Step into another world as you explore India’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ and beyond by rail
Step aboard as you explore northern India by train on six memorable rail journeys. Discover India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ comprising three of the most vibrant cities of north-west India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, capital of the ancient state of Rajasthan. Each has its own fascinating history, rich cultural heritage and wealth of sights, sounds and experiences waiting to be discovered. Next, head further north to Amritsar – famed for its stunning Golden Temple, Chandigarh