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India’s Golden Triangle
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India’s Golden Triangle

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The cities of the Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – boast some of India’s most famed landmarks and architectural marvels.

Travel with us on this 10-night break and experience the very best of what the subcontinent has to offer. Along your journey you will visit ancient palaces and monuments, proud fortresses, mosques and bustling cities.

Take a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi’s bustling streets, and awaken your senses on a spicy kaleidoscope of colour and sound in its buzzing markets. In Agra, you will gaze in wonder at the most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal*. You will visit the Amber Fort in the Pink City of Jaipur and, of course, have plenty of time at leisure to discover India at your own pace. Combining beautiful architecture, delicious food, friendly people and captivating culture, India’s Golden Triangle really does have it all.

*In order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the iconic monument, the Taj Mahal, cleaning and restoration work is ongoing at this site. Some phases of the restoration involve scaffolding and mud treatment,  thus a clear view of the entire monument may not be possible.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates. 

 

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

Delhi

Delhi has experienced so many invasions and absorbed so many cultures that it captures the essence of India. Exploring New Delhi, you will see the Lutyens designed parliament building, drive past India Gate and along the tree lined boulevards of the diplomatic quarter. The Red Fort dominates Old Delhi, with walls and watchtowers towering over the nearby streets and alleys.

Fatehpur Sikri

A quiet town west of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was used in the 16th century for twenty years as the court of the Emperor Akbar. The city was then abruptly abandoned and left to the elements. Highlights include the Royal Palace and Audience Hall, both of which give an insight into the courtly life of Mughal royalty.

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 during your stay. Eight nights in your hotel and one night cooking demonstration in Jaipur with dinner included.

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 city.  After your ride, you will visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi, where you can see an eternal flame burning at the spot of his cremation.  Next you will 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. There will be time to pick up some souvenirs and local bargains at the bustling and colourful market of Chandni Chowk before transferring to the desert city of Jaipur. The transfer to Jaipur will take around six and a half hours (270km) with a few comfort stops along the way.

Afternoon

Transfer to Jaipur

In the evening you will arrive to your hotel in the “Pink City” of 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 and meet local people as you take a walking tour of the village. 

Day 5 - Jaipur

Afternoon

Jaipur

Enjoy a morning visit to the City Palace Museum to see the beautiful former seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. See the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar sundial, and finally Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds.’  In the afternoon there will be some time at leisure.

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 - Dolphur & Fatehpur Sikri

Morning

Dolphur & Fatehpur Sikri

Today you will travel to Dolphur including a visit to the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route, the journey will take approximately seven hours (270km). The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesied the birth of three sons.

Evening

At Leisure

Travel on to your hotel in Dholpur, where you will spend the next two nights, your evening is at leisure. 

Day 7 - Gwalior Fort & Gujari Mahal Museum

Morning

Gwalior Fort & Gujari Mahal Museum

After breakfast you will enjoy a half-day guided excursion to Gwalior Fort, a place that was once regarded as north and central India’s most impregnable fortress. Afterwards you will move on to Gujari Mahal Museum. Once a palace for a fussy princess, the Gujari Mahal Museum was built by Raja Man Singh for his wife Mrignayani after she demanded a separate palace for herself!

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to shop or sightsee.

Day 8 - Muchkund Temple & Taj Mahal

Morning

Muchkund Temple

This morning you will visit the Gharial Conservation Alliance, a hatchery for reptiles like gharials, crocodiles and turtles before taking a trip to the Muchkund Temple, a pilgrim stronghold for Hindus.  

Evening

Taj Mahal

In the late afternoon you will travel to the city of Agra (approximately two hours drive) for your evening visit to the Taj Mahal where you will enjoy sunset at one of the world’s biggest monuments to love. The evening is the best time to photograph this spectacular building when the lighting is at its most dramatic. This famous mausoleum, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife is a highlight for many visitors to India and it is easy to see why. 

Day 9 - Agra

Morning

Agra

This morning 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. 

Day 10 - Transfer to Delhi

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Morning

Transfer to Delhi

You will have a guided coach transfer to your hotel in Delhi for your final night in India. 

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Evening

At leisure

Enjoy your last evening at leisure in your hotel.

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. 

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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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Raj Niwas Palace 5

Dholpur Palace is one of the most beautiful and well preserved heritage hotels in Rajasthan.... read more read more read more

Dholpur Palace is one of the most beautiful and well preserved heritage hotels in Rajasthan.

Hotel address
Raj Niwas Palace
Raj Niwas Palace – Dholpur


Rajasthan
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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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Wyndham Dubai Marina 4 Star

Wyndham Dubai Marina hotel has an ideal location for relaxing, shopping and discovering Dubai’s many highlights. Surrounded by the waters of the world’s largest man made marina and only a ten minute walk to the prominent land mark "The Beach" and fashionable waterfront strip... read more read more read more

Wyndham Dubai Marina hotel has an ideal location for relaxing, shopping and discovering Dubai’s many highlights. Surrounded by the waters of the world’s largest man made marina and only a ten minute walk to the prominent land mark "The Beach" and fashionable waterfront strip "The Walk",  it offers a wide choice of leisure pursuits within convenient reach.

Guests can unwind at the hotel after a busy day with a refreshing drink at the pool bar, trying out the in-house dining options, or relaxing in the spa.

Hotel address
Wyndham Dubai Marina
Al Seba Street, 215374
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Dubai
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