India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade

“Tailor made week being chauffeured between Delhi, Jaipur and Agra for guided city tours, hotel accommodation and sunrise/sunset at the Taj Mahal.”

Highlights

Guided tour of new and old Delhi | Guided tour of Jaipur | City tour of Agra | Experience sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal |

Description of India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade

This short but high quality trip takes in the most famous sites in northern India. This circuit of Delhi Agra and Jaipur is often referred to as the 'Golden Triangle' as it takes in some of the finest examples of India's architectural and cultural heritage making it one of the most popular India holidays. It is an ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India wanting to see the classic sites like the Taj Mahal, The Pink City, and the historic capital.

This is an easy trip that does not require any particular special fitness. This itinerary is based on very good hotels and should find this short itinerary will be at a relaxing pace. Best time to go is around October to mid-April. The monsoons season is normally from June to September. The temperature should range from a low of about 22°c to a high of 32°c.

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This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you, and adapted to your requirements as necessary
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Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We are pleased to have been recognised by a number of global awards as being one of the leading exponents of responsible travel. It is our aim that nothing which our company does abroad or at home compromises the environment and the wildlife or exploits the local people. We look for positive impact, so the money generated by tourism is helping locally. We don't ram these principles down your throat.

Fundamentally we want you to have an outstanding holiday, whether you are on a safari, trekking, or relaxing on the beach. But by travelling with us you can do this in the knowledge that we have put in the background research to make sure that your money is being put to good use.

On this trip we recommend the use of heritage properties in support of the cultural heritage of the built environment. Without tourism many fantastic buildings would have fallen into a sad state of dereliction. Money from tourism has helped regenerate these architectural masterpieces.

As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.

As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.

Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.


Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We only use local Indian guides for this trip who have an in-depth knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, their country and their culture.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

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7 Reviews of India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade

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Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It is very hard to pick one part as we did so much. But hiking in Nepal was amazing and defiantly the but we would consider doing more of.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it!!!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think so, we stayed mostly in local family hotels. Although there was a push for the elephant rides in India which I didn't agree with.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks for the lovely feedback. We’re delighted you had such a good time. We are disappointed, however, that you were offered an elephant ride. This is something that we nor Responsible Travel condone and our partners in India know this. The guide in question that pushed the elephant ride will be re-trained to be clear about this so that this does not happen again. We’re sorry you were put in an awkward position on this point, but obviously delighted that the trip as a whole was so good.


Reviewed on 03 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Too many to say. Was exciting from beginning to end.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Keep an open mind, be prepared for long days and just enjoy it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Tourism definitely benefits local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Would recommend this operator.

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Gwalior Palace and Khajaraho Jain temples

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't travel to Central India between Dec 15 and Feb 7th it is Foggy and Cold
Don't take early morning flights because they will be fog bound.
Don' stay at the Amar Mahal Hotel in Orchha,it is dreadfully unfriendly,the staff don't know how to treat customers

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes it did as we took guides at each city.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Badly planned weather wise by the agent and some distances quoted by the agent as being 5 hours by car were in fact 8 hour drives, too long.

Read the operator's response here:

It’s a real shame that this trip was disrupted by bad weather which did indeed make a couple of already long drives very tedious, and we sympathise with our client. We do, however, have a vast knowledge of India and experience stretching over two decades. We do not consider central India to be a no-go area between Dec 15th and Feb 7th and whilst fog is a possibility around this time of year we disagree that the severity of the weather can be this accurately predicted.

Reviewed on 20 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Indian train travel. Sumptuous hotels. Beautiful new Delhi

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


End of May in India is probably too hot

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not particularly but we did pay for a lot of guides and visited local historical monuments

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Custom built - met all our requirements

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing tigers in the national park, visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise, sunrise in Udaipur lake, seeing the life of the local, boat ride in Udaipur lake (not booked through agency), visit to local markets and possibility to have time to experience cities on our own

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Good idea to have a mix of car and train.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, appreciated staying in smaller local hotels, but keeping quality standards.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was very good.

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing a tigress walk right past our jeep in Ranthambore Park - awesome!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of mossie spray and if you get a dodgy tum don't take Immodium - seek medical advice immediately to get the appropriate antibiotics.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I hope so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fabulous - incredibly well organised and unforgettable.

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our stay at Bhainsrorgarh Fort, with its idyllic location, spectacular views and outstanding hospitality and cuisine.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plan your holiday to include several 2 or 3 day stops in a tranquil location to relax and absorb your impressions.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Most of the hotels were Indian owned and not part of international chains. The lodges at the nature reserves we stayed in were eco-friendly and worked towards the preservation of nature and the good of local communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A very exciting and rewarding experience. We were impressed by the help we received from the operator when planning the holiday, and by the efficiency of the local travel company in India.

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