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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.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
- Scheduled return flights from London Heathrow to Delhi (including flight taxes and charges)
- All rail and Volvo coach travel throughoutToyota Innova car transfers in Shimla
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
- 11 nights' 5-Star hotel accommodation
Delicious meals included
- 26 meals including 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, including 2 packed lunches, and 11 dinners
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
- Rail journey on the Shatabdi Express
- Journey on the UNESCO-listed Toy Train to Shimla
- Guided city tours in Delhi, Shimla and Jaipur
- Visits to iconic monuments, including the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Amber Fort
- Specialist guest speaker
- New and Old Delhi
- Toy Train rail journey to Shimla
- Shimla and the Shivalik Himalaya
- The Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Amber Fort
- The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
- Palace of the Winds
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 DIPLOMATIC ENCLAVE, NEW DELHI
The opulent 5-star Taj Diplomatic Enclave 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.
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: Jaipur and the Amber Fort
We begin our stay in the 'Pink City' with an exciting sightseeing tour that includes the grand and ornately decorated City Palace, home to the current Maharajah of Jaipur, as well as the unique early 18th century and UNESCO listed Astronomical Observatory and the sights, sounds and smells of colourful Jaipur market.
Days 12-13: Return to Delhi and home
Today we drive back to Delhi, where we spend our final evening. On Day 13, we transfer to the airport for our flight to London, via Abu Dhabi, arriving late in the afternoon.
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