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Experience the vibrant colours, sights and sounds of India during an iconic rail journey and a series of immersive tours, as you explore the gleaming Golden Triangle.

Embark the famous Kalka-Shimla toy train. Journey through the majestic Himalayas, through 103 tunnels and over 700 bridges as you relax in comfortable surroundings on your voyage to Shimla. Here you’ll spend three nights in the city to explore its fascinating history during a sightseeing tour, and venture into the wilderness with a captivating walking trail through the Himalayas.

Next, explore the incredible sights of India’s most popular destinations, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on your Golden Triangle tour. Beginning in Delhi, one of the most historic capitals in the world, discover its multi-layered existence and vibrant street life. A full day tour here will reveal the contrasts of Old and New Delhi, from the magnificent Red Fort, to the most elegant mosque in India, the Jama Masjid. Next, you’ll travel to Agra for the highlight of your tour: a visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal. An architectural masterpiece in white marble, the Taj Mahal is perhaps the world’s greatest monument dedicated to love. Built by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is made up of numerous buildings, gardens, lakes and fountains, all organised in perfect symmetry. 

From here, you’ll venture into the wilderness where you’ll enjoy a hotel stay at Ranthambore National Park. Here you’ll enjoy close encounters with India’s wildlife, comprising of tigers, leopards, jackals, sloth bears and Indian wild boar.

Your Golden Triangle tour then continues with a journey to Jaipur. Discover the deserted 16th century city of Fatehpur Sikri before reaching the ‘Pink City’ with its colourful old quarters and beautiful surrounding countryside. Admire the fairy-tale Amber Fort, an extensive palace with painted murals and intricately carved hallways. See the intriguing Hawa Mahal, known as the Palace of Winds, a five-storey wonder with a pyramidal façade, overhanging windows with captivating, latticed screens, domes and spires. And enjoy the view of Maota Lake, the historic town at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings.

Your Route

Your 12 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

23 March 2023

Fly to delightful Delhi to begin your intense and thrilling Golden Triangle tour

India’s sprawling capital formed by several ancient cities melding together through the centuries. Here you’ll find UNESCO world heritage sites sitting comfortably alongside innovative modern architecture like the florally inspired curves of the Lotus Temple. Immerse yourself in the colourful chaos of the streets. Sample the Mughlai cuisine, from Chaat to Butter Chicken, so delicious that it’s exported to the world or soak up the atmosphere of the city in the evening, when some of its most prominent buildings – such as India Gate - are beautifully illuminated. 

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Day 2

24 March 2023

Board the Kalka to Shimla Toy Train for a memorable journey to Shimla, where you’ll enjoy a five-star hotel stay

Following a train journey from Delhi to Kalka; you’ll begin your Shimla adventure by boarding the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train to ride along a UNESCO World Heritage Site railway track. This compact train whizzes through the Himalayas, zooming through 103 tunnels, over 700 Gothic bridges and angling around tight twists on this epic track. Upon arriving in Shimla, you’ll be transferred to the Taj Theog Resort & Spa Shimla for your hotel stay. Embrace stunning panoramic views of the magnificent Himalayas surrounded by towering conifers, cedars and oaks; dotted with snow-dropped lakes and rushing rivers; as you settle into the snug and generous surroundings of polished wooden walls, fine art and meticulous furnishings.

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Day 3

25 March 2023

Be inspired by the sights and sounds during a trail walk through the Himalayas

Today, you’ll experience a once-in-a-lifetime tour with a trail walk through the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Walking in the Himalayas is one of life’s great experiences. No mountains can match their beauty and majesty. In Himachal Pradesh, otherwise known as Devbhumi, the Land of the Gods, a beautiful hill state in northern India framed by the western Himalayas, you’ll venture out on your incredible walking trail, pausing at picturesque hill stations for a rest and to admire the compelling views. Surrounded by the mesmerising skylines of the Himalayan range, the walking trail is inhabited by conifers, cedars, broadleaved oaks and rhododendrons, and punctuated with apple orchards, hamlets, cultivated terraces, snow fed lakes and gushing rivers.

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Day 4

26 March 2023

Enjoy a day at leisure, either in the remarkable surrounds of your hotel or exploring the treasures of the city

A treasured resort, this hillside city is a box of treats, ready to be discovered. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, Shimla welcomes visitors to enjoy its cooler temperatures and wander uninterrupted along the Mall, a pretty paved walkway in which to experience this city up close. Unlike other cities, traffic is banned from the centre so you can absorb its calmer energy, scented by the nearby pine trees.

