Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Shimla
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Embrace the wonders of the Golden Triangle and beyond during this customizable 14-day India tour that focuses on Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Venture through the desert to find exotic palaces and to discover marble tombs that decorate the banks of the Yamuna River. The sound of the sitar will become an enticing staple of your journey, and you will find comfort in aromatic cuisine and opulent fortresses.
Delhi – India’s Capital City
The vibrant city of Delhi acts as an amalgamation of greater India with streets and architecture that embody the broader history, culture, and heritage of the nation. Your flight will land at Indira Gandhi International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs and transfer you to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city. You will then have the remainder of the day at your leisure to enjoy the comforts of your gorgeous accommodations. For insight into the unique beauty of Delhi, you can visit the Old Fort of Purana Qila, which boasts foundations that date back 2,500 years.
Delhi – History and Treasures of Delhi
After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and introduce you to the sensory feast that Delhi represents. You will be exposed to the layered aromas of simmering curries, the lively cries of merchants as they call to passersby, and the spectacular colors of the architecture and clothing. You will make your way around a selection of the eight distinctive neighborhoods at your preferred pace to discover how each district acts as a separate city. You will continue to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, which is the most important Sikh place of worship in the city.
Delhi – The Changing of the Guard
After breakfast, you will set out to view the renowned Changing of the Guard at the residence of the president. After viewing the fascinating ceremony, you will continue with your guide to Old Delhi. Inside the Red Fort, you will discover how the contemporary lives of Delhi residents revolve around the antique architecture and back alleys of the complex. You can enter the bustling lanes of Chhatta Chowk bazaar, where merchants display their flowing silks, shimmering gems, and antique silverware among aromas of mouthwatering cuisine.
Agra – Visit the Iconic Taj Mahal
Your private transfer will then meet you in the hotel lobby after breakfast to escort you to Agra. After taking time to settle into the comforts of your luxurious accommodation, your guide will take you on an intimate tour of the Taj Mahal at sunset. The shifting colors of the sky will reflect across the pristine marble façade of the Mughal monument. The iconic dome stands 180 feet tall with a diameter of sixty feet at its widest point. As you walk around the decorated gardens, you will find elegant pools that help create a harmonious ambiance of the monument.
Agra – Famous Mughal Monuments
Your guide will greet you at your hotel after breakfast to introduce you to the greater Mughal monuments of Agra that have shaped the city since the 17th century. You can begin your tour at Itimad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb, which historians believe was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. The tomb rises above the banks of the Yamuna River with an exquisite design. You can continue to the gardens of Mehtab Bagh to walk along the square complex. Flowering trees and lush bushes open along the edges of the Yamuna River for remarkable views to the Taj Mahal located across the water.
Jaipur – The Former Mughal Capital
The unique aesthetic of the Mughal Empire will once again become apparent during your private tour of the former capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. Your private transfer will greet you at your hotel after breakfast and lead you to the 16th-century complex to meet your guide. Your guide will explain the unique blend of Indian and Islamic elements that create a fascinating architectural masterpiece. The city has been preserved, allowing you to wander through the three palaces. You will find the Hiran Minar, which is a spiked tower that is decorated with elephant tusks carved from stone.
Jaipur – Amber Fort and Sitar Lesson
In the morning, the vibrancy of the Pink City’s streets will return. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the dramatic gates of the Amber Fort, which is located at the edge of Rajasthan’s capital. You will enter the Sun Gate to reach the first of four courtyards. In the afternoon, you will continue to a local village to experience the traditions of the Rajasthan state, which is often considered the most colorful state of India. Here, you may notice locals leading camels, teaching visitors how to tie turbans, and offering lessons on the art of henna. You will sit in the comforts of a private home to begin your sitar lesson.
Jaipur – Delight in Heritage and Color
Today, you will venture into the heart of Jaipur to explore the city center with your guide. First, you will witness the iconic pink walls of the City Palace. The Welcome Palace contains a small museum that displays royal costumes and opulent shawls of the former royal family, such as garments worn by Sawai Madho Singh I. You will then continue to the Nahargarh, which is an 18th-century fortress that overlooks the city. The complex once acted as a summer retreat for the royal family and now hosts approximately a dozen identical bedrooms that belonged to the different queens.
Delhi – Day at your Leisure
The familiar aromas of chai masala will fill the streets of Jaipur in the morning. Your private transfer will greet you at the hotel and escort you back to Delhi, where you will have the day at your leisure. After settling into the charms of your accommodation, you can venture into the unique districts of the city to enjoy the streets at your own pace. You can find merchants with a blend of handicrafts and cuisine. Cultural performances reflect the diverse heritage from around greater India. The stalls around the marketplace rotate every 15 days to ensure the handicrafts on display remain fresh and diverse. The colorful displays include jewelry, paintings, leather goods, rugs, and saris.
