7 days

The Jewels of India

The Jewels of India

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal

Jaipur’s Amber Fort



Train travel - a quintessentially Indian experience

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  • This classic journey to the area known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ encapsulates some of the highlights of northern India. We begin in the capital, New Delhi, and experience a fascinating sightseeing tour of both the old and new parts of the city, before heading to Rajasthan and the fortress town of Dadhikar. Our journey then continues on to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, where we explore the busy markets, see the famous Palace of the Winds and discover the superb Amber Fort. From there it's on to Agra where we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. Finally we return to Delhi on day six, where our tour ends the following day.



    Day 1 - Delhi

    • Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Your airport representative will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, located after passing through the customs area and beyond the travel desks and exchange counters. Look out for the note on the hotel signboard.
    • The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes. Please note this trip begins at 1 pm with a group meeting. As most flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening you may need to arrive a day prior to make the most of your time in Delhi.
    • Following the meeting, your group leader will take you on an organised sightseeing trip through Old Delhi via the city’s modern metro.
    • After wandering through Delhi's historical alleys, you will also see the oldest mosque in Delhi, Jama Masjid, an impressive structure, and visit the Sikh Temple, Sheeshganj Gurudwara.
    Hotel Jivitesh or similar

    Day 2 - Dadhikar

    • Today you will visit the 1100-year-old Dadhikar Fort. It is situated on a hilltop amid dense forests in the lap of the Aravali Hills. Losing all their possessions in a flood, the family of King Chand relocated here and set up a permanent residential camp some time in the 9th or 10th century.
    • In recent times the fort has emerged from restoration work to retain much of its original form. The history of the fort has been immortalized in a song performed by local singers in the area. (Train: 3 hours)
    Dadhikar Fort or similar

    Day 3-4 - Jaipur

    • You will continue by rail to Jaipur (train: approximately 3 hours)the colourful capital of the state of Rajasthan. Here, traditionally dressed Rajput men wearing colourful turbans and sporting magnificent moustaches make their way through crowded streets packed with cars, camel carts, rickshaws, trucks and bicycles.
    • The day will be free for you to explore the vibrant city.
    • On your second day in Jaipur you will travel 11 kilometres to the stunning medieval Amber Fort. This fort was built in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh and is a superb example of Rajput architecture.
    • In the afternoon you will also visit the Old Bazaar and Hawa Mahal, better known as The Palace of the Wind. This five-storey façade with its pink, honeycombed sandstone windows is one of Jaipur's best-known landmarks.
    • In the evening you can dine at one of the many fine restaurants in the city (optional).
    Mahal Khandela or similar

    Day 5 - Agra

    • You will leave for Agra today, home to India’s most famous site - the majestic Taj Mahal.
    • This amazing 17th century marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his second wife, who died giving birth.
    • Started in 1631 the project was completed in 1648 and employed a workforce of over 20,000 people. Construction materials were brought from all over India with the marble from Rajasthan transported by over 1000 elephants. (Driving time: approximately 6 hours)
    Siris 18 or similar

    Day 6 - Delhi

    • This morning you will visit the nearby Agra Fort - a huge complex built originally as a military structure of red sandstone by Akbar in 1565, and partially converted into a palace during the time of Shah Jahan.
    • The rest of the day in Agra is free until our evening group meeting, prior to boarding the train to Delhi. (Travel time: approximately 3 hours)
    Hotel Jivitesh or similar

    Day 7 - Delhi

    • If you wish to spend some more time in Delhi we recommend you book additional accommodation for this day. If you plan to leave, as most flights leave Delhi in the late evening, we would also suggest you consider booking accommodation for the day as well. Your leader will be on hand to assist with transfers to the airport. These are not included, but can be booked through us or your travel agent.

    • If you are spending extra time in Delhi, there is still plenty to see. Humayun's Tomb and Safdarjang's Tomb are other great examples of Mughal architecture and design. The narrow streets of Old Delhi are worth exploring, with the highlights being Red Fort. Raj Ghat is a monument that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Hauz Khas Village is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown - a chic artistic enclave set right next to the remnants of a historical site.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • Specialist local guides
    • Authentic accommodation includes: 6 nights comfortable hotels,
    • Meals 6 breakfasts
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees
    • Old Delhi walking tour
    • Dadhikar Fort
    • Jaipur including Amber Fort and city walking tour
    • Agra including the Taj Mahal and Red Fort
    • Express train from Agra to Delhi

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Meals other than those included in the itinerary
    • Any optional tours and activities during free time
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature

    Safety Information

    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    Festivals: Holi and Diwali
    Travelling in India and Nepal during the Holi festival, a lunar festival generally held in March each year, can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader/guide will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader/guide in high risk situation.

    Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (a lunar festival generally held from mid October to mid November every year) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately. During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid any dangerous areas to avoid putting the group at risk.

    Petty theft and personal safety
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    Traffic and driving on the other side of the road
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    The Jewels of India

    BRIAN - Australia, 28 Oct, 2011
    Overall Rating


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Trip Code PIDJ
Group size 1 - 16
Start City: Delhi
End City: Delhi
Style: Small Group

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