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Day 5

27 March 2023

Savour the sights of Shimla during a fascinating sightseeing tour

Fully-rested, today you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shimla, exploring highlights including the Shimla State Museum, home to a grand collection of ancient historical sculptures, coins, paintings and photographs collected from all over the state; Vice Regal Lodge, an 1888 pile that was the official summer residence of the British viceroys; the Mock Tudor Library and Mall Road, the main street in Shimla.

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Day 6

28 March 2023

Drink in the scintillating sights and sounds of Old and New Delhi during a tour

In Old Delhi, explore the Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest in India, whose courtyard can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. Admire the well-preserved ramparts of the Red Fort and mingle with throngs of locals at Khari Baoli Street market. New Delhi is where you’ll see the Rashtrapati Bhavan - the official residence of the Indian President - and the Jantar Mantar observatory, which features the world’s largest stone sundial.

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Day 7

29 March 2023

Be awe-inspired by the beguiling Taj Mahal in Agra

Prepare yourself for the one of the greatest love letters in the world – the Taj Mahal. Constructed by 20,000 artisans over a twenty-year period, this mausoleum was dedicated to Emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, who died in childbirth. Made of polished white marble and inlaid with a king’s ransom of jewels, this is one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. Complementing this remarkable building is the symmetrical harmony of the garden which features fountains, marble benches and stone-paved raised pathways.

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Day 8

30 March 2023

Transfer to the splendid wilderness of the Ranthambore National Park

You’ll arrive at Ranthambore by evening and check in to your hotel. Nestling at the foot of the Aravalli Hills, the Ranthambore National Park is an outstanding example of the implementation of Project Tiger. Ranthambore, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations, is also categorized as a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins of the fort that dot the park.

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Day 9

31 March 2023

Journey through the captivating landscape and seek out the majestic wildlife

Your stay in Ranthambore will provide a fantastic opportunity to embark on an exciting and unforgettable game drive in a shared canter. Journey through the captivating landscape filled with glassy lakes, dense trees and ruins of ancient monuments as you keep lookout for the jungle’s majestic inhabitants. Available twice daily, and in the company of experienced guides who know the jungle and are very familiar with the behaviours of the wild animals of the park; you’ll enjoy close encounters with India’s wildlife in their natural habitat comprising of Tigers, Leopards, Jackals, sloth bears and Indian Wild Boar.

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Day 10

1 April 2023

Leave the wilderness behind for your journey to Jaipur, where you’ll spend the night

Following breakfast in the hotel, you’ll check out and be driven to Jaipur, a journey which will take approximately 4 hours. En route to the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, you’ll stop for lunch before checking in to your hotel in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

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Day 11

2 April 2023

Admire the striking allure of Amber Fort, overlooking the tranquil Maota Lake

The mountain-top Amber Fort is one of the architectural gems of Jaipur and looks out over the tranquil Maota Lake. Inside is a visual feast of mirrored ceilings and embossed silver doors leading to ever grander rooms that have been designed with meticulous precision. Rajasthan’s mountain-fringed capital is also home to the Hawa Mahal, a building festooned with latticed balconies from which royal ladies could view the street below while preserving their modesty.

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Day 12

3 April 2023

Return to Delhi for a final night in this culturally abundant city before returning home

Return to Delhi for a further one-night hotel stay before your flight home tomorrow. Take a stroll to the Lotus Temple, an architectural marvel designed to look like a half-opened flower. Although a Baha’i place of worship it’s open to everyone and its interior is as impressive as its exterior. If you want to shop for an original gift, head to Baba Kharak Singh Marg where you can find a variety of traditional Indian craftsmanship in one of its emporiums.

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Day 13

4 April 2023

Bid farewell to India and transfer to the airport for your flight home

Your immersive Indian discovery complete, today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home, filled with memories.

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Your Holiday Summary

 

PRICES FROM

£1,999

PER PERSON | JAN - MAR 2023 | 12 NIGHTS

Rail Journey

  • 1 day rail journey from Kalka to Shimla on board the Himalayan Queen toy train

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Tour of Jama Masjid Mosque, Raj Ghat, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and more
  • Tour of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
  • Tour of Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and more
  • Trail walk through the Himalayas
  • Game drives through Ranthambore National Park
  • Shimla sightseeing city tour

Hotel Stays

  • 4 night five-star hotel stay in Delhi at the Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka or similar
  • 3 night five-star hotel stay in Shimla at the Taj Theog Resort & Spa or similar
  • 1 night five-star hotel stay in Agra at the ITC Mughal or similar
  • 2 night five-star hotel stay in Ranthambore at the Sawai Vilas or similar with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 night five-star hotel stay in Jaipur at the ITC Rajputana or similar
  • All hotel stays include breakfast

All flights & transfers included

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