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(Tour code: GTC18)

5-Star Indian rail tour

The kaleidoscopic sights of this colourful country take your breath away. Our Indian rail tour takes in the Red and Amber Forts, historic temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, as we visit Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

Highlights
  • New and Old Delhi
  • Toy Train rail journey to Shimla
  • Shimla and the Shivalik Himalaya
  • The Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Amber Fort
  • The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
  • Palace of the Winds
What’s Included
  • 5* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

India's Golden Triangle 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Delhi
Delhi

Fly to Delhi

We depart London Heathrow on our flight to Delhi via Abu Dhabi, arriving late morning on Day 2. Delhi is one of India's most colourful and exciting metropolises, where the old and new cities exist harmoniously together. We spend the night at our 5-Star hotel.

Day 3 Shimla
Shimla

By train to Shimla

We leave Delhi on the Shatabdi Express to Kalka. Here we board the UNESCO-listed narrow-gauge Shivalik Express, which is also affectionately referred to as the 'Toy Train'. Covering a journey of 96km, the train gradually passes through the Shivalik foothills of the Himalayas, passing over 864 bridges and through 102 tunnels on its journey to Shimla. The train moves at a leisurely pace, giving us time to soak in the incredible panorama of the surrounding scenery. Alternatively, you may choose to make the journey by car.

Shimla was 'discovered' by the British in 1817, and was later used as a fashionable retreat from the summer heat thanks to it's lovely temperate climate. In 1684, the Government of India declared Shimla as their official headquarters during the hot season. Because of this, many of the town's buildings are very British in style. We spend three nights at the heritage 5-Star Oberoi Cecil Hotel.

Days 4-5 Shimla
Shimla

Shimla

We begin our exploration of Shimla with a sightseeing tour, of the town's colonial heritage. We begin at the Viceregal Lodge, the summer seat of the viceroys until the 1940s.

This afternoon, a leisurely stroll takes us past the town's Gaiety Theatre, the Victorian-Gothic Christ Church and Scandal Point, named thus due to it being a popular social meeting place where people would gather and share gossip.

On Day 5 you are free to explore at leisure. This provides you with a great opportunity to travel further into the Himalayas for majestic views towards the higher, snowcapped mountain peaks of the world's tallest mountain range. Alternatively you could explore more of Shimla, visiting Wildflower Hall, a former residence of Lord Kitchener. Now a hotel, this beautiful building sits amidst a verdant forest with incredible views of the surrounding peaks of the Himalayas

Days 6-7 Dehli Red Fort
Dehli Red Fort

Exploring Old and New Delhi

We depart Shimla and return back to Delhi, for two more nights. On Day 7 we visit Old Delhi, taking a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar for an incredible insight into the lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As you travel towards Chandi Chowk, you will be immersed in real India - we visit the Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque, Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Gandhi, 'the father of the Nation', and pass Delhi's Red Fort.

Later we embark on a sightseeing tour exploring the wide, leafy avenues and impressive colonial architecture of New Delhi. Our tour includes India Gate war memorial, the grandiose Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar, India's tallest stone tower, built in 1199.

Day 8 Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

We join the southbound Gatimaan Express early this morning to Agra. On arrival we visit Agra's imposing Red Fort, originating from the 15th century and considered India's most important fortification. Built on a hill above Agra, its centrepiece is a tower with a marble balcony where Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan spent his last days imprisoned.

Later we travel across the city to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to visit this marvellous sight. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, this iconic white marble building is a true monument to undying love, and is the world's finest example of Mughal and Persian architecture.

Day 9 Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri

We depart Agra by coach, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved ancient red sandstone city built in the 16th century as India's political capital, but abandoned after only 14 years due to lack of water. Remarkably, the city remains exactly as it was 400 years ago, giving us an excellent insight into how life was during the time of the Mughal Empire. After a guided tour of the empty, ghostly buildings, we continue to Jaipur, for three nights at the 5-Star ITC Hotel Rajputana.

Days 10-11 Jaipur
Jaipur

Jaipur and the Amber Fort

We begin our stay in the 'Pink City' with an exciting sightseeing tour that includes the grand and ornately decorated City Palace, home to the current Maharajah of Jaipur, as well as the unique early 18th century and UNESCO listed Astronomical Observatory and the sights, sounds and smells of colourful Jaipur market.

On Day 11 we travel past the beautiful Jal Mahal water palace, located in the middle of a lake, before heading to the outskirts of Jaipur to visit the Amber Fort. Located high on a hillside, to reach the fort we travel by Jeep. We have the chance to explore some of the ornate rooms within the palace complex before we continue our tour, driving past the Palace of the Winds, a facade built in 1799 so the ladies of the Royal Household could look over the streets below without being seen.

Days 12-13 Flying home
Flying home

Return to Delhi and home

Today we drive back to Delhi, where we spend our final evening. On Day 13, we transfer to the airport for our flight to London, via Abu Dhabi, arriving late in the afternoon.

Guest Speaker Raaja Bhasin

Raaja Bhasin

Selected departures feature a guest speaker on Day 4 at Oberoi Cecil Shimla. We enjoy a talk from Raaja Bhasin for a detailed insight into the town through its people, history and culture. Raaja Bhasin is an acclaimed writer and researcher; most recently he served as history consultant on the Channel 4 series 'Indian Summers'. Born in Shimla, he was written two books on the former British retreat.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled return flights from London Heathrow to Delhi (including flight taxes and charges)
  • All rail and Volvo coach travel throughoutToyota Innova car transfers in Shimla

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' 5-Star hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 26 meals including 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, including 2 packed lunches, and 11 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Rail journey on the Shatabdi Express
  • Journey on the UNESCO-listed Toy Train to Shimla
  • Guided city tours in Delhi, Shimla and Jaipur
  • Visits to iconic monuments, including the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Amber Fort
  • Specialist guest speaker

Enhancing your tour

  • Porterage for certain sections of the tour
  • Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy from £400 per person each way
  • Upgrade to a twin occupancy Valley View room at the Oberoi Cecil Hotel from £175 per person

British Citizens require a visa to enter India. We can help you with visa applications up to 21 days before departure - please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for further details.

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