Taj Express - 8 days

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Taj Express - 8 days

8 Days Starting and ending in Delhi

Visiting: Delhi, Old Delhi, Agra, Karauli, Jaipur

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

4WD, Walking

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Tour Overview

Experience the richness of Indian culture on this classic tour of India's Golden Triangle. Kick off in Delhi, both old and new. Explore the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra and the stunning Pink City of Jaipur. Combine this with a night at a Maharaja's Palace and you have the perfect one week Indian adventure.

Highlights

  • Agra – Visit the impressive Agra Fort and enjoy a guided tour of India’s legendary Taj Mahal

  • Delhi – Ride on a rickshaw around Old Delhi and see highlights of the city including Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and the India Gate monument

  • Jaipur – Enjoy a tour of the highlights of the Pink City including the City Palace and Jantar Mantar space observatory

  • Amber Fort – Explore the famous 16th century fortress, laid out over four levels and set on shimmering Maota Lake

  • Karauli – Spend the night at the Maharaja’s Palace Bhanwar Vilas and see the beautiful City Palace

  • Fatehpur Sikri – Walk around the famous Mughal city abandoned more than 400 years ago

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Delhi

Location: Delhi

Meals Included: No Meals

Saturday. On arrival in Delhi you are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The rest of today is free to explore India’s capital at leisure before meeting the group and guide at the hotel at 18:00 for a Welcome meeting.

Day 2 : Old Delhi

Location: Old Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we enjoy a packed day of sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Check out the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. See the eternal flame at Raj Ghat, which was the site of Gandhi’s cremation and is now a place of peaceful contemplation. We also enjoy a thrilling rickshaw ride around the Chandni Chowk bazaar and explore New Delhi. Walk down the Rajpath, formerly known as the ‘King’s Way’ and see the famous India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy a group Namaste dinner.

Day 3 : Agra

Location: Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast

Delhi - Agra. Travel to Agra today and visit the impressive walled Agra Fort. Our day continues with a tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, India’s most famous site. This iconic white monument was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in memory of his beloved wife. It is perhaps the most extravagant symbol of love the world has ever seen and has no rival.

Day 4 : Karauli

Location: Karauli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Agra - Karauli. This morning we visit the eerie former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which has laid abandoned for more than 400 years. Continue to the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas in Karauli, stopping for lunch en route. The palace is our home for the night and also remains the residence of the current Maharaja of the state. Enjoy free time to explore the palace grounds and if we’re lucky, we may be able to join a tour of the site led by the princess herself. The family is lovingly restoring the Karauli City Palace, which we visit later this afternoon. This evening, perhaps opt to attend the evening Aarti (prayer).

Day 5 : Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Karauli - Jaipur. We travel to a local school this morning (if open) to meet the pupils and teachers. Our ‘Change for Children’ programme operates here and any donations you can spare help make a real difference to the lives of underprivileged children. You may wish to consider bringing some educational gifts with you on your tour (see trip notes) to give out to the children - they will be greatly appreciated. Later, we continue to the vibrant UNESCO listed Pink City of Jaipur where the rest of the day is free to explore. Perhaps catch a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema or explore the buzzing walled city centre - look out for monkeys scampering across the rooftops.

Day 6 : Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy an unforgettable experience early this morning with an optional balloon ride over Jaipur. Sail with the wind over the surrounding region and pass above hill-top forts and regal palaces. Later, enjoy a jeep ride to Amber Fort for a guided tour and visit a cotton weaving house for an authentic demonstration of fabric dyeing. We also tour the UNESCO-listed Jaipur City Palace and Jantar Mantar space observatory, which is home to the world’s largest stone sun dial.

Day 7 : Delhi

Location: Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Jaipur - Delhi. Return to Delhi today where the rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps visit the impressive Akshardham - the world’s largest Hindu temple.

Day 8 : Delhi

Location: Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Saturday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer to the airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3 - 4 star & heritage hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners

  • 7 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels

  • Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Karauli

  • Travel by jeep to beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur

  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

  • Entrance Fees: USD$75-85pp, paid in local currency

Age Policy

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    24

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 - 4 star

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Richard Joiner  

Taj Express - 8 days

17-May-2018

Yusuf was a very good tour leader who was always helpful and consisderate of individuals on the tour. He was very knowledgeable about his country and explained the history thoroughly. He would rearrange the order of the tour at various times to make the tour flow more easily for the benefit of the participants. He would provide a buffer zone from some of the local vendors for us at times which was very helpful and useful to us. I can say with certainty that he was one of the best tour leaders we have ever encountered. With our visit to India we have been to 80 countries so we have encountered many tour leaders throughout the years. Even though we were very tired by the end of the tour, it was a wonderful experience to see a small part of India. The heat at this time of the year coupled with our age lead to our being very exhausted at teh completion of the tour. Thanks to Yusuf for our pleasurable trip and great experience of India.

