Perhaps the most popular route in India, you'll visit the three famous sites of India's northwest — Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur — known as the Golden Triangle. You'll travel by road or train tour over the course of 6 days, exploring the cultural and historical heritage of each city. This is a great tour for people's first visit to India if you're looking to see the main highlights.

Highlights

  • Explore India’s capital city, New Delhi, as well as historical Old Delhi
  • See the architecture left behind by the Mughals and Sultans of Delhi
  • Visi the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb
  • Discover India's "Pink City", Jaipur, home to the Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal
  • Witness India’s most famous site, the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunset

Brief itinerary

Day Highlights Destination
Day 1 Arrival and relax Delhi
Day 2 Full day of sightseeing Delhi
Day 3 Red Fort and Taj Mahal Agra
Day 4 To Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur
Day 5 Full day of sightseeing Jaipur
Day 6 Departure Delhi

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Jama Masjid Mosque, Old Delhi
Jama Masjid Mosque, Old Delhi

Upon arriving at the international airport of Delhi in the morning, you will be greeted with a traditional welcome. Then, you will be escorted to your vehicle and taken to your hotel for the night. Check in, take your first day off, and relax!

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing (full day)

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

In the morning, our sightseeing begins. We will visit the walled city of Old Delhi, where every street is buzzing with activity. The influence of the Mughals, who once ruled from the ramparts of the Red Fort, can be seen extensively.

First, we will visit Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India, built in the 17th century. Later, we will drive past the New Delhi Area to visit Raj Ghat, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), the Parliament House, and other colonial buildings. The early 20th-century work of Edwin Lutyens, a British architect, prominently features in the colonial districts.

Finally, visit the famous Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, a marvelous example of Persian-inspired Mughal architecture.

Day 3: Delhi to Agra

Jahangiri Mahal in Agra Fort
Inner courtyard of Jahangiri Mahal, Agra

Today we drive south to Agra to witness the architectural wonder of the golden age of Mughals. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel for a brief rest. Later we drive to visit the Agra Fort – a blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture — originally built by the Rajput’s and renovated from time to time by different Mughal emperors with red sandstone, bricks and the beautiful marble from Makarana. The Fort can more accurately be described as a walled palatial city.

After visiting the Agra Fort, we will visit the Taj Mahal at sunset, a symbol of eternal love that stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century. The charisma of the Taj Mahal never fails to impress given its beautiful symmetry and white marble inlays.

We will spend the evening visiting the bazaars, where descendants of the artisans who worked on the Taj continue to perfect their trade of marble craftsmanship.

Day 4: Agra to Jaipur (via Fatehpur Sikri)

In the morning we'll leave for Jaipur, the colorful capital of Rajasthan known as the “Pink City”. En-route, we will visit the Fatehpur Sikri, a grand, deserted, Mughal royal city. The impressive and well-preserved citadel served as Akbar’s political capital for 14 years until he abandoned it in 1585 following a drought.

Jaipur was the first planned city of its time, with imposing forts, dazzling palaces, and lush gardens. Today, Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan and still remains one of India’s most important heritage sites, full of historic charm. We will end the day by exploring the colorful evening markets before getting some rest for a full day of sightseeing tomorrow.

Day 5: Full day of sightseeing in Jaipur

Mubarak Mahal, Jaipur's City Palace
Mubarak Mahal, Jaipur's City Palace

After breakfast, we'll drive to the ancient capital of Amer, 11 km from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber Fort, Amer was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for more than half a millennium. We then proceed to City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

Next, we visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century. Its solar devices can measure the day’s progression with an error of just 2 seconds, making it an astronomical treasure that can still accurately make predictions today.

Next, we will also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade made of pink sandstone. Built in the year 1799, Hawa Mahal and its discreet windows (Jharokhas) allowed royal ladies to watch street processions and festivities.

Day 6: Jaipur to Delhi (Departure)

Early in the morning, we'll drive back to Delhi, where you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure.

Best Season

Although the tour operates year-round, the Golden Triangle is best experienced between October and April. During this period, the weather is ideal, with average temperatures comfortably in the 70s and 80s (F). Numerous festivals and activities also take place, making for plenty of excitement. However, keep in mind that during the winter (especially around January), nighttime temperatures can dip as low as the 40s and air pollution can be a problem in Delhi. If you visit during the height of the summer (June - August), prepare for heat waves that frequently reach above 100 degrees. Starting July, monsoon rains will also be an issue, which will last the duration of the rainy season (ending in August).

Map

Map of Golden Triangle Tour - 6 Days
Map of Golden Triangle Tour - 6 Days