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India's Golden Triangle including Ranthambore National Park
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India's Golden Triangle including Ranthambore National Park

  • 11 Night Holiday
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On our holiday to India we’ll take the Golden Triangle route to discover the vibrant cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. We’ll visit Ranthambore National Park, where there’s a fantastic opportunity to see tigers and other incredible wildlife.

On our journey through India, we’ll take a guided tour of  Old Delhi, taking a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets, visit Humayun’s Tomb, Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi and explore the vibrant markets of Chandni Chowk. We’ll explore Jaipur, the “pink city” due to its trademark red-washed buildings, and visit the remarkable Amber Fort on a full day guided tour. During our trip to Agra we’ll wake up early to see the Taj Maha, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and monument of love, at sunrise. We will also enjoy a guided excursion to the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Take this trip of a lifetime to India and experience the highlights of this exciting and colourful country. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee
Local Time
GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India. 
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites.
Climate

Varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec).

Food & Drink

There is a wide variety of food available in India but curry is of course a very popular dish! Vegetable, chicken or lamb dishes are common, but you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. Tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh and other instantly recognisable dishes are widely available as well as European favourites.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
(80 Rupees - €1.00)
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Holiday highlights

Enjoy a rickshaw ride at the Chandni Chow

An interesting and unique way to explore the sights and sounds of Delhi. Wind through the labyrinth of lanes of the “moonlight place” glimpsing at tine shops with spices and trinkets, watching every day life around you. 

Ranthambore National Park

A former hunting ground for the Maharajahs of Jaipur before India’s independence, home to ancient forts and exotic wild life.  Ranthambore sanctuary is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country under Project Tiger. Tigers roam freely here along with other wildlife, tigers are now on the increase in the park and one of the ideal places in India to go on safari to look for the elusive Tiger.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world and was built by Shah Jehan as a memorial to his favourite wife. The brilliance and symmetry of this delicate marble structure, inlaid with semi-precious stones and reflected in cool, clear pools, cannot fail to take your breath away.

Jaipur

Known as the Pink City because of its painted stone buildings, Jaipur is a lively and bustling place and is the capital of Rajasthan. Today, visitors can explore the lavish architectural projects sponsored by the royal family, including the Jantar Mantar observatory and the “Palace of Winds”. Outside the city the magnificent Amber Palace, decorated with marble, mirror work and mosaics, lies on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee
Local Time
GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India. 
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites.
Climate

Varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec).

Food & Drink

There is a wide variety of food available in India but curry is of course a very popular dish! Vegetable, chicken or lamb dishes are common, but you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. Tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh and other instantly recognisable dishes are widely available as well as European favourites.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
(80 Rupees - €1.00)
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to India

Morning

Travel to India

Depart for India on this trip of a lifetime. 

Day 2 - Delhi & New Delhi

Morning

Delhi & New Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our local representative in the airport before being transferred to your hotel. Begin your first day in India with a half day tour of New Delhi. See the Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, before visiting the fascinating Humayun’s Tomb, a beautiful 16th century building and the tomb of the Emperor Humayun.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore further or relax in your hotel. Evening meals are included every night – 8 nights in your hotel, 1-night cooking demonstration in Jaipur with dinner included and 3 lunches (one in a local restaurant).

Day 3 - Old Delhi Guided Tour & Transfer to Jaipur

Morning

Guided Tour of Old Delhi

After breakfast you will see all the sights and sounds of bustling Old Delhi, beginning with a cycle rickshaw ride through the busy and colourful market of Chandni Chowk. After your ride, you will drive past the 17th Century Red Fort and then visit Raj Ghat. This is the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi, where you can see an eternal flame burning at the spot of his cremation. You will also visit the Jama Masjid mosque and view the beautiful 17th century place of worship, which is home to an ancient Qur’an written on deerskin. Drive through the British era bungalows, government offices, Presidential Palace and India Gate, ending the city tour with a visit to the beautiful Humayun’s Tomb, which is said to be the inspiration for Taj Mahal. After your sightseeing tour you will transfer by coach to the "Pink City of Jaipur"

Afternoon

Transfer to Jaipur

In the evening you will arrive to your hotel in Jaipur. 

Day 4 - Jaipur - Amber Fort & Village

Full Day

Amber Fort & Village

Today’s full-day guided tour of the ‘Pink City’ takes in the spectacular Amber Fort perched on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake. The terraces and ramparts of the Fort are reflected beautifully in the lake below, displaying a marvellous example of Rajput architecture. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and meet local people as you take a walking tour of the village of Amber.

Evening

At Leisure

This evening will be at leisure to relax and unwind after your day of exploring Jaipur.

Day 5 - Jaipur

Afternoon

Jaipur

Enjoy a morning visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence that is now a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur, one of the major attractions is the Armoury Museum. See the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar (largest stone observatory in the world) sundial, and drive past Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds.’ Today we will also have a cycle rickshaw ride in the crowded bazar of Old Jaipur town.

Evening

Indian Cuisine

In the evening, you will be taken to a local family for a cookery demonstration. Here you will learn the art of making local Indian dishes, bread making and afterwards enjoy a dinner with your group.

Day 6 - Transfer to Ranthambore

Morning

Today you will travel to Ranthambore, the drive will take around four and a half hours, there will be a stop along the way to stretch your leg before continuing to Ranthambore. Check into your hotel, have lunch, relax and enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Evening

At leisure

Enjoy the surroundings and facilities of your hotel, charge up the camera and polish off the binoculars ready for tomorrow’s game drive experience.

