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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 from either Birmingham, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Heathrow or Manchester with Emirates – you can choose the most convenient airport for you at no extra cost. These all include a change of aircraft in Dubai. You also have the option to fly direct to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow at no extra cost.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Delhi, 3 nights

All Emirates flights travel via Dubai, while Virgin Atlantic flights travel directly to Delhi. Once you’ve landed in Delhi, you’ll be transferred to your first home from home in India, the five-star Hyatt Regency hotel. This evening is a great opportunity to enjoy a welcome drink and get to know your Tour Manager and fellow travellers, ready for the adventures that lie ahead.
 In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3: Delhi

Our first destination in our Indian adventure is Delhi, the perfect introduction to the country, offering a blend of the traditional and modern. A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi starts off our day, taking us past many of the city’s historic treasures. Our rickshaw journey will travel via the opulent Red Fort, an impressive Moghul palace, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and Chandni Chowk, a lively market burst with colour. We will also visit the imposing India Gate and Parliament House in New Delhi before stopping for a spot of lunch at the Olive Bar & Kitchen. The afternoon will see us take in the landmarks of New Delhi, demonstrating how the city has become a melting pot of religions and cultures. These include Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar, a towering minaret made from red sandstone and white marble, dating back to the 13th century and measuring 75 metres high.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4: Delhi Freedom Day

The first of our Freedom Days during our time in India, where you are welcome to spend your day as you like. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be there for you to offer any advice on the local area, from what to do to where to eat, and can also help with any excursions or arrangements you may need. One suggestion is to visit two of the most architecturally impressive temples in India, the Lotus Temple and the Akshardham Temple, or alternatively enjoy an introduction to the country’s many languages, cultures and religions. There is also the option to take a tour of the markets and schools of Delhi, with local street children leading the way – part of a project supported by the Salaam Baalak trust. This evening, you can also choose to dine in one of three excellent restaurants personally chosen by us, each offering their own take on the delectable 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

Explore Jaipur at your own pace with a Freedom Day, where you can sit back and relax or take in as much of the city as you wish. A heritage walking tour through the old city, showcasing the local trades and crafts, is one of our optional activities for today. We also offer the chance to visit a local organic farm and watch a live cookery demonstration, or to learn all about the ancient art of hand block printing and the manufacture of the area’s famous Blue Pottery. This evening we will enjoy a meal to remember at the delightful 1135AD. Here you can dine like royalty, as this acclaimed restaurant is set within the Amber Fort’s historic ramparts.
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

This morning we rise early, ready to explore another fascinating area of the National Park. We will travel through more of Ranthambore again in the hope of seeing more of the amazing wildlife, including the elusive tigers. Returning to the hotel for breakfast, the rest of the day can be spent as you please. After a few busy days of exploration, a spot by the hotel pool may be the perfect place to enjoy some R&R, before enjoying a barbecue dinner surrounded by picturesque views of the hotel grounds at twilight.
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’ve sadly come to the end of our Indian adventure, flying back to our chosen airport in the UK. Emirates flights will fly via Dubai before arriving at the airport of your choice, while Virgin Atlantic flights fly 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
2019
02 March£2,545ON REQUESTcall for offers
02 November£2,795NEW DATE2 excursions £29
2020
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.

Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Delhi
Visit Akshardam Temple & Lotus Temple£32
Salam Baalak Walking tour with street children* £37
An Introduction to India’s Religions £32
Jaipur
Heritage walking tour £46
Block printing & Blue Pottery tour£32
Organic farm visit & live cooking experience £80
Dinner and cookery demonstration in a local home*£50
Agra
Mohabbat the Taj show*£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)
Dubai
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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