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The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore Tour

The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore Tour

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
You’ll leave the UK from the airport that’s most convenient for you: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow, flying with Emirates, and travelling via Dubai. Alternatively, you can choose to fly direct with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. Whichever airport or airline you select, there’s no additional cost.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Delhi, 3 nights
No matter where in the UK you’re flying from, you’ll arrive in the bustling capital Delhi and transfer to the Hyatt Regency, a five star hotel in the centre of New Delhi. You’ll have the chance to meet your fellow travellers and your Tour Manager with a welcome drink, giving you a great opportunity to find out more about your upcoming adventure.

Day 3: Delhi
The capital of modern India, Delhi is comprised of two adjoining cities, Old and New Delhi. We start the day with a tour of Chandani Chowk in Old Delhi, one of the oldest markets in the city. We’ll navigate the bustling, narrow streets on a cycle rickshaw which will also take us via the opulent Mughal-built Red Fort, whose main gate faces the market. There is also a visit to Jama Masjid, which is India’s largest Mosque, before we stop for a delicious lunch at the Olive Bar & Kitchen. Refuelled and refreshed, we’ll spend the afternoon in New Delhi. The contrast between the Old and New cities can be seen in the wide, tree-lined boulevards, manicured gardens and impressive government buildings. There’s still plenty of history to be found here, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Humayun’s Tomb,and Qutub Minar, the largest brick minaret in the world at 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 help with advice on things to do, and to make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. Perhaps you would like to learn about India’s melting pot of different cultures, languages and religions during a half day tour, or take a walking tour of Delhi’s schools and markets, guided by street children who are supported by the Salaam Baalak Trust. This evening, we have the option to dine in one of three distinct restaurants: Fio Country Kitchen blends traditional Indian cuisine with more Mediterranean influences, and Veda serves a wide range of dishes spanning the Indian subcontinent. If you would like to try something a little different, you also have the option of dining at Chor Bizarre – a themed restaurant capturing the spirit of the thieves market.

Breakfast included

Day 5: Jaipur, 3 nights

This morning, following breakfast, we’ll begin the journey to Jaipur. En route, we’ll stop to visit the fantastic Heritage Transport Museum. During our self-guided tour, we’ll journey through the history of India’s motor industry – and admire some of the perfectly preserved cars on site. We’ll then continue on to the ‘Pink City’ and to our hotel, the ITC Rajputana which is located in the heart of Jaipur.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 6: Jaipur
We start our morning by heading out of the city and to waiting Jeeps which will wind their way up the steep slopes of the magnificent Amber Fort, one of the most famous examples of Rajput design and architecture, not to mention the intricately decorated interior of mirror, ivory and glasswork. As part of our Golden Triangle Tour, we visit this UNESCO World Heritage site in addition to a photo-stop at the Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds – with its overhanging windows, lattice work, domes and spires. We’ll then spend the afternoon discovering more of the delights of Jaipur. We’ll visit the City Palace Museum, with its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal Art, plus Jantar Mantar, an amazing observatory which was built in 1726, yet still provides accurate information today.
This evening, we have the option to enjoy one of two fantastic dining experiences. These do come at an extra cost, however you’ll have the choice of dining under the stars, surrounded by the Aravali Hills at Dera Amer. Alternatively you can choose to dine in the home of a local Rajasthani family, where you will be treated to a cooking demonstration and an insight into well-heeled Indian life, in the company of your friendly hosts.
Breakfast included