Shimla – Day of Self-Exploration
After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport, where you will board a brief flight that is bound for Chandigarh. You will continue to Shimla with the comfort of a private driver. The city once acted as a summer resort during British colonial India and retains an ambient charm within the car-free city center. The main avenue winds along the spine of the hills with branching streets that create labyrinthine alleys and hidden stairways. On clear days, the expansive view opens to the jagged peaks of the Himalayas. You will then settle in to your accommodation before having the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.
Shimla – Bask in the Countryside
The city of Shimla rests along a steep ridge at the foothills of the Himalayas. As you stroll the streets at your own pace, you can find troops of monkeys that roam the streets. You can venture to the peak of Jakhoo Hill to find spectacular views of the mountainside and a panorama of the city below. A temple crowns the hill and is dedicated to Hanuman, which is the Hindu monkey god. At the temple, you can find images of Hanuman that decorate the outer walls and the interior.
Shimla – Indulge in the Scenery
n the morning, the austere façade of Gorton Castle will return into view along the alpine streets of Shimla. After breakfast, you will make your way to the train station for a journey along the Himalayan Queen Express Toy Train. The scenic ride travels between Shimla and Kandaghat. The service ventures 60 miles across 20 hill stations, through 102 tunnels, and over 889 bridges. During your adventure, you will have time to explore the village of Kandaghat, where the Chail View Palace connotes the former opulence of the district as a royal summer escape.
Delhi – Back to Delhi
You can relax in the morning at your preferred pace by wandering the pedestrianized city center of Shimla. When you are ready, your private transfer will meet you in the lobby and escort you back to Chandigarh for your return flight to Delhi. Upon your return, a private driver will transfer you to your accommodation. Once you settle in and relax, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure. For a unique view of Delhi, you can visit the narrow lane of Natraj Dahi Balle for an eclectic fusion of cuisine.
Delhi – Depart for Home
In the morning, you can listen to the harmonious call to prayer before your private transfer meets you at the hotel. You will venture to the airport with plenty of time to connect with your flight home.
- Witness the pristine design of the Taj Mahal and the changing colors of its marble during sunset
- Experience the authentic ambiance of Chhatta Chowk bazaar in Delhi when wandering the lanes that are lined by jewelry, cloth, and spice merchants
- Learn the delicate art of playing the sitar when visiting a small village outside of Jaipur
- Bask in the grandeur of natural landscapes along the foothills of the Himalayas during the Himalayan Queen Express Toy Train ride
- Explore the deserted opulence of the 16th-century Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri to find masterpieces of Indo-Islamic architecture
- Discover the divide between the culture, heritage, and architecture of Old and New Delhi on the riverbanks of the Yamuna River
- Uncover the Mughal monuments of Agra and wander around the gorgeous design of timad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb
- Indulge in the prestigious art and design of the Amber Fort on the outskirts of Jaipur
- Embrace the vibrant pink hues of Jaipur that decorates the City Palace
- Enjoy the distinctive cultural and scenic splendors of Shimla, which is an alpine city that is positioned at the foothills of the Himalayas
Your 14-day senior India tour immerses you in the culture and authentic heritage of the Golden Triangle and beyond. This tour will lead you to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and the Himalayan city of Shimla. You will have private transfers, luxurious accommodations, and specialists guides for the incredible journey into the heart of this region’s culture and remarkable history. From the Taj Mahal to the City Palace and from the Red Fort to the Hanuman Temple, you will find a country that is beyond the typical.
Your senior tour of India will begin with your arrival in Delhi. You will travel by private transfer to your luxurious accommodation that will act as your base during your three days in the Indian capital. Your knowledgeable guides will lead you on unique tours that delineate the line between Old and New Delhi for insight into cultural, religious, and political differences of the eight distinctive neighborhoods. You will discover famous landmarks, such as the Red Fort, and experience the vibrant daily life of the bazaars. You will then transfer to Agra for two nights. Here, you will have an introduction to the city by way of the Taj Mahal at sunset to view the changing colors of the iconic architecture.
You will stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a half-day tour of the former Mughal capital city to view the sandstone architecture and marble embellishments. Afterward, you will transfer to Jaipur, where you will stay for three nights. The capital of Rajasthan will glow with vibrant color and life, and you will explore the Amber Fort and City Palace complex with specialist guides. You will also have a private sitar lesson when visiting a local village. While in Jaipur, you will also traverse the fascinating bazaars, find mouthwatering cuisine, and embrace the culture of a region that is celebrated for its unique characteristics.
You will return to Delhi for one night in order to catch a flight to Chandigarh, which will then allow you to reach the alpine city of Shimla. You will stay here for three nights. During your time in Shimla, you will embrace the beauty of the foothills and majesty of the soaring peaks. You can visit temples and ride a scenic train for a different perspective of the landscape. The pedestrianized city center will offer a charming ambiance that stems from a mixture of British colonial-era buildings and regional culture. You will then return to Delhi for one night before your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight home.
$2,095 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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