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India's Golden Triangle

(Tour code: GTC17)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.

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

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Days 1-2

Fly to Delhi

We depart London Heathrow on our flight to Delhi, 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

By train to Shimla

We leave Delhi on the Shatabdi Express to Kalka. Here we board the UNESCO-listed narrow-gauge Toy Train, for a wonderful journey into the mountains to Shimla at over 7,000 ft. Alternatively, you may choose to make the journey by car. Shimla was chosen by the British as their retreat from the summer heat, and many of the town's buildings are very British in style. We spend three nights at the 5-Star Oberoi Cecil Hotel.

Days 4-5


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, a popular social meeting place.

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.

Dehli Red Fort
Days 6-7

Exploring Old and New Delhi

We depart Shimla and drive 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.

Taj Mahal
Day 8

The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

We join the southbound Shatabdi 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. We then travel across the city to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, to visit this marvellous sight.

Fatehpur Sikri
Day 9

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. 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


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

Day 11 is free for you to explore this wonderful city further.

The Amber Fort
Day 12

The Amber Fort then return to Delhi

This morning 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 board painted elephants - for a short but unforgettable journey to the gates of the fort. 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. Our day ends as we board the train to Delhi for a final night in the city.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Amber Fort tour
  • Elephant ride
Flying home
Day 13

The journey home

We transfer to the airport for our flight to London, arriving late in the afternoon.

Raaja Bhasin
Guest Speaker

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.


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