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Cox & Kings Golden Triangle & Shimla
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    India, Asia
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Explore India's most iconic sites on this 13-day tour visiting some of the country's most beautiful regions. From watching the sunset over one of the seventh wonders of the world to marvelling at the grandeur of the Red Fort and the majestic Amber Fort, get ready to soak up the rich cultural heritage of what was once the jewel of the empire.

What’s Included
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Flexible extensions, room and flight upgrades available
  • Small group size - average 18 people (max 26)
  • Direct international flights with Virgin Atlantic
  • Express train travel in air-conditioned executive class
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager 
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 dinners 
  • Guided sightseeing & all entrance fees 
  • Porterage at airports and stations
  • Balanced pace
Signature Experiences
  • Relax at a former maharaja's hunting lodge in Jaipur
  • Watch the sunset over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh gardens
  • Ride the toy train to Shimla
  • Small group size - average 18 people (max 26)
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Delhi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic. 

Day 2: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi in the morning and transfer to the Eros Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi, including the Jama Masjid mosque and Raj Ghat. 

Day 3: New Delhi • Agra

Morning tour of New Delhi with a drive past India Gate and the former viceregal residence, both very fine examples of British imperial architecture. Continue to the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun and the Qutb Minar tower. Afternoon drive to Agra where you will stay for 2 nights at the Trident Agra (or similar). 

Day 4: Agra

Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast, visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra fort. Evening visit to Mehtab Bagh, a 400-yearold Mughal garden on the banks of the Yamuna, to see the sun set over the Taj Mahal. 

Day 5: Fatehpur Sikri • Jaipur

Continue to the pink city of Jaipur via the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. Stay 3 nights at Ramgarh Lodge (or similar). 

Day 6: Jaipur

After breakfast, visit the ancient palace of Amber fort and then the City Palace in the afternoon, home of the present maharajah. 

Day 7: Jaipur

A day at leisure to relax or explore Jaipur’s many bazaars. Alternatively take an optional tour of the ghost town of Bhangarh, visit the elephant camp at Dera Amer or take a sunrise balloon flight over the peaceful countryside*. 

Day 8: Delhi

Drive to Delhi in the morning and stay overnight at the Eros Hotel (or similar). 

Day 9: Shimla

Take the morning express train to Kalka followed by the narrow gauge mountain railway toy train ride to Shimla. Stay at the Oberoi Cecil in Shimla, the British summer capital during the Raj era, for 3 nights. Upgrade to a Premier Valley View room from £210 for 3 nights. 

Days 10-11: Shimla

Morning tour of Shimla. Remainder of time at leisure.

Day 12: Delhi

Drive to Chandigarh this morning and connect with the express train to Delhi. Stay overnight at the Eros Hotel (or similar). 

Day 13: Fly to London

Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. 


Eros Hotel, Delhi

In the heart of south Delhi's prosperous business district, the Eros Hotel managed by Hilton (InterContinental Eros) offers magnificent views of the Lotus Temple and has 224 guestrooms. Facilities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour broadband connectivity, and a 24-hour business centre to name just a few.

Taj Palace, Delhi

The Taj Palace is spread out over two and a half hectares of lush gardens in New Delhi. Guestrooms are spacious and elegantly designed with subtle touches of Mughal-era influence. Guests have a wide variety of dining options to choose from, including several multi award-winning restaurants.

The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur, Jaipur

Built in the late 1930s, The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur (previously Ramgarh Lodge) was once the favourite hunting retreat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Located around 40 km from Jaipur, this rustic lodge set in the forested Aravalli exudes an air of history. The lodge was converted into a hotel in the late 1980s and is now managed by the Taj group of hotels. All 13 rooms and suites are spacious, comfortably furnished, combine history with contemporary style and overlook either the rugged Aravalli Mountains or the landscaped gardens. 

The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

The hill stations provided a cool retreat for the Raj during the heat of the Indian summer. This heritage is captured by the Oberoi Cecil, which provides a luxurious base from which to explore the surrounding town and countryside. A view of the hills and forests is offered from many of the hotel’s 71 rooms. The restaurant serves both Continental and Asian cuisine other facilities include a health club, which offers massages and herbal treatments. 

The Trident Agra, Agra

The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. The hotel is built of red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. The hotel features a multi-cuisine informal brasserie as well as an alfresco Italian restaurant. Features: 138 rooms, Wi-Fi, 2 restaurants, bar, fitness centre, beauty salon, gift shop.

Tour Extensions

2 Nights
Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, is the location of their most sacred shrine – the Darbar Sahib, or Golden Temple. Fashioned in marble, mirror work and gold, it is beautifully reflected in the surrounding expanse of water.

