Golden Triangle express tour, India
Description of Golden Triangle express tour, India
Over just four days, and travelling for the most part by train, this small group tour of India whisks you around some of the most iconic sights in the country, as you explore the famous Golden Triangle.
Beginning in Delhi, you will take a guided walking tour of the Sanjay Colony, a small slum, to learn about the daily lives of its residents. Time is set aside for sightseeing around key landmarks in the capital, including Qutub Minar, India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb, before reconnecting with your guide to enjoy a mouthwatering street food tour.
Next day you’ll move on to Jaipur, the fabulous ‘Pink City’, with almost every building in the historic centre painted in terracotta pink, a magnificent sight at sunset. The unmissable sights here of course included the Amber Fort, built from red sandtone during the 16th century.
From Jaipur it’s on to Agra, where you’ll be accommodated in a welcoming homestay. The historic Agra Fort was once the main residence of Mughal emperors, and is now a key attraction here, but you will be elsewhere by sunset. This is the perfect time to admire the spectacular Taj Mahal, the greatest monument to love ever created. You’ll need to be quick with your camera to capture a great shot, as this is without doubt India’s most-visited site.
After having dinner with your hosts in Agra, the following day it’s just a short train journey back to Delhi where you can continue your adventures. For those with limited budget or time, this tour really is the best way to take in the Golden Triangle, as well as several other lesser-known locations that many tours miss.
PlanetOn this tour we make an effort to minimize our carbon footprint. We we use trains and public transport whenever possible. On some days the logistics require us to use a private van.
In an attempt to cut down on plastics, we have also moved away from providing plastic water bottles after our tours. We now use a communal water tank with re-usable glasses.
Additionally, our company uses 100% recycled paper for all our print products. This does not only include brochures, hand-outs and feedback forms, but also envelopes and carry bags. We have recently transitioned from using paper feedback forms after our tours to an online form. Guests fill it out using their own electronic devices.
Online through our NGO's website, we offer merchandise products after the tour that represent an upcoming green and fair-trade movement in India. For example we sell shirts from 'No Nasties', a t-shirt label that provides 100% fair-trade and 100% organic cotton t-shirts.
PeopleA key feature of this tour, like all of our multi-day tours, is connecting with and understanding the local communities that you visit. Visiting a place with the intention of listening and learning is a key aspect of responsible travel in our opinion and we encourage and facilitate this as much as possible throughout the tour.
We visit the Sanjay Colony slum on this tour and we use 80% of the tour's profits to support our NGO, Reality Gives who supports the communities in this slum and beyond. Currently, profits generated from the tours enable Reality Gives to run programs for the Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (New Delhi) communities. Reality Gives is currently developing and testing several high quality curricula and teacher training modules that we plan to make widely available for other NGOs to use. We plan to use resource sharing like this as a way to support local NGOs in Rajasthan in a sustainable and helpful manner.
Reality Gives provides high quality English, Computer and Life Skills classes/syllabus for vulnerable individuals, prominently young people. We also run a Teachers Training Course to ensure that not only we have high quality syllabus, but quality teachers (in India there is a shortfall of 600,000 teachers, and the present ones are not of good quality). In addition to this we provide Community Centres as hubs for young people to express their creativity through a wide range of inspiring activities that children from low-income communities too often do not have access to (drama classes, dance classes, sport, for example). Our syllabi as well as teachers training will be available to other NGOs to use.
Since 2009, the profits from our tours have enable Reality Gives to work with more than 6,000 young people from Dharavi and Sanjay Colony.