Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Goa

At a Glance

DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – GOA – MUMBAI

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Goa, we can’t call it the Golden Triangle as such as your not travelling back to Delhi. Instead you travel onwards to the Golden Sands of Goa. This is a journey for those who want to experience the culture and spirituality of India as well as unwind on the coast with some beach time.

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This 16-night tour will take you first through the Golden Triangle – dubbed that both for the geography of the route and the rich history to be found here.

After your VIP arrival in Delhi, you’ll have the chance to explore India’s capital city – a colourful fusion of eight former capitals all under different rulers. Among the many places, you’ll visit will be Chowdni Chowhk Bazaar. Considered the food capital of India, you can sample the street food and decide for yourself.

In Agra, you’ll visit Agra Fort, Sikandra, Itimad-Ud-Daulah (called “the baby Taj”) and at the end of the day find yourself watching the sunset turn the Taj Mahal into a once-in-a-lifetime wonder to behold. From a distance, it is striking and majestic. Up close it is simply astounding. As you move on to Jaipur, you’ll have your fill of amazing sites that demonstrate the fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture. The “City of Victory” is the only city on Earth that symbolises the nine divisions of the Universe through its nine rectangular subdivisions.

After sites like Fort Amer and the City Palace, it’s a short flight to Goa and the golden sun of India’s beaches. Once governed by Portugal, Goa is a true gem of India. Each beach has its own personality – just like Goa itself has a character distinct from the rest of the country. It’s a fun-loving and relaxing atmosphere with so much to explore that you’ll leave vowing to return soon.

The journey ends in beautiful Mumbai – the most affluent and fastest moving city in India. While here you’ll take a private guided tour of Elephanta Island Caves and after take in the best of what the city has to offer.

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Starting from £2457.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Itinerary

DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – GOA – MUMBAI

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI – Colonels Retreat
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today, you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO AGRA (B) – Coral Tree Homestay
Drive to Agra (3.5 hrs) on arrival private guided sightseeing of the city concluding with a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal.

This afternoon you will be driven over the Jamuna River to the tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, a building coated in white marble and displaying very detailed pietra dura inlay. 

Finally this evening, in the soft light of the setting sun, you pay a visit to the Taj Mahal.

DAY 05 – AGRA TO JAIPUR (B) – Jai Mahal Palace
Options of swapping your sunset visit to the Taj Mahal for a sunrise visit this morning. Later drive to Jaipur (5.5 hrs) with en route visit Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri Stepwell.

Arrive Jaipur late afternoon then at leisure.

DAY 06 – JAIPUR (B)
In the morning, you visit the Amber Fort. Also, visit Jaigarh overlooking the fort and city.

This afternoon you have the option to relax at your hotel or explore the famous bazaars.

Optional extra experience; Spend the afternoon with elephants, enjoying the biggest but the gentlest animal in the world. 

DAY 07 – JAIPUR (B)
Today you will explore the other attractions of Jaipur, visit City Palace, Janta Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal is known as the Palace of Winds.

Optional Extra: This evening you may like to enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family. Please advise at the time of booking if this of interest to you so we can advise the supplement cost.

DAY 08 – JAIPUR TO GOA (B) – Casa Da Praia (other choices available)
You will drive to Jaipur airport (30 Min) to connect with your flight to Goa

Arrive Goa, meet and greet then drive to your hotel for assisted check-in. Rest of the day will be at leisure for independent activities

DAY 09 – GOA (B)
Leisure day in Goa to relax at your hotel and beachside.

DAY 10 – GOA (B)
Leisure day in Goa to relax at your hotel and beachside.

DAY 11 – GOA (B)
Leisure day in Goa to relax at your hotel and beachside.

DAY 12 – GOA (B)
Leisure day in Goa to relax at your hotel and beachside.

DAY 13 – GOA TO MUMBAI (B) – Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
You will drive to Goa airport (30 Mins) to connect with your flight to Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai then transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.

DAY 14 – MUMBAI (B)
Today you are taken on a private guided tour of Mumbai city, depending on how much you want to see here is a list of the major sites.

The Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat open air laundry, Victoria Terminus train station, Colaba Market, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, The Regal Circle, Bombay University, The Oval Maidan cricket ground, Mani Bhavan the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai, The Town Hall, The Municipal Building.

Add on an extra day in Mumbai to see more of what the city has to offer

We can also arrange a walking tour of the slums, Dharavi made famous in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, or you may like to see how the famous dabbawalas deliver up to 200,000 lunch boxes each day. Or a trip out to see how Bollywood operates and watch some live filming

DAY 15 – MUMBAI – HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal.

GOAThe choice of hotels, homestays, small guesthouses to luxury resorts in Goa is vast. Please contact me to discuss your budget and style, from beach huts to 5 star luxury.

Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Half day sightseeing of Agra City
  • Sunset visit to Taj Mahal (can be swapped for Sunrise visit)
  • Sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to Ahbaneri & Stepwell
  • Full day sightseeing of Jaipur
  • Visit Amer Fort with Elephant ride.
  • Optional extra – A special day with elephants in Jaipur
  • Optional extra – Sunrise Baloon ride over Amer Fort in Jaipur
  • 7 nights stay in Goa
  • 1 night stay in Mumbai with sightseeing
  • Visit to Elephanta island while in Mumbai

Our Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be. 

FATEHPUR SIKRI: Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for just 10 years, but it still presents a massive complex of temples, monuments, and mosques, which make it a historical delight, one of the greatest feats of Indian architecture. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at a distance of just 40 kms. from Agra. Popular attractions include the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-Khana-I-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), Turkish Sultana’s House and the Treasury. Fatehpur also hosts Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

ABANERI: Abaneri, a small ancient village in Rajasthan, is mostly known for a stunning step well, a novel 10th-century idea that transformed this village into an incredibly popular tourist landmark in the modern day. Popularly called Chand Baori, this huge step well has been fortified on all sides and was designed to act as a water reservoir for rainwater harvesting, used for ritual cleansing before visiting the adjoining temple and also for leisure purposes. With depths of 20 meters, 13 different levels and 3500 steps arranged in perfect symmetry, this is a fascinating work of art, the deepest and largest step well of India. The presence intricate and beautiful carvings all over the step well add to its stunning beauty, offering great insights into an ancient culture and their traditions. You’re probably wondering where you’ve seen that iconic image, so all you need to do is take a second look at scenes from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.

GOA: Ever wondered how it would feel if you brought in western excess, threw it into a culturally rich Indian town and introduced tons of natural beauty and a laid-back, relaxed vibe for added effect? Goa looks like a far cry from the isolated white sand beach hideaway shown in Bourne Supremacy, but it’s still one of the most beautiful yet one of the most happening destinations you’ll ever visit. North Goa is where all the action takes place. It hosts most of those world-famous parties, and there’s always a Vegas-like adventure to become a part of. As you move down south, you’re slowly introduced to vast expanses of unspoilt beaches and exquisite resorts. Downing a drink in one of these beaches under the setting sun is perhaps the best thing to do here, but the smattering of spectacular Renaissance cathedrals, beautiful Hindu temples, and authentic Portuguese architecture offers a pleasant diversion to keep you occupied.

MUMBAI: Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.

What our client’s say

We have been regular visitors to Goa for many years, but adding on a  tour of the Golden Triangle tour has at long last shown us just how different other areas of India are, we now want to explore further. Thank you for arranging  our holiday, we had a wonderful time.

Mike & Sandra – Leeds UK

 

 

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