Day 7 - Ranthambore National Park - Tiger Safari

Morning

Morning Safari drive

Today we enter Ranthambore National Park in search of the elusive king of the jungle, the Indian Bengal Tiger. Ranthambore was once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas in Jaipur and is now one of the finest tiger reserves in India. The sanctuary has a range of free roaming animals from Chital (Indian deer), Wild Boar, Peafowl, Langur (monkey) and you may even be lucky enough to spot a Sloth bear or just enjoy being in the natural beauty of this enchanting park.

Afternoon

Afternoon Safari drive

This afternoon we have another chance to look for Tigers in Ranthambore National Park. Your evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.

Day 8 - Agra & Fatehpur Sikri

Morning

Transfer to Agra

This morning you will transfer by coach to Agra, it will take around six and a half hours, along the way with a visit the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar and is often referred to as the "city of brightness".

Evening

At Leisure

Check in to your hotel in the evening and rest after today's journey to Agra. Tomorrow will be an early start to see the world-famous Taj Mahal.

Day 9 - Agra & the Taj Mahal

Morning

Agra

This morning is an early start to visit the monument of the greatest love story ever told the "Taj Mahal". You will arrive just around sunrise, in time for some excellent photo opportunities. You will return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Built in the 11th century, era marked by invasions and battles, this red stone-fortified castle was the site of the India Rebellion of 1857.

Afternoon

At Leisure

The afternoon is at leisure, spend your time further exploring all that Agra has to offer. Take home some memories of India with some last-minute souvenir shopping or simply relax at your hotel.

Day 10 - Transfer to Delhi

Morning

Transfer to Delhi

You will have a guided coach transfer to your hotel in Delhi, the drive will take around four and a half hours to arrive in Delhi, for your final night in India.

Day 11 - Return Home

Evening

Return Home

It’s time to say goodbye to India. You will transfer by coach with guide assistance for your flight home. 

Day 12 - Arrive Home

Monring

Arrive Home

Arrive home from your holiday of a lifetime. 

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

The Eros Hotel 5 Star

The Eros Hotel is ideally located in Delhi, close to cafes and restaurants as well as a metro station (400m),  so you can delve further into your surroundings. Enjoy some pampering in the hotel’s wellness area, or cool down with a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool.... read more read more read more

The Eros Hotel is ideally located in Delhi, close to cafes and restaurants as well as a metro station (400m),  so you can delve further into your surroundings. Enjoy some pampering in the hotel’s wellness area, or cool down with a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool. In the evening, relax in the lounge and bar with a delightful cocktail and reflect on your day of sightseeing. The Eros Hotel’s guest rooms have a tasteful and stylish decor and offer all modern comforts.

Hotel address
The Eros Hotel
Nehru Place
New Delhi
Delhi 110019
Delhi
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Jaipur Marriott Hotel 5

Jaipur Marriott Hotel is conventionally located near to Jaipur International Airport. All rooms and facilities are designed with a combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience to provide comfort and a pleasant stay. The hotel also features two restaurants where one of... read more read more read more

Jaipur Marriott Hotel is conventionally located near to Jaipur International Airport.

All rooms and facilities are designed with a combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience to provide comfort and a pleasant stay.

The hotel also features two restaurants where one of them is specialized in Indian cuisine, bar, pub, outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

Hotel address
Jaipur Marriott Hotel
Ashram Marg
Near Jawahar Circle
Rajasthan
Jaipur
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Sawai Villas 4 Star

The charming Sawai Villas are set in lush jungle surroundings adjacent to Ranthambore National Park, making this the perfect location for your Indian wildlife safari. The property offers wide open outdoor spaces, a swimming pool and a spa, where you can pamper yourself and r... read more read more read more

The charming Sawai Villas are set in lush jungle surroundings adjacent to Ranthambore National Park, making this the perfect location for your Indian wildlife safari. The property offers wide open outdoor spaces, a swimming pool and a spa, where you can pamper yourself and relax after your safari experience.

Please note that the swimming pool is accessed by steps.

Hotel address
Sawai Villas
Sawai Madhopur – 322001,
Rajasthan, India

Sawai Madhopur
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Courtyard by Marriott Agra 5

Treat yourself to 5-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, our hotel is ideal for a relaxing getaway. The spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer 5-star am... read more read more read more

Treat yourself to 5-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, our hotel is ideal for a relaxing getaway. The spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer 5-star amenities like high-speed Internet, luxury bedding, and flat-screen TVs.

Hotel address
Courtyard by Marriott Agra
Taj Nagri, Phase II
Fatehabad Road
282001
Agra
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Lemon Tree Premier 4

Lemon Tree Premier is conventionally located just a kilometre away from the Metro Station and near to various entertainments and shops. All rooms are smartly furnished and featured with all the facilities required to provide a comfort and pleasant stay. The hotel boasts an Asian ... read more read more read more

Lemon Tree Premier is conventionally located just a kilometre away from the Metro Station and near to various entertainments and shops.

All rooms are smartly furnished and featured with all the facilities required to provide a comfort and pleasant stay.

The hotel boasts an Asian restaurant, a multi cuisine coffee shop, fitness centre and pool.

Hotel address
Lemon Tree Premier
Asset No. 6,
Aerocity Hospitality District,
IGI Airport,
New Delhi
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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