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The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore Tour

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India tours from the UK have become increasingly popular, as this magical country offers so much to the open-minded traveller.  Distant Journeys takes you around India’s ‘Golden Triangle’, a classic itinerary including three iconic, colourful cities.

The tour begins in the nation’s capital, Delhi, full of astounding architecture and vibrant culture; continuing to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, before spending two nights in Ranthambore National Park, home to the elusive tiger. No tour of India would be complete without visiting arguably the most beautiful building in the world – the Taj Mahal. We spend two nights in Agra, allowing plenty of time to drink in the Taj Mahal’s splendour.

Staying in top quality hotels throughout, and conducted at a relaxed pace, this tour is the perfect way to explore and enjoy the enigma that is India.

A country which will enchant, surprise and sometimes challenge you, it’s a destination like no other…

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Emirates from the UK airport most convenient for you. Choose from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow. Alternatively, fly direct to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. No matter which airline or airport you choose, there will be no additional cost.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Delhi, 3 nights

All flights with Emirates to Delhi travel via Dubai. On arrival into Delhi transfer to the five star Hyatt Regency hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers, to become acquainted and learn more about our adventure ahead.
 In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3: Delhi

A city that combines both the ancient and modern, Delhi stands as the capital of modern India and is a wonderful introduction to all that is India. Our day begins with an enjoyable rickshaw ride through Old Delhi. We travel via the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque and experience Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. See the imposing India Gate and Parliament House in New Delhi, before enjoying lunch at the delightful Olive Bar & Kitchen. Later, we further explore New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb and the 13th century Qutub Minar, a red sandstone and white marble minaret, measuring over 75 metres tall.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4: Delhi Freedom Day

Our first Indian Freedom Day allows us to spend the day as we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand to provide advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. Perhaps visit two of India’s most architecturally impressive wonders, Akshardham Temple and Lotus Temple, or take an introduction to India’s melting pot of different cultures, languages and religions. Alternatively, take a walking tour of Delhi’s schools and markets, guided by street children who are supported by the Salaam Baalak Trust. This evening, there is an option to dine in one of three specially selected restaurants, each serving their own versions of traditional Indian cuisine.
Breakfast included

Day 5: Jaipur, 3 nights

This morning we begin our journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. En route we visit the excellent Heritage Transport Museum for an interesting journey through the evolution of India’s motor industry on a self-guided tour. Later, we continue to Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan, and to the Trident Hotel Jaipur, offering stunning views of Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 6: Jaipur

After breakfast we travel a short distance to meet our waiting Jeeps, which take us to the majestic Amber Fort. Set amidst the hills and overlooking the Maota Lake, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a fabulous example of Rajput architecture. Later, we stop for a photo opportunity at the beautiful façade of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). This afternoon visit the City Palace Museum with its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal Art, and the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1726 which still provides accurate information to this day. This evening, should you wish, there is the option to take one of two wonderful dining experiences; a dinner under the stars, surrounded by bushland and the Aravali Hills, or enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner in the home of a local Rajasthani family.
Breakfast included

Day 7: Jaipur Freedom Day

Take advantage of a Jaipur Freedom Day, where you can choose to relax or explore as you please. Perhaps join a heritage walking tour through the heart of the old city, learning about the local trades and crafts. Alternatively, discover the ancient art of hand block printing and how the region’s famous Blue Pottery is created, or explore a local organic farm and enjoy a live cooking demonstration. This evening will undoubtedly be a real highlight of your tour; a dinner served at 1135AD, a beautiful restaurant set within the historic ramparts of Amber Fort. We dine like royalty, in opulent surroundings, with Amber Fort illuminated against the night sky making an enchanting backdrop.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 8: Ranthambore, 2 nights

Leaving Jaipur behind, we journey on to Ranthambore National Park. Once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja, the park is now celebrated for its wildlife conservation, and in particular its majestic tigers. After lunch, we board our open canter vehicle for our first safari. Whilst the elusive tiger is the park’s most famous inhabitant, keep an eye out for sambar deer, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, monkeys, leopards and more than 250 species of bird life. Our accommodation for the next two nights is the delightful Nahargarh, built in the style of a traditional Rajput hunting palace. Dinner this evening is at our hotel.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 9: Ranthambore

An early start this morning as we embark on our second safari into the National Park. Taking in a different area of Ranthambore we continue our search for the park’s varied wildlife. We return to our hotel for breakfast, and the remainder of the day is free to spend as we please. The hotel has a wonderful pool area, which is a perfect place to unwind for a few hours with a good book. This evening we enjoy a barbecue dinner within the hotel’s picturesque grounds.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: Agra, 2 nights

