Highlights Of India – Taj Tour
This introductory small group tour to northern India takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery, visiting many of the country’s most iconic sights. Experience India’s unique culture as you explore the famous Golden Triangle in style. Discover the imperial monuments of Delhi, the Royal Palaces of Jaipur, and the bucket-list favourite, the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra.
- Return flights
- Delhi: 1 night
- Agra: 2 nights
- Jaipur: 2 nights
- Delhi: 1 night
- Quality accommodation
- Insightful local tour leaders
- Handpicked itineraries
- Flexible arrival times
- Small groups and a relaxed approach
- Porterage and guide tips
- Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
- All specified flights
Day 1: UK to Delhi
Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
On arrival in the capital, transfer to your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax. This afternoon you’ll head to Old Delhi to visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan whose other architectural feats include the legendary Taj Mahal. Drive past the impressive Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main seat of the Mughal Empire for 200 years, on an afternoon drive around India’s capital city. This evening your group will have a welcome dinner with a glass of Indian wine or beer, hosted by your tour leader. Stay: Maidens Hotel, New Delhi (or similar). D.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra
See more of the main sights of New Delhi including the Raj Ghat – an open-air memorial to Mahatma Gandhi surrounded by trees planted by visiting dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II. Drive past the grand Neo-classical government buildings, designed by British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, during the British Raj. Have lunch at a local restaurant before driving south to Agra, a city which is famous as the home of the magnificent Taj Mahal but also hosts other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 131 miles. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 4: Agra
Rise early for the incredible highlight of your tour – the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the sunrise at the spectacular Taj Mahal, one of the finest pieces of architecture in the world. This exquisite monument to eternal love was created by Emperor Shah Jahan in response to his adored wife’s dying wish that he should ‘build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before’. Be mesmerised by the captivating beauty of the Taj as it appears to change colour as the light changes and takes on an ethereal pink glow. Another highlight today is Itimad-ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. This stunning marble tomb is studded with semi-precious stones and appears to resemble a giant jewel box. See the 16th-Century Agra Fort, an impressive red sandstone monument that houses fairytale palaces, audience halls and two white marble mosques. Complete your Taj experience by heading to Mehtab Bagh at sunset – this park has sensational views of the Taj Mahal as the gleaming marble reflects the ever-changing sky, from yellow to orange and then white. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B.
Day 5: Agra to Jaipur
Head west to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Stop to see the perfectly preserved deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri on the way, which was founded in 1569 only to be abandoned just 16 years later after the water supply ran out. Stop for lunch at Laxmi Vilas, a splendid heritage hotel. You’ll also explore Chand Baori, the fascinating step-well at Abhaneri. The symmetry of 3500 steps working its way down 13 storeys to the well below is an amazing sight – and an impressive feat built between the 8th and 9th Century. Approx. journey time: 7 hours, 160 miles. Stay: Trident Jaipur (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 6: Jaipur
This morning there’s an optional hot-air balloon ride if you’d like to start your day with a bird’s-eye view of the blush-pink city, high up away from the hustle and bustle below. A full day of sightseeing includes visits to the ancient and imposing Amber Fort which sits on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake. Wander through the palatial grounds and see the Sheesh Mahal, a room embellished with thousands of mirror fragments that are said to be able to light up the entire room by reflecting a single candle flame. Visit the City Palace – an exquisite complex of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture that also houses a museum and art gallery. You’ll also get to visit the Royal Observatory and admire views of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), and its unique honeycomb façade. Then take a rickshaw ride and experience the buzz of daily life in a local market before returning to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll have a farewell dinner with a local family which includes a cooking demonstration. Stay: Trident Jaipur (or similar). B, D.
Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi
The long drive back to Delhi gives you the chance to chat to your tour leader and learn more about northern India’s culture and history. In the evening, you can take an optional trip to the Kingdom of Dreams to experience the opulence and drama of a live Bollywood show. If you choose to extend your holiday, you’ll end the main tour today and continue to your next destination. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 158 miles. Stay: Trident, Gurgaon (or similar). B.
Day 8: Delhi
Have a relaxing morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your tour in India, Nepal or Bhutan. B.
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