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The Golden Triangle and Goa

  • Three women in colourful sarees walking up a stepwell in Jaipur
Delhi – Agra – Alwar – Jaipur – Goa

The Golden Triangle
and Goa

The crown of the nation, The Golden Triangle holds precious stones of ruby and quartz hued architectures within its three grand cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Begin in the beautifully chaotic bazaars and forts of scarlet and gold, unearthing the Arabic inscriptions engraved within the silky marble of the Taj Mahal and following the intricate brush strokes of the paintings lining Jaipur’s City Palace hallways; stepping little feet into the shoes of Mughal emperors and Maharajas.

Follow by flying south to the aquamarine coastline of India’s smallest state, Goa. Said to have once been greater than London or Paris, Goa’s Portuguese history makes it home to an array of aged Roman Catholic churches; including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the final resting place of St Francis Xavier. Staying on a peninsula beside the Arabian Sea, you can’t help but be engrossed in Goa’s unparalleled charm that is both tranquil and electric.

Pink windows of the Palace of Winds in Jaipur
Three cows walking across the beach in Goa with beach shacks in the background
Back view of the Taj Mahal across the river
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A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in India, from crowning jewel of the the Golden Triangles to the spiritual Goa sands.

  • Tuktuk parked in a side street in Delhi with man on bike riding past
    Delhi

    Intermingling the dazzling opulence of Old Delhi’s palaces with the music of New Delhi’s modern-day bazaars, the blending of past and present is so intriguing here it’s almost essential to get lost in its chaos. Best experienced riding rickshaw-style, follow the trails from the tombs of the Mughal Emperors to the shoppers paradise on the upscale avenue of Connaught Place; being sure to stop off for some street-food along the way.

  • The building, Humayun's Tomb, with a domed roof and a pool of water
    Agra

    Home to the beloved diamond of the Golden Triangle itself, Agra’s romantic story often begins with a sighting of the Taj Mahal. But despite all its perfect symmetry (which you really could spend hours staring at), it’d be wrong to just stop there. With the equally unmissable ghost city of the deserted Agra Fort and Mughal gardens boasting great heritage sites just down the riverbanks.

  • Three monkeys sitting on the roof of the Palace of Winds in Jaipur
    Jaipur

    Think pink in all its finest beauty, and you’ll know Jaipur when you see it. Add in the legend that the Palace of the Winds was built so that women of the royal household could watch the streets below without being observed, and the sites somehow become all the more exciting. Famous for its majestic forts, havelis, beautiful lakes and sand dunes, this city is a magnet for the lovers of all the finer things in life. 

  • Tiger prowling through long grass in India
    Alwar

    As one of the oldest Rajasthan cities and a seriously big fan of hidden-away forts; Alwar has a knack for making history trendier than it first seems. And with wildlife parks like Sariska Tiger Reserve, magnificent Havelis, and farming communities all nearby, there’s also plenty more for culture vultures to sink their teeth into.

  • A view out to sea from a beach with trees
    Goa

    A go-to girl for her butter-soft beaches, Goa put’s India’s softer side right at its centre; where spiritual yoga sessions are only secondary to its spice-infused flavours. Blending together Indian and Portuguese cultures, this local community finds its spark in their attractive architecture and magnetising arts scene which attracts pilgrims and art lovers alike.

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Extraordinary
experiences

    • a group of people riding on a bicycle
      Taking in the ancient sites on a half-day tour of New Delhi.

      Visit the red stone and marble-covered Qutub Minar with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur’an, before heading on to visit the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

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      Try your hand at preparing food in the community kitchen of a Sikh Temple.

      Located in the heart of Delhi, The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib feeds an immense over 35,000 people every day for 365 days a year. Making it a great spot to learn how it all happens, and support the action by making some chapatis.  

    • a group of people riding on a bicycle
      Enjoy a cooking class with Ms Anchal Bhalla.

      Having been cooking in the kitchen since she was seven years old, Anchal Bhalla is an expert on all things home-grown food, with all classes teaching the intricacies of India’s unique food culture.

    • a group of people riding on a bicycle
      Renew your wedding vows with a blessing by a Hindu priest.

      Taking place at the beautiful Jodha Mahal temple, couples are guided through a traditional ceremony to re-tie the knot with an exchange of fresh flower garlands.

    • Building walkway leading out towards a big building that has a domed roof
      Visit the mesmerising Taj Mahal at sunrise.

      A marvel in marble renowned for its stunning symmetry, this seventh wonder of the world is best experienced during the beauty of sunrise.

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      Meet locals in Alwar to learn about the daily farming of cows and buffalo.

      Head out in a jeep for a tour of the surrounding villages during the fascinating herding hour, before sitting down for chai and chatting with local village friends about your experience.

    • a group of people riding on a bicycle
      Meet the current custodian of DeraMandwa hotel to discuss Indian culture and insights.

      A proud inheritor of this special legacy, Jaipur Thakur Durga Singh ji is a true connoisseur of Rajasthan’s art, history, and culture. Sit down for a cup of tea and enjoy sharing the stories that span religion to food and flora to folk art.

    • a group of people riding on a bicycle
      Visit a community of students and organic farmers in Jaipur.

      Enjoy a half-day eco-experience getting insight into the rural life of students, villagers, and farmers, whose organic farms are positively supporting local communities in the village. Finish with lunch together, tasting all the farm-to-fork delicacies. 

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      Take part in feni tasting and pairing sessions in Goa at India’s first-ever Alcohol Museum.

      Dedicated to the local delight feni, this beach village museum tells the tale of centuries-old alcohol making processes. With a Goan-style tavern and unique storage vessels, the feni cellar even has bottles of cashew and coconut feni as old as 1946.

essential infomation
  • 15
    NIGHTS
IDEAL TIME
  • Nov - Mar
    IDEAL
WHEN TO GO
  • 8hrs 35min
    LHR - DEL
FLIGHT TIME
  • 13hrs 15min
    BY ROAD
  • 2hrs 10min
    BY AIR
  • 1hr 40min
    BY TRAIN
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