After breakfast we make our way to Bharatpur, where we enjoy lunch in the tranquil and peaceful Laxmi Niwas Palace. We continue our journey to Agra where we discover Fatehpur Sikri, an imperial city of the Mughal dynasty. Built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was deserted after only 14 years of rule. The abandoned city is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, providing a wonderful insight into life in the time of the Mughal dynasty. We continue on to Agra and our hotel, the Trident Agra.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 11: Taj Mahal

Agra is home to India’s most iconic attraction, the Taj Mahal, so our morning begins with a visit to this magnificent monument. The Mughals were at the peak of their power and wealth during Shah Jahan’s reign and it is said that over 20,000 stone carvers, masons, and artists from across India, Turkey and Iraq were employed to build this monument to love on the banks of Agra’s Yamuna River. After a wonderful visit to the Taj Mahal we visit the impressive red sandstone Agra Fort which was the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. Embracing grand halls and palaces, the country was governed from here for many years. Our afternoon has been left free to spend as we please. This evening, there is an opportunity to experience Mohabbat The Taj show, depicting the romantic story of the Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Breakfast included

Day 12: Delhi, overnight

For those that wish, you can rise early for another opportunity to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Our vantage point is from across the river at Mehtab Bagh or ‘Moonlit Gardens’, which provide some incredible photo opportunities. Following breakfast in the hotel, we travel with our local tour manager back to Delhi. Staying at the Pride Plaza Hotel, our afternoon is free to take in any last-minute souvenir shopping.
Breakfast included

Day 13: Depart India – arrive UK

We depart Delhi with Emirates and fly via Dubai to our chosen airport. Alternatively, fly with Virgin Atlantic direct to London Heathrow.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

Departure dates & prices

There’s so much to experience in this magical place.  So you’ll be pleased to know that the Golden Triangle and Ranthambore tour already includes so much for its exceptional price.

That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, perfectly located hotels, daily breakfast and many other meals, experienced local tour managers and friendly, knowledgeable guides, and many wonderful sightseeing excursions.

 Golden Triangle & Ranthambore departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
19 January£2,545ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFTcall for offers
02 February£2,545ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFTcall for offers
02 March£2,545ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFTcall for offers
02 November£2,795NEW DATE2 excursions £29
18 January£2,795NEW DATE2 excursions £29
01 February£2,795NEW DATE2 excursions £29
07 March£2,795NEW DATE2 excursions £29


Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single supplement for tours from November 2018: £695 per person.

Single supplement for tours to March 2019: £745 per person.

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Visa: British and Irish Citizens travelling to India will be required to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) before travelling. You can find more information about the eligibility criteria for the e-visa and apply online on the government of India’s e-Tourist Visa website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html  Thecost of this visa is currently (September 2018) USD75 per person. As the government online application can be tricky in places, you may prefer to use a visa agency to simplify the process. We recommend a company called VisaHQ. Please call for details.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

Exceptional value inclusions

Flights with award-winning scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights: Choose to fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow.
  • Alternatively, you can fly direct with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty


Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes


Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £159 per person
  • Five lunches
  • Three dinners


Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
  • Visit the Heritage Transport Museum
  • Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Dinner at 1135AD, located within Amber Fort
  • Two safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Tour of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to the iconic Taj Mahal


On the ground

  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager and local guides
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout


100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

Hand-picked hotels

All the hotels on our tours to India are personally selected by our Directors to ensure they meet their high standards. Over the decades they’ve worked in the travel industry, they’ve come to understand exactly what elements of a hotel work best on a touring holiday.  So throughout your touring holiday in India, rest assured that we’ve aimed to provide top quality accommodation, where service with a smile comes as standard.

Hyatt Regency exterior night

Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

Seriously stylish, the Hyatt Regency New Delhi located right in the heart of the city in Delhi’s central business district. Your stay As you’d expect from a five star hotel, each room at the Hyatt Regency New Delhi is tastefully… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 5
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Trident Exterior

ITC Rajputana Hotel in Jaipur

ITC Raiputana Hotel prides itself on offering the type of hospitality and service in luxury surroundings, which reflect the spirit of Rajasthan and its royalty. For example, the design of the hotel was developed to echo the region’s traditional havelis.… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 4.5
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Jaypee Palace Agra Pool night

Jaypee Palace Hotel in Agra

What you might first notice about the Jaypee Palace Hotel in Agra is the 25 acres of elegantly landscaped gardens surrounding the building. Enjoy a peaceful stroll amongst the lush greenery and you’ll encounter giant water bodies, endless walkways and… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 4
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Lebua LKO pool

Lebua Hotel, Lucknow

Surrounded by luscious greenery, the Lebua Hotel Lucknow is a boutique bungalow hotel conveniently situated in the heart of the city. The heritage property has been expertly restored, enhancing its early 1900s art deco architecture to now also incorporate modern… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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Nahargarh Fort Hotel Exterior

Nahargarh Fort Hotel, Ranthambore

The Nahargarh Fort Hotel Ranthambore is a spectacular building within spectacular grounds, with the most spectacular backdrop. The beautifully landscaped formal gardens are surrounded by an impressive 16th century style fortress. And all this, is nestled between the magnificent Aravali… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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Pride Plaza Exterior & Pool

Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel New Delhi

A stone’s throw away from Delhi’s International Airport, the Pride Plaza Aerocity has a truly relaxing atmosphere. For example, in preparation for your flight home, you can unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s swimming pool, or with a… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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India Ramada Plaza Hotel

Ramada Plaza Hotel in Varanasi

A modern 4* property surrounded by tranquil gardens along with two outdoor swimming pools, making it a great place to relax. The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Varanasi, boasts large modern rooms all with beautiful views of the hotel’s grounds. The hotel… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 4
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The Gateway Hotel, Varanasi Exterior

The Gateway Hotel, Varanasi

Located in the ancient temple city of Varanasi and situated within 40 acres of lush landscaped gardens, is The Gateway Hotel. Its surroundings are a great place for a leisurely morning or evening stroll during your stay. But there’s plenty… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 4
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Trident Agra Swimming Pool

Trident Hotel, Agra

Your stay at the Trident Hotel Agra puts you ever so close to one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, the enchanting Taj Mahal. Also close by and waiting to be explored are ancient buildings that showcase the… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 4
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Trident Exterior

Trident Hotel, Jaipur

Look forward to a truly relaxing stay at the Trident Hotel, Jaipur. Here you can unwind with a drink or a bite to eat after a day exploring with views of the Mansagar Lake as your backdrop. You’ll also want… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 4
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The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore – Freedom Days

During your escorted tour of India, there will be plenty of opportunity to discover your destination with the included sight-seeing and experiences included in your holiday. In addition to this, you have Freedom Days – days in which you can spend as you please, according to your interests. You may decide to use these days to relax at your hotel and recharge before the next adventure. Alternatively, you can opt to take one of the additional activities to experience the food, culture and history of India.

There’s no need to decide everything before you leave the UK – many of our Freedom Day excursions can be arranged locally with your Tour Manager up to the day before.

To learn more about the excursions on offer, simply click on the descriptions below.

Price pp in Indian Rupees (INR)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
 Visit Akshardam Temple & Lotus TempleINR 2762.56GBP £32
 Salam Baalak Walking tour with street children*INR 3021.55GBP £35
 An Introduction to India’s ReligionsINR 2762.56GBP £32
 Fio Country Kitchen and Bar*INR 4143.84GBP £48
 Chor BizarreINR 4143.84GBP £48
 Veda Restaurant*INR 3625.86GBP £42
 Heritage walking tourINR 3280.54GBP £38
 Block printing & Blue Pottery tourINR 3021.55GBP £35
 Organic farm visit & live cooking experienceINR 6906.40GBP £80
 Dera Amer dining experience*INR 4920.81GBP £57
 Dinner and cookery demonstration in a local home*INR 4316.50GBP £50
 Mohabbat the Taj show*INR 3625.86GBP £42

Optional excursions for stopovers in Dubai

If you’ve decided to stopover in Dubai on the way home and extend your holiday, you may want to make the most of your short stay in this exciting destination by taking an optional excursion or two.

Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about any of the optional excursions in Dubai.

Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Traditional Dubai City Tour$51£40
New Dubai City Tour*$101£80
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£85
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$172£135
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$194£153

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Early booking offer – save up to £102 per couple

If you book your Golden Triangle and Ranthambore tour by the 28th February 2019, you can take advantage of our offer of two tours for just £29 per person.   Get to know this surprising and enchanting country a little better during a walking tour in Jaipur, or try your hand at traditional crafts with block painting. In addition, while in Agra, discover the love story behind arguably the world’s most beautiful building, The Taj Mahal, with a performance you wont forget. Together these excursions would would cost usually cost £102 per couple.


Customer reviews

The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore is a new tour with departures in late 2018 and early 2019. This page will be updated with reviews as soon as our returning customers are contacted by the independent reviews company Feefo.  In the meantime, why not take a look at the reviews for our other tours to Australia and New Zealand?  We’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests report back to us.

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‘A fabulous holiday which delivered on itinerary, accommodation, travel and value for money. Would certainly use Distant Journeys in the future and recommend to all’  Mr & Mrs Barber, Derbyshire
Mr & Mrs Barber, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
From booking to returning home this company does it all. Nothing is too much trouble and booking is very straightforward, as a customer we felt very valued’ Mr & Mrs Gunn, Hampshire
Mr & Mrs Gunn, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
"‘A pleasure to always be answered by a friendly, helpful and efficient member of the Distant Journeys Team’' Mr & Mrs Sykes, West Midlands
Mr & Mrs Sykes, Magnificent New Zealand
‘As it says on the tin, New Zealand is Magnificent’ Mr & Mrs Symmons, Maidstone  
Mr & Mrs Symmons, Magnificent New Zealand


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