Golden Triangle Discovery

7 days from $2,051 per person*
  • Explore Old and New Delhi on a full day private tour.
  • Marvel at the elegant beauty of the Taj Mahal.
  • Experience the vibrant colors of Jaipur and the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Private transfers and tours throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected premium hotels.
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As far as classic travel triangles are concerned, India’s version of combining Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is a hard act to follow. It’s a trip that provides a colorful and exciting introduction to the rich tapestry of the country’s history, vibrant culture, and magnificent architecture.

Delhi is not only the capital of modern India, but the capital of at least seven previous civilizations, each of which has left behind a trail of monuments. Amazingly, the past and the present have found a way to happily co-exist. The heart of Old Delhi is a 400-year old tangle of lanes with colorful bazaars, complemented by vibrant temples, the towering minaret of Qutab Minar, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Red Fort.

The journey continues to Agra and the Taj Mahal. A stunning monument to love, the Taj Mahal, an exquisite example of Mughal architecture, has captivated the hearts and minds of travelers for centuries. Crafted entirely from white marble, construction of the Taj began the year after the Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died in childbirth in 1631. The memorial was not completed until 1653 and over 20,000 people from India and other parts of Asia were engaged in its construction. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, laid out in the classical Persian design and the elaborately embellished arches and other structures.
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On your way to Jaipur, stop at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, once the imperial capital of the Mughal dynasty. Marvel at its architectural grandeur which combines an interesting blend of Mughal and Hindu styles.

Your classic Indian triangle is complete once you and your private guide reach Jaipur. A tour through the city reveals why it is called the pink city as, virtually, every building within the historic center is painted a terracotta pink. This adds to the riot of colors displayed by the flower markets, turban stalls, brightly painted careering buses and trucks, and even the elephants. A visit to the City Palace displays a striking mix of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, and the view from its roof terrace over the cascading rooftops and the giant sundial next door are amazing. The number one attraction, of course, is the Amber Fort, a breathtaking construction of red sandstone and marble. Viewed from a distance, the sand-colored walls literally appear to fade into the surrounding hills.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Delhi
    Delhi
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Representative
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Delhi
    Delhi
    • Private Tour - Full Day Old & New Delhi Tour - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Delhi to Agra
    Delhi to Agra
    • Private Transfer - Delhi - Agra [4 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Beyond the Taj Mahal - Walking the Heritage Trail - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Agra
    Agra
    • Private Tour - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Agra to Jaipur
    Agra to Jaipur
    • Private Transfer - Agra - Jaipur [via Fatehpur Sikri (6 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Jaipur
    Jaipur
    • Private Tour - Amber Fort, City Palace, Observatory & Hawa Mahal (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Jaipur
    Jaipur
    • Private Transfer - Jaipur - Delhi [5.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Delhi

For your added comfort, an English-speaking airport representative will be waiting for you outside the customs area for you with a sign with your name on it for your added comfort on arrival. The representative will help you meet up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your private driver and English-speaking assistant for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: ITC Maurya (5*)

The ITC Maurya, New Delhi has been the preferred residence of visiting heads of state and global business leaders for over 25 years. Situated in the heart of the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave and surrounded by views of Delhi’s green belt – the forested ridge, our business hotel is a convenient 25-minute drive from the International Airport. This extraordinary hotel combines a historic aura with contemporary facilities to create an unrivaled luxury hotel experience, inspired by the architecture of the great Mauryan Dynasty. An imposing structure of timeless luxury boasts inspiring architecture and a majestic ambiance – a tribute to the age of the great Mauryan Dynasty, which created the golden era of Indian history. Guests will appreciate the on-site restaurants, which include the internationally acclaimed Bukhara, voted amongst the "Top 50 Restaurants in the World" and the "Top 20 in Asia). The property is certified as the world's first LEED EB* Platinum rated hotel by the US Green Building Council.

Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Qutab Minar, Delhi
Qutab Minar, Delhi

Day 2: Delhi

The contrasts between Old and New Delhi are striking – Old Delhi boasts spectacular UNESCO World Heritage monuments and holy sites, whereas New Delhi was designed in a typically British colonial style, with manicured tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. Meet with your private guide and driver to spend the day exploring the contrasts between the two sides of the city, and an overall orientation of the city’s finest sites. Start with the Laxminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, and the first large-scale Hindu Temple built in Delhi. Drive past the impressive India Gate, a famous 137-foot-high War Memorial Arch that is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Red Fort, the captivating historic fort that served as the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years. It was constructed as the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad when he moved his capital from Agra to bring prestige to his reign. The sprawling fort is 1.5 miles long and ranges in height from 60 to 110 feet. The architecture bears a resemblance to Agra Fort. Next, visit Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world at 239 feet in height. The minaret is surrounded by many buildings that are fine examples of Indian artwork dating back to 1193 and forms the Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Humayun’s Tomb, a complex of Mughal-style buildings dating to the Slave Dynasty of 1268-1287 AD. The complex is the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India, and the mausoleum is built in a similar style as the Taj Mahal in Agra. At the end of the day, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: ITC Maurya (5*)
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  ITC Maurya, New Delhi
ITC Maurya, New Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

Meet with your private driver and settle in for a transfer from Delhi to Agra. Approximate driving time is 4 hours.

