Tailor-Made Holiday

Golden Triangle with beach extension in Oman

13 days

from £3,645pp (excluding flights)

This 13 day holiday combines the best of both worlds. A perfect introduction to the wonders of India spending 8 nights exploring the famed Golden Triangle, before the ultimate chill out beach stay on the Gulf of Oman in Muscat. 

  • Jaipur is the original home of  Indian horse polo – attend a match in royal surroundings
  • Search for wild tiger in Ranthambhore National Park
  • Gaze in awe at the Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise
  • Take a walking tour through the winding lanes of Old Delhi
  • Try your hand at bartering at the bustling bazaars in Jaipur
  • Exceptional snorkelling and diving off the coast of Oman
  • Browse a treasure trove of Omani art and culture in the city or head for the opera house

A perfect introduction to the wonders of India visiting the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur which offers an extraordinary wealth of cultural activities. There will also be chance to tick the box on a life time achievement - to spot a tiger in the wild, whilst staying in the lap of luxury at our favourite lodge in Ranthambhore National Park

On leaving Rajasthan, a direct flight now operates from Jaipur to Muscat with Oman Air. Take breakfast on the roof terraces over Old Jaipur at sunrise. By midday,  be settled under tree lined courtyards of The Chedi - with a mezze and ice cold wine - rhythmic sounds of traditional Omani musicians as your back drop.

The Chedi is against a stunning backdrop of deserts mountains and beaches. Offering the ultimate in chill out, ideal for couples searching quiet luxury after bustling and dramatic Rajasthan. Boasting Muscat’s largest swimming pool and spa, rejuvenate, ready to return home refreshed.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3645 £ 550
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Muscat overnight

Day 2

Fly Muscat to Delhi

You will be staying at The Imperial, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Sunrise Cycle Tour of Old Delhi
Early this morning experience the streets of Old Delhi from a cycle rickshaw. Follow fascinating routes through this old part of Delhi, covering the most interesting, intense, historical and beautiful areas. The route uncovers some hidden wonders of the city.

Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolises, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl. Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples. Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings, - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.

City tour of Delhi
Start by exploring the fascinating and living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture in Old Delhi. Wander in the busy and narrow streets of the mile-long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”, surrounded by shops and bazaars. Visit the largest mosque of Old Delhi which can accommodate 20,000 people at one time - Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. You will also have the opportunity to experience rickshaw ride here.
Afternoon, drive past the magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate in New Delhi. End the tour at Humanyun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

You will be staying at The Imperial, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Delhi to Agra via the Abhineri Step Well

A journey of approximately four and a half hours, stopping on the way at the Abhineri Step Well; a village that contains several wells invented by natives to harvest rain water.

Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is in fact bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this iridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its Mughal legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area. A victim of its own success, Agra is plagued by wallahs, touts, guides and souvenir salesmen in a manner that can be quite overwhelming. Despite this, the city's wondrous sights make it completely unmissable and the bedlam on the streets fades away once the magnificence of the Taj takes a hold.

Magical Taj Mahal
One of the world’s most iconic buildings and undiminished by the crowds of tourists, the Taj Mahal remains magical and breath-taking and lives up to its reputation as a monument built for love. Meaning ‘crown of palaces, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she died in 1630. Work for this great tomb began in 1631 and it took the efforts of 20,000 workers and almost 20 years of masterly craftsmanship to complete this grand monument whose marble dome is 35 metres high.

Explore Agra Fort
Explore Agra Fort, a huge, double-walled, red sandstone structure was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Stroll through the fort and examine Akbar's simple rooms, his son Jehangir's more decorated ones, and finally the exquisitely rebuilt rooms of his grandsons. These private and public rooms are coated in intricately sculpted white marble, in the style of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, visit local craftsmen to see how the exquisitely precise 'pietra dura' inlay work is still done today.

You will be staying at The Gateway Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Explore Fatehpur Sikri
About 40 kilometres from Agra lies the magnificent deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the great and loved emperor Akbar. During his reign, a great complex of forts, palaces and mosques sprang up but Akbar was forced to abandon his dream city due to scarcity of water.

