Golden Triangle, Tigers and the Ganges

Golden Triangle, Tigers and the Ganges

11 Days Starting in New Delhi, Delhi, India and ending in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Visiting: Delhi, Old Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Varanasi

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

INGAZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through India's rich tapestry of culture, history, and wildlife with the "Golden Triangle, Tigers and the Ganges" tour. This extraordinary adventure begins in the bustling streets of Delhi, where ancient history and modern life blend seamlessly. Marvel at the architectural wonders of the Taj Mahal in Agra and the majestic forts of Jaipur. Experience the thrill of spotting tigers in their natural habitat at Ranthambore National Park. The journey culminates in Varanasi, a city of profound spiritual significance, where the sacred Ganges River flows. Along the way, enjoy luxurious accommodations, expert guidance, and immersive experiences that bring you face-to-face with India's vibrant traditions and breathtaking landscapes. This tour promises not just a holiday, but a transformational experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi

  • Visit Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore National Park, Amber Fort and the City Palace in Jaipur and Sarnath

  • View the Palace of Winds in Jaipur

  • See the Red Fort, Parliament House and India Gate in Delhi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Delhi
Location: Delhi
Accommodation: Le Meridien New Delhi
Accommodation Name: Le Meridien New Delhi/The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Meals Included: Dinner

India's vibrant capital extends a lively welcome, launching an unforgettable journey through northern India’s most exquisite sights. On arrival in Delhi, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Day 2 : Discover The Delights Of Old Delhi
Location: Old Delhi
Accommodation: Le Meridien New Delhi
Accommodation Name: Le Meridien New Delhi/The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Savour the scents of spice as you embark on an exhilarating rickshaw ride, navigating the busy streets of Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress which once housed the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for centuries.
Next, Dive Into Culture as you ride through the colourful Chandni Chowk market and watch it come to life as the day's trading begins amidst the sounds of enthusiastic salesmen and endless traffic. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Admire its ornate façades before boarding a waiting vehicle to drive to Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Pay tribute to this beloved figurehead, who led the campaign for India’s independence from Britain. You’ll come face-to-face with the site where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Today the simple square platform of black marble is surrounded by a tranquil park, befitting of its status as a place of contemplation.
Your next stop is Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the most noteworthy stepwells in Delhi. Hidden amidst the cacophony of Delhi’s streets and business towers, this ancient water reservoir rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Spend a few moments of serenity amidst its centuries-old ornate arches before returning to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure or consider one of our Optional Experiences.

Day 3: See The Sights Of Delhi Make Travel Matter
Location: Delhi
Accommodation: Le Meridien New Delhi
Accommodation Name: Le Meridien New Delhi/The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, embark on a guided walking tour to discover the work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This non-profit organization that aims to provide a caring environment for street children. Later, we'll walk through the bazaar of Paharganj, rubbing shoulders with the locals who flock to the market to shop everyday. Escape the noise and head to New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Your first stop here is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb, the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former glory, you’ll see first-hand why it served as the inspiration for the design of the famous Taj Mahal. Enjoy local flavors for lunch at a restaurant near India Gate, then head to the Qutub Minar complex, also a UNESCO listed site. This fluted ‘Victory Tower’ is decorated with elaborate inscriptions, geometric carvings and elegant balconies. Returning to your hotel later, drive past Lutyens' Delhi to view the elegant colonial façades leading British architect Edwin Lutyens left behind on the cityscape. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join one of our Optional Experiences.

Day 4: Sunset At The Taj Mahal
Location: Agra
Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton
Accommodation Name: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

It’s time to leave Delhi behind, bound for the Uttar Pradesh city of Agra. There are many reasons to love Agra and its own ‘monument to love’, the Taj Mahal, is perhaps the most captivating of all. Marvel at its elegant marble façades awash with the sunset's rose and golden hues. Admire this well-preserved landmark from all sides and take time to contemplate the magnificence of this man-made wonder before re-joining your fellow travellers.
This evening, you could choose to end a memorable day at an optional sound and light show prior to dinner.

Day 5: From The Taj To The Tigers
Location: Ranthambore National Park
Accommodation: Clarks Safari
Accommodation Name: Anuraga Palace Hotel Ranthambore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There’s more to Agra than the Taj Mahal as you’ll come to discover this morning during your visit to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Stroll through the chambers of a 17th-century royal residence which served as the principal residence of the influential Mughal emperors until the capital was moved to Delhi.
Continue to the long-deserted ‘Ghost Town’ of Fatehpur Sikri, built at great expense by Emperor Akbar in 1569 only to be abandoned soon afterwards due to a lack of water. The city remains beautifully preserved, albeit with an air of melancholy – a rusty-red sandstone masterpiece devoid of inhabitants.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bharatpur. Then, appreciate first-hand a quintessential travel experience in India as you board a train bound for Ranthambore, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Day 6: Roam Ranthambore In Search Of Tigers
Location: Ranthambore National Park
Accommodation: Clarks Safari
Accommodation Name: Anuraga Palace Hotel Ranthambore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with an early morning visit to Ranthambore National Park, which was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Before the heat of the day sets in and the wilderness awakens, keep a keen eye out for the resident animals and birdlife that find sanctuary here. Have your camera ready in case the park’s tigers make a brief appearance.
Return to your hotel for a late breakfast, followed by some time to relax, or to join an Optional Experience. After lunch there’s another opportunity to explore the park for a glimpse of the various species of bird and wildlife on your second game drive of the day. Dinner is served at your hotel.

