate carvings and delicate paintings. There are lots of nooks and crannies that the children will be able to explore; the fort is also very popular with local families and Indian tourists so you will probably receive lots of requests to have your pictures taken, an interesting reverse of the normal tourist experience! (Breakfast)
Family Holidays in India – The Hawa Mahal in JaipurIn the morning you can enjoy a short ‘heritage walking tour’ of Jaipur which ends up at the City Palace. Budding astronomers or children with an enquiring mind will also love the nearby Observatory, built in the 18th century but resembling a giant playground with endless staircases to climb up and down.
The afternoon is at leisure to explore the lively bazaars and haggle for exotic souvenirs or perhaps visit Ram Nivas Bagh, an extensive garden which houses a zoo and aviary, and is a great place for the children to let off steam. (Breakfast)
Family Holidays in India – On Safari in Ranthambore National ParkDrive to Ranthambore National Park for an afternoon game drive. This park is one of the few places in India where there is a chance of seeing a tiger so you must keep your eyes peeled! There are also leopard, nilgai, wild boar, hyena, bear and many different types of deer which will maintain the excitement if the tigers prove elusive. You will stay in a deluxe tent with attached bathroom. (Breakfast)
Note: During the months of June-September Ranthambore National Park is closed so we will need to amend the itinerary.
Family Holidays in India – The Monkeys at Ranthambore FortMorning visit to the magnificent old Ranthambore Fort, now populated only by monkeys and situated on a rocky outcrop with breathtaking views over the forest and national park below.
This is a fabulous place for the children to explore as you can climb at will over the ruins and explore endless hidden corridors and towers.
Later, drive to Karauli where you will stay in a Maharaja’s residence and, if you are lucky, meet the Maharaja himself! (Breakfast)
Karauli is not a place frequented by most travellers to India, but is all the more rewarding for that. The village hosts a fascinating and lively bazaar full of handicrafts, stone carvings, colourful bangles and handmade wooden toys – a great place for the children to hone their haggling skills.
The morning is spent exploring the market and the wonderful City Palace, a teasure trove of beautiful architecture where you probably won’t see another tourist and can get lost for hours in the small passages and lavishly painted rooms. (Breakfast)
A short drive takes you from Karauli to Bharatpur. Here you will visit the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. A bird sanctuary might not usually be top of the list for many children but we can arrange bikes (or a cycle rickshaw if your children are young) for you to ride around the reserve, which is great fun for all the family.
From here you continue to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the Moghul Emperor Akhbar nearly 500 years ago, the city was abandoned only 15 years after completion because of a lack of water supply and is immaculately preserved. After a visit you will continue to Agra. (Breakfast)
Agra is home to perhaps the most famous building in India, the majestic Taj Mahal. This morning your guide will take you to the Taj and explain the romantic history behind the construction of this perfect marble tomb. The site is very popular with local tourists and again your children will be in high demand to pose for photos!
Later you will visit the beautiful Red Fort, on the other side of the Jamna river. In the afternoon you will drive back to Delhi.