The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic destination attractions, immediately recognized by, probably, most international travelers around the world. A stunning monument to love, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a long time, it has captivated the hearts and minds of travelers for centuries. While the Taj Mahal can be enjoyed at any time of the day, but especially at sunrise and sunset, what is not widely known is that you could be in close proximity to it, yet hardly see other tourists.

To find out, you and your private guide set out on the Heritage Walking Trail, which offers a glimpse of local life in the shadows of the Taj Mahal. The trail is a community-based enterprise and the full cost of this tour goes directly to funding various welfare projects such as upgrading schools, improving education on family and women’s health issues, building toilets etc. and, generally, creating sustainable livelihoods in the area. A local youth from Agra, who is trained as a tour facilitator, acts as your local guide along the trail, explaining the community’s work and introducing you to some of the local people that are part of these projects. The guide will also show you scenic spots from where you can take some amazing shots of the Taj from across the Yamuna River. The Heritage Trail leads you to some of the lesser-known riverfront monuments such as the Ram Bagh, one of the oldest Mughal Gardens, or the beautiful gardens in front of the Chini ka Rouza , a funerary monument, containing the tomb of Allama Afzal Khan Mullah, who was the Prime Minister of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. All of these gardens are maintained by local residents. Quite possibly, at some stage during your walk, the guide might take you up a few stairs of a residential building and lead you to an opening in the wall and out on a little balcony. Right there in front of you, not much more than a stone’s throw away, stands the Taj Mahal.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal (5*)

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, the property boasts the 'Khwab Mahal' wing - Palace of Dreams. The opulent rooms and suites that resemble Miniature Palaces recreate a paradise for the contemporary Mogul - full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj)
Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj)
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  ITC Mughal
ITC Mughal

Day 4: Agra

A stunning monument to love, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Taj Mahal has captivated the hearts and minds of travelers for centuries. Meet your private guide and driver for a private tour of this exquisite example Mughal architecture, crafted entirely out of white marble. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who passed away during childbirth, the iconic mausoleum rises above a well-manicured garden. The inside of the Taj Mahal is equally stunning, with elaborate inlay work comprised of precious and semi-precious stones.

After your leisurely exploration of this New 7 Wonders of the World, continue by car to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, a red sandstone fort built on a bend of the Yamuna river. The Mughal Dynasty fort served as the main residence of the emperors until the capital was shifted to Delhi, and is an impressive monument with a rich architectural history. Emperor Shah Jahan was once imprisoned inside of Agra Fort, and the tower of his imprisonment offers views of the Taj Mahal in the distance. At the end of the visit, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal (5*)
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Day 5: Agra - Jaipur

Meet your driver and settle in for a private transfer from Agra to Jaipur, with a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned ghost city, along the way. Meet with a local guide in Fatehpur Sikri to explore the ruins. Constructed during the second half of the 16th-century by Emperor Akbar, the "City of Victory" served as the capital of the Mughal Empire for approximately 14 years, until the capital was moved to Punjab and the city was later abandoned. The well-preserved complex of monuments and temples reflects the Hindu and Muslim architectural styles of the time, and houses one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. After your visit to the abandoned city, continue by private vehicle to Jaipur. Approximate travel time is 6 hours including touring. 

Accommodation: ITC Rajputana (5*)

Experience the finest Jaipur has to offer at the ITC Rajputana Palace Hotel. Just 15 kilometers from the airport and half a kilometer from the city center, this regal-influenced design and gardens echo the city’s history. Long corridors, secluded courtyards and simplified latticework offer Rajasthani architecture in a modern uncluttered and contemporary idiom.  Retreat to one of the guest rooms and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. Bring a group together for dinner at one of the restaurants that offer tastes from around the globe. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or challenge a fellow traveler to a game of tennis.

Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Diwan-i-Khas Hall of Private Audience
Diwan-i-Khas Hall of Private Audience
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

Day 6: Jaipur

Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel, and spend the day exploring some of Jaipur’s iconic monuments. Begin the day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent hilltop Amber Fort, also known as the Amer Fort. Originally established in 1592, Maharaja Man Singh I created the imposing citadel on the remains of an earlier 11th-century Jaigarh Fort, and it remained under the control of Kachhawaha rulers until they moved their capital to nearby Jaipur in 1727.

From here, continue to the City Palace, a breathtaking 18th-century royal residence to the rulers of Jaipur. Wander through the sprawling complex and visit areas that have been converted to a museum illustrating the harmony of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Part of the palace, Chandra Mahal, is the home of the current Maharaja and is off-limits.