Jaipur Freedom Day & Amber Fort Dinner
Our first Freedom Day in India is an opportunity to explore Jaipur under our own steam, or simply decide to relax at the hotel. Speak to your Distant Journeys Tour Manager who is on hand to help you make the most of your time in India. They can make any arrangements or book excursions for you do more of what you enjoy. You could take part in a heritage walking tour, learning about the local crafts and trades as you wind through the narrow streets of the old city. There is also the opportunity visit a local organic farm, with a cookery demonstration, utilising produce from the garden; or discover the ancient art of hand block printing and the region’s famous.
Undoubtedly a real highlight of the tour will be this evening; for we will be having a lavish dinner served at 1135AD, a beautiful restaurant set within the historic ramparts of Amber Fort. In our opulent surroundings we’ll dine like royals, complete with the Amber Fort illuminated against the night sky.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 8: Ranthambore, 2 nights
After our magical send-off from Jaipur, this morning we’ll make our way to our hotel in Ranthambore. Nahargarh, is a fantastic hotel which has been built in the style of a traditional Rajput hunting palace. Ranthambore National Park was once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja, and it’s easy to understand why. The forested park features rugged, rocky ridges, lakes and wide, open valleys and is home to over 250 species of bird. The hunting days are gone, and the park is now celebrated for its wildlife conservation, particularly its majestic tigers. Following lunch, we’ll take our first game drive in the park, aboard open canter vehicles. Although the tiger is the park’s most famous – and most elusive – resident, keep an eye out for leopards, sloth bears, monkeys, and marsh crocodiles. After what will surely be an exciting afternoon, we’ll return to our hotel in time for dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 9: Ranthambore
We have an early start this morning, so that we can explore a different area of the National Park in search of more wildlife, plus we’ll see some of the impressive forts, and ancient temple ruins dotting the landscape. We return to our hotel in time for breakfast, with the remainder of the day free to spend as we would like. You might like to take advantage of the pretty pool area – it’s a fantastic spot to relax with a good book. This evening the hotel’s beautifully manicured grounds is our location for dinner, where we’ll enjoy an alfresco barbecue.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: Agra, 2 nights
This morning we leave Ranthambore and make our way to Bharatpur. We’ll stop for lunch in the opulent Laxmi Niwas Palace before we journey to Fatehpur Sikri – The City of Victory. The city was built in the 16th century, but was abandoned after only 14 years of rule. The city is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, having been fantastically well preserved. After our tour of Fatehpur Sikri, we’ll continue to Agra and to our home for the next two nights, the Jaypee Palace.
Breakfast and lunch included

Agra and the Taj Mahal
Agra – a city home to India’s most iconic attraction: the Taj Mahal. This morning we’ll enjoy our first experience of this majestic building. It took 22 years and over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock to complete this famous monument to love. Its white marble exterior and sparkling gemstones makes this arguably the most beautiful building in the world. Today we also visit Agra Fort, an impressive 16th century red sandstone monument which stretches out for 2.5 kilometres along the banks of the River Yamuna. We then have the afternoon free to spend as we wish. This evening, why not immerse yourself further in the love story behind the Taj Mahal – Mohabbat the Taj show is an 80-minute song and dance spectacular.
Breakfast included

Day 12: Delhi, overnight
If you’d like another opportunity to view the Taj Mahal, there is the opportunity for an early trip to the Mehtab Bagh or Moonlit Gardens, just across the river. These beautiful gardens offer a perfect opportunity to view the monument – not to mention the incredible photo opportunities during sunrise. Once we’ve had breakfast at the hotel, we’ll make our way back to New Delhi. The afternoon has been left free, and in the evening we’ll celebrate our time in this magnificent country – and the friends we’ve made – with a celebratory dinner at our hotel, the Pride Plaza.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 13: Depart India – Arrive UK
Leaving Delhi, we fly via Dubai to your chosen UK airport with Emirates, or alternatively, direct to London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic.
Breakfast,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.

2018/2019 Golden Triangle & Ranthambore departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
03 November£2,545ONLY 8 ROOMS LEFT 3 evening meals for £39
19 January£2,545ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT 3 evening meals for £39
02 February£2,545ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT 3 evening meals for £39
02 March£2,545ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT 3 evening meals for £39

Please note these tours are combined with those taking the Journey Through India tour.

