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The perfect 8-day introduction to India!
In eight days we will visit India’s most essential destinations including Agra’s Taj Mahal, Jaipur’s Amber Fort and Delhi’s cornucopia of fascinating sights. But a journey with Reality Tours is much more than traditional sightseeing.
Our Golden Triangle Tour takes guests beyond the typical sights and brings them closer to the real people that make India such a vibrant and beautiful place. And all this accompanied by our guides.
Our mission is to improve the quality of lives in the communities where we work. Like all of our tours, 80% of the profits fund our NGO based in Mumbai and Delhi. Thank you for supporting our programs by signing up for the tour.
Day 1 – 2
Arrive in Delhi. Sightseeing in the city on Day 2.
Arrive in Delhi and check into the hotel. There are no activities this day, so enjoy exploring the city on your own. In the evening, your guide will come to greet you and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby. Over a welcome dinner,the guide will go over the itinerary for the next 8 action-packed days!
On your second morning, we will travel together to the Sanjay Colony where you will have a walking tour of the community and get to know more about the working and home lives of its residents. The tour ends in the early afternoon and we will have the rest of the day to do some sightseeing and visit India Gate, Qutub Minar, and Humayan’s tomb .
Day 1: Welcome dinner
Day 2: Sanjay Colony slum tour
Arrive in Jaipur on Day 3.
Travel by: Car/minibus
Estimated travel time: 5 hours
We’ll arrive in Jaipur by train in the afternoon and check in to our hotel.
Jaipur is also known as the Pink City of India and you will soon notice this as almost every building within the historic centre is made and painted of pink terracotta colour.
In the evening there will be an orientation walk with your guide, and then time to relax and have dinner.
On day 4 we will visit the stunning Amber Fort. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, this red sandstone building looks as majestic as it is fascinating. Once back in the heart of the city wee will also admire the beauty of the Hawa Mahal, one of the most famous palaces in Jaipur.
Day 3: Train to Jaipur
Day 4: Entrance to Amber Fort
Travel by train to Agra, departing Jaipur in the morning.
Travel by: Train
Estimated travel time: 3.5 hours
Upon arrival in Agra we will check in the homestay where we will spend the night. Day to spend at your leisure or visiting other sights nearby. In the afternoon we will visit the Agra Fort and then the Taj Mahal at sunset, when you will be able to take some photos of this iconic building and enjoy the surroundings.
Day 5: Dinner with the family
Day 5: Entry to Agra Fort
Day 5: Entry to Taj Mahal
Travel by train to Mathura, departing Agra in the morning. We will also visit Vrindavan.
Travel by: Train
Estimated travel time: 2 hours
We will head to our next overnight stop at Vrindavan via Mathura, Lord Krishna’s birthplace.
We spend the day visiting a couple of the estimated 5000 temples and enjoying the atmosphere of this less visited city. In the evening we will witness the aarti ceremony at Vishram Ghat on the Yamuna River and have dinner with a local host family.
Day 6: Dinner with the family
DELHI via Mathura
Travelling by car or minibus to return to Delhi. On the way, we will stop at Mathura for a lovely boat ride on Yamuna River.
Travel by: Car/minibus
Estimated travel time: 7-8 hours by road (including a stopover at Mathura)
Day 7: Travel to Delhi
Day 7: Farewell dinner
We start the tour in Delhi, with a visit to the Sanjay Colony community. While India is a country with a rich history and fast growing modern economy, it still faces a plethora of social issues. In the afternoon, we’ll do a sightseeing tour of Delhi’s best sights!
Next we’ll go to Jaipur to explore another historical city of cultural treasures, most notably Amber Fort. Built in white marble and red sandstone, you can be sure this huge and exquisite fort will amaze you!
Then we’ll take a train to Agra and witness the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal, the world’s most famous monument to romance.
Known across India as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is our last stop before we head back to Head. Here we will take time to enjoy the town’s scenic surroundings by hopping on a boat ride along the Yamuna River.
At present all our tours in the Golden Triangle are of fixed itinerary and duration. Unlike many operators we directly arrange all the tour services ourselves without using any agents. This makes sure we are confident in the quality of the service offered and allows us to focus on our unique local community connections in the areas visited.
Nonetheless, private tours can be customised.
Yes, we do offer private tours, but the price will need to be increased accordingly. Please get in touch for a quote!
Delhi has an international airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport). Domestic flights from Mumbai and other major Indian cities are also available. Taking the train from Mumbai is another option if you’re up for a 24 hour overnight train!
Our minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 12.
We stay in well-appointed mid range hotels, locally owned where possible. All hotels have hot water and most have Wi-Fi. Single passengers will share a twin room with another group member of the same gender if required. You are welcome to pay extra to ensure you have a room to yourself throughout the trip – please get in touch for costs. Upgrades to 4* accommodation are available at an additional cost.
The tour includes various meals including breakfast in the majority of our overnight hotels, a welcome and a farewell dinner.
The package includes several activities and entry fees. We also have additional suggestions for activities that aren’t included in the tour price. Please see the itinerary tab to see the included and optional activities.
A deposit payment of 20% is required. Full payment is then due by at least 60 days before tour departure. Advanced payment is necessary to confirm the booking and can be made by paying by bank transfer or by using our online card payment system.
Yes absolutely! Our tours are minimum 2 people but for private tours we can look at providing dates that completely suit you. If you are interested in a shared tour we can often also still offer your preferred dates, guarantee the tour and invite other passengers to join.
All our tours ensure easy international and domestic flight connections before and after the tour. We do not arrange therefore but if there are any flights within your tour itinerary we do organise these and they are included within the tour cost.
All of our nearest arrival airports offer pre-paid, safe and simple taxi options to your start hotel. So we prefer to provide detailed information on this in advance rather than charge you extra unnecessarily like some operators!
I did the tour of the Golden Triangle with Vijay as a guide and it was an unforgettable experience. The itinerary was really well planned and I got to see not only the main touristic attractions but also some of the more authentic and local sites. We traveled by train and local transport whenever possible as well which added authenticity and fun to the experience. I also got to see Sanjay Colony (Delhi’s slum) and learn about the life of its inhabitants which is one the most enriching experience of my trip. In addition to a wonderful experience, I highly appreciated Reality Tours & Travels values and effort as they support locals and give back to the community in reinvesting 80% of the profit in its development. Finally, I am particularly grateful to get the opportunity to be accompanied by Vijay whom I cannot thank enough for having shared his knowledge and kindness with me. I highly recommend to book a trip with this amazing tour operator to see and appreciate the real India.
I am recently coming off of the most incredible two week adventure of my life. I booked a tour with Reality Tours for many reasons. This is company that gives so much back to its community. If you want to experience the Rajasthan region of India, or even just a day tour in India, the real India, then you must book with Reality. From the moment my group and I met with our tour guide, Krishna, I was blown away by this tour. Within moments we were traveling as a family and every moment was incredible. In 14 full on action packed days, I have stayed in 7 different cities and I feel as if I have seen more of India than most people will ever see in a life time.
The tour was lead taking care of social responsibility and offers great opportunities to have local experiences. It’s a great itinerary, with balance of activities and free time. The group size it’s small and you have time to fit other planned activities.
We booked our whole week in India with Reality Tours & Travel in order to visit the Golden Triangle and, definitely, it was the best decision we made! They really are committed to the community and the best way to see it was our visit to the slum in New Delhi where they carry out their education projects. Our guide, Abishek, was really good and enthusiastic in all the explanations and he was so friendly that we really had a great time with him! Thanks Abi and thanks also Krishna for making us feel like at home!!! If we come back be sure we will repeat.