Combine the culture and architecture of India's famed Golden Triangle with a safari deep into rural Rajasthan to see India's famed tigers in the wild. This classic trip takes in India's extraordinary capital Delhi, the Taj Mahal and fort in Agra, tigers and wildlife in Ranthambore National Park and culture in Jaipur before ending in glitzy Mumbai.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Mumbai
Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park
Activity Activity Luxury, Nature & Wildlife, Culture
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Explore the alleyways of Delhi

Explore the alleyways of Delhi

Day 1–3 in Delhi

Start your Indian adventure in capital city Delhi. Join your guide in a rickshaw to explore the narrow lanes and alleyways of Old Delhi. Expect a riot of colour, sounds and smells as your whizz in and out of streets, people and stalls selling everything from jalebis to jewellery.

Your guide will also introduce you to the sights of this grand city, starting with the World Heritage site of Humayun’s Tomb, Gandhi’s eternal flame and the imposing India Gate, a memorial to 82,000 soldiers who died during World War One.

Don't miss

Get lost in old Delhi in the Chandni Chowk

Get lost in old Delhi in the Chandni Chowk

Visit Old Delhi, the symbolic heart of India’s capital, and get lost in one of its oldest and busiest markets, the Chandni Chowk. Explore its fascinating history, temples and famous colourful bazaars, selling everything from sweets and saris to jewellery and the delicious jalebis.

Take the train to the Taj Mahal

Take the train to the Taj Mahal

Day 4–6 in Agra

You’ll begin your trip to Agra early in the morning and that most Indian of transport – the train. India’s rail network is spread over 115,000km and transports 23 million people each day. Your early morning train will give you a taste of Delhi city commuter life -- from the comfort of a first-class carriage.

Once in Agra, you'll settle into your hotel with a direct view of the world-famous Taj Mahal. With your guide, you'll explore the architecture and history of this monument to love built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. Take the time to see Agra's other sights, including the Agra Fort and Chandni Bazaar. If time allows, visit the ancient ruins of the sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri on the outskirts of Agra.

Don't miss

Visit India’s most impressive fort in Agra

Visit India’s most impressive fort in Agra

Agra may be more famous for a certain monument to love (hint: the Taj Mahal), but it is also home to the imposing, red sandstone Agra Fort. Built in the 16th century, it was once the residence of the Mughal emperors.

See the Taj Mahal (and beyond)

See the Taj Mahal (and beyond)

The Taj Mahal, built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan, may be the best-known of Agra’s historical sights, but it’s certainly not the only one. A visit to the Taj Mahal is a given, but try to spend a little longer in the area and make time for other highlights such as Akbar’s Tomb, Agra Fort and the mosque of Fatehpur Sikri.

Take a trip to Ranthambore National Park

Take a trip to Ranthambore National Park

Day 7–8 in Ranthambore National Park

Take a break from city life and head out into the Rajasthani countryside towards Ranthambore National Park. You’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere magical from the moment you arrive at the luxurious tented camp of Sher Bagh.

This will be your base for exploring Rajasthan’s most beautiful national park. Take several game drives in search of Ranthambore’s tigers, but make sure to look out for the leopards, crocodiles and many other animals that call Ranthambore home.

Don't miss

Go on tiger safari in Ranthambore

Go on tiger safari in Ranthambore

Wander among the enchanted banyan trees of the Ranthambore National Park. Famous for its population of Bengal tigers which can be spotted in their natural habitat, the park is also home to quintessential Indian forests where you can relax, explore and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Get cultural in Jaipur

Get cultural in Jaipur

Day 9–11 in Jaipur

Known as the pink city, Jaipur is a Rajasthani royal city that offers spellbinding sights and sounds. Its palaces, observatories and merchant buildings are painted in hues of red and pink, but its crowning jewel is the spectacular Amer Fort which towers over the city on a hillside a short drive from the city. Spend a couple of days exploring Jaipur, including its rich arts and crafts scene, before flying back to Delhi to connect with your international flight.

Don't miss

Marvel at the architecture of Jaipur's Amber Fort

Marvel at the architecture of Jaipur's Amber Fort

Perhaps Rajasthan’s best known city, Jaipur is renowned for its stunning architecture. From the imposing Amber Fort to the Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal palaces, the city oozes history. Jaipur is also Rajasthan’s cultural centre, making it a great place to take in traditional folkloric dance and music.

Shop for handcrafted fabrics in Jaipur

Shop for handcrafted fabrics in Jaipur

Rajasthan is one of India’s richest states when it comes to traditional arts and crafts. From block-printed and tie-dyed fabrics to jewellery and Jaipur’s distinctive blue-dyed pottery, Rajasthan is an art enthusiasts dream.

Experience rural Rajasthan

Experience rural Rajasthan

100kms from Jaipur nestled in the Aravelli Hills is the tiny village of Ajabgarh where life hasn’t changed for generations, tribesmen tend their goats and the sight of a foreigner is certain to raise a wave and a smile from local children. If there’s such a thing as ‘real’ India, this must be pretty close.

Live the Bollywood life in Mumbai

Live the Bollywood life in Mumbai

Day 12–13 in Mumbai

End your trip with a stay in the iconic Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, where being a guest is an experience in itself. With your private guide, explore steamy Mumbai, home of Bollywood, cricket and fascinating architecture and history.

Where to stay

Superior

Trident Agra

A little island of cleanliness and calm in the middle of the Taj Mahal mayhem. With this chain, you can be sure of excellent service, flawlessly clean rooms and a tickbox list of facilities. Lacking a little character, perhaps, but excellent value for money.

Superior

Rambagh Palace

This jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunning grand luxury rooms and suites, once the chambers of the Maharaja. The palace retains its splendour with vintage cars, guards on horseback and exquisitely uniformed staff. Mughal gardens and exceptional cuisine.

Deluxe

The Imperial

A unique blend of Victorian, Old Colonial and Art Deco style, the iconic and historic Imperial is seriously good. Beyond the turbaned, mustachioed doormen, elegant interiors are adorned with fine art. Great rooms compiled with delicious understated elegance.

Deluxe

The Lodhi

Super hip, refined, elegant and contemporary, The Lodhi oozes luxury. There’s an art gallery, a library and cigar room, a spectacular sunken pool, a vast gym and health club. The restaurants are truly superb and the rooms simply the best in Delhi.

Deluxe

Oberoi Amarvilas

A view with a room: the whole orientation of the Oberoi Amarvilas is towards the Taj Mahal, which is visible from much of the lobby and bar area. Rooms are exquisitely appointed. Superb pool area is a sunken step well. Two brilliant restaurants.

Deluxe

Rajmahal Palace

A dazzling reincarnation of a former Maharaja’s palace. Bespoke wallpapers, butlers pristine in white, scents of jasmine from the lush gardens, Art Deco pool, monogrammed linen, custom china… 14 suites, all unique but united by creative flair. And fabulous food to boot.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $4,125pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

Learn more

Contact us now and we'll connect you with a specialist tour operator with more information on how to tailor and book this itinerary.

Other itineraries you might like

Why Horizon Guides?

Impartial guidebooks

Impartial guidebooks

Our travel guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for impartial travel advice.

Expert itineraries

Expert itineraries

Suggested itineraries and routes to help you scratch beneath the surface, avoid the tourist traps, and plan an authentic, responsible and enjoyable journey.

Specialist advice

Specialist advice

Get friendly, expert travel advice and custom itineraries from some of the world’s best tour operators, with no spam, pressure or commitment to book.

Loading...