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Golden Triangle & Goa

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With majestic forts and a myriad of temples, abundant wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery, rich history and vibrant culture, the Golden Triangle and Goa tour distils India’s energy into an adventure-filled holiday with vivid sights and sounds at every turn.

After exploring the bustling cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, visiting the iconic Taj Mahal and searching for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park, shift down a gear and fly south to the palm-fringed, white sands of the Arabian Sea coast and Goa, India’s former Portuguese colony. A holiday destination since colonial times, Goa is known for being a traveller’s paradise, where the pace of life slows, and the emphasis is on relaxation. Goa is much more than just its beaches, with a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures reflected in its well-preserved architecture, lively markets and delicious cuisine.

Travelling with a small group of just 24 people, The Golden Triangle & Goa tour will leave memories that will stay with you forever of the magical, mesmerising country of India.

Or choose to enjoy the same expertly crafted itinerary and hand-picked hotels, with the option of Private Touring on this holiday.

Save up to £200 per person on all India tours departing from September 2024 when you book by 1st July 2024.

Day 1

Depart UK

Indian lady in traditional dress

Fly from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic on our overnight flight to Delhi.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Delhi, 2 nights

Delhi skyline with dusky light

On arrival, our transfer will take us to the impressive ITC Maurya Hotel in Delhi, where we  will spend our first two nights in India. Later that evening, join our knowledgeable Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel. This is a great opportunity to get to know the group ahead of your adventures.

Included meals:

In-flight meals, drinks and dinner

Day 3

Delhi

Couple viewing Jama Masjid Delhi

Delhi offers a fascinating insight into India’s rich history while offering a glimpse of modern-day India. After breakfast, we begin our day with a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, exploring the sights as we ride through the streets, including the Red Fort, an opulent palace from the Mughal Empire in the 1500s. We visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, along with the lively city-market Chandni Chowk. It’s an action-packed morning, concluding with a street food walk in Old Delhi, where we explore the cultural mesh of flavours and Dilli recipes on offer in its many eateries. Later, we also witness the imposing India Gate and Parliament House as we explore New Delhi. Visits include Qutub Minar, a 13th century red sandstone and white marble minaret measuring 75 metres tall, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb, where the 16th century Mughal Emperor lies.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 4

Agra, Overnight

Taj Mahal in Agra

Following breakfast, we take a trip to the railway station to board India’s first semi-high-speed train – the Gatimaan Express – to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, we explore Agra Fort, an impressive fort that was once the main residence of the Mughal emperors. After, we travel to our beautiful overnight hotel, the ITC Mughal Hotel, located just a short distance from the Taj Mahal. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, offering a sense of calm in the city.

Tour Highlight
As the night draws in, we venture out to explore India’s most iconic attraction – the Taj Mahal. Commissioned in 1632 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this breathing attraction is a true testament of love. It is said to have been constructed on the banks of Agra’s Yamuna River by over 20,000 stone carvers, artists and masons from across the country, Iraq and Turkey. Witnessing this incredible monument at sunset is an experience like no other.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Ranthambore, 2 nights

Indian ladies in stepwell India

As we leave Agra behind, we journey to Abhaneri and pay a visit to Chand Baori, a 13-storey, 1,300-year-old steepwell famed for its impressive geometry and aesthetics. Next, we visit Umaid Palace, a tranquil retreat nestled amongst India’s rustic countryside. We Enjoy lunch in the palace’s stunning surroundings. After, we continue our journey to Ranthambore, where we will enjoy our next two nights at the Ranthambore Regency Hotel. The hotel is located near Rajasthan’s premier national park, a picturesque animal sanctuary surrounded by flourishing forests. In the evening, we enjoy a tiger talk with a local naturalist as we learn more about Ranthambore’s most famous inhabitant.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Ranthambore

Tiger sat in Ranthambore National Park, India

An early start is on the cards as we journey into Ranthambore National Park. Before breakfast, we board the open shared canter vehicle our first safari through the park. Celebrated for its wildlife conservation, and famed for its majestic and elusive tigers, the park was once the hunting ground of India’s great ruler, the Maharaja. The park is also home to marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, monkeys, sambar deer, leopards and over 250 different species of bird. It’s an impressive sight to behold. We return to the hotel, where we can relax before we further explore the park this afternoon. As the evening draws in, enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner at the hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Jaipur, 3 nights