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

Single supplement: £695 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 2017) 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 leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with Virgin Atlantic (London Heathrow only) or Emirates
  • Depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow
  • Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are available on selected international routes for a supplement

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations, as detailed in the itinerary

Many meals included

  • Daily breakfast included, worth £144 per person
  • Five lunches included
  • Dinner at Amber Fort
  • Farewell dinner
  • Two further dinners included

Unforgettable experiences included

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra
  • Visit the Heritage Transport Museum
  • Explore Amber Fort, including Jeep ride
  • Two safari drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • The iconic Taj Mahal

We include even more…

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Managers and Coach Captains
  • All hotel porterage
  • All overseas transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned coaches
  • All airport charges, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • ATOL protection for your holiday

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 New Delhi

Set in the heart of New Delhi, the Hyatt Regency Delhi is surrounded by many local restaurants, monuments and shopping areas. The hotel boats bright and modern rooms, perfect for unwinding after a busy day sightseeing. This 5* hotel in… Find out more >
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ITC Rajputana Hotel in Jaipur

The ITC Rajputana Jaipur is conveniently located right in the heart of the bustling city. The hotel has been beautifully and elegantly decorated to give the hotel a palatial feel – perfect for escaping the busy city. All guest rooms… Find out more >
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Jaypee Palace Hotel in Agra

Set amongst 25 acres of beautiful landscape gardens, the Jaypee Palace is a tranquil and elegant hotel. The Jaypee Palace hotel in Agra offers a large outdoor swimming pool, Turkish baths, spa facilities, and spacious comfortable guest rooms. With seven… Find out more >
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Nahargarh Fort Hotel Ranthambore

Nestled between the Aravali Ranges and Ranthambore National Park, Nahargarh Fort Ranthambore provides a tranquil setting for your stay. Relax in the hotel’s courtyards or surrounding gardens and retreat to the swimming pool for a swim after your thrilling game… Find out more >
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Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel New Delhi

Situated a stone’s throw away from Delhi’s International Airport, the Pride Plaza Aerocity provides a modern and convenient base for your final night in India. Unwind and relax ahead of your flight home and make use of the hotel’s swimming… Find out more >
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The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore – Freedom Days

When it comes to exploring your destination and discovering new places, it’s important to find the right balance between ensuring you see all the best bits, and still finding time to do the things that interest you. That’s why you have Freedom Days – days which you can spend as you please, with a range of included activities to choose from.  Or of course you can just relax in the comfort of your hotel and recharge your batteries ready for more adventures ahead.

And you don’t have to decide everything before you leave the UK – you can choose many of the excursions as late as the day before, and your local Tour Manager will make all the arrangements for you.

Simply click on the description of each excursion available in the various destinations to read more about it.

Price pp in Indian Rupees (INR)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
 Visit Akshardam Temple & Lotus TempleINR 2763GBP £32
 Salam Baalak Walking tour with street children***INR 3022GBP £35
 An Introduction to India’s ReligionsINR 2763GBP £32
 Fio Country Kitchen and Bar***INR 4144GBP £48
 Chor BizarreINR 4144GBP £48
 Veda Restaurant***INR 3626GBP £42
 Heritage walking tourINR 3281GBP £38
 Block printing & Blue Pottery tourINR 3022GBP £35
 Organic farm visit & live cooking experienceINR 6906GBP £80
 Dera Amer dining experience with welcome by elephants***INR 4921GBP £57
 Dinner and cookery demonstration in a local home***INR 4317GBP £50
 Mohabbat the Taj show***INR 3626GBP £42

***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 £116 per couple

If you book your Golden Triangle and Ranthambore tour by the 31st August 2018, you can take advantage of our offer of three wonderful meals for only £39 per person. Together they would cost £194, meaning you’ll save £116 per couple.

Your included meals will be in your hotel on your first night in India, your first night in Jaipur and your first night in Agra.

Dubai Offer, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotel

After all the amazing sights and experiences you will have enjoyed during your tour of India, you might feel like a little rest and relaxation on the way home – time to reflect on all that you’ve done and seen…

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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.

‘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
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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  
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