Discover North India: 17-Day Golden Triangle Tour with Desert Cities


India Golden Triangle Tour: A 17-Day Exploration of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Beyond.

The Indian Golden Triangle Tour is a popular circuit that connects Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, forming a triangle on the map. The tour offers a rich tapestry of cultural, historical, and architectural wonders. From the majestic Red Fort in Delhi and the world-renowned Taj Mahal in Agra to the regal palaces and forts of Jaipur, this tour encapsulates the essence of North India. The Golden Triangle provides a comprehensive glimpse into India’s diverse heritage. Hence making it perfect for first-time visitors. Also, it is a sought-after itinerary for those wishing to experience India’s iconic landmarks.

In this comprehensive 17-day India Tour, you will explore India beyond the Golden Triangle. Firstly, as you embark on your journey in Delhi, India’s vibrant capital, you’ll encounter a fusion of ancient wonders and modern marvels. Additionally, you can walk amidst iconic landmarks like the Red Fort, which stands as a testament to Mughal magnificence. Furthermore, experience the bustling Chandni Chowk, showcasing India’s vibrant market culture.

Proceed to Agra, where the majestic Taj Mahal, an emblem of eternal love, awaits. The historically rich Agra Fort complements your trip to Agra. As you venture to Jaipur, the Pink City, marvel at the grand Amer Fort perched atop a hill and the astronomical genius of Jantar Mantar.

En route to Jaipur, witness the splendour of Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage site that narrates tales of Emperor Akbar’s reign. Transitioning to the desert landscape, Bikaner unveils the architectural beauty of its Junagarh Fort. Meanwhile, Jaisalmer is captivated by its Golden Fort and the tranquil beauty of the Sam Sand Dunes at sunset.

In Jodhpur, the Blue City, the towering Mehrangarh Fort dominates the skyline. It stands in contrast to the peaceful marble cenotaph of Jaswant Thada. Furthermore, The journey evolves as you reach Udaipur, the City of Lakes. There, the City Palace mirrored in Lake Pichola, and the sacred Jagdish Temple epitomise the region’s romantic essence.

Chandigarh concludes this voyage with a testament to modern urban planning, housing unique attractions like the innovative Rock Garden.

Throughout this expedition, traverse India’s diverse tapestry of culture, history, and natural wonders. This itinerary promises an immersive experience of India’s spirit and a compelling narrative suitable for understanding the country’s culture.

If you want to explore Rajasthan more, our ‘Classic Golden Triangle Tour—Discover Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Imperial Rajasthan‘ is the perfect itinerary for you.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi – Leisure & Rejuvenation

    Upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. After your journey, take this day to rest, recuperate, and familiarise yourself with the hotel’s amenities. If you wish, enjoy a gentle stroll around the hotel vicinity in the evening to breathe in the atmosphere of Delhi without diving deep into the bustle. Recharge with a curated dinner at a renowned local restaurant, allowing you to sample local flavours comfortably. Relish a peaceful night’s sleep, preparing for the upcoming adventure-filled days. Overnight stay in Delhi Aerocity.

    Meals Included: Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 2: Delhi – Heritage & Modernity

    On the second day, immerse yourself in Delhi’s unique blend of heritage and modernity. Begin by paying homage at the iconic India Gate, then a journey to the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb. Marvel at the architectural grandeur of Qutub Minar and find a moment of serenity at the serene Lotus Temple. As the day progresses, lose yourself in the bustling vibes of Connaught Place and Khan Market, two shopping hubs pulsating with energy. Come evening, indulge in a gastronomic adventure with Delhi’s delectable street food or explore any of the local restaurants in Connaught Place before returning to your hotel for a good night’s sleep. Overnight stay in Delhi Aerocity.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 3: Agra – A City of Love

    On Day 3, the journey to Agra is often hailed as the City of Love, primarily due to the enchanting Taj Mahal, an epitome of undying love. Stand in awe as you witness the breathtaking beauty of this marble marvel. Dive deep into history with a visit to the robust Agra Fort, a testament to the Mughal Empire’s grandeur. As dusk approaches, head to Mehtab Bagh, a tranquil garden offering a mesmerising sunset view, with the Taj Mahal painting a picture-perfect silhouette against the crimson sky. Overnight stay at Agra.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 4: Agra to Jaipur – Historical route.

    On Day 4, as you traverse the path from Agra to Jaipur, take a moment to step back at the UNESCO-listed Fatehpur Sikri, a city echoing tales of Mughal magnificence. Upon arriving in Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, let the lively local bazaars enthral you with their colours and crafts. Round off the day savouring the rich and aromatic flavours of traditional Rajasthani cuisine, a culinary experience like no other. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 5: Jaipur – The Royal Pink

    On Day 5, bask in the regal aura of Jaipur, affectionately known as the Royal Pink City. Commence your day at the splendid Amer Fort, perched on a hill, echoing tales of valour and grandeur. Delve deeper into Jaipur’s rich tapestry with visits to the majestic City Palace, the scientifically advanced Jantar Mantar, and the architecturally exquisite Hawa Mahal. Lose yourself in the bustling bazaars, hunting for handicrafts and gems. As night falls, revel in the ambience of Rajasthan’s pulsating capital. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 6: Bikaner – A Desert Oasis

    On Day 6, embark on a scenic journey towards Bikaner, a desert oasis rich in heritage. Immerse yourself in the city’s past with tours of the imposing Junagarh Fort and the regal Lalgarh Palace. A touch of spirituality awaits at the distinctive Karni Mata Temple, also known as the Rat Temple. Whet your appetite with Bikaner’s local delicacies, marking a flavourful end to your day, before resting for the night in this charming desert city. Overnight stay at Bikaner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 7: Jaisalmer – The Golden City

