India’s golden triangle is a tourist circuit which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map. The trips usually start in Delhi moving south to the site of Taj Mahal at Agra, then west, to the desert landscapes of Rajasthan. It is normally possible to do the trip by coach or private journey through most tour operators. The Golden Triangle is now a well traveled route providing a good spectrum of the country’s different landscapes. The circuit is about 720 km by road. Each leg is about 4 to 6 hours of drive. The Shatabdi express train also connects Delhi with Agra and Jaipur..
Arrive Delhi and check into your hotel. A half-day sightseeing tour of historical monuments like the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate and Parliament House. In the evening, catch the sound and light show at the Red Fort, another important Mughal monument. Overnight Delhi.
After breakfast drive 200 km to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal and one of the most popular destinations in the world. Visit Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, enroute to Agra. Check into your hotel. Then, a visit to the Taj Mahal with a guide. Also visit the Agra Fort which was designed as a military base by Akbar. Overnight Agra.
After breakfast drive 240 km to the pink city of Jaipur via the imposing monument of Fatehpur Sikri. Arrive in Jaipur and check into your hotel. Half-day sightseeing of Jaipur city. Visit the Jantar Mantar, Hawa-Mahal, City Palace and the bazaars of Jaipur for some excellent shopping. Overnight Jaipur.
After breakfast visit the old Rajput capital, the Amber Fort, with a guide. Take an elephant ride to the ramparts of the fort. Later, catch up with your shopping and sightseeing in the city. Have dinner at Chokhi Dhani, an open-air ethnic place with folk dancers and musicians and authentic Rajasthani cuisine. Overnight Jaipur.
Return to Delhi or transfer to Jaipur airport and fly out to your next destination. Or you could extend your stay in Rajasthan by taking a trip to the wildlife sanctuaries at Sariska or Ranthambore or taking a camel safari in the Shekhawati region or at Jaisalmer.