Day 7 : Onwards To Jaipur
Location: Jaipur
Accommodation: Hilton
Accommodation Name: Hilton Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Continue your journey to Jaipur, the Pink City. After some free time for lunch, join a workshop on hand-block printing, one of the most famous traditional art forms of Rajasthan. A Local Specialist will show you the tricks of the trade as you observe how the prints are handmade using small wooden blocks and hone your own block-printing skills.
Later, Dive Into Culture and see the talents of local craftspeople on display during a visit to a local market. Admire the colourful textiles and perhaps buy a memento or two to take home. Jaipur is particularly renowned for its embroidery and blue pottery.
This evening, join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in their home and savour some of the regional delicacies.

Day 8: Explore Colourful Jaipur
Location: Jaipur
Accommodation: Hilton
Accommodation Name: Hilton Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

One of today's highlights is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort. But first, stop to admire the red and pink façades of the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household.
Continue with a visit to the ornate City Palace, an impressive complex of buildings from different eras and gardens in the heart of the Old City. Enjoy some time for lunch before visiting the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Observatory, featuring the world's largest sundial. Later, perhaps join our optional Aarti ceremony, offering a blessing to one of the Hindu deities and hopefully receiving one in return.
This evening, we'll toast to shared memories over a delicious local Farewell Dinner with those guests ending their journey in Jaipur.

Day 9 : Venutre To Varanasi
Location: Varanasi
Accommodation: Om Vilas Benares
Accommodation Name: Hotel Madin Varanasi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Jaipur this morning and board your included flight to embark on a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Varanasi to explore the city's role as the center of Hindu religion. There’s a palpable sense that life begins and ends on the shores of Ganga Mata (Mother Ganges), but local spirituality extends beyond the sacred waters of the river. The city is also renowned for its ancient temples and old ghats that lead down to the river. You’ll see all this and more, but first there’s free time for lunch before the sightseeing. Next, experience a rural way of life during a walk around Weavers Village, where a Local Specialist reveals the centuries-old silk weaving tradition. Your visit during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience will help the community’s efforts to keep this extraordinary tradition alive. You'll see first-hand how the talented weavers create beautiful silk fabrics. These are used to make the famous Banarasi silk saris, highly sought after for weddings and other special occasions. Later this evening, feed your soul as you cruise down the River Ganges to witness the ritual of Aarti. Watch as the delicate diya, laden with candles and tiny flowers, float down the river. After this poignant ritual, return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 10: Witness Local Life Along The Ganges
Location: Varanasi
Accommodation: Om Vilas Benares
Accommodation Name: Hotel Madin Varanasi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Admire the changing light as the sun rises over the Ganges, and the sights and sounds of Varanasi come to life along the banks of the river. Observe locals taking their morning bath in the holy water and worshipping the rising sun. Afterwards explore the city on foot, the best way to immerse yourself in the day-to-day of the oldest living city of the world. You’ll have an opportunity to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi's main temple. Demolished and rebuilt many times over its history, the temple is a sight to behold with its towering spire and domes made of pure gold. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. Perhaps choose to join our Optional Experience to watch a live performance of Indian classical dances known as Kathak.
This afternoon, visit Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Explore the spectacular collection of Buddhist artefacts dating back to the 3rd century BC and see the Lion Capital of Ashoka with its inverted lotus carving, adopted as the national emblem of India. Continue to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 11: Farewell Varanasi
Location: Varanasi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your spiritual and cultural encounter with India at its end, it's time to bid farewell to Varanasi. Take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Expert Travel Director and Professional Driver

    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver to guide you through your journey.

  • Cherry-picked Hotels

    Stay in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted for a comfortable and relaxing stay.

  • Gratuities and Taxes

    All porterage and restaurant gratuities, as well as all hotel tips, charges, and local taxes are taken care of.

  • Meals

    Enjoy breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals, including special welcome and farewell dinners.

  • Sightseeing and Extras

    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, with optional experiences and free time to explore.

  • Audio Headsets

    Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.

  • Luxury Transportation

    Travel in luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

    International flights to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered, providing you the opportunity to explore local cuisines on your own.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs for optional experiences and excursions are not included and are available for an additional fee.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, room service, and other personal items are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, breakfast is included daily and up to half of your evening meals, including special welcome and farewell dinners.

  • What are the highlights of the Golden Triangle, Tigers and the Ganges tour?

    The highlights of the tour include exploring Delhi, Jaipur, and Varanasi, visiting Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb, and Qutub Minar in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore National Park, Amber Fort and the City Palace in Jaipur, and Sarnath. Additionally, you will view the Palace of Winds in Jaipur and see the Red Fort, Parliament House, and India Gate in Delhi.

  • What are the exclusions of the tour?

    The exclusions of the tour are international flights to and from the start and end points of the tour, travel insurance, some meals to allow you to explore local cuisines on your own, costs for optional experiences and excursions, personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, room service, and other personal items, and any applicable visa fees.

  • What type of accommodation is included in the tour?

    The tour includes cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted for a comfortable and relaxing stay.

  • What countries are visited on this tour?

    The tour visits India.

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    The tour includes an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, cherry-picked hotels, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, as well as all hotel tips, charges, and local taxes, breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, audio headsets for flexible sightseeing, and luxury transportation.

  • What type of transportation is provided on the tour?

    The tour provides luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation, such as rail journeys.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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