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Great Rail Journeys India's Golden Triangle
from £1995 pp
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  • Location
    India, Asia
  • Board Basis
    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    13 Days
  • Holiday Type
    Escorted Tours
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Call free on 0800 707 6229 for huge extra savings on Great Rail Journeys India's Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla 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.

What's Included
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Delhi
  • All rail and Volvo coach travel throughout
  • Toyota Innova car transfers in Shimla
  • Porterage included from Delhi to Shimla, Shimla to Delhi, and Delhi to Agra

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 12 nights' hotel accommodation including 4 nights at the 5-Star Taj Palace in Delhi, 3 nights at the 5-Star Oberoi Cecil Hotel in Shimla, 1 night at the 5-Star ITC Mughal Hotel in Agra, 2 nights at the 5-Star Sawai Vilas in Ranthambore, and 2 nights at the 5-Star ITC Rajputana Sheraton in Jaipur

Delicious meals included

  • 30 meals including 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, including 2 packed lunches, and 12 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Journeys on the Shatabdi Express and UNESCO-listed Toy Train
  • Guided city tours in Delhi, Shimla and Jaipur
  • The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Amber Fort
  • 2 game drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Specialist guest speaker
Tour Highlights
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  • New and Old Delhi
  • Palace of the Winds
  • Toy Train rail journey to Shimla
  • Shimla and the Shivalik Express
  • The Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Amber Fort
  • The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
Accommodation
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ITC Mughal, Agra 

The 5-Star ITC Mughal in Agra is set in 35 acres of gardens close to the city centre and the Taj Mahal. Part of the Sheraton group, this modern hotel has four restaurants serving a selection of Indian, Oriental and international cuisine, as well as a lobby bar which offers a selection of drinks and light snacks.

Taj Palace, New Delhi 

The opulent 5-star Taj Palace Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of New Delhi. The hotel has a selection of restaurants offering Indian, Vietnamese, Italian and French cuisine, a choice of bars and a tea lounge.

ITC Rajputana Sheraton, Jaipur

The 5-Star ITC Rajputana Sheraton is located 500 metres from the bustling centre of Jaipur and combines modern rooms and excellent amenities with architecture influenced by Rajasthan's history. 

The Oberoi Cecil Hotel, Shimla 

The wonderful 5-Star Oberoi Cecil Hotel in Shimla is reminiscent of a bygone era, a celebration of colonial elegance and grace. Restored to its original grandeur with wooden floors and period furniture, it boasts fabulous views of the mountains and valleys. 

Tour Itinerary
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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, 

Day 3: 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.

Days 4-5: 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.

Days 6-7: 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.

Day 8: 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. 

Day 9: Fatehpur Sikri

We depart Agra by coach, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved ancient red sandstone city.

Days 10-11: Ranthambore National Park 

Ranthambore National Park is renowned as one of the best places in the world to spot wild Bengal tigers, and we head out on a game drive this afternoon to try to catch a glimpse of these majestic, elusive creatures, travelling in open-topped safari vehicles called 'Canters' which are for the exclusive use of Great Rail Journeys customers. We are treated to a further morning game drive on Day 11, increasing our chances of observing and photographing the activities of the tiger, as well as the myriad of other rare native wildlife that can be found here.

Day 12: Jaipur 

We begin our stay in the 'Pink City' with full-day sightseeing tour, travelling by Jeep to the Amber Fort, located high on a hillside overlooking a lake. We have the chance to explore some of the ornate rooms within the palace complex before we continue our tour, seeing the ornately decorated City Palace, home to the current Maharajah of Jaipur, as well as the early 18th century UNESCO listed Astronomical Observatory. 

Days 13-14: Return to Delhi and home 

This afternoon we drive back to Delhi, where we spend our final evening. On Day 14, we transfer to the airport for our flight to London, arriving late in the early evening.

Price Information
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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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