b"3 Shimla INDIAN SUBCONTINENTAGRA FORT YOUR ITINERARY1 +2 +1 DelhiDays 1-2To Delhi 1 AgraWe depart the UK on our flight to Delhi, arriving on Day 2. Jaipur 2 Fatehpur Sikri2Days 3-4The Toy Train to Shimla RanthamboreWe leave Delhi on the Shatabdi Express to Kalka. Here, we board theINDIAUNESCO-listed, narrow-gauge Himalayan Queen, also affectionately referred to as the Toy Train. Covering a journey of 60 miles, we passNights in hotel Rail Coachthrough the Shivalik foothills of the Himalayas, crossing 864 bridges and powering through 102 tunnels on our way to Shimla, a mountain townUNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES of Shimla that was once the summer capital of the British Raj. Day 4 begins with a talk from guest speaker Raaja Bhasin, whose spellbindingJourney on the UNESCO-listed stories of his home town bring to life the history of Shimla. We continueToy train to Shimla. our explorations with a sightseeing tour that takes in much of the local colonial heritage. We start at the Viceregal Lodge, a striking 19th-centuryTake a guided tour of Delhi, Elizabethan-style mansion that was the summer seat of the viceroysincluding a rickshaw ride. until the 1940s, and the Sankat Mochan temple. An afternoon strollVisit the Taj Mahal and Jaipurs then takes us past the towns Gaiety Theatre, the Victorian Gothic ChristAmber Fort.Church and Scandal Point - so named because it was a popular meeting place for people to gather and share gossip. Day 5 is free in Shimla.Go tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park.Days 6-7Return to DelhiINDIAS GOLDEN TRIANGLE, We return to Delhi, which we explore on Day 7. Visiting Old Delhi,WHAT'S INCLUDEDwe take a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the bazaar to TIGERS AND SHIMLA Chandni Chowk, where the smell of Indian spices floats on the air. WeUK Tour Manager throughoutalso visit Jama Masjid, which boasts the title of Indias largest mosque, Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Gandhi, and the citys iconicReturn flights from London 14 DAYS FROM 1,995 POPULAR TOUR Red Fort. Later, we embark on a sightseeing tour of the wide, leafyHeathrow to Delhiavenues and impressive Mughal and Colonial architecture of New Delhi. All rail and coach transfersMarvel at historic temples, spot elusive tigers and visit beautiful palaces and gardens Days 8-9Agra, the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri Complimentary luggage as we explore kaleidoscopic India, taking in the tranquillity of Shimla, enigmaticWe join the Gatimaan Express bound for Agra this morning. On arrival,transfersDelhi, the Pink City of Jaipur, and Agra - home of the resplendent Taj Mahal. we visit the imposing Agra Fort before travelling across the city to12 nights 4 and 5-Star hotel the Taj Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Built byaccommodationShah Jahan in 1653 in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, this famous white marble building is a true monument to undying30 meals including 12 breakfasts, FLIGHT UPGRADES FROM 175 PER PERSON EACH WAY - SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY love and is considered to be the worlds finest example of Mughal and6 lunches and 12 dinners Persian architecture. Leaving Agra on Day 9, we stop at Fatehpur Sikri,All tour excursionsa perfectly-preserved red sandstone city built in the 16th century as Indias political capital, but abandoned after only 14 years due to a lack of water, on our way to Ranthambore National Park.THE TOY TRAIN TO SHIMLADays 10-11Tiger spotting at Ranthambore National ParkThe Shivalik Express, also known locally as the ToyWe experience a highlight of our holiday as we head into RanthamboreREGIONAL DEPARTURES AVAILABLETrain travels between the Indian town of KalkaNational Park, one of the best places in the world to spot a Bengal tigerfrom Birmingham and Manchester at no and Shimla along a narrow-guage track throughin its natural habitat. We enjoy a talk by a naturalist ahead of our firstadditional cost.the Shivalik foothills of the Himalayas. Boastinggame drive in open-topped safari vehicles called canters. We enjoy UNESCO World Heritage status, the line originallyanother game drive on Day 11 to increase our chances of seeing sloth2022 departures also available, please opened in 1903 and remains an extraordinarybears, hyenas, macaques, wild boar and even leopards. Of course, wecall or visit our website for details.feat of engineering to this day, navigating analso hope to see another tiger or two. In the afternoon, we continue to extraordinary feat of railway engineering, the lineJaipur, attending an authentic Aarti Fire Ceremony at the Birla Temple. 2023 TOUR DATESnegotiates 102 tunnels, more than 864 bridges andDays 12-14Jaipur, Delhi and home Jan 12 2,245 Mar 30 2,195around 919 curves. Discovering the Pink City of Jaipur on a full-day sightseeing tour, we19, 26 2,295 Apr 13 2,095The scenery is rarely less than spectacular. Intravel by Jeep firstly to the Amber Fort, where we have time here toFeb 5 2,295 Sep 7 1,995the course of our five-six hours on board, wereexplore the ornate rooms before our tour continues to the ornately16 2,495 21 2,195treated to ever-changing vistas of sublime naturaldecorated City Palace and Palace of the Winds. We returning to Delhi on23, 26 2,395 Oct 1 2,395beauty; ranging from dense Himalayan cedarDay 13, transferring to the airport for our flight back to the UK on DayMar 2 2,395 12, 26 2,495and rhododendron forests, mountain valleys and14. 16, 19 2,295snow-capped peaks to terraced farmland and appleTour Code: LTC| per person based on 2 orchards, all admired from panoramic windows. sharing. Deposit from 350 per person. Supplement for solo travellers from 775. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice80 INDIAN SUBCONTINENT Call us on 01904 527194 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 81"