Golden Triangle 7 day tour in India
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.
3 Reviews of Golden Triangle 7 day tour in India
Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by Mair BoastTaj Mahal would be most memorable, realising a life’s dream. Most exciting our three day visit to Jaipur. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2018 by Maria CraigTruly memorable....The history and architecture - it was an incredible experience Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Nov 2016 by Charles RobsonVisits to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula (Baby Taj) in Agra and Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory) in Jaipur were the most memorable. 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 full review
PlanetWe 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.
PeopleWe 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.