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India – The Golden Triangle with Tigers



8 Days

Prices Start from

$5,031pp (ex. flights)

This classic tour of India’s Golden Triangle takes you to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and also includes a few days at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with private extended guided safaris. Stay in a mix of luxury and heritage hotels.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Taj Mahal, Agra, India 1

Visit the Taj Mahal

See the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset from five different locations.

Humayun Tomb,New Delhi, India 2

Explore Delhi

Experience the amazing contrasts of Old and New Delhi with your private guide.

Bengal Tiger, India 3

Go on Tiger Safari

Stay after the crowds have departed with an extended private jeep safari with our expert naturalist.

Palace of the Winds, Jaipur, India 4

Discover Jaipur

Explore this vibrant and magical city with our resident expert.

Why we like it

For the first time visitor to India, this holiday idea offers the perfect balance between fascinating historical and architectural sites and wildlife and wilderness, all in a short visit. This holiday includes Delhi – the capital of India, the iconic Taj Mahal, four tiger safaris and a stay in the vibrant city of Jaipur. This is a wonderful dip-of-the-toe into the region, undoubtedly starting a life-long love of this incredible country.

Included as Standard

Airport VIP meet and greet, a bottle of wine on arrival, a spa treatment, a dedicated member of our team available 24/7, an upgrade at one of your chosen hotels and cars with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1 - 2


    Private guided city tour

  • Day 3

    Delhi - Agra

    Taj Mahal visit

  • Day 4

    Agra - Bharatpur - Ranthambore National Park

  • Day 5

    Ranthambore National Park

    Extended private guided jeep safari

  • Day 6

    Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur

  • Day 7


    Guided tour

  • Day 8

    Jaipur - Delhi

Day 1 - 2


Busy Streets, Delhi, India

Experience the amazing contrasts of Old and New Delhi with your private guide.

Day 3

Delhi - Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

See the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset from five different locations.

Day 4

Agra - Bharatpur - Ranthambore National Park

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

See the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset from five different locations.

Day 5

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India

Stay after the crowds have departed with an extended private jeep safari with our expert naturalist.

Day 6

Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur

Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India

Stay after the crowds have departed with an extended private jeep safari with our expert naturalist.

Day 7


Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Explore this vibrant and magical city with our resident expert.

Day 8

Jaipur - Delhi

Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Explore this vibrant and magical city with our resident expert.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Visit Agra and the Iconic Taj Mahal

Motivated entirely by giving you the best experience of this iconic landmark, your private guide will take you to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset from inside the grounds but also from different locations, thereby avoiding the obvious crowds and also enabling you to experience other aspects of Agra.

Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is, in fact, bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its ‘piece de resistance’ is undoubtedly this iridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area.

Bengal tiger, a national park Ranthambhore, India

Take a Tiger Safari

Ranthambore is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild.

Your tiger safaris are pre-booked by us well in advance ensuring you don’t have to navigate the ‘bureaucratic’ booking system. Safaris are designated in specific zones which are pre-allocated either in a shared jeep (a maximum of five per jeep) or if you prefer, in a private jeep.

If you are keen to experience Ranthambore across all zones instead of the pre-allocated ones, we can arrange for an extended all-zone access permit with a private jeep and dedicated driver. Just let us know what you prefer.

Palace Courtyard Chandani Chowk, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India

Explore the Vibrant City of Jaipur

Our regular visits to Jaipur mean we have excellent insider knowledge of the city and have put together a perfectly tailored tour beyond the ordinary. Known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the pale red wash that coats its buildings, this magnificent city lies on an apex of the ‘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 other regions. Alive with bazaars, street vendors and animals, Jaipur remains a vibrant, captivating place. Walk with elephants at Dera Amer, dine on the terrace of the city palace, take a boat across Man Sagar Lake to see the Jal Mahal and enjoy early evening drinks at Bar Palladio – an exquisite ode to Italian style and cuisine, viewed through the prism of a Mughal dreamworld.


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Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

Experience the Diversity of Old and New Delhi

With a carefully selected English speaking guide, we will make sure you get the best out of your stay in 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.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

The Imperial £££££

  • India

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. Built in 1931, The Imperial Hotel is known for its contemporary colonial style.

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The Lodhi £££££

  • India

The Lodhi Hotel is a modern, chic city hotel with a zen-like feel set amongst three acres of gardens. The Lodhi Hotel is the only hotel with views across to Humayan’s Tomb in New Delhi. Each of the 48 cavernous rooms and suites has its own private swimming pool and the staff are delightfully switched on and attentive.

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Oberoi Amarvilas £££££

  • India
  • City

Oberoi Amarvilas is situated just 650 yards from the Taj Mahal.  This is the closest hotel to the Taj and has the best views. They need to be seen to be believed.  We don’t really need to say anymore. This is the place to be if your only reason to visit Agra is to marvel at the astonishing site that is the Taj Mahal.

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Samode Haveli £££££

  • India
  • Forts and Palaces

The townhouse of the Samode family lies at the heart of Jaipur. It is a real find with fabulous frescoes and large gardens allowing you to forget that you are in one of the city’s busiest streets. As with Samode Palace, the bedrooms are scattered around the rambling building and are superbly decorated. The huge swimming pool is one of Jaipur’s finest and is a draw in itself.

