Sunset over the Presidential Palace, Delhi
Beyond the Golden Triangle
'Beyond the Golden Triangle' offers a twist on a classic route and is perfect for those embarking on their first Indian adventure. Prepare for a feast of the senses as you begin your journey in bustling Delhi - a wonderful fusion of the traditional and the contemporary. You will then experience the famous hustle of India's train stations as you travel by rail down to Agra - where our professional guide will make sure that you board the train safely, leaving your mind free to take it all in. In Agra you will explore some fascinating and ancient buildings, including the most famous of them all - the Taj Mahal.
It's then time to take a break from city life as you bask in the wilderness at Chambal Sanctuary. You will then meet some of India's most famous residents, the Bengal tigers of Ranthambhore National Park. Next on the list is the vibrant 'pink city' of Jaipur where you will complete your triangle whilst exploring famous city sites including the picturesque Amber Fort.
Head into Delhi's bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar to sample some of its famed street food
Witness the incredible sight of the sun rising behind the famous Taj Mahal
Spot Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore National Park
This exciting trip to India includes international flights, transfers, rail journeys, selected excursions, accommodation, all breakfasts and some other meals.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
After your overnight flight, on Day 2 you will arrive into bustling Delhi in the morning, ready to begin your North Indian adventure!
You will be met at the airport by a VIVID Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to check-in, freshen up and find your bearings before heading out on a private guided orientation tour of this bustling, diverse city. First you will be driven past the grand Presidential Palace: the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys. Next you will visit the India Gate, a memorial built in honour of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan war. Finally you will head along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and onto Gandhi Smriti, a museum honouring the life and service of Mahatma Gandhi.
On Day 3 you will continue your exploration of this vibrant city with a visit to both Old and New Delhi. Begin in contemporary New Delhi, where you will first visit the Qutub Minar - a 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king, before continuing to the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Next it's time to visit authentic Old Delhi, where you will stop in on Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Ganhi was cremated) before continuing onto the 17th century Jama Masjid mosque. You will then hop aboard a local cycle rickshaw for an exciting and informative ride through the narrow, crowded streets of Chandni Chowk bazaar.
This evening, venture further into Chandni Chowk with your local guide and experience a sensory delight as you explore the various types of street food on offer before finishing up at a local restaurant for a delicious Delhi dinner.
Things to do
On the morning of Day 4 you will be driven to the railway station where you will board the first train down to Agra. Railway stations in India are exciting, busy and often hectic places - an experience in themselves. Don't worry about getting lost as you will be escorted through the station and onto the train by your local guide, leaving your mind free to absorb in the hustle and bustle around you. This comfortable train trip can take around two hours, so sit back and enjoy the view. When you arrive in Agra, you will be greeted by your guide before embarking on your next city tour. You will explore the sights of the city, including the famous Taj Mahal, before arriving at your hotel.
This evening you will be heading to Mehtab Bagh for sunset - crossing the Yamuna River for an alternative view of the Taj Mahal at this time of day will ensure a view to remember.
Things to do
It's an early start on Day 5 as you wake up in time to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise with your local guide. Bathed in early morning light, this is a really special time of day for one final view of the Taj. Afterwards enjoy breakfast at your hotel before leaving the city and taking the two hour journey out to Chambal Sanctuary with your driver. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this incredible wildlife abundant area. You may wish to join a jeep safari in search of blackbuck deer or sarus cranes, or simply spend the afternoon relaxing at the lodge.
On Day 6 you will have a full day at leisure to enjoy the local activities on offer at Chambal Safari Lodge. A boat safari on the Chambal river is an excellent way to spend the day as you look out for turtles, crocodiles and also river dolphins. Alternatively, head out to the nearby Bateshwar and visit some of the 40 temples situated on the ghats along the riverside.
On Day 7 leave Chambal Sanctuary behind and head to the train station in Bharatpur, where you will board your afternoon train to Sawai Madhopur. Your guide will meet you at the station and take you the rest of the way to Ranthambhore, where you will check into your safari hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing after your journey.
Day 8 will begin with an exploration of Ranthambhore National Park in search of the famous Bengal tiger. The best time of day to spot tigers in the park is early morning and late afternoon, so be prepared for an early start for the best chances. Aside from tigers, you can also spot sabar deer, nilgai antelope as well as a plethora of birdlife.
Enjoy one last chance to spot some tigers on the morning of Day 9 before leaving the countryside as you make your way to Jaipur. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure relaxing in your hotel, or if you are keen for some more adventure, head out and begin exploring the 'Pink City'.
On day 10 you will join your guide on a full day tour of this fascinating city. Begin on the outskirts at the vast Amber Fort and visit Jaipur's famous, and very picturesque stepwell, Panna Meena Ka Kund. The stepwell was built in the 16th century to collect monsoon rainwater in order to provide locals with a water supply. This afternoon you will return to the city and explore the it's sites and wonders including the City Palace and the Jantar Manter observatory.
Things to do
Day 11 will begin with a block printing workshop, an art form that hails from this part of Rajasthan. The tradition of printing using vegetable and natural dyes is still upheld here, and using processes that have been perfected for over a thousand years, you will be able to create your own piece of work to bring home.
This afternoon you will be driven back to Delhi where you will be spending the night close to the airport.
On the morning of Day 12, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, brimming with happy memories from your Golden Triangle adventure!