Rajasthan: India's Golden Triangle
A WEALTH OF CULTURE AND HISTORY AWAIT IN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
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A wealth of culture and historical splendour await in the stunning Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The beautiful desert state boasts a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to step off the beaten path. From the dramatic Keoladeo Ghana National Park and the Ranthambore National Park to the wondrous beauty of the world-famous Taj Mahal, this stunning area will reward all who visit.
- Experience India’s cultural gems and a vast variety of landscapes
- Watch the sun set over the legendary beauty of the Taj Mahal
- Discover a wildlife lovers’ paradise in Ranthambore National Park
- Walk amongst the historical buildings in the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur
From the elegant hotel in Agra, to the luxury resort at Ranthambore and the heritage hotel at the hill station on Mt Abu, our selection of 4 – 5 star hotels will surely be one of the highlights of your holiday.
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity Hotel - 1nt
The first full night of our trip is at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity hotel, a large hotel close to the airport.
Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra - 1nt
An exquisite blend of red sandstone and marble set within landscaped gardens, this hotel offers a mix of Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities. Located in the main tourist district of Agra, this provides great access to the major attraction of the Taj Mahal. The hotel has a pool and spa facilities.
Anuraga Palace Hotel, Ranthambore National Park - 2nts
An elegant 5-star resort hotel in Ranthambore offering views of the Aravallis range, with spacious deluxe rooms overlooking the gardens. Each room has its own style and brings alive the flora and fauna of the region. The hotel has a pool and spa facilities.
Shahpura House, Jaipur - 1nt
A heritage hotel once residence of former rulers. The house has been converted into a hotel by Maharaj Surendra Singh ji, but it has remained a family home so members of the former ruling family welcome you as their honoured guest. Shahpura House is a curious mixture of old and new. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool.
ITC WelcomHotel Jodhpur - 2nts
Situated on the edge of the Thar desert, the ITC Welcom Hotel is an oasis of luxury offering relaxation against the backdrop of the arid landscape. Spacious bedrooms are elegantly appointed. The hotel has a full range of wellness and spa facilities including a pool.
Bikaner Palace Hotel, Mount Abu - 2nts
Mount Abu is a hill station offering a green and cool environment, a total contrast to the arid desert of the past 2 days. Bikaner Palace Hotel features traditional Rajasthani architecture and offers large open courtyards, extensive grounds and an outdoor pool. Each bedroom has a contemporary design with a central focus on the Rajasthani canopy over the bed.
Shikarbadi Resort, Udaipur - 2nts
A former royal hunting lodge, now a peaceful haven with breathtaking views over the Aravalli hills. It has its own deer park where spotted deer, wild boar, and monkeys can be seen. All rooms face the deer park and the interiors of the rooms offer glimpses of life gone by. There is an outdoor pool.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
The perfect mix of walks and sightseeing. This is one of our easier walking holidays with a relaxed pace to ensure you get the most from your holiday in this magical part of the world. Walks range from approx 1.5 to 5 miles (2km-8km) and include historical city tours, birding and wildlife walks, desert walks and walks on rugged terrain in a hill station. Walks in wildlife reserves will be mostly through dry tropical/deciduous forest. Trails may be uneven and care should be taken whilst walking.
Day 1: Depart UK
Day 2: Delhi
Arrival in Delhi in the early hours. A gentle introduction to this frenetic city, and some time to relax after the journey. Optional visit to Qutub Minar, a minaret which forms part of a UNESCO site. Overnight Delhi (1 nt).
Day 3 Agra
Travel to Agra (approx 3.5 hrs). A walking tour in the afternoon will introduce us to Agra fort, from where the Mughals ruled India, followed by a visit to the Taj Mahal. Overnight Agra (1 nt).
Days 4-5 Keoladeo Ghana National Park & Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary
Today we set off for Bharatpur where we’ll walk in the Keoladeo Ghana National park, an area known worldwide as one of the best places for birdwatching. We’ll be accompanied by an experienced birder who will help us spot the birds. We continue to Ranthambore by train (2 nts). We’ll enjoy a full day vehicle safari in the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the premier tiger spotting sanctuaries in the world.
Day 6 Jaipur
A drive of approx 4 hours takes us to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan where we stay one night. Enjoy a walking tour of the 400 yr old fort at Amer.
Day 7 Jaipur to Jodhpur
The morning will be spent on walking tour in Jaipur, where we’ll see the city palace, Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal . Relax on a train journey to Jodhpur (2 nts).
Day 8 Rao Jodha Rock Park & the desert
We start the day with a walk in the Rao Jodha rock park accompanied by a naturalist. We will end the walk at the Mehrangarh fort. The soaring bastions and exquisite handcarved windows are right out of a fairy tale and offer a superb setting for a walk around one of the best preserved forts in India. Later, we drive out to the little desert town of Osiyan, where we have a desert walk topped off by a traditional Rajasthani dinner.
Days 9 -10 Mount Abu
The next two days will be in and around Mount Abu (2 nts) – a hillstation which is verdant, green and cool – a complete contrast to the desert. Walks will be along the “Tiger Path” - the original route up Mount Abu, with beautiful views of the Aravallis, and in the hills surrounding Mount Abu.
Day 11 Udaipur
A morning drive takes us to Udaipur (2 nts), known as the city of lakes. We explore the beautiful Udaipur city palace.
Day 12 Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary
Approx 50km from Udaipur is the little visited Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary. We’ll walk through this area which is rich in birdlife and you may spot animals such as the flying squirrel, deer, boar, pangolin, hyena and wild boar. Jaisamand lake, created in the 17th century is the second largest man-made lake in the world.
Day 13 – Return Flight
To enter India, a passport valid for at least 6 months and with at least two blank pages is required.
British, Australian, Canadian and US citizens require an e-visa to enter India. This can be done online. Please visit the following website for further information: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html Current cost is $60 (non-refundable) plus a 2.5% credit card charge. You will need to upload a photo and complete the application form online. Please remember to take a copy of the e-visa with you. You can apply for the e-visa minimum 4 days in advance of your travel date, with a window of up to 120 days. The e-visa should be emailed to you within 4 days.
Other nationals should check with their nearest embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccinations are sometimes advised for diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquito bites and are prevalent in hot and humid conditions. There are occasional, seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever. Travellers should vigilantly protect themselves against mosquito bites.
Rajasthan has a tropical desert climate. Our tours operate in the months of the year when it is cooler and is officially classed as winter, so it can be quite cool at night, particularly in the hilltown area of Mount Abu. Given that this is a desert state, rainfall is minimal, and it can be arid or sub-humid.
The Rupee (Rs) is the official currency for India. The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Sometimes smaller shops and stalls will not accept notes larger than Rs 500. It is best to carry some smaller notes with you too. In major cities, debit and credit cards are generally accepted, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. However, in smaller towns and villages, choice is generally narrowed to cash or MasterCard and Visa. Travellers cheques are widely accepted and can be changed at banks and larger hotels. Currency can also be changed at banks, airports or authorised money changers. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
GMT +5.3 hrs
Tips are included on this holiday.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- 11 nights ensuite accommodation
- Full Board from lunch on arrival to breakfast on departure
- A full programme of guided walks led by a specialist local leader
- Sightseeing, entrance fees, train, and air-conditioned minibus/coach travel
Other important information
- Single room: £945 February, £1,020 October
- Non-member associate fee £10