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Tour the tigers and temples of Rajasthan with GH
No experience of India is complete without visiting the famous 'Golden Triangle' that stretches between the 'pink city' of Jaipur in Rajasthan, the unmissable Taj Mahal at Agra, and the Indian capital, Delhi.
On this exclusive 12-day itinerary you'll combine luxury with a taste of authentic India and experience some of the incredibly varied sights and sounds of this mesmerising country alongside like-minded Good Housekeeping readers.
Travelling in the company of our trusted partner Wild Frontiers' expert guides, you'll experience India's bustling cities as well as the more tranquil rural India often overlooked by visitors to the subcontinent.
From Delhi, where this tour starts, you'll have time to marvel at the Moghul splendor of Humayun's tomb before visiting the breathtaking Taj Mahal in Agra as well as Agra Fort. You'll then criss-cross your way south to Udaipur, visiting more remote rural villages, out of the way temples, hidden lakes and spectacular hilltop forts such as the colossal UNESCO-listed Chittorgarh. In the famous Ranthambore National Park you'll do exciting dawn and dusk jeep safaris for the chance to spot some of India's most elusive wildlife, including the rare black buck, chinkaras, nilgais, civet cats and of course Bengal tigers.
This exclusive small group tour, on which you will be joined by no more than 17 fellow readers, will give you an insight into the real India and its people which includes - and also goes far beyond - the iconic Taj Mahal. Plus this itinerary can be combined with our 11-day tour of Kerala and the south for the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime Indian adventure.
Optional single supplement
If you're a solo traveller, you can choose to be paired with a fellow reader of the same sex to avoid paying the single supplement.
Reasons to book
Go Bengal tiger-spotting
The Venice of the East
Stay in heritage hotels
Travel in a small group
Unique cultural experiences
- Wild Frontiers tour leader with local guides and drivers
- All meals as detailed in the itinerary
- All transport as detailed in the itinerary
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
Day1Tour stars in DelhiDelhi, India
After meeting at around midday you'll start with a drive through New Delhi visiting Rajpath and India Gate as well as Humayun's tomb, one of the best preserved Mughal monuments, commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar and designed by the Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiya. This evening you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at Connaught Place and stay at The Claridges or similar.
Day2Delhi – AgraAgra, India
Departing early this morning you'll drive south to Agra and visit the mighty Agra Fort, a vast riverside complex comprised of exquisite palaces and mosques, after lunch. From here you'll head to the iconic Taj Mahal for sunset - an extraordinary time of day to visit as the marble takes on gold and pink hues.
Day3Agra – RanthamboreRanthambore National Park , India
After breakfast you'll depart Agra and visit the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the great Mughal Akbar, and abandoned in 1585 due to water shortages, the well-preserved remains make for a fascinating stop. From here you'll take the train from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur, and transfer to the Juna Mahal hotel or similar.
Day4In and around RanthamboreRanthambore National Park , India
Early this morning, you'll head into the National Park to do your first game drive while the mist is still rising. Return to your hotel for breakfast and a relaxing morning. After lunch you'll head back in to the park for another game drive and the chance to spot more wildlife. Dinner will be at the Juna Mahal hotel or similar.
Day5Ranthambore – JaipurJaipur, India
This morning you'll drive north-west to the pink city of Jaipur. After lunch head out on an afternoon orientation walk in town before dinner at a local restaurant.
Today you will fully explore this beautiful city starting with the Old Town and a stop at the Palace of Winds. You'll also visit the imposing Amber Fort, the Rajput masterpiece perched on a hillside overlooking the city, and Jantar Mantar, the UNESCO listed Royal Observatory. After lunch enjoy a stop at the fascinating and beautifully ornate City Palace Museum with the rest of the afternoon free to visit the local bazaar or relax at your hotel, the Khandela Haveli or similar.
Day7Jaipur – PushkarPushkar , India
After breakfast you'll continue west to Pushkar, the charming and peaceful Hindu pilgrimage centre and home of the only temple in India dedicated to the god of creation, Lord Brahma. You'll stay at the Pushkar Palace or similar.
Day8Chittorgarh and Castle BijaipurChittorgarh, India
After breakfast drive to Chittorgarh to visit the colossal fort then on to Castle Bijaipur. This wonderful castle - parts of which date back 360 years - is run by the ruling family, Narendra Singh and his clan, and is the perfect place to relax. The rest of this afternoon will be free to relax by the pool and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Day9Castle BijaipurChittorgarh, India
Today you can simply relax. Optional activities at Castle Bijaipur (at an additional cost) include yoga classes; a dawn walk to spot some of the area's amazing birds and guided bicycle rides in the surrounding countryside. This evening you'll go for a village jeep drive in the surrounding area to visit the Bhil tribes.
After breakfast you'll drive west to Udaipur, and have free time to explore the beautiful lake front 'white city'. This evening enjoy a cultural dance performance at Baogore Ki Haveli before having dinner at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a guided tour of some of the key sites in Udaipur such as the City Palace, the Jagdish temple and the beautiful gardens at Saheliyon-ki-Bari. This evening take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, before heading out for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day12Tour Finishes in UdaipurUdaipur, India
Your tour ends after breakfast in Udaipur when you can either choose to fly home or extend your travels - potentially with our 11-day tour in Kerala.
Built in 1952, The Claridges remains one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels with beautiful gardens, great dining options and spacious, well-appointed rooms
One of Agra's best hotels
Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens. A selection of luxury restaurants, recreation and wellness facilities, and warm service make for a lovely stay.
Boutique luxury hotel, eco-friendly in nature and crafted with the recycled materials.
One of the best luxury hotels in Ranthambore, Juna Mahal features modern amenities including a swimming pool, contemporary style, and traditional Haveli architecture- in its wooden pillars, stonework and textured walls. Majestic views of the Aravallis abound and the hotel neighbours the Ranthambore National Park.
Traditional Haveli with rooftop pool and entertainment.
Khandela, an ancient town over 2000 years old, was ruled by various dynasties of the Rajput clans. This hotel is a traditional Haveli. Its architecture stays true to its heritage, with a traditional courtyard and marble fountain, lots of open green areas and rooftop, now fitted with a swimming pool. Historic photographs and portraits adorn the walls of the Haveli. Guests at Khandela Haveli can re-live the Rajputan era in 22 refined rooms each offering a distinct experience of princely living. The bar serves a range of cocktails and live music and a private puppet theatre show can be enjoyed on the rooftop.
Small palace with fantastic views over Pushkar Lake
Most rooms and all suites at Pushkar Palace overlook the lake and boast garden views. Cushioned alcoves invite you to sit out with book and listen to the bells of nearby temples and there is a German Bakery within the hotel offering fresh treats.
This 16-century heritage hotel, set in the Vindhyanchal Hills, will transport you to a bygone era