Tourist showing indian ladies an image on his camera

This morning, enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel to relax and unwind. After lunch, we travel to the opulent ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. In Jaipur, we stay three nights at the majestic ITC Rajputana Hotel in the heart of the city. The hotel was inspired by the architecture of Rajasthan’s traditional havelis. In the evening, enjoy some downtime as you explore the hotel’s beautiful surroundings.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Jaipur

Couple smiling for the camera at Amber Fort Jaipur

After breakfast, we journey to our waiting jeeps that will take us to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the magnificent Amber Fort, set amongst the dramatic pink hills and overlooking the picturesque Maota Lake. This impressive fort is a beautiful example of Rajput architecture. Later, enjoy a unique cookery demonstration at a family home, offering an exclusive insight into Rajasthani family life with dinner at a family home.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Jaipur

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

This morning, we take a trip to the City Palace to explore its maze of gardens, impressive courtyards and eye-catching architecture. We also visit Jantar Mantar, the ancient equinoctial sundial, before stopping for a photo at Hawa Mahal, the impressive pink sandstone palace. The rest of the day is yours to spend how you please, or join us for a guided walk as we visit the old stables that have since been converted into a market. Observe locals selling and promoting their products, from milk to sweets, or meander through the neighbouring eateries to try a local delicacy or two.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 10

Goa, 3 nights

Indian Beach

Today, we bid farewell to wonderful Jaipur. We travel to Jaipur Airport for our flight to Goa. A holiday destination since colonial times, Goa is known for being a traveller’s paradise. On arrival, we transfer to the Zuri White Sands Hotel, where we will spend the next three nights. Located on Varca Beach and spread across 37 acres, the resort is ideal for enjoying Goa’s famous beaches.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 11

Goa Freedom Day

Flowers in spa basked

Your day is at leisure to spend as you please, whether it be unwinding beside the hotel pool or enjoying a spa treatment at Maya Spa. Alternatively, why not spend a day at the picturesque Varca Beach, known for its calm waters and glorious white sands?

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 12

Goa Freedom Day

Façade of Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa

A further Freedom Day to enjoy this popular region. You may wish to take this opportunity to visit the famed Bom Jesus Basilica Church during an optional half-day tour. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of a kind in India and is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. The tour also visits one of the area’s many thriving and eclectic markets, selling anything from local spices to beautiful handmade scarves and crafts

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Delhi, Overnight

Fishing Boats on Indian Beach

Continue to enjoy the delights of Goa until it is time to depart for our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival we make our way to the Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, where we shall have our final night in India.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 14

Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

Young Indian Lady celebration Holi Festival, India

After 14 fun-filled days, following breakfast, we travel to Delhi Airport for our morning flight with Virgin Atlantic. We will arrive back in London later today.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Departure dates & prices

SAVE up to £200 per person! Book this tour departing from October 2024, or any of the holidays featured in our India & Sri Lanka brochure, and save up to £200 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024.

At Distant Journeys we believe in delivering exceptional value for money, and a smaller group with a maximum of 24 guests will help you to really engage with this fascinating country.

If you prefer you can also enjoy this holiday as a private tour where you will travel exclusively as your own group, allowing for a more personal experience and greater flexibility.

Click here to view supplements to the main tour price for private group tours.

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2024
14 October£2,995 £2,845JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £150 per person
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31 October£2,995 £2,845JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £150 per person
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08 November£2,995 £2,8451 ROOMSAVE £150 per person
15 November£2,995 £2,8451 SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOMSAVE £150 per person
2025
17 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
20 January£3,095 £2,945JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £150 per person
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31 January£3,095 £2,9451 ROOMSAVE £150 per person
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10 February£3,095 £2,945JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £150 per person
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28 February£3,095 £2,9451 ROOMSAVE £150 per person
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14 March£3,095 £2,945JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £150 per person
04 April£2,895 £2,7454 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
17 October£2,995 £2,795JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person
07 November£2,995 £2,7951 ROOMSAVE £200 per person
2026
16 January£3,095 £2,895JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person
06 February£3,095 £2,895JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person
06 March£3,095 £2,895JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person
03 April£2,925 £2,725JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person

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

Single occupancy supplement
October 2024 – March 2025: £795.
April 2025: £645
October 2025 – March 2026: £795.
April 2026 : £645.

