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9-Day India Golden Triangle with Tiger Safari

9-Day India Golden Triangle with Tiger Safari

By Nora OuUpdated Oct. 18, 2022
Venture through the Mesmerizing Landscapes of India

This 9-day tour of India's Golden Triangle and Ranthambore National Park is ideal for first-time visitors who want to explore the country's most iconic monuments and traverse mesmerizing landscapes in search of unique wildlife such as the elusive Bengal tiger.

On this tour, you will witness some of India's most impressive monuments and famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Agra Fort, Amber Fort, Jaipur's City Palace, the Mehtab Bagh garden, and the stunning Taj Mahal. You will also search the jungles to try and catch a glimpse of endangered wild tigers and learn how to cook classic North Indian dishes in the home of a local chef.

Highlights

  • Visit Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, and then take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi's bustling bazaar.
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, the world-famous mausoleum that was built with perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship.
  • Explore the exquisite architecture of the Amber Fort's various buildings that are elegantly decorated with latticed windows and colorful mosaics.
  • Make accommodation part of the experience by staying in heritage hotels that showcase old world colonial charm or mansions once owned by royal families.

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Itinerary in Detail

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Day1
Arrive in Delhi

When you arrive in India, you will be met by our representative in the arrivals area and then taken to your hotel in a private car. After check-in, you can spend the afternoon relaxing in your hotel to decompress from your long journey.

Day2
Old Delhi
breakfast

Start your day by exploring Jama Masjid, a historic and large mosque crowned with three imposing black-and-white marble domes. Then walk down the sandstone steps into the bustling streets where you will take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk market which is lined with busy shops and full of people buying and selling goods.

The sacred Jama Masjid
The sacred Jama Masjid

In the afternoon, go and see the Qutub Minar, where Qutbuddin Aibak announced the advent of the Muslim sultans. Then visit Humayun's Tomb, the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb and also the inspiration for the incredible Taj Mahal.

You will also drive pass the India Gate, the Red Fort, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Parliament House..

the Qutub Minar
The symbol of victory, Qutub Minar
Day3
Delhi to Agra
breakfast

Drive from Delhi to Agra in the morning.

Have a Walk in the village near the Mehtab Bagh in the afternoon. Say hello to the local villagers and have a glimpse of their daily life. Enjopy a simple high tea in a villager's house End your day at the Mehtab Bagh for the sunset view of Taj Mahal.

Get the classic view of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, or the 'Moonlight Garden', which is a beautifully landscaped garden built along the Yamuna River.

a sunset view of Taj Mahal
Get the classic view of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh.
Day4
Iconic Mausoleums and Great Fort
breakfast

Today, you will take a tour of this fascinating city. The day begins with an early-morning visit to the perfectly proportioned Taj Mahal which was built as a mausoleum for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and is the perfect image of the Islamic garden of paradise.

The construction of this world wonder took around 20,000 workers over 20 years to complete. Walk around the famous Lotus Pool and take a photograph sitting on the marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal with its mirror image reflected on the lake in the background.

the white Taj Mahal
Get the classic view of the Taj Mahal.

Next, you will visit the Agra Fort, a red sandstone rampart situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River. This enormous complex includes many courtly buildings that range in style from the early red sandstone architecture of Akbar to the elegant white marble refinement of Shah Jahan.

In the afternoon, visit the small yet elegant garden tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, often described as a 'jewel box' in marble. End your day in Mehtab Bagh, a garden that is an ideal place to view the sunset as it turns the white marble of the Taj Mahal into a beautiful golden orange.

the red Agra Fort
Be impressed by the beautiful red sandstones of Agra Fort.
Day5
Agra to Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri
breakfast and dinner

Continue your journey by heading east to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1585, Fatehpur Sikri is a great example of the ancient architecture of the Mughal Empire and their walled cities. Your guide will lead you through the different sectors of the city where you can see the blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture. You will also have a chance to hear the stories of Akbar's leadership and secular governance.

Arrive at Ranthambore in the evening.

The Fatehpur Sikri
Unlock the stories of Akbar's leadership in Fatehpur Sikri
Day6
Jeep Safari Searching for Wild Tigers
breakfast,lunch, and dinner

Explore Rajasthan's incredible Ranthambore National Park and enjoy two jeep game drives through the jungle and rugged terrain. The most famous resident of this wildlife park is the endangered Bengal tiger and it is a truly special experience to catch a glimpse of these big cats in the wild.

Apart from tigers, this park also has many other animals such as bears, leopards, jackals, elephants, striped hyenas, bison, monkeys, and several types of deer.

 Indian jackals at a water hole
Indian jackals at a water hole

Jeep safaris take place early in the morning and in the late afternoon when the animals are most active. The safari vehicle is a 4-wheel drive Gypsy which is a 6-seater and is shared with other travelers. Each jeep is driven by a professional driver and guided by a naturalist.

During the safari, you will listen to the sounds of the jungle and see the beauty of the first light shining through the trees in the forest. This experience is a great way to gain a better understanding of India's endangered animals and their important habitat. This is also a great place for photographs so bring a camera if you want to get up-close shots of the animals.

jeep safari
Catch a glimpse of these big cats in the wild via a jeep safari
Day7
Ranthambhore to Jaipur
breakfast

In the morning, drive to the Pink City of Jaipur (approximately 4 hours). When you arrive, take some time to enjoy your stay by relaxing in the courtyard of your heritage hotel. This hotel has a history of hundreds of years and is a beautiful structure with intricate ancient murals, high ceilings, and antique furnishings.

 the Alsisar Haveli
Experience staying in a heritage hotel
Day8
Explore Ancient Palaces and Learn to Cook Classic Indian Dishes
breakfast, lunch and dinner

You will start the day at the Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of Winds'. This building's ornate pink fa?ade has become an iconic site in Jaipur and is a great place to take photos.

Afterward, continue on to visit Panna Meena Kund, one of the best-restored stepwells in Jaipur. This stepwell was once an ancient water storage tank and its intricate levels of cascading stairs make for a beautiful place to relax and take in the view.

The highlight of any visit to Jaipur is the Amber Fort. Sitting like a crown on the hilltop, the Amber Fort is famous for its architecture which is a fusion of Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Islamic) styles. From the Amber Fort, you can get a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur below you including Maota Lake and the historic pink old town.

 the beautifual Amber Fort
The coloful buildings of Amber Fort

After the Amber Fort, you will then visit the home of a Jaipuri local where you will learn to cook classic Indian dishes. First, you will be greeted by the host who will start the class with an introduction to the spices and ingredients that you will use to create your meal. Then they will teach you step-by-step how to cook several North Indian dishes. After you are done cooking, share the meal you have made with the host and engage in the lively conversation.

 a cooking class in a local's home
Enjoy a cooking class and dinner in a local family's house
Day9
Jaipur to Delhi
breakfast

Drive back to Delhi by private car to catch your flight back home.

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Hand-Picked Hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

We recommend experiencing palace hotels, heritage hotels, or nice resorts in order to get high-quality service and enrich your experience.

The courtyard of Maiden Hotel
Delhi
Maidens Hotel New Delhi
An elegent room at Alsisar Haveli
Jaipur
Alsisar Haveli - a heritage hotel
The spa of the hotel in Agra
Agra
ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
Ranthambore Regency
Ranthambore
Ranthambore Regency

Our Service Includes:

9 days from
US$ 1,782
per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • 4-star accommodations for 8 nights
  • Private transfers between cities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Governmental taxes

Tour code: ah-in-71

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