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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 Shimla, Amritsar, Varanasi or Goa. Alternatively, you could explore the tranquil backwaters and tea plantations of Kerala by combining your Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour with the Splendours of Kerala tour from only £3,190 per person.

The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore, 11 days from only £1,495 per person

With so many highlights including the iconic Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and a tiger talk with a naturalist, Distant Journeys’ brand new 11 day escorted tour of The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore is a must for anyone wanting to experience India. Read more below.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Delhi, 2 nights
  • Day 3: Delhi
  • Day 4: Agra, Overnight
  • Day 5: Ranthambore, 2 nights
  • Day 6: Ranthambore
  • Day 7: Jaipur, 3 nights
  • Day 8: Jaipur
  • Day 9: Jaipur
  • Day 10: Depart India
  • Day 11: Arrive UK

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Etihad Airways from London Heathrow. Flights from Manchester may be possible, please call for details.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 2: Delhi, 2 nights

Our flights to Delhi travel via Abu Dhabi. On arrival into Delhi, we transfer to the delightful Maidens Hotel, a heritage hotel, full of character and charm from a bygone era. 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 and drinks and dinner

 

Day 3: Delhi

Delhi, a city combining the very best of old and modern India, is a wonderful introduction to this mesmerising country. Following breakfast this morning, we embark on a fascinating 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. Later, 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 heritage site, Humayun’s Tomb, where the 16th century Mughal Emperor lies. It’s an action-packed day, concluding with an evening food walk in Old Delhi, where we shall explore the cultural mesh of flavours and Dilli recipes on offer in its many eateries.

 

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 four-star Agra Trident Hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel sits in beautifully landscaped gardens, offering 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 included

 

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 Lake Palace, a tranquil organic retreat nestled in 20 acres of rustic countryside, where we shall venture out with one of the palace’s chefs to pick the fresh vegetables required for the day. We shall turn our hand to cooking local delights in their interactive kitchen, and take lunch in the palace’s serene surroundings. Afterwards, we continue to Ranthambore, for our next two nights at the charming Ranthambore Kothi Hotel. Situated on the edge of Rajasthan’s premier national park, and surrounded by flourishing green forests, it provides the perfect base from which to explore the 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 a different area of the park 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 four star Trident Hotel, which boasts breath-taking views of peaceful Mansagar Lake, Jal Mahal (Jaipur’s stunning water palace) and the Aravalli Range. 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: Depart India

Following breakfast, we bid farewell to wonderful Jaipur and journey to Delhi Airport for our evening flight with Etihad Airways.

 

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, Varanasi – the spiritual capital of India, or perhaps enjoy a relaxing beach stay in Goa?

Alternatively you could explore Southern India by combining your Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour with the Splendours of Kerala tour from only £3,190 per person

 

Included meals: Breakfast and in flight meals and drinks

 

Day 11: Arrive UK

Our flights travel via Abu Dhabi, and arrive into the UK in the morning, bringing to an end our incredible adventure.

 

Included meals: In flight meals and drinks

 

Why not combine the Golden Triangle & Ranthambore with the tranquil backwaters of Kerala?

On certain dates you can combine the Golden Triangle & Ranthambore with our Splendours of Kerala tour, from £3,190 per person. Please call for details.

The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore – Departure dates & prices

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. Supplements to the main tour price for private group tours can be seen below.

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability
 2022
 19 January* £1,695 JUST LAUNCHED
 23 February* £1,695 JUST LAUNCHED
 16 March £1,695 JUST LAUNCHED
 20 April £1,495 JUST LAUNCHED
 19 October £1,795 JUST LAUNCHED
 09 November* £1,795 ONLY 7 ROOMS LEFT
 2023
 18 January* £1,795 JUST LAUNCHED
 22 February* £1,795 JUST LAUNCHED
 15 March £1,795 JUST LAUNCHED
 12 April £1,595 JUST LAUNCHED

 

Splendours of Kerala combination: * These dates can be combined with our Splendours of Kerala tour. Prices from £3,190 per person.

Private Touring Supplements

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

 

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

Single occupancy supplement:
01 September 2021 – 31 August 2022 £345.
01 September 2022 – 31 August 2023 £395.

Deposit: £500 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,500 per person if travelling in business class.

Flight upgrades: Etihad Airways upgrade to Business Class flights from £2,195 per person return.

Private touring: Guests choosing a private tour may select their own departure date. Please note, alternative airlines may be considered or further supplements may apply in certain periods when international flight prices are higher.

Holiday extensions: Extend your holiday with a stay in Shimla, Amritsar, Varanasi or Goa from only £495 per person

Visa information: An e-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: Prices are subject to availability but the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

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.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with Etihad Airways from London Heathrow. Flights from Manchester Airport may be possible, please call for details
  • 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 £287 per person

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 8 dinners

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
  • Evening food walk in Old Delhi
  • Rail journey onboard the Gatimaan Express
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Tour of Chand Baori Step Well, Abhaneri
  • Interactive cooking lesson and 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

On the ground

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

100% confidence

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

Maidens Hotel, Delhi

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi’s grandest and best-preserved buildings. Its sweeping driveway and grand façade give a clue to its illustrious heritage. Built in 1903 to host the attending dignitaries during the 1903 Durbar, held to celebrate the coronation… Find out more >
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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 >
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Ranthambore Kothi Hotel, Ranthambore

Surrounded by lush green forests and with picturesque views over the surrounding scenery, the Ranthambhore Kothi offers an unforgettable experience, and the chance to spot the very rare and elusive white tiger in the wild. The Ranthambhore Kothi is situated… Find out more >
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Trident Hotel, Jaipur

During your tour to India, 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… Find out more >
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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, experience the spiritual river Ganges at sunrise in Varanasi, or simply relax on the white sand beaches of Goa.


Goa beach with sea and palm trees

Goa

4 days from £595pp

A holiday destination since colonial times, Goa is known for being a traveller’s paradise. With its unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, breath-taking coastline stretching along the Arabian Sea, buzzing markets, incredible scenery and magnificent temples, a three night…

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Golden Temple of Amritsar in day with reflection on water

Amritsar

4 days from £495pp

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

6 days from £695

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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Varanasi

4 days from £645pp

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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