Golden Triangle 7 day tour in India

“A luxury 7-day tailor made tour of the Golden Triangle, with experienced local guides and driver included.”


Delhi | Agra | Jaipur

Description of Golden Triangle 7 day tour in India

This 7 day Golden Triangle tour in India takes you to one of the country’s most diverse and fascinating areas. The trip is tailor made, allowing you the freedom to adjust your itinerary to suit your requirements. What’s more, you’ll be accompanied by a driver, who will remain with you for the entire journey, as well as experienced local guides who’ll help you get the most out of your holiday.

Your tour kicks off in Delhi, where you’ll have time to acclimatise before heading off on a full-day city tour. Next, you’ll move on to Agra, a wonderfully preserved historic city, which was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and is home to the world-famous Taj Mahal. Your final stop is the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

As this is a bespoke tour, plenty of optional extras are available. You could, for example, eat a meal in a local home, trek through the local countryside or ramp up the adventure with a hot-air balloon safari.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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.

We put a lot of thought in working with local providers, making sure that everyone involved in your trip is committed to sharing advice on how best to leave a lighter footprint. We promote excursions which foster a more sustainable tourism and commit to maintaining small-group sizes to limit negative environmental impacts in accordance to the carrying capacity of the visited site.

We are trying to keep the extra unneeded waste to a minimum in all our tours through our “bring it in, bring it out” policy for litter and rubbish such as food packaging and recycling wherever possible.

We have a recycling policy in our UK and local offices and re-use or recycle the information booklets we provide to every client on arrival wherever possible. Moreover, we do not produce a glossy brochure, concentrating on a comprehensive website, and providing as much information to our travellers as possible electronically, reducing the use of paper and inks.

On your trip we will include transport modes like traditional rickshaws or a ride on a horse carriage to the Taj Mahal, which reduces our carbon footprint and will also give you the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people. During your time in Jaipur, we will give preference to slow, possibly non-motorized forms of mobility, such as city walks or bicycles. If motorized forms are unavoidable, we make sure that vehicle sizes are as small as appropriate and proper licensing on vehicles and certifying to national emission standards are maintained.

For your tour we have chosen responsible resorts like the Oberoi hotels, which are committed to employing the best environmental and ecological practices in technology, equipment and operational processes. Through your stay you will contribute to an organisation which is using natural products and recycling items, thus ensuring proper use of the diminishing natural resources.

Through this trip you will contribute to the preservation of precious ancient monuments, knowledge and Unesco World Heritage sites. You will visit the Red Fort for example, demonstrating the exceptional results achieved in planning and architecture.

The Impacts of this Trip

We make sure we only work with local guides that come from the very region you are visiting. Through this trip you are hence giving back to their families and communities. While many operators pay per day or per tour, our guides receive an hourly rate which allows a fair and fruitful reward for their expertise. We provide staff with written employment contracts and fair working conditions (e.g. overtime payment, national wage requirements, no discrimination, grievance mechanisms in place and no child labour).

Furthermore we ensure that our drivers do not more than 9 hours of driving per day and are provided adequate accommodation and do not drive at night (with the exception of airport pick-ups/drop-offs). After a driving period of 4.5 h the driver must take a break of at least 45 min.

Our tour guides receive special training in how to leave a lower impact on the trips and in regional conservation projects. Through staying at the Oberoi hotels you will also contribute to an organisation which is conscious of its role in the community, supporting social needs and ensuring employment from within the local community. You will enjoy a place where the staff are nurtured through continuous learning and skill improvement; and are respected, heard and encouraged to do their best. The Oberoi Group is recognised as best practice for training and developing its people.

If you want to do additional shopping, we will take you to local markets where locals of that very region craft their products to help keep the money earned in that very community. When we take you to local shops or markets we change the selected shops on a rotating basis. Also we make sure food stops are at locally owned cafes or restaurants and give customers recommendations on locally owned shops and restaurants, especially new start-ups.

We ensure customer awareness by familiarizing our guests with local history, culture, religions and traditions, by informing on culturally appropriate behavior, (e.g. dress codes for religious sites, taking photographs of people, language tips, etc.).

On your trip you can live special experiences which will help keep local wisdoms and traditions alive, encouraging local artisan and culture, for example by participating in the traditional Puja ceremony at the Oberoi hotels, the traditional yoga classes or by learning the traditional art of block-printing while making your very own painting or scarf.

By travelling with us, you help us support the Sharp Memorial School for the Blind in Dehradun. It´s India's oldest school for the visually impaired set in a wonderful location of the Indian Himalayas. Unfortunately the school's residents do not have the opportunity to see the wonderful surroundings but are cared for admirably by Mr Samuels, his wife Sumana and their wonderful team.


3 Reviews of Golden Triangle 7 day tour in India

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by

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

Taj Mahal would be most memorable, realising a life’s dream.
Most exciting our three day visit to Jaipur.

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

Ensure you have clarification on time allowed with your guide - ie not tour done (avoid rushing/timing) now my duties end I’m off, enjoy the free time in Jaipur and explore

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

Yes positive environmental experience and interaction with local people.

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

Excellent and would like to comment on the role of the driver who is so often overlooked on these tours. Surrender our driver for a major part of the tour was so considerate and pleasant also ensuring our comfort at all times, he
made an important difference to our tour

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2018 by

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

The history and architecture - it was an incredible experience

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

We booked with a UK based operator- Sanjay and his team organised everything brilliantly.

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


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

Truly memorable

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2016 by

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

Visits to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula (Baby Taj) in Agra and Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory) in Jaipur.

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

Make sure to see the Taj Mahal at dawn, rather than later in the day ... and make sure you have small-denomination Rupee notes (R500 and R1000 notes were "demonetized" (taken out of circulation) while we were there!).

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

I hope so, although demonetization meant that we had to eat and shop in places that accepted credit/debit cards, so we were more dependent on major hotel
chains rather than local people. And I'm not sure how much of the entrance fee to palaces and historic sites goes to the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) -
conservation work (e.g. at Amber Fort) seems to be chronically underfunded. Delhi and the surrounding area were suffering from suffering from a very bad
smog episode while we were there - I don't think our visit made any difference in terms of environmental impact!

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

It was absolutely fantastic - well organized, good choice of hotels (especially the Maidens in Delhi and the Mandawa Haveli in Agra), informative guides, a very skilled and safe driver, and visits to absolutely wonderful sites.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for your kind review.

It was rather unfortunate that you had the inconvenience of the recent de-monietization episode on your recent trip to India.Things are somewhat improving and the ATM's are now seeing thinner queues and we hope that normality will resume by the end of 2016.

Our staff try to help wherever possible and we are asking folk to have a ready supply of Foreign currency for the moment and at hotels and many restaurants there is the card facilty that you can use.

On a more in-depth Northern Indian Trip we would always endeavour to show a more meaningful experience which offers a deeper insight into local unique experiences which have direct impact on the local economy and people in a positive manner.Unfortunately on a shorter experience where time is really limited its often about being rather efficient with the often little time we have at our disposal and often the magic is not often apparent,however, rest assured , properties that we handpick are used for there ethical ethos wherever possible and where a guest allows us that freedom to offer brilliant unique and often out of the box experiences.

Sanjay Oberoi

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