Otherwise known as the Golden Triangle, this package lets you see some of the most iconic sights in all of India from the Red Fort at Delhi to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, and of course, the Taj Mahal in Agra. This itinerary is great for those short on time, or who just want to get a taste of India without a major commitment!
By AC Etios or Maruti Suzuki Dzire: Rs 41,500 a couple, based on double occupancy*
By AC Innova: Rs 48,600 a couple
We are required by law to add a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) to your final price. This will be clearly identified in your formal quote.
Arrival Day: You'll be met by your Namaste India Tours English speaking driver at the exit of the arrivals hall and taken to your hotel. He'll get you settled in your room and agree on a meeting time for tomorrow's City Tour of Delhi.
Day 2. Full day City Tour of Old/New Delhi. Come with a list of sites you'd like to visit, or let your driver plan your day for you. Make payment in full some time this day.
Day 3. To Jaipur (roughly five hours). Afternoon sightseeing. Sites can include: Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantor, the City Palace Museum, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Vidhyadhar Gardens, Nahargarh Fort, Amer, a side trip to Galta and more. Your driver will know which sites are best tackled on which day and in which order.
Day 4. Full day sightseeing of Jaipur. Complimentary elephant ride at Amber Fort if an elephant is available. (If you can add TWO nights to your trip, you can include Ranthambhor National Park. Click here to see that package.)
Day 5. To Agra by way of Fatephur Sikri (roughly four hours not including your stop at Fatehpur Sikri).The astonishing Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. But don't worry: if you arrive on a Friday you'll simply see the Taj tomorrow.
Day 6. City Tour of Agra. Check out Mehtab Bagh, Agra Fort, Sikandra (tomb of Akbar) and more as time allows. You might be able to stop at Mathura, birthplace of Krishna, before returning to Delhi by evening. (Some travelers depart by train for Varanasi or Khajuraho from Agra instead of accompanying the driver back to Delhi.)
-Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel
-5 nights in good but basic mid-range hotels
-Breakfast each morning
-On-call chauffeur and use of AC All-India tourist car for 6 days
-Use of Indian mobile phone while traveling with us (you must put $ on the Sim card)
-Elephant ride at Jaipur IF elephants available
Packages with Namaste India Tours always include your driver's food and accommodation.
Holiday hotel supplement is charged for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
This is India. Driving times in parentheses are not guaranteed and do not include lunch, tea, photography or bathroom breaks.
Meals and entrance fees to attractions (except if noted) are not included in package price. Entrance fees are subject to change. Entrance fees can range from a few rupees to US $10. The Taj Mahal is currently about US $20. Most are under US $5.
Communication prior to confirmed services is done via email. All guests with confirmed services have our complete contact instructions, including home, business and mobile numbers
Need some guidance on how much to tip your driver for his 16 days of continual service? Gosh, this is awkward. Ask your driver, or anyone providing you a service in India and their answer will be "as you wish" which really isn't helpful, is it? We'll just tell you honestly that a typical tip is between Rs 700 and Rs 1000 per day, paid directly to the driver at the end of your trip.
Click here for more detail on sightseeing around the Golden Circuit.
Not traveling on a shoestring anymore? Check this same tour but with a better hotel category: The Golden Circuit Upgraded
New to India and curious what hotels are like? Read The Truth About Indian Hotels.
Interested in what our cars are like? Do the needful. They will tell you in their own words.