India’s Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur) is the perfect way to become acquainted with “Incredible India”, especially if you’re a first-time visitor. How you experience it makes all the difference – our immersive cultural tour authentically introduces you to the magic of the country.
If you are on a short tour of India, this experience will give you a tour of the highlights and take you behind the scenes for immersive experiences. The craft experiences include visiting marble masons, brass artisans, bangle makers, block printers, and more. Spend a day experiencing the village, life of women, and education system in the rural state of Rajasthan.
On this private tour of the Golden Triangle, you will experience not only the main monuments but also those hidden secrets about the three cities that tell the entire story behind their history and current society. For example, it is incomplete to see the Taj Mahal itself unless you do a storytelling tour of old Agra and visit the busy streets just the way locals do. You can choose from a range of activities within the ethos of sustainability and customize your tour of the Golden Triangle.
This tour can also be combined with an extended tour of Rajasthan or a tour of Uttarakhand in the Himalayan foothills.
Seasonal Notes: We offer this tour during the best season for it – anytime between September 1st and April 15th each year. Guests choose their desired start date. This is a private tour: you will only be traveling with those you book the trip with.
This itinerary is customizable (number of days, accommodation type, activities). For solo travelers, we can also setup public transport tickets if a private car is too expensive. Contact Yūgen Earthside for more information.
Day 01: Delhi [India] (arrival day)
Day 02: Delhi
Day 03: Agra
Day 04-5: Jaipur
Day 06: Village in Rajasthan
Day 07: Jaipur or Delhi (departure day)
We cap the number of travelers we host per year to 500 to combat the risk of over-tourism. We also stay free of touts (persistent salespeople), instead of doing hands-on craft experiences directly with the artisans. Our trips support 8 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (#1, 5, 8, 10, 12-15).
We pride ourselves on propagating and reviving local folk tales through storytelling.
Our many environmental actions include strict care of nature, using energy-saving electrical appliances in our homestays, and efforts to manage waste responsibly (we target being a zero-waste, 100% plastic-free tour!).
Our vehicles adhere to updated fuel emission norms and are less than 3 years old.
We provide guests with reusable, filter water bottles to help keep our tours zero-waste.
We do not indulge in animal slavery, cruelty, or luring through bait during the wildlife experiences.
All accommodations are personally reviewed by our team. Our homestays and accommodations focus on local & organic food (vegetarian options available!), recycling waste properly, and strive for using energy-saving lights and appliances as well as solar thermal panels.
We train local artisans and women entrepreneurs in hospitality for an alternate income from this tour.
Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.
A specific route map is included in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Prices vary based on the number of travelers.
Prices are the same regardless of when you travel.
Prices are for twin-share rooms (except for solo travelers).
Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Book with confidence: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $500 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable until 45 days prior to the trip start date (excluding fees paid to the payment gateway or bank).
Cancellation policy if the trip is in less than 45 days:
This trip has a variable start date, so you can plan a departure date when it suits you. It's also a private tour, meaning you will only be traveling with those you book the trip with.
Be sure you have traveler's insurance.
Please be fully vaccinated and boosted before traveling. You may also need proof of a negative Covid test before arrival to the country. Keep a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.
Special precautions for guests:
Given that we operate in village communities and areas away from the crowd, you are already safer as compared to usual tour. However, in the best interest of everyone’s health and well-being, we have strictly implemented some guidelines.
Special precautions for communities & our staff:
We are in touch with all our communities and get real-time updates about state guidelines for health and safety. We are also checking on each others’ families and exchanging support wherever possible in these difficult times. To keep the food coming to everyone's table, we have taken a few actions behind the scenes.
COVID & Sustainability:
All our tours are now upgraded to follow the necessary health and safety measures while staying green.
Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Very Easy" mean?
A: Our tours are not physically stressful! We customize the activities based on your age and acceptance of physical stress. But in general, all our holidays are planned and executed at a leisurely pace that is comfortable for you.
Q: What is the accommodation like?
A: Homestays, BnBs, and hotels are included as mentioned in the Detailed Itinerary. If guests want different accommodations (for example, more luxury-focused), we are happy to suggest places for an additional cost.
Q: Can I choose hotels throughout the tour?
A: Yes, we can provide small luxury hotels with a focus on sustainability in all the cities.
Q: Is this tour fully escorted?
A: This tour is a mix of guided and un-guided experiences. The walking tours are with our storytellers whereas monument visits are self-tours. However, you will have a private car at all times. On special request, this can also be done as a fully escorted tour (at additional cost).
Q: Is this trip good for solo travelers?
A: Yes, it is safe and feasible for solo travelers also. We help you with the necessary arrangements (including public transportation tickets, if you want) and set-up the budget as per your preferences.
Q: Is it safe for female travelers?
A: Yes, all accommodations, drivers, and storytellers we have are well trained and personally known to us. We also have women guides and drivers in some places.
Q: What kind of a car do you provide?
A: We provide either a sedan or an SUV depending on the number of people. The cars are air-conditioned.
Duration: 7 days
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: Sedan or SUV
Accommodation: Homestays & restored palaces