Day 1: Amritsar
Drive to Chandigarh and take the train to Amritsar. Transfer to Taj Swarna and stay for 2 nights. (B)
Day 2: Amritsar • Wagah
Morning visit to the famed Golden Temple, Jallianwalla memorial and the Ram Bagh gardens with the summer palace of Maharajah Ranjit Singh. This afternoon, transfer to Wagah on the India-Pakistan border to see the spectacular Sunset Retreat ceremony. (B)
Day 3: Fly to London via Delhi
Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Delhi. (B)

4 Nights
The former Portuguese colony of Goa, India’s smallest state, is a perfect place to relax as it offers long stretches of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, world heritage architecture, and rich flora and fauna.

Day 1: Fly to Goa
Fly to Goa. Transfer to Taj Exotica* in south Goa for 4 nights. This luxury resort is set in lush greenery and overlooks the Arabian Sea. (B)
Days 2-4: Goa
At leisure or enjoy a tour of Old Goa and Panjim or alternatively visit Dudhsagar falls and a spice plantation. (B)
Day 5: Fly to London via Mumbai
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Mumbai (Bombay). (B)

4 Nights 
Extend your tour with a visit to the sacred towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh and picturesque Corbett National Park, a renowned tiger reserve.

Day 1: Haridwar
Drive to Chandigarh and take the train to Haridwar. Overnight at the Haveli Hari Ganga. Evening aarti ceremony. (B)
Day 2: Corbett National Park
Drive to Corbett National Park. Afternoon wildlife drive. Stay 2 nights at Jim's Jungle Retreat. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Corbett National Park
Full-day wildlife viewing. Look out for tigers, large elephant herds, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, deer and prolific birdlife. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Delhi
Early morning wildlife drive. Drive to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B)
Day 5: Fly to London (B)

4 Nights 
This extension offers an introduction to the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, focusing on its capital, Kathmandu, the medieval city of Bhaktapur and the Himalayan views from the mountain retreat of Nagarkot.

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the Soaltee Crowne Plaza* for 2 nights. Afternoon tour of Kathmandu. (B)
Day 16: Kathmandu
Afternoon visit to Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath temple. (B)
Day 17: Bhaktapur • Nagarkot
Transfer to Bhaktapur to visit ancient temples and palaces. Continue to Nagarkot. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the Club Himalaya. (B)
Day 18: Kathmandu
See the sunrise over the Himalaya (weather permitting). Transfer to Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza*. (B)
Day 19: Fly to London via Delhi
Fly to London, via Delhi, with Jet Airways. (B)
Meal Basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

*Hotel upgrade:
The characterful Dwarika’s Hotel may be booked, subject to availability, for a supplement from £255 pp (twin) and £475 pp (single).

3 Nights
Packed with colonial-era architecture and home to India’s most prolific film industry, the ‘City of Dreams’ is a melting pot of vibrant bazaars, temples, galleries and excellent restaurants.

Day 1: Fly to Mumbai
Fly to Mumbai (Bombay). Transfer to Trident Mumbai, located on Marine Drive, for a 3-night stay. (B)
Days 2-3: Mumbai
At leisure or spend your days wandering through Chor bazaar, known as the ‘thieves market’ and one of the largest flea markets in India; exploring Asia’s largest slum in Dharavi; strolling through the heritage village of Khotachiwadi with its Portuguese-inspired dwellings; taking a Mumbai culinary tour; or visiting Kala Ghoda, an area that houses some of the city’s finest art galleries and museums. (B)
Day 4: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

4 Nights
Ranthambore is a stunningly beautiful reserve dominated by its majestic fort and home to a dazzling array of tigers, sambhars, panthers, marsh crocodiles and sloth bears. As a result of the stringent conservation efforts, tigers are more active in Ranthambore during the day than in any other park in India. The park’s popularity is due, in no small part, to the sightings of tigresses with their cubs.

Day 1: Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore for 2 nights at Dev Vilas. (B, D)
Day 2: Ranthambore
Early morning and late afternoon drives to search for tigers. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Delhi
Morning wildlife viewing. Return to Delhi for 1 night at Claridges. (B)
Day 4: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

3 Nights
Varanasi is set on the riverbanks of the sacred Ganges. For Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the river will purge all sins. A dawn boat trip along the ghats reveals an intoxicating blend of incense, chimes and morning rituals.

Day 1: Fly to Varanasi
Morning flight to Varanasi. Stay at the Hotel Madin (or similar) for 2 nights. Afternoon tour of Sarnath. This evening visit the Dasaswamedh ghats to witness the Ganga aarti ceremony. (B)
Day 2: Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges. Later this morning visit Chunar fort and Ramnagar fort. (B)
Day 3: Fly to Delhi
Fly to Delhi and stay overnight at the Radisson Blu Dwarka (or similar). (B)
Day 4: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Important Tour Information
Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tour variations

Due to changes to seasonal schedules and opening times, there are minor itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour consultant for details.

Single Supplement Available

You can get a single supplement from £700 - £1275. 

Price Information

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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