Golden Triangle

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The best way for a first-time visitor to experience India’s must see destinations. Discover the contrasts of Old and New Delhi. Travel to the historic city of Agra to see the Taj Mahal. You can also add the following tour extension from Delhi; Ranthambore National Park, Varanasi or Goa.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Delhi (2N) - Agra (2N) - Jaipur (2N) - Gurgaon (1N) - New Zealand

Days 1-2: New Zealand to Delhi
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for a two night stay. Due to seasonal changes in airline schedules, Auckland passengers may depart at 1am on Day 2 for departures as indicated.
Days 1-2: New Zealand to Delhi
Day 3: Delhi
Sightseeing begins with a visit to the Red Fort (outside only) and a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. You will also have a brief stop at india Gate and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and Connaught Place Markets.
Day 3: Delhi
Day 4: Delhi to Agra
Leave Delhi this morning and drive to the historic city of Agra, visiting Sikandra en route to see the marble Tomb of Emperor Akbar.
Day 4: Delhi to Agra
Day 5: Agra
Rise early to view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife and is Agra’s most famous monument to love. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and the impressive Agra Fort.
Day 5: Agra
Day 6: Agra to Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur, stopping at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. The next stop is Abhaneri village to see the Chand Baori Stepwell and marvel at this ancient construction. Afterwards continue to Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’ for the colour of the buildings in the Old Town.
Day 6: Agra to Jaipur
Day 7: Jaipur
Begin with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of the Winds’, before travelling to the impressive Amer Fort. Continue to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the local bazaar in Choti Choper.
Day 7: Jaipur
Day 8: Jaipur to Gurgaon
Travel to Gurgaon, only 30km from Delhi, for an overnight stay. This evening experience the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, a live entertainment venue where you will watch a magical Bollywood performance.
Day 8: Jaipur to Gurgaon
Day 9: Gurgaon – Depart Delhi
Enjoy the morning free or take a transfer to a nearby mall in Gurgaon to go shopping. After a late checkout and farewell dinner, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your overnight flight to New Zealand. Due to flight schedules, Christchurch passengers will depart on a morning flight.
Day 9: Gurgaon – Depart Delhi
Day 10: Arrive New Zealand
Arrive home today.

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Hotel room Option from $460
Land Only (Delhi to Gurgaon), 8 days from $2,370 per person twin share
Additional charges: Tipping - US$50 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
Ranthambore Extension + add from $680 pp^ (twin share)/ sole traveller from $1,010
Varanasi Extension + add from $920 pp^ (twin share)/sole traveller from $1,370
Goa Extension + add from $1,170 pp^ (twin share) or sole traveller from $1,730^
^ Note Above extension prices based on low season, shoulder and high season charges may apply.
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in India and you will find high quality coverage. India has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.

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Why Book This Tour?

This adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of India.

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