Continue on to Bharatpur train station to board the train to Ranthambhore

Express train from Agra to Sawai Madophur

A journey time of 3 hours

Ranthambore is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is around 180 km south east of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The park derives its name from the 11th century fort of Ranthambhore, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain.

Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties.Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. Being one of the most accessible parks it is very popular and therefore runs with strict rules and regulations. Why not consider flying above the mountain ranges of Ranthambhore by balloon, for the ultimate birds eye view of the wildlife. Travelling over parts of the forest that nobody else can tread. A wildlife lover and photographers dream come true.

Evening at Leisure

You will be staying at Sher Bagh, Full board

Day 6

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Ranthambore
Spend the morning and afternoon on game drives with specially trained naturalists. Please note these are typically shared as there are four clients to a jeep.

You will be staying at Sher Bagh, Full board

Day 7

Drive from Ranthambore National Park to Jaipur

The journey is approximately three to four hours.

Known as the 'Pink City' due to the pale red wash that coats its buildings, the magnificent city of Jaipur lies on an apex of the popular 'Golden Triangle' route. The capital of Rajasthan, the city claims to be India's first planned metropolis and acts as a gateway to the state's vast deserts.

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, it was designed around a system of nine squares. Now packed with elegant Rajput architecture, the city is a testament to its founder's creative genius.

Alive with bazaars, street vendors and animals, Jaipur remains a vibrant, captivating place.

Bazaar, Craft and Cuisine Walking Tour
The royal family and nobles of Jaipur have been supporting various craftsmen and artisans in the walled pink city since its foundation in 1727. Many of these traditions continue to this day. In a fascinating walking tour, mingle and talk with locals while sampling some of the region's culinary delights - samosa, kachori, kulfi, lassi and sweets. Observe artisans like silversmiths and bangle makers at work.

Evening Stroll
Time permitting, take an evening stroll through the old city and soak up its atmosphere.

You will be staying at Samode Haveli, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Amber Fort
Visit the famous fortified palace of Amber, which stands on a terraced plateau overlooking Maota lake. Surrounded by low hills, their ragged crests silhouetted against a never-ending line of fort walls and watch-towers, the approach to the fort is spectacular. This is very much a fort in which to lose yourself, with a seemingly never-ending maze of halls, small temples, passageways and intricate stone work, with commanding views across the surrounding countryside.

Samode Village with Lunch
A short 45 minute drive from Jaipur is the rural village of Samode. The historic 300 year old palace, now operating as a hotel is a beautiful location for lunch. Samode Palace has stately corridors, mirror tiled halls and mural lined walls. After an escorted tour of Samode village, enjoy high tea in the gardens at Samode Bagh.

Evening Aarti
Witness an aarti in a local temple.

You will be staying at Samode Haveli, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Day At Leisure

You will be staying at Samode Haveli, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Drive from Jaipur to Delhi

The drive is approximately five hours.

Fly Delhi to Muscat

Muscat is the capital city of Oman and a fascinating clash of old and new. Aesthetically the city is unabashedly contemporary, yet expressions of the city's rich past and traditions are very much evident. The veneer of modernity, supplied by astonishing state-of-the-art architecture, cloaks an ancient cultural heritage and it is this intriguing blend that makes Muscat such an alluring city.

You will be staying at The Chedi Muscat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

You will be staying at The Chedi Muscat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

You will be staying at The Chedi Muscat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Fly Muscat to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Samode Haveli

Samode Haveli

The townhouse of the Samode family lies at the heart of Jaipur....

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The Chedi Muscat

The Chedi Muscat

The Chedi Hotel offers spectacular views over the Gulf of Oman to one side and Muscat's mountains on the other....

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Sher Bagh

Sher Bagh

Sher Bagh is a luxurious tented camp close to Ranthambore National Park in the state of Rajasthan....

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The Imperial

The Imperial

Continuously ranked as one of Asia’s finest hotels, The Imperial Hotel, Delhi is a legend that offers a unique experience, embracing facets of India’s history....

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