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SUJAN Sher Bagh £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

A luxurious tented camp close to Ranthambore National Park offers “African style” tents and authentic safari experience.

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A faultless trip so brilliantly expedited and organised by Steppes Travel but with a major backup from those on the ground, in India.


Everything was simply wonderful. We had two great tiger sightings at Nagarhole and caught a glimpse of three fully grown cubs. The driver we had was really excellent and has looked after us so well. It is all simply wonderful.

Nagerhole, India

At no point did we feel anything but full confidence in Kate. We actually returned from India having enjoyed the week she arranged for us immensely. We stayed in beautiful places and had wonderful experiences. Thank you, Steppes has delighted us.


In a very short period of time, Charlotte was able to come up with an excellent itinerary, to keep us informed of reservations on a timely basis and to make changes to meet our requirements. She was always available either on the phone or through email exchanges which was most reassuring and hugely appreciated. A valuable asset!


Overall another amazing trip from Steppes Travel. We saw so many different sights and had so many new experiences. Would always highly recommend Steppes.

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Dev Shree's rural location allowed us a glimpse of India off of the beaten track. We had a memorable afternoon wandering the small town.

Dev Shree - Rajasthan, India

A great itinerary for an introduction to India. It has given us lots of ideas and enthusiasm for a return trip.


We had an absolutely amazing time. Everything ran smoothly, all accommodation and other arrangements were fabulous and the contacts were such wonderful and professional people we feel we have made friends for life.


Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.


All guides, drivers and vehicles were superb and it was such a great way to see everything and know everything. The service was excellent.


Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.  


Charlotte knows India extremely well. Very happy to answer even the most trivial of questions. Nothing is too much trouble.


Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.


In Kathmandu, our guide Archie was fabulous. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful, fun, warm, open and a total pleasure to have with us. She really made sure we got the most out of our two days in Kathmandu - a real class act.


We had the most amazing holiday. Thank you to all at Steppes and a huge thank you for our surprise meal at Ministry of Crab. We are so grateful.

Sri Lanka

It was all very last minute from us so Kate did a great job in responding to a change in dates and negotiating a good deal.

Sri Lanka

Kate Hitchen's help in organising this trip was excellent. She was very knowledgable and tailor-made our trip to suit our three teenage children.

Sri Lanka

Kate Hitchen was excellent and managed to book and organise our trip to India perfectly, it was even better than expected. Thank you.


Everything went smoothly, we were met as arranged by extremely knowledgeable personnel. The guides and drivers came up to and exceeded, our expectations.


Joe was FANTASTIC! He really knew his stuff and really guided us to a terrific trip!


Naturalists at the two lodges responded well to the individual needs of us as their guests. I showed an interest in the local school in Kanha, and Chin took us there, introduced us to the head and showed us a classroom - very interesting and insightful into the local community.

Kanha National Park

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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When to travel

India in January

January is a very popular time to travel to India, due to mild temperatures and very little rainfall. The climate varies across India from snow in the Northern States to the Southern regions experiencing daily sunshine – perfect for an escape to Kerala’s beaches.

India in February

During peak season, February is an ideal month to travel to India, experiencing all regions of the country from Rajasthan in the North to Karnataka in the South.

India in March

Temperatures begin to rise with March typically being the last month of the peak season. A significant month for religious, Hindu festivals, March can become busy in some regions however also a perfect time to travel to experience Indian culture and wildlife.

India in April

With temperatures starting to rise, regions in Northern India start to become more accessible with excellent opportunities to discover hiking trails and the wildlife of these regions. Temperatures can sometimes exceed 40°C, with high levels of humidity in Southern India.

India in May

From May to September, Monsoon rains affect the North and Central states of India with daily rainfall and thunderstorms. During the Monsoon season, it is best to experience high altitude regions and avoid beach resorts.

India in June

Most regions of India will experience the Monsoon season in June alongside high daily temperatures and high levels of humidity. Whilst, not a popular time to travel, experience the mountainous regions as opposed to Central India to experience slightly cooler temperatures at the start of the month.

India in July

At the peak of the Monsoon season, most of the country experiences frequent, heavy rainfall. Whilst travel plans may be interrupted due to the climate, it is a great time to visit India to experience the national parks and the great outdoors.

India in August

As the Monsoon continues, the climate is very similar to that of June and July. Whilst not a suitable time to travel to India’s Southern beaches, other Northern Regions are popular with locals for hiking and outdoor pursuits.

India in September

As the final month of the Monsoon season, rainfall will be less frequent with the occasional sunny spell showcasing the lush, green vegetation that has flourished during the heavy rains.

India in October

As the monsoon rains have finished, humidity levels remain high and the peak travel season begins. During the month of October, there are lots of religious festivals, including Diwali, where some regions may become busier with domestic tourists.

India in November

As one of the best times to visit the country, November brings comfortable temperatures for sightseeing with the monsoon rains dying out from October. As the temperatures drop, however, Northern India and the Himalayas will become less accessible.

India in December

In December, temperatures and climate will be dependant on the region. In the Southern States, India will see a pleasant and mild climate, ideal for sightseeing, whereas, in Northern India and mountainous regions, snow and cold temperatures are likely.

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