David Taggart  

Taj Express - 8 days

09-May-2024

I have never been to India before and must say it was a life enhancing experience in unexpected ways. I make these comments with no reference to any other experience as I have not had one. Yusef the main tour guide was experienced and knowledgable on history and current India which I think is very important to navigate in what is quite a complex country. The transport by coach was very good. I had a bolt on to the spiritual cities of the Ganges and the four hour car ride to these on the Indian motorway as I was the only one to go on this addition (the rest went to see tigers) was a little gruelling. But visit to Hadawar and Rishikesh was great. I had been late due to flight and luggage loss so I had missed the initial meeting at the hotel before we started the main tour in Delhi. I do not know what information was given there about the possibilities of dehydration without large intake of water as the weather was very hot. By the time I got to Haridwar on the Ganges I was becoming severely dehydrated. The guide there took me to the chemist for rehydration salts and I started to feel better but it took some time to recover. I enjoyed the food but I did get a bad tummy and the runs so I expect this may have contributed to dehydration. I will be aware of both these things in the future! I hope to go again before I get too creaky as I am 68. Filling in the Indian e visa was quite a chore and I had to get some help so some advice on this would be useful.

Debra Nerney  

Taj Express - 8 days

08-Jan-2018

Absolutely fabulous trip.Jusuf very knowledgeable, friendly and very easy to engage with. Accommodation great a few little quirky things but made for interesting discussions and added to the charm of the trip and country. Comfortable pace. Meals all fabulous.

Peter Martin  

Taj Express - 8 days

22-Mar-2018

Excellent tour and the Guide could not have done more for us including filtering street hawkers and giving us realistic guide prices , He is an absolute Star and would love to have him on any further trips to India and anywhere else he covers.The tip pot worked a dream and Yusuf knew exactly how much to tip unlike us green tourists who would either under or over tip

Angela Cadwallader  

Taj Express - 8 days

08-May-2018

Everything about this tour was brilliant, our tour guide Yusuf was so knowledgeable about all the history behind the great places we visited plus he was very approachable and easy to talk to. I could not fault all of the accommodation and the service received whilst there. Well done to On The Go Tours for employing such experienced people

Deborah McAllion  

Taj Express - 8 days

22-Mar-2018

Fantastic and very well organised trip! I learnt much about India. The organisation was extremely efficient! Yusef was extremely professional and went above and beyond expectation every time, he is a huge asset to your company. Intend to travel again with your company in the next 12-18 months- thank you for making this trip an incredible life experience. Deborah McAllion

Sharleasha & Vickie Cafe  

Taj Express - 8 days

15-May-2018

What a great holiday! This was our third group tour with On The Go and could not recommend them enough. India was fantastic with so many amazing sights to see. After the Taj Mahal being the most enjoyable highlight of the trip, the walk in the streets of Karauli was the second highlight. Getting away from all the big tourist attractions and just being able to walk through the streets was a great experience. Yusuf our guide is truly exceptional at his job.

Claudia Liliana Lapeyre Bringas  

Taj Express - 8 days

06-Feb-2019

Excellent tour excellent guide, very professional , kind and helpful

Jojo Sia  

Taj Express - 8 days

09-May-2018

Tour was well-organized. Our guide Yusuf was knowledgeable, professional. He handled the group well and was in charge at all times. Hence, we all felt safe and secure. My overall enjoyment of the tour was somewhat dampened by the heat, but that can't go against On the Go and/or Yusuf. If there is anything -- two comments about the itinerary and one about the accommodation Taj Mahal: if there is a time when the Taj Mahal has less people, then that would be the time to go. Our itinerary calls for visiting the Taj in the afternoon: I don't know if there are more people in the afternoon or less, the whole place was just crowded. The site itself was not well-organized (Indian government fault, not the tour's). People were shouting in the mausoleum and that just detracts from the whole experience. Personally, I could have done without the day in Karauli and the village walk. The village walk felt a tad like poverty tourism to me. While some people may like that aspect of it, I didn't like it that much. Would have liked the option of upgraded accommodations, especially in Agra.

Linda Mansfield  

Taj Express - 8 days

04-Oct-2018

Excellent tour guide. India is daunting but with Yussef in control we had the best experience possible.

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