    On Day 7, navigate towards Jaisalmer, the shimmering Golden City rising from the heart of the Thar Desert. Wander within the iconic Jaisalmer Fort walls, a testament to Rajasthani fortitude. Admire the architectural wonders of Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, both echoing tales of bygone eras. As evening descends, let the Sam Sand Dunes spellbind you with a magical sunset before you nestle for a night amidst the golden embrace of the desert. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 8: Jodhpur – The Blue Horizon

    On Day 8, set your sights on Jodhpur, often termed the Blue Horizon, for its sea of azure homes. Ascend to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, which stands tall, casting its protective shadow over the city. A stone’s throw away, find solace at the serene Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph set amidst verdant gardens. Immerse yourself in Jodhpur’s effervescent local life, tasting delights and sensing the city’s palpable energy before settling in for a tranquil night. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 9: Udaipur – The Lake City

    On Day 9, journey to the mesmerising Udaipur, affectionately christened as the ‘Lake City’. Breathe in the grandeur of the majestic City Palace, pay homage to the intricately carved Jagdish Temple, and wander amidst the beautiful gardens of Saheliyon Ki Bari. As the sun sets, embark on a magical boat ride across the serene Lake Pichola, with the cityscape glittering in twilight. Conclude the evening shopping for local crafts, then retreat for a peaceful night in Udaipur. Overnight stay at Udaipur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 10: Udaipur – More to Explore

    On Day 10, dive deeper into Udaipur’s rich tapestry. Embark on a spiritual sojourn to the revered Eklingji and Nagda Temples, resonating with age-old rituals and tales. Ascend to the Monsoon Palace, a vantage point offering sweeping panoramas of the surrounding landscapes and shimmering lakes. Delve into the region’s artistic heritage with a cultural immersion at Bagore Ki Haveli Museum. As stars bedeck the sky, unwind for another tranquil night in Lake City. Overnight stay at Udaipur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 11: Back to Delhi

    On Day 11, soar through the skies as you embark on a swift journey back to the bustling capital, Delhi. Once landed, the day unfolds at your pace, offering the chance to revisit cherished sites or meander through the city’s myriad markets, collecting keepsakes and mementoes. As twilight descends, retreat to your accommodations, embracing the comforts of Delhi for another restful evening. Overnight stay in Delhi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 12: Chandigarh – The Planned Beauty

    On Day 12, embark on a journey to Chandigarh, a city celebrated for its meticulous planning and architectural brilliance. As you traverse its wide avenues and symmetrical streets, take a moment to relax, soaking in the city’s unique ambience. With the promise of tomorrow’s explorations kindling excitement, settle in for a restful night in this modern yet serene urban landscape. Overnight stay at Chandigarh.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 13: Chandigarh – Modern & Natural Delights

    On Day 13, immerse yourself in Chandigarh’s seamless blend of modernity and nature. Begin by meandering through the artistic wonders of Rock Garden, followed by a serene stroll alongside Shukna Lake. As a floral treat, bask in the vivid colours of the Rose Garden. A peaceful night awaits in Chandigarh.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 14: Return to Delhi

    On Day 14, journey back to the bustling heart of India, Delhi. As the landscapes transition, it offers a moment of reflection on your adventures so far. Once back in the capital, there’s an opportunity to revisit favourite spots or simply unwind and prepare for the next day’s itinerary. A restful evening awaits in Delhi. Overnight stay at Delhi Aerocity.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 15: Delhi – Leisure & Exploration

    On Day 15, let Delhi’s myriad attractions unfold before you. With a car at your disposal, you have the liberty to explore at will. Delve into the historical wonders of Purana Qila or the age-old charm of Chandni Chowk. Relish shopping sprees at Dilli Haat, an open-air market brimming with crafts, and the upscale Khan Market, which offers a mix of high-end boutiques and traditional shops. Don’t miss the serene beauty of Lodhi Gardens or the spiritual calm at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. As this day marks your last sightseeing, make the most of it, ending with a serene evening in Delhi to reminisce on your incredible journey. Overnight stay at Delhi Aerocity.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 16: Buffer Day/Rest Day

    On Day 16, relish a leisurely morning sleep-in. Perhaps explore any last-minute attractions with the car at your service or revisit your favourite spots. As a special gesture from your travel agency, indulge in a complimentary lunch, followed by a lovingly-curated farewell dinner in the evening. Ensure an early return to the hotel post-dinner, providing ample time for final packing and document verification. This heartwarming gesture aims to celebrate the end of your unforgettable Indian journey, cherishing the moments shared. Safe travels onward!

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner.

  • Day 17: Farewell

    As your journey in India comes to a close, we hope your heart carries a mosaic of cherished memories. From Rajasthan’s palaces to Chandigarh’s modern marvels, every moment here is a testament to India’s rich tapestry of cultures. We at TWS are deeply grateful for the honour of curating your experience. Farewell, and may the tales of India beckon you back. Safe travels!

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

Discover North India: 17-Day Golden Triangle Tour with Desert Cities

Country India
Tour length 17 days
Travellers Details Couple, Small Group, Large Group, Solo Traveller, Senior Citizen, Family with Kids, Women Only Group
Tour Categories Road Trips, Cultural Trips
Travel Style Fully Guided, Susmita’s Itinerary
Journey Start & End Points Starts: New Delhi. Ends: New Delhi.
Max Group Size 20
Age range 12 - 90
Tour Operator India Heritage Tour
Operated in English, Hindi and Bengali.
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