Golden Triangle tour in India

“Tailor make a week of travelling between Delhi, Jaipur and Agra whilst staying in homestay accommodation and enjoying guided city tours.”


Homestay in Delhi | Deluxe homestay in Jaipur | Guided tour of Jaipur | Fatehpur Sikri | Agra homestay, near the Taj Mahal | Guided tour of Agra, including Agra Fort | Taj Mahal visit at sunrise |

Description of Golden Triangle tour in India

Our Golden Triangle tour makes an ideal introduction to India for the first-time visitor, combining the colonial grandeur of Delhi, the excitement of Jaipur and the serene beauty of the Taj Mahal. It is one of India's most popular holidays. But our tour differs from most other Golden triangle tours in that we stay in homestays - giving you a better insight into modern Indian life as well as seeing the fabulous historic sites.

You will have your own air-conditioned car and the services of an English-speaking guide for the sightseeing. And surely having the chance to get to know local people on a more informal and relaxed level would also be nice? That’s why we’ve based this excellent Golden Triangle tour on three gorgeous homestays.

Your tour starts in the capital, Delhi and you have a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the contrasting cities of Old and New Delhi. You could also experience that quintessential Indian mode of transport, the rickshaw. Jaipur is the famous ‘pink city’,and capital of Rajasthan. It is a busy city with a range of impressive buildings which you’ll have ample time to explore. You will also have the chance to see the imposing Fort at Amber, another ‘must’.

Travelling on to Agra you will stop at the atmospheric site of Fatehpur Sikri, once a great city but fated to be abandoned due to the shortage of water. The next morning is an early start, but worthwhile to view the majestic Taj Mahal at sunrise. Surely no other building in the world can match this for sheer beauty and sunrise is one of the best times to appreciate its magnificence. After a visit to the grand Agra Fort you will be driven back to Delhi.

Featured highlights

- See the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunrise
- Experience the lively pink city of Jaipur
- View Rajasthani forts and palaces
- Explore Old and New Delhi
- Enjoy friendly homestays

Best time to go: The best time to travel 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.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:ARRIVE DELHI: On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your homestay to be welcomed by your hosts. You will spend the next 2 nights here, giving you a great chance to meet and interact with the local people who will enjoy having you as a guest in their own home. Settle in and make yourself at home and make friends with your hosts.
Day 2:DELHI: A full day to explore the city of Delhi. With over 13 million people, this is a busy, crowded city with a full and rich history. There has been a city on this site since at least the 6th century BC and has since been rebuilt several times. There are numerous historical sites and monuments throughout the city reminding you of this varied past, and today your guided tour will take you to many of these. You will explore the bustling alleyways of Old Delhi and the wide tree-lined boulevards of New Delhi. You may also enjoy a ride in a traditional rickshaw. Return to your homestay for the night. Breakfast.
Day 3:JAIPUR: This morning we will drive you the roughly 5 hours from Delhi to Jaipur. The journey is taken with a private vehicle and driver. Your deluxe homestay is a graceful colonial villa set in a garden of lawns and palm trees. Breakfast.
Day 4:JAIPUR: Today you have a full day’s guided tour of Jaipur including Amber Fort, the City Palace, Palace of the Winds and the Jantar Mantar observatory. Breakfast.
Day 5:TO AGRA: After breakfast you will travel from Jaipur to Agra (about 5 hours) with your private driver. On the way you stop to visit the impressive empty city of Fatehpur Sikri. You will be in time to have your first glimpse of the Taj Mahal by sunset this evening. (Note: It is closed on Fridays). Your homestay tonight is only quite a short walk from the Taj Mahal. It's friendly and well-presented. Breakfast.
Day 6:AGRA- DELHI: This morning you'll have an early rise so you can see the Taj Mahal at sunrise - it can be spectacular! After breakfast, you have a half day city tour including Agra Fort. Then we drive you to Delhi (about 5 hours). Breakfast. Back to Delhi. After breakfast you will be driven to Delhi along a fast highway (about 4-5 hrs). You will be taken to your homestay, with the afternoon free to explore the city on your own or just relax. B
Day 7:DEPART: Transfer to the airport for your flight or onward travel arrangements. Breakfast.

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Departure information

Trips and departures can be tailor made between October and May

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Golden Triangle tour in India

The company - The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism.

We were voted most responsible tour operator by UK NGO Tourism Concern. On average 75% of the cost of your trip with us - excluding flights - remains in the destination.

Informed Travellers - They are about to bring out a Responsible Wildlife Viewing guide. For anything more specific, e.g. rules about visiting gorillas, this information is also given to clients. In addition, they offer more information about the native people and cultures in a destination country, which all adds to a traveller being more aware.

Carbon Offsetting - Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest, a project of registered charity, The Tribes Foundation. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation.

In the UK - The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (e.g. monitors).

Flights - Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.

Informed Travellers - In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment. For any community-owned or run project, they also have an Community Tourism Information sheet for travellers to help explain how to get the best from the experience, and what to expect (good and bad). For trekkers, the company have a Porter Policy in place, a copy of which is given to clients.

Eco-ratings & community tourism - The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

Travel Philanthropy - The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

Homestays - Staying in homestays are a key part of this holiday. Five out of the six nights are based at a homestay. Homestays really benefit the local family hosting you of course, but they also help the immediate local community. They do this as they almost always recruit staff from the locality, but local foods and services. As far as the traveller is concerned, the ability to talk with local people in a friendly, informal way opens up an area and its culture and traditions so that the traveller can absorb and enjoy more of the place they’re visiting.

Local employment - This holiday helps through the employment of local people as drivers and guides. And you will even get that most Indian of experiences – a rickshaw ride – which not all visitors take time to experience.

2 Reviews of Golden Triangle tour in India

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2014 by

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

There was not one particular memory, it was a week of full on assault on the senses, in a very positive way. Well organized and carried through. We were well looked after at all times, the operator staff were always around to ensure everything was going to plan and the tour guides were well informed, helpful and fun. Our driver for the week taught us a thing or two about driving and crossing roads!

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

Go with an open mind and enjoy.

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?

We had a wonderful week! The sights, the sounds, the smells they are all part and parcel of this incredible country. Many lasting memories.

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2011 by

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

All of it. from the booking and planning stages to actually being there. The variety of the cities and sites, the vibrant colours and sounds mixed with the dirt and poverty, the kindness of the people. The Taj Mahal was so beautiful and seeing tigers was memorable.

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

Get the planning right. Ask for what you want. A mixture of cities and wildlife is good.

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

Yes hope so. It certainly raised our awareness.

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


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