India's Golden Triangle

8 Days | A fast, fun, action-filled intro to the fundamentals of North India

4.9 out of 5 based on 358 reviews submitted.
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Trace India’s famous Golden Triangle on this rollicking 8-day tour of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Explore the icons and discover local spots in the perfect introduction to the diverse north of this fascinating country. Begin in throbbing Delhi and explore the city by rickshaw and metro. Travel to romantic Jaipur to wonder at the pink-hued architecture and the 18th-century observatory. Get a little respite from the bustle with a rural heritage stay, then head to Agra and encounter the iconic Taj Mahal plus the city’s incredible fort. Before you know it, you’re back in Delhi, ordering chaat like a pro and toasting a chai to an incredible adventure.

Trip overview

Map of India's Golden Triangle including India
Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
India
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HHSN
This trip generates 45 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience the character of Old Delhi on a rickshaw and walking tour, weaving through the narrow alleyways and exploring Delhi’s oldest mosque.
  • See the Taj Mahal up close and wonder at the intricate optical illusions that decorate the marble on this sumptuous masterpiece of Indian architecture.
  • Tour the spectacular hillside Amber Fort and wonder at the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), where the walls are covered in a mosaic of reflective and coloured glass.
  • Take a break from bustling cities in rural Rajasthan, where you can catch your breath and spend the night in the faded opulence of your heritage stay.
  • This trip is perfect for people short on time, as long travel days are kept to a minimum on an itinerary that hits several icons of North India.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Positive Change for Marine Life. Donations help them to nurture ocean health with community-led conservation initiatives that inspire coastal restoration, sustainable fishing practices and waste-management.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This compact trip packs a lot in. It’s the shortest Indian tour we run in our Original style, perfect for those with little time and a desire to do the most with it. If you are after a more leisurely trip in North India, enter trip codes HHSR, or HHSC on our website.
  • India can get extremely hot in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours early in the morning when it’s cooler, remember to keep water on you and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip and to enter them you must have clothes that cover to wrists and below the knee.

Itinerary

Map of India's Golden Triangle including India

Inclusions

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Shuttle bus, Cycle rickshaw, Auto rickshaw, Metro

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Heritage Property (1 night)

Activities
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking tour
  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Suroth Mahal - Village Walk
  • Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Sheroes Cafe Visit
Add on activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure - INR3750
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR600
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR3350
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR1000
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1300
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Delhi Urban Adventure - INR4000
  • Delhi - Culture Vulture Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate from September 1st to April 30th and last approximately 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments, and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$280pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions (tickets are fully refundable in case of bad weather).
3. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 358 reviews submitted.
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Wendy · Traveled June 2024
Our tour leader Mukendra was amazing. He is passionate about his country and culture and it showed in the way that he led our group. He made sure that we all had an amazing time with all of our activities, ensuring we were safe and healthy throughout the whole trip. I will absolutely recommend this trip to everyone, especially with Mukendra!
Review submitted 27 Jun 2024

Tarj · Traveled June 2024
Our tour of India was an unforgettable experience. Seeing the sights with some great people and learning the history and culture from our fantastic guide Mukendra was amazing. The itinerary was well paced and allowed us to do and see so much in the time we had. Would highly recommend.
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

Maddison · Traveled June 2024
Mukendra was a beyond excellent tour guide who became our friend by the end. He supplied us with a breadth of knowledge and helped us navigate traditional Indian cuisine and culture appropriately. There was not a single unenjoyable moment and I cannot wait to join another Intrepid tour in the near future!
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

Bailey · Traveled June 2024
This was an experience of a life time. To see a culture so different, with an incredible tour leader, for a first time traveller, was amazing. I'd recommend this trip to anyone wanting adventure, beauty and an authentic experience.
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024

Sean · Traveled June 2024
I have done many Intrepid trips and will always advocate for this wonderful company. This is not just for beginners but experienced travellers seeking local connections, authentic experiences and forge meaningful friendships along the way. My guide Mukendra was nothing short of incredible. Thank you Intrepid for yet another mind blowing experience.
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024
India's Golden Triangle
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USD $842