Experience India's famous Golden Triangle, plus the scenic Blue City of Jodhpur, on this 11-day journey. After arriving in Mumbai, travel to Jodhpur to explore the city's attractions, including the sprawling Mehrangarh Fort, and visit Bishnoi for a taste of village life. Next, enjoy sightseeing, shopping, market visits, handicrafts, and a cooking class in Jaipur. Head to Agra to see the world-famous Taj Mahal and finish with the famous sights of New Delhi, like the Red Fort and Lotus Temple.


  • See the iconic forts and palaces of Jodhpur
  • Enjoy a cooking class and dinner with a local family in Jaipur
  • Gaze upon the world-famous Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • Soak in the peaceful atmosphere of the Lotus Temple in New Delhi

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mumbai, Transfer to Jodhpur Jodhpur
Day 2 Explore Jodhpur, Bishnoi Village Excursion Jodhpur
Day 3 Transfer to Jaipur Jaipur
Day 4 Jaipur Sightseeing Tour Jaipur
Day 5 Shop in Jaipur, Market Visit, Cooking Class & Dinner with Local Family Jaipur
Day 6 Transfer to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri Agra
Day 7 Explore Agra, Mughal Heritage Kachhpura Village Walk & High Tea Agra
Day 8 Transfer to New Delhi, Explore Delhi
Day 9 Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of New Delhi Delhi
Day 10 Tour of Akshardham & Lotus Temples Delhi
Day 11 Depart New Delhi  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Mumbai, Transfer to Jodhpur

An aerial view of the Blue City and Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
The Jodhpur city skyline
Welcome to India! Arrive in Mumbai and take a short domestic flight to Jodhpur, also known as the "Blue City," the enchanting former capital of the Marwar region. Upon arrival, explore the majestic forts, palaces, and temples that surround you, taking in the stunning architecture of this city nestled within the Thar Desert. Finish your day by checking into your hotel, where you can enjoy some leisure time before settling in for the night. 


Day 2: Explore Jodhpur, Bishnoi Village Excursion

An aerial view of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur

Discover the best of Jodhpur this morning on a guided tour featuring the city's most iconic landmarks. Begin with the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, towering atop a hill overlooking the city, and then explore the white marble Jaswant Thada memorial site. Delve into history at the Umaid Bhawan Museum, and finish your journey at Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi, an ancient stepwell with royal connections dating to the 1740s.


Later, head out for an immersive experience where you'll discover authentic village life of Bishnoi, just outside of Jodhpur. Start by meeting local people and learning about their culture and traditions before embarking on a Jeep ride through the village. You'll have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants and gain a deeper understanding of what life is like in rural India. 

Day 3: Transfer to Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur
Embark on the next leg of your journey as you travel to Jaipur, a city known for its blend of historic charm and modern vibrancy, which forms part of India's famous Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle includes the cities of Agra, New Delhi, and Jaipur, home to some of India's best-known highlights. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take some time to relax or explore the city on your own. 

Day 4: Jaipur Sightseeing Tour

The Amer Fort (Amber Fort) in Jaipur
The Amer Palace Fort (Amber Fort) in Jaipur
Today, you'll visit the wonders of Jaipur on a full-day tour, starting with a Jeep or elephant ride to the Amer Palace Fort. Wander through the fascinating Panna Meena Ka Kund stepwell and Jaigarh Fort, built in 1726. Then marvel at the world's largest stone observatory, the Jantar Mantar. Admire the grandeur of the City Palace and Museum before snapping some photos at the uniquely-designed Hawa Mahal, a red sandstone palace built for the royal women's discretion and comfort.


Day 5: Shop in Jaipur, Market Visit, Cooking Class & Dinner with Local Family

Colorful textiles in a Jaipur bazaar
Colorful textiles in a Jaipur bazaar

Enjoy a day of shopping as you browse Jaipur's vibrant bazaars, home to India's most extensive collection of jewelry and clothing. Wander through the bustling Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar, where you can shop for unique treasures. Then, visit a village of local artisan women to learn the ancient art of block printing and create your own handkerchief using traditional Rajasthani wood blocks.


Afterward, embark on a culinary adventure where you'll discover Jaipur's rich food culture, starting with a guided exploration of the local market to learn about essential Indian ingredients. Next, join a local family for a cooking class, where you'll prepare a traditional Rajasthani meal with bread, vegetarian dishes, and desserts. During your visit, enjoy a henna demonstration for women or a safa (turban) tying class for men. Conclude the experience by feasting on your delicious creations and conversing with the family about life in Jaipur.

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Day 6: Transfer to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri
Red sandstone buildings in Fatehpur Sikri
As you make your way to Agra today, stop en route to visit the UNESCO-listed abandoned Mughal capital, Fatehpur Sikri. Discover the fortified city's captivating architecture as you check out its historic sites, including the Jami Masjid, Tomb of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal, and Diwan-i-Khas. Then, take a moment to appreciate Anup Talao, the tank where classical musician Mian Tansen once performed musical concerts for Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. After exploring Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Agra and check into your hotel.


Day 7: Explore Agra, Mughal Heritage Kachhpura Village Walk & High Tea

Taj Mahal at sunrise
Relish the views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Early in the morning, experience the sunrise at the Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a must-see sight while in India. Next, visit the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Mughal Dynasty's architectural brilliance. Finish your morning by exploring the intricate Islamic-style architecture of Itimad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, known as the "Baby Taj."


In the late afternoon, discover the rich Mughal history of Kachhpura Village, beginning with a bridle path near Mehtab Bagh. As you explore the ancient village, admire its wall paintings (sanji art), and visit Humayun's Mosque and the local school. Conclude your adventure with a sunset view of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, then savor a pleasant high tea in the evening. 

Day 8: Transfer to New Delhi, Explore

Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi
Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi

Check out of your hotel in Agra today, and prepare for a 3-4 hour journey by private transfer to New Delhi. Once there, immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of India's capital, and take some time to explore the city's numerous attractions. Then check into your hotel to enjoy leisure time before continuing your adventure the next day. 

Day 9: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of New Delhi

Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Delhi
View of the Qutab Minar
Discover New Delhi's rich history on a guided tour, taking you to iconic landmarks like the Red Fort, Raj Ghat, and Jama Masjid. Then, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Chandni Chowk market via a cycle rickshaw ride. Next, visit sacred sites such as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and honor fallen heroes at the India Gate and National War Memorial. End the adventure by admiring the UNESCO-listed architecture at Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar minaret, and the mysterious Iron Pillar.

Day 10: Tour Akshardham & Lotus Temples

Akshardham temple complex in New Delhi
Akshardham temple complex in New Delhi
Make a visit to two iconic temples in New Delhi today: Akshardham and the Lotus Temple. Begin your journey at Akshardham, a breathtaking complex that showcases 10,000 years of Indian culture, architecture, and wisdom. Afterward, experience the serenity of the Lotus Temple, a Bahá'í House of Worship known for its lotus-shaped design, set among lush gardens and surrounded by nine shimmering pools. Admire the beauty of the temple at dusk, when it's illuminated by floodlights, and enjoy the opportunity to pray or meditate, regardless of your faith.

Day 11: Depart New Delhi

The India Gate in New Delhi
View of the India Gate

Say goodbye to India today! A driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport in New Delhi for your flight home. Have a good trip! 

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Map of Highlights of the Golden Triangle & Jodhpur - 11 Days
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