This Golden Triangle and Ganges River tour encompasses the very best of northern India, from the striking architecture and rich history of three extraordinary cities, to the wildlife of the Sundarbans National Park. You will have the opportunity to explore the incredible cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, before embarking on a luxury cruise along the Lower Ganges, aka the Hooghly River, to the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove eco-system in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the hub of the ‘Royal Bengal Tigers’.
In the capital city of Delhi, reminders of long-ago empires co-exist with magnificent museums, temples and mosques, colonial British architecture, ancient Mughal ruins, bustling bazaars and elegant shopping emporiums. There are few sights in the world as iconic as Agra’s Taj Mahal. Testament to the power of an emperor’s love, the sight of this astonishingly beautiful marble mausoleum will remain with you forever. The pink city of Jaipur introduces splendid forts and palaces, a treasure trove of bustling bazaars, and an 18th century astronomical observatory that has amazed scientists and astrologists worldwide.
The second part of this tour is a cruise along the Hooghly River to the deltaic region of West Bengal and the serene Sundarbans National Park. This rich and unique mangrove ecosystem is home to abundant birdlife, Gangetic dolphins, crocodiles, fishing cats, snakes, deer, monkeys, wild hogs and otters, with the most famous but most elusive residents being the ‘Royal Bengal tigers’.
In India’s capital city, take time to explore historical monuments such as the Qutub Minar in Old Delhi, and Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi. Here, surprises await you around every corner. Discover the narrow, winding lanes of old Delhi, and take a rickshaw ride through one of the country’s oldest and busiest markets – the famous Chandni Chowk. Travel to romantic Jaipur to wonder at the pink-hued architecture, palaces, bazaars and the enormous astronomical instruments of the Jantar Mantar observatory. Just outside Jaipur, the Amber Fort invites you to wander freely through the stronghold of an ancient kingdom. In Agra, gaze in awe at the Taj Mahal, India’s most stunning homage to love; return at dawn when the atmosphere is brilliantly altered by the rising sun.
Relish a cruise along the Hooghly River to the Sundarbans National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy guided excursions with expert naturalists to the watchtowers in search of crocodiles, terrapins, wild boars, axis deer, and a wide range of migratory and local birds. Visit a local village and take a small boat excursion through some of the narrow creeks. Spotting the tiger here is harder than in any other forest, but wouldn’t it be amazing to see one.
All excursions are on a private basis, by means of private transportation, and accompanied by an experienced private guide, with the exception of the West Bengal Hooghly River cruise which is on a small-group, shared basis.
The exquisite accommodations on your luxury Delhi Agra Jaipur tour have been chosen to reflect the spirit of North India’s three most famous cities, showcasing the architecture of each region within a harmonious blend of tradition, contemporary sophistication and attentive service. Likewise, on your India Golden Triangle cruise extension you will feel like a Maharaja aboard the Ganges Voyager, within the serene sanctuary of your spacious, high-ceilinged suite, complete with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel.
This two-part, luxury 10-day India tour offers couples, honeymooners and families a fascinating insight into the history and wealth of the Indian culture, and the extraordinary wildlife of one of the country’s biggest national parks.