The Golden Triangle

Mark and David's verdict
A visit to India is an unforgettable experience - the swirling energy, the intense colours, the food, the history, the sheer life-affirming exuberance of the place. In the north of the country, the Golden Triangle - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - makes up one of the world's great travel itineraries, packed with incredible sights, sounds, smells and tastes.

Recommended tour operator: Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings says

The Golden Triangle comprises India’s ancient city of Delhi and former royal capitals of Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal, and the so-called Pink City of Jaipur – an unmatched ‘psychedelia’ of arguably India’s richest treasures. It features high on many people’s bucket list and is the most popular choice for first-time visitors to India too.

  • Expert local guides
  • Private and group tours
  • Unique experiences

India is our heartland and has been since we were founded more than 200 years ago. Our passionate and knowledgeable UK team knows the country inside out, returning regularly to refresh their knowledge. And we have our own offices in India itself to ensure seamless service on the ground.

We can’t think of a better introduction to India than the Golden Triangle and our matchless contacts mean that we can create journeys and experiences that will exceed your expectations.

We offer a wide range of tailor-made private tours (with a private chauffeur and expert English-speaking guide) and a choice of finely crafted small group tours for up to 18 travellers.

Our 10-day Golden Triangle and Ranthambore small-group tour takes in all of the key sites of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with the added thrills of a two-night stay in Ranthambore National Park with game drives – and the chance to spot tigers.

For a more in-depth two-week small group tour, Classic Rajasthan also includes a stay on the magical Lake Udaipur.

If you prefer a private tour, and time is short, our eight-day Taste of India tour of Rajasthan is the most popular, and a perfect introduction to the region.

If you have more time, our 13-day Golden Triangle and Shimla holiday will give you an even richer experience of Rajasthani hospitality, culture and architecture – modern and ancient – as well as a visit to the hill station of Shimla.

The best time to travel in the Golden Triangle is between October and April.

We’ve touched on the Golden Triangle but there is so much more. On all our holidays, you will stay in four- and five-star hotels where the service is as impressive as the architecture. We select outstanding guides and ensure smooth travel arrangements from first-class rail travel to a private car and driver.

Find out more about our private journeys and escorted tours in and around India’s Golden Triangle and other holiday ideas throughout India.

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