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[7 days] Golden Triangle Cultural Tour Delhi & Rajasthan, India

  • Trip Type: Private (Guided)
  • Group Size: Min 1, Max 12
  • Departure Date: Flexible
  • Bookable From: September 1st - April 15th
  • Duration: Weeklong (7-9 days)
  • Physical Rating: Very Easy

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.

Highlights:

  • Live in beautiful homestays with families in Delhi and Agra, and a restored palace in Jaipur.
  • Storytelling tours of the local craftsmen and hands-on activities.
  • Optional village life experience and optional visit to an animal rescue and conservation center.
  • Participate in Indian festivals with the families (seasonal activity). Diwali is in November, Holi is in March; exact dates vary slightly every year as they are decided according to the Hindu calendar.
  • Tours of the main monuments and the highlights of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.

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.

📋 Itinerary

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)

🌱 Sustainability

🌱 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 sales people), instead 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 re-usable, 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.

  • Clear sustainable travel policy
  • Social / Environmental Impact
  • Tourism Dispersal
  • Behavioral Awareness Education
  • Small Group Travel
  • Listen to Community Feedback
  • Adhere to Strict Environmental Standards
  • Conserve Ecosystems/Preserve Biodiversity
  • Use Environmentally Friendly Products
  • No Animal-Harming Tourism
  • Focused on Minimizing Waste
  • Responsible Waste Management
  • Support Suppliers Managing Waste Properly
  • Focused on Reusing Materials
  • Recycle >80% Waste
  • Energy-Saving Lights
  • Solar Thermal Panels
  • Provide Local Employment
  • Fair Wages / Fair Trade
  • Ensures Good Working Conditions
  • Supports Local Businesses
  • Tours Benefit Local Community
  • Connect Travelers to Local Products
  • Engage with Local Communities
  • Stay with Local Communities
  • Act Mindfully of Local Health
  • Inclusive & Non-discriminatory Hiring
  • Provide Authentic Experiences

📌 Location

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.

🏷️ Pricing

🏷️ 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.

  • Deposit per person

    Refundable (see Cancellation Policy)

    $ 500
  • Solo traveler

    price per person (excl. flights)

    $ 1300
  • Group of 2 travelers

    price per person (excl. flights), twin share room

    $ 785
  • Group of 3 to 6 travelers

    price per person (excl. flights), twin share room

    $ 650
  • Group of 7-12 travelers

    price per person (excl. flights), twin share room

    $ 600

ℹ️ Other Info

📧 If you're ready to book this trip, or if you still have some questions, contact us to let us know!

💯 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:

  • Prior to 30 days from the start date of the holiday: Forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit.
  • Between 29 days and 10 days from the date of the start of the holiday: Forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit + 50% of the package cost.
  • Less than 10 days from the date of the start of the holiday: Full forfeiture of the package cost.

📅 This trip has a variable start date, so you can plan a departure date for when it is safe to travel. 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.

😷 If you choose to travel before a vaccine is widely available, be sure to get a negative test result prior to arriving. You should also have both 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.

  1. Enhanced cleaning of the rooms, common areas, and vehicles used with soap and hot water.
  2. Cleaning of high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles, handrails, tables and chairs, electrical switches, and AC and TV remote with alcohol-based disinfectant.
  3. Serve the meals in the room only. The water will be served hot in the cold Himalayan regions. In other regions, we serve boiled water but at room temperature. Meals in common rooms will be discontinued.
  4. We serve immunity-boosting drinks such as herbal tea at the accommodations regularly during the day.
  5. Zero physical contact and distance of at least 6 ft. at all times.
  6. Visits to monuments and any other places according to the itinerary to be scheduled in a staggered manner and with the necessary social distancing.
  7. Contactless check-in and check-out at all accommodations.
  8. If you are using an Indian SIM card, we encourage you to download the ‘Arogya Setu’ app for regular local updates and contact tracing.

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.

  1. We have shifted to 100% contactless and virtual operations. All our meetings and calls are now over video or voice calls. We are currently not working from a physical office, but we are available during our normal working hours without any impact on the business.
  2. We have trained our guides for the same contactless operations during the tours.
  3. We care equally for the communities we work with. They are vulnerable and we need to take extra care. Keeping this in mind, we have worked with all our homestay families and cooperatives regarding health and safety measures.
  4. All payments are now 100% via internet banking, debit card, or credit card. We have removed any cash payments from the loop, and are encouraging all our partners to do the same.
  5. If any staff member is found to have symptoms of Covid-19, we will ensure that he/she gets enough time for personal care, quarantine, and recovery before joining back.

COVID & Sustainability:

All our tours are now upgraded to follow the necessary health and safety measures while staying green.

  1. We don’t keep single-use cutlery. Instead, we use hot water and dishwashing solution to clean and reuse the utensils.
  2. We are using multi-layer cloth masks with 6 ft. distancing measures rather than non-biodegradable masks. The masks we are using are also responsibly sourced.
  3. We are adopting regular handwashing with hot water while working in the kitchen and in other areas of the homestays. For our drivers, we are recommending alcohol-based hand sanitizers. We are not using rubber gloves as there are better alternatives available by following the simple practices mentioned above.
  4. We are using alcohol-based solutions for cleaning all high-touch point areas, and making hand sanitizers available in all common areas of the accommodations. At the same time, we encourage you to use regular water and soap for hand washes.
  5. We are serving home-cooked food only as it does away with the need for any packaged food from the market.

💭 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