Deposit
£500 per person if travelling Economy Class, £1,000 per person if travelling Premium Economy and £1,500 per person for Business Class.

Flight upgrades
Virgin Atlantic upgrade to Premium Economy from £995 per person return, or Business Class from £2,895 per person return.

Visa information
A Tourist visa is required for travel to India. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to our FAQ’s page.

Important information
Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

 

Private Touring Supplements

Should you prefer to take the Golden Triangle & Goa tour as a Private Tour, please add the relevant supplement below to the main tour price.

Guests choosing a Private Tour may select their own departure date.

Number of Guests Tour Supplement (pp)
All Dates
2 guests From £395
3-4 guests From £295
5-9 guests From £195
10-14 guests From £95
15+ guests No extra charge

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

Please note, alternative airlines may be considered or further supplements may apply in certain periods when international flight prices are higher.

All of our India tours are available as a private tour.

So much included

Our escorted holidays to India are designed to offer superb value for money and our Golden Triangle & Goa tour is no exception. So much of what you will do and see is already included in the price.

Small group touring

  • Maximum only 24 passengers

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals worth £451 per person

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Three lunches
  • Dinner each evening

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
  • Food walk in Old Delhi
  • Rail journey onboard the Gatimaan Express
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Tour of Chand Baori Step Well, Abhaneri
  • Lunch at Umaid Lake Palace
  • Tiger talk with naturalist in Ranthambore
  • Two safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Three-night stay in the beach resort of Goa

On the ground

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

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

ITC Maurya Hotel, Delhi

The ITC Maurya Hotel is a landmark hotel situated in New Delhi’s exclusive Diplomatic Enclave. Known for its distinctive architecture, the hotel’s imposing stepped structure echoes the design of a Buddhist stupa, and the ceiling of the grand lobby recreates… Find out more >
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ITC Mughal Hotel, Agra

Set among acres of lush gardens, laid out in traditional Mughal style, the ITC Mughal is a resort hotel set in close proximity to the Taj Mahal. With elegantly styled rooms and four different dining options to suit all tastes,… Find out more >
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Ranthambore Regency Hotel, Ranthambore

The Ranthambore Regency Hotel is an ideal hotel for relaxation and exploration. With a superb location, just a short drive from Ranthambore National Park and surrounded by verdant gardens the Ranthambore Regency provides a tranquil place to relax after a… Find out more >
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ITC Rajputana Hotel, Jaipur

Situated in the heart of Jaipur, the ITC Rajputana Hotel is inspired by the imposing traditional architecture of Rajasthan, built in the style of Rajasthan’s traditional havelis, or mansion houses. The elegant exterior encircles a central atrium with tinkling fountains… Find out more >
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Zuri White Sands Resort, Goa

South Goa is well known for its long swathes of white sand beaches, and among the best of these is beautiful Varca Beach, stretching for 10km along the coast. Right by the beach sits the aptly-named Zuri White Sands Resort.… Find out more >
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Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, Delhi

Pride Plaza Hotel is situated in New Delhi’s modern Aerocity area, so named for its handy proximity to Delhi Airport. The hotel is built on a grand scale, and boasts ultra-modern facilities blended with authentic Indian furnishings and artwork. An… Find out more >
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Jaipur: Walking Tour

Your local guide will take you on a fascinating walk through the streets of Jaipur as evening falls. You will visit the bustling market, a former stables, and walk down narrow lanes packed with shops selling everything from vibrantly-coloured bridal clothing to jewellery and traditional handicrafts.

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Goa: Half Day Tour

On your Freedom Day in Goa, you may wish to take a half day sightseeing tour to explore the region further. A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exemplary baroque architecture.

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From start to finish a great tour of the golden triangle with knowledgeable local guides. Nothing was too much trouble for them introducing us to the Indian sights and culture.

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