Golden Triangle Extension

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Trip code: 
XBS
Min age:
16
Min group size:
1

Discover colourful Rajasthan and its crowning glory, the Taj Mahal

A visit to the incredible Taj Mahal and other great Moghul cities close to Delhi is an excellent way to begin or end a visit to Northern India. The Taj Mahal in Agra was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, and is one of the most beautiful sights on earth. Close by is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar with its beautiful courtyards and palaces and let's not forget the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We also visit he Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, which is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India.

Highlights

  •  The Palace of the Winds, the City Palace and the Amber Palace in Jaipur
  • Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent abandoned Moghul city
  • The Taj Mahal's shining white marble walls, inlaid with semi‐precious stones
  • The Red Fort of Akbar, whose walls enclose a white marble Pearl Mosque, palaces and courtyards

Key information

  • 5 days Land Only
  • 4 nights comfortable hotels
  • Travel by train and by car
  • Accompanied by local sightseeing guides and a driver
  • Price: from £429
  • Single supplement: from £160

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Drivers and local sightseeing guides 
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Arrival and/or departure transfers

What's not included

  • Tour leader
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Delhi
to
Delhi
  • Day 1

    Drive to Jaipur

    Drive from Delhi to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur (approx. 280kms / 5-7hrs). This planned Moghul city of broad avenues is built of sandstone and was painted pink at a later stage. 

    Pre-tour Extensions: If travelling on this extension before your main Exodus tour, the itinerary is reversed. If booked pre-tour, the extension starts at Delhi airport and tonight will be spent in Delhi. An arrival transfer is included, provided you have supplied Exodus with your flight details in advance (or have booked flights through Exodus). 

    Welcom Heritage Traditional Haveli / Hotel Park Prime (or similar)

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Sightseeing in Jaipur

    A full day’s sightseeing in and around Jaipur including the Palace of the Winds, the City Palace and the Amber Palace.

    In the centre of Jaipur is the City Palace, formerly the residence of the Maharaja and now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds.

    A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake. The imposing hilltop fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decorations, including inlaid alabaster panels and a Chamber of Mirrors. We can walk up the hill and through the massive gateway to the courtyard. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi‐precious stones, leatherware etc. It will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything!

    Whilst you will see elephant rides up to the Amber Fort being offered, Exodus have a policy of not including elephant rides in any of our itineraries. We have a very strict animal welfare policy and after in-depth research it was decided that this is a type of animal interaction that we do not wish to endorse. 

    Welcom Heritage Traditional Haveli / Hotel Park Prime (or similar)

    Comfortable Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Fatehpur Sikri

    After breakfast, we set off on the drive to Agra (approx. 240km / 4hrs). About three hours into the journey we stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent abandoned Moghul city. This is an impressive and well‐preserved citadel and served as Akbar's capital from 1571. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all of decorative red sandstone. The magnificence however, only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today.

    Due to the importance of the monument, only local guides from the shrine board are allowed to guide tourists - your driver will help to arrange this locally as the guides cannot be booked in advance. There have been instances where the guide has insisted that visitors pay an offering in the shrine - please note that there is no obligation to pay an offering and it is fine to refrain from doing so.   

    Howard Plaza - The Fern / Royal Residency, Agra

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Taj Mahal and Red Fort, Agra

    The day is spent visiting the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, before returning to Delhi. The Taj Mahal's shining white marble walls, inlaid with semi‐precious stones, never fails to amaze a first time visitor. Close to the Taj is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. In the early evening we transfer to Agra Railway station to board a fast train to Delhi. The train is scheduled to depart at 1750 and arrive at 1930 but schedules change regularly in India so it may be different to this. On arrival into Delhi you will be transferred to the hotel. 

    Hotel Jaypee Siddharth (Comfortable Hotel) / Hotel Taj Princess (Standard Hotel), Delhi (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    End Delhi

    If you have an onward flight from Delhi today, a transfer to the airport is included. However, if you intend to stay in India for longer, the extension ends at the hotel after breakfast.

    Pre-tour Extensions: If travelling on this extension before your main Exodus tour, the extension ends at the hotel in Delhi this evening. Your main Exodus tour will usually start the same day. However, if your main tour includes activities on day 1, then you will need to start the extension one day early and book an additional night in Delhi after your extension/before your main tour, so as not to miss the first days' activities.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

India

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. For UK residents full details of the visa process can be found here http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/India-visa-information.pdf. Other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies.

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the northeast, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

When you reach immigration, you are required to pick up an immigration form. If you have an e-visa, ensure you stand in the correct queue - please follow the signs to the e-visa booth (in Delhi this is at the back of the immigration hall). You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth - please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready (these details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions).

 

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout but lunch and dinner is not included.

Weather

During October/November and February/March/April the days are normally warm or hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or no rain can be expected. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings in December and January and warm clothes are essential. Fog is also a factor to consider during this period as it can often affect transport. During this time, night time temperatures in Delhi can be very cold and only a little above freezing. The evenings and early mornings can be surprisingly cool too, so come prepared for both cold and hot temperatures during the winter period. In July, August and September you can expect hot (or very hot) days and warm nights. Rain is also possible at any time from the end of June until September, and can be very heavy. However, it moderates the temperatures.

Agra, India

Agra, India

Is this trip for you?

There is a lot to see in the time but everything is scheduled so that it doesn't feel too rushed. You should come armed for an experience: India can be hard work and the heat and the bustle of some of the cities can be a little overwhelming. That said, there are places where you can find peace and this is one of the few places in the world from where you will return armed with great stories and memories to last a lifetime.

Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

There is quite a bit of driving involved and one train journey. The drive to Jaipur may take between 5-7 hours. Road journeys can sometimes take longer due to local traffic, national or religious holidays, or road damage after the monsoon and the possibility of train delays also cannot be ruled out.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotels

We stay in good quality hotels throughout. The hotels used may differ to those listed due to availability. 

In Delhi, we usually stay at the Hotel Jaypee Siddharth, a locally-rated 5-star hotel with a swimming pool and spa. It is very comfortable and is conveniently located very close to the metro, for ease of getting around the city. During high season, we use an alternative hotel in Delhi, the Taj Princess, a boutique hotel located in Karol Bagh, an area of busting markets.

In Jaipur we usually spend two nights at either Welcom Heritage Traditional Haveli or Hotel Park Prime. In Agra we generally use the Howard Plaza - The Fern or Royal Residency.

A compulsory single supplement may be applicable. We need a minimum of two persons to operate this extension, otherwise a sole traveller supplement will be applied (this is in place of a single supplement not on top).

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936