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Revel in the beauty of the Taj Mahal, see the Pink City of Jaipur and wander India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid

Days
8
Style
Train
From
$1395

Taj Express

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. Add to this a drive through the semi-desert Shekhawati region and you’ve got the perfect 1 week Indian adventure.

Tour Highlights

  • View beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis

  • Wander the Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar

  • Visit Old and New Delhi - Humayan's Tomb, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat. Red Fort 

  • The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset

  • Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city

  • The beautiful Agra Fort

Full Itinerary

Upon arrival into Delhi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city.
Overnight: Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Humayan’s Tomb, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat – the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and in New Delhi Rajpath and India Gate.

Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner

Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls.

Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast

En route to Jaipur we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water.

Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore.

Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan.

The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast, Lunch

Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofty hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on.

We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort, reaching its summit by jeep, where we enjoy a tour of the fort’s well-preserved interior and grounds.

Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar – an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast

Today we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region, which lies in a triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner.

The small towns in this region were once important trading posts, and today their legacy is carried on through the beautiful painted havelis that were constructed by wealthy merchants here in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Later we enjoy a walk through a local village and time to relax.
Overnight: Alsisar | Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school in Alsisar (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme, before returning to Delhi.

The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to further explore the city.

 

Opt for a meal in the heart of the city or simply relax and chat with group members at the hotel.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast

Touring arrangements come to an end after breakfast.

Hotel check-out and included onward departure transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 8

Activities

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi and travel by jeep to the Amber Fort in Jaipur Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Shekhawati region
  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites

Accommodation

  • 7 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International flights and visas

 

 

Gratuities

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 – 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$20-30, paid in local currency

Entrance Fees

  • Entrance Fees: USD$95-100, paid in local currency.

Optional Extension : Golden Amritsar

Discover beautiful Amritsar, home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion, on our 3 day/2 night Golden Amritsar bolt-on. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat.

During your stay, we witness the sunset spectacle at Wagah Border – the only road crossing between India and Pakistan where the fascinating changing of the guards and ceremonial lowering of the flags take place with great pomp to a cheering crowd of thousands.
This bolt-on is a 3-day tour of Amritsar that can be booked in conjunction with any of our India group tours, city breaks or private tours.

Home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is one of the Punjab’s principal cities. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat. During your stay, enjoy a visit to Wagah – the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan where the fascinating sunset ‘retreat’ ceremony takes place with great pomp.

Extension Itinerary

Early morning transfer to Delhi railway station, express train to Amritsar and hotel check in.

This afternoon we’ll drive to the final frontier, Wagah to watch the sunset changing of the guards and ceremonial lowering of the flags.

Overnight – Amritsar

Today we embark on an amazing sightseeing tour of the city and the famous Golden Temple.

Overnight Amritsar.

Spend the day further exploring this exciting and colourful city before taking the evening train back to Delhi (arriving at approx 22:40) and onward transfer to the airport.

Note: A morning train arriving to Delhi at approx 11:15 is also available should this coordinate better with your onward international flight.

 

 

Extension Inclusions

Meals

Breakfast daily

Transport

Return train journey (air conditioned seater carriage) from Delhi to Amritsar, All relevant transfers in private chauffeur driven vehicles

Accommodation

2 nights 3 - 4 star accom including breakfast

Activities

Amritsar and Wagah Border excursions and entrance fees. Guided sightseeing offered by a qualified English speaking local tour guide.

This tour is operated by
On The Go Tours

Departing: February 2, 2019

From: $1395 USD

Days: 8

Style: Train

Physical Rating: +3 Moderate

At A Glance

  • View beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis

  • Wander the Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar

  • Visit Old and New Delhi - Humayan's Tomb, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat. Red Fort 

  • The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset

  • Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city

  • And more!

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