After the palace, continue to the adjacent Observatory of Jaipur, known as Jantar Mantar. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world’s largest sundial. The massive astronomical instruments were built from local stone and marble and is a monument to 18th-century architectural innovations during the Mughal period. End with a visit to the red and pink sandstone Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds. Jaipur’s iconic monument sits adjacent to the opulent City Palace and is adorned in an ornate pale pink façade with a tiered baroque-like build.  The original design was intended to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and public festivals in the streets below without being seen, in observance of the strict rules of “purdah”, which forbade them from appearing in public without face coverings. The 953 small windows called “jharokhas” are decorated with intricate latticework and offer spectacular views of the city. At the end of the day, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: ITC Rajputana (5*)
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar

Day 7: Jaipur

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Delhi. The transfer takes approximately 5.5 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

ITC Maurya (5*): Delhi

The ITC Maurya, New Delhi has been the preferred residence of visiting heads of state and global business leaders for over 25 years. Situated in the heart of the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave and surrounded by views of Delhi’s green belt – the forested ridge, our business hotel is a convenient 25-minute drive from the International Airport. This extraordinary hotel combines a historic aura with contemporary facilities to create an unrivaled luxury hotel experience, inspired by the architecture of the great Mauryan Dynasty. An imposing structure of timeless luxury boasts inspiring architecture and a majestic ambiance – a tribute to the age of the great Mauryan Dynasty, which created the golden era of Indian history. Guests will appreciate the on-site restaurants, which include the internationally acclaimed Bukhara, voted amongst the "Top 50 Restaurants in the World" and the "Top 20 in Asia). The property is certified as the world's first LEED EB* Platinum rated hotel by the US Green Building Council.

Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  ITC Maurya, New Delhi
ITC Maurya, New Delhi
Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  ITC Maurya, New Delhi Lobby
ITC Maurya, New Delhi Lobby

ITC Mughal (5*): Agra

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, the property boasts the 'Khwab Mahal' wing - Palace of Dreams. The opulent rooms and suites that resemble Miniature Palaces recreate a paradise for the contemporary Mogul - full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  ITC Mughal
ITC Mughal

ITC Rajputana (5*): Jaipur

Experience the finest Jaipur has to offer at the ITC Rajputana Palace Hotel. Just 15 kilometers from the airport and half a kilometer from the city center, this regal-influenced design and gardens echo the city’s history. Long corridors, secluded courtyards and simplified latticework offer Rajasthani architecture in a modern uncluttered and contemporary idiom.  Retreat to one of the guest rooms and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. Bring a group together for dinner at one of the restaurants that offer tastes from around the globe. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or challenge a fellow traveler to a game of tennis.

Golden Triangle Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  ITC Rajputana
ITC Rajputana

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Joshua J. — April 09, 2018 — India & Area

    This is my third trip with Kensington, and as always, friendly, perfect and terrific from start to finish. The team is tremendous. I recommend Kensington constantly, and cant wait for my next adventure.

  • Sam B. — March 01, 2018 — India & Area

    Kensington helped everything run so smoothly and accommodated for desired changes. The drivers were so helpful and friendly.

  • Dennis P. — February 25, 2018 — India & Area

    This trip was one of my bucket list items. Kenny assisted in planning the trip and he was excellent, especially since I modified many things and had many questions. He was always responsive and helpful! He helped ensure I had the best time.

  • Marina P. — January 09, 2018 — India & Area

    Absolutely perfect adventure with Kensington! Jennifer helped us map out and plan a wonderful trip to India. Our guides and drivers were excellent!

  • Bonnie Carroll — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    The trip was FABULOUS! We are now loyal Kensington converts - you took care of everything, and each day unfolded with new surprises and adventures! They were made aware (by Kensington??) that it was our shared birthday trip (my 60th!) and so each Oberoi really outdid themselves in doing special birthday celebrations! Wow, amazing! Just overwhelming!

  • Pamela L — August 22, 2017 — India & Area

    Everything was great, when we wanted to change something they were very good at doing so. I was more than satisfied. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

  • Bruce Rubin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    I loved working with Kenny and all the people at Kensington Tours. I loved how easily everything flowed during our journey. Your people were mostly wonderful with a few who simply showed up. We had a few hotel rooms that were less than perfect but in the case of Varanasi I mentioned my displeasure and the room was immediately changed. Many of the hotels were as luxurious as promised and the service was impeccable. We truly loved our trip and would happily use your services again and recommend them to our friends.

  • Renee Martin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    Really great experience! The quality and the individuality of how our tour was designed was perfect! Would definitely like to do another tour with Kensington!

  • Richard B. — July 15, 2016 — India & Area

    Guides and especially drivers were very good, indeed.

  • Alicia H. — June 30, 2016 — India & Area

    Each of my guides was absolutely wonderful, making a whirlwind tour feel well-paced and meaningful as well as providing interesting historical/cultural insights and offering excellent shopping and restaurant recommendations. In particular, Sanjil made sure I got all of the best photo angles of the Taj Mahal. Vivek was an amazing story-teller who went above and beyond to make Udaipur come alive, and Indrajeet was an excellent teacher of India's many religions and cultural traditions. The Oberoi hotels were unbelievable; I have never stayed in more luxurious accommodations or experienced more attentive service! This tour was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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