The Golden Triangle is centred around the three cities of Rajasthan; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This vast desert state is where Rajput princes ruled for centuries in extravagant splendour, so you can expect some beautiful palaces and maze like forts, a highlight being the Taj Mahal in Agra. The Taj Mahal is a literal labour of love. The great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete
Our Golden Triangle tour is our most popular and as well as visiting the three cities it also takes you to Ranthambore National Park. Home to the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, this park is one of the oldest and largest in India so sightings are frequent. As well as tigers you may be lucky enough to spot leopards, jungle cats, hyenas, deer, crocodiles and over 270 species of birds. Our tours include permits for the tiger parks but these are limited so we recommend booking early.
Southern India’s prized jewel, Kerala is a lush and tropical getaway filled with rolling hills, tea plantations and fringed with a tropical coast and stunning hotels. The mix of colonial and Asian charms around the busy port of Kochi (Cochin), the gentle pace of life on the backwaters and the beauty of the hills make Kerala an outstanding destination full of natural and cultural diversity. The highlight to our Classic Kerala tour is spending a night cruising the canals and lagoons of the backwaters on your very own Houseboat.
Most of our tours operate from Oct-Apr due to the monsoon (plus Ranthambore is closed May-Sep) but for those wanting to see India in the summer months look out for our new Indian Summers tour. Avoiding the hot and humid monsoon in the south, our tour travels to the cooler climates of northern India to visit the sites associated with the British Raj. This fantastic tour is exclusive to Virgin Holidays guests and offers some amazing rail journeys and a trip to the Chitwan National Park to spot tigers.