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The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore Tour

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India is both enchanting and fascinating, with colourful, bustling cities entwined with a captivating ancient history and an enthralling blend of cultural attractions.

Our Golden Triangle & Ranthambore escorted tour explores the classic Golden Triangle cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, the iconic Taj Mahal and provides an opportunity to search for the elusive, majestic Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore National Park. Distant Journeys will also take you beyond the iconic sights as we enjoy a walking food tour through the streets of old Delhi, experience a rail journey between Delhi and Agra on board the Gatimaan Express and dine with a local family in Jaipur.

Our Golden Triangle tour groups are limited to a maximum of 24 people per departure. As part of a smaller group, you have the opportunity to explore beyond the well-known sights and take a path less trodden with a number of included intimate experiences that wouldn’t be possible with a larger group. Friendships will be forged from shared experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime.

We offer the option of Private Touring on The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore Tour. Enjoy the same expertly crafted itinerary and hand-picked hotels, but with the exclusivity and convenience of your own friendly and knowledgeable guides, your own private vehicle and your own choice of departure date. Whether you prefer to travel with a group of friends, as a family, or you are celebrating a special occasion as a couple, our private touring holidays provide affordable exclusivity and flexibility for groups of any size.

You can take the opportunity to explore more of this fascinating country, by extending your holiday with a guided tour in Amritsar, Shimla, or Varanasi. Alternatively, you could explore book our 14-day Golden Triangle & Goa tour?

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Day 1

Depart UK

Depart with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow for our overnight flight to Delhi.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Delhi, 2 nights

On arrival into Delhi, we transfer to the impressive ITC Maurya. In the evening, we meet our Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a welcome drink, where we will have the opportunity to become better acquainted for our adventures ahead. Dinner will follow in the pleasant surroundings of the hotel.

Included meals:

In-flight meals, drinks and dinner

Day 3

Delhi

Delhi is a city combining the very best of old and modern India, an introduction to this mesmerising country. After breakfast this morning, we embark on a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, taking in sights as we ride through its streets, including the Red Fort – famed for its opulence, and being the palace of the Mughal Empire in the 1500’s. We also visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, as well as the lively old-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 on we witness the imposing India Gate and striking Parliament House, and further 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

This morning, we make our way to the railway station where we board India’s historic and first semi-high-speed train, the Gatimaan Express, to Agra. On arrival, we visit Agra Fort, a historical fort which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors until 1638, before travelling to our hotel, the delightful ITC Mughal. Sitting amongst beautiful landscaped gardens the hotel provides the perfect retreat from the city.

Tour Highlight
This evening, as the sun sets, we venture out to see India’s most iconic attraction and testament of love, the Taj Mahal. Commissioned in 1632 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this breath-taking complex is said to have been constructed on the banks of Agra’s Yamuna River by over 20,000 stone carvers, masons, and artists from across India, Turkey and Iraq. We witness this magnificent monument for a sunset like no other.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Ranthambore, 2 nights

We leave Agra behind and journey to Abhaneri. Unique to India, Chand Baori at Abhaneri is a 13 storey, 1300-year-old stepwell, constructed with mind-blowing geometry and aesthetics. Our next stop is Umaid Palace, a tranquil organic retreat nestled in 20 acres of rustic countryside where we will take lunch in the palace’s serene surroundings. Afterwards, we continue to Ranthambore, for our next two nights at the Ranthambore Regency Hotel. Situated within close proximity to Ranthambore, the hotels provides the perfect base from which to explore Rajasthan’s premier national park. This evening experience a tiger talk with a local naturalist and learn more about Ranthambore’s most famous and imposing inhabitant.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Ranthambore

An early start as we journey into Ranthambore National Park, a former private hunting ground of India’s great ruler, the Maharaja. The park is famed for its majestic and elusive tigers, and celebrated for its wildlife conservation. Keep an eye out for marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, monkeys, leopards, samba deer, and over 250 bird species – all of which inhabit this incredible part of the world. We’ll board our open shared canter vehicle for our first safari, prior to breakfast. We embark on our second safari this afternoon, to explore the park further in our search for the incredible wildlife roaming the lands and waters of this eminent park. Dinner this evening is at our hotel, when we can reflect on the day’s adventures.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Jaipur, 3 nights

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. Following lunch, we journey to the opulent ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Our accommodation in Jaipur is the ITC Rajputana inspired by the imposing architecture of Rajasthan’s traditional havelis. The evening is ours to enjoy in the most perfect surroundings.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Jaipur

Following breakfast, we shall travel a short distance to meet our waiting jeeps, which will take us to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site – the magnificent Amber Fort. Set amidst dramatic pink hills and overlooking Maota Lake, the nostalgic Amber Fort is a fabulous example of Rajput architecture. Later this evening enjoy the unique delight of a cooking demonstration, and an exclusive insight into Rajasthani family life with dinner at a family home.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Jaipur

This morning we enjoy a tour of the delightful sights of City Palace, including its complex maze of gardens, courtyards and impressive buildings. We also visit Jantar Mantar, the ancient equinoctial sundial, and stop for a photo opportunity at Hawa Mahal, Jaipur’s amazing pink sandstone palace. The rest of the day is ours to spend as we please. In the evening, why not take an optional guided walk and visit the old stables which were converted into a market? Closely observe the gathering of local milk sellers, promoting their products for the production of delicious Indian sweets, or meander through the neighbouring eateries serving local delicacies.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 10

Delhi, Overnight

Tourist showing Indian ladies a photo on his camera

Following breakfast, we bid farewell to wonderful Jaipur and journey to Delhi and our overnight stay at the Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity. We spend our final night in India with new-found friends, sharing tales of our adventures, as we dine together one final time.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 11

Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

We depart this morning for Delhi Airport for our morning flight with Virgin Atlantic, arriving in London later today.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

See more of India

Why not extend your Golden Triangle & Ranthambore holiday with a stay in the hill station of Shimla, or possibly Amritsar – home to the spectacular Golden Temple or perhaps Varanasi – the spiritual capital of India?

 

Departure dates & prices

SAVE up to £200 per person! Book this tour departing from September 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 really want to get to know India in-depth you can also enjoy 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
01 March*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
03 March*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
06 March*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
13 March*£2,195ON REQUEST
15 March*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
05 April*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
07 April*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
25 OctoberSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
19 SeptemberSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
21 September£2,195 £2,045AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person
03 October£2,345 £2,195AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person
24 OctoberSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
26 October£2,345 £2,1955 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
07 November£2,345 £2,1952 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
09 November£2,345 £2,1951 ROOMSAVE £150 per person
2025
16 January£2,395 £2,2455 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
01 February£2,395 £2,2453 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
15 February£2,395 £2,2451 SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOMSAVE £150 per person
17 February£2,395 £2,2453 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
01 March£2,395 £2,2457 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
03 March£2,395 £2,2451 SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOMSAVE £150 per person
17 March£2,395 £2,245AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person
03 April£2,295 £2,1454 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
08 May£1,995 £1,845AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person
20 September£2,195 £1,995AVAILABLESAVE £200 per person
04 October£2,345 £2,145AVAILABLESAVE £200 per person
23 October£2,345 £2,145AVAILABLESAVE £200 per person
03 November£2,345 £2,145AVAILABLESAVE £200 per person

*These dates operate with a slightly different itinerary. Please click here for details.

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

Single occupancy supplement
£495

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

So much included

Our escorted holidays to India are designed to offer superb value for money. And the great news is that on The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, so much of what you will do and see is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, an experienced local tour manager, and many amazing excursions, already paid for. Importantly, we also include breakfast and dinner, every day, plus three lunches. All you need to do is bring some spending money for extra meals and of course those all-important souvenirs.

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 £350 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
  • Tiger talk with naturalist and two safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort, Jaipur

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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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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Holiday Extensions

To make the most of your time in India, why not extend your stay after the Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, with one of our holiday extensions? You could ride the UNESCO Toy Train to Shimla, see the Golden Temple of Amritsar or experience the spiritual river Ganges at sunrise in Varanasi.


Golden Temple of Amritsar in day with reflection on water

Amritsar

3 nights from £545pp

Located in the northern Indian state of Punjab, Amritsar was established in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das. Home to the magnificent Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest shrine and a worthy rival to the Taj Mahal as India’s most…

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Aerial view of Shimla

Shimla

4 nights from £745

Shimla was known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ and was the summer capital during British rule in India. Surrounded by steep forested hills falling away on all sides, and with snow-covered mountains as a backdrop, it is little wonder…

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Flowers with fire for Aarti ceremony

Varanasi

3 nights from £795pp

Varanasi is India’s spiritual home. A sacred 3,000-year-old Hindu city, resting on the banks of the illustrious Ganges. A city filled with enchanting mysticism, astonishing temples and sacred waters. Most visitors agree, whilst not for the faint-hearted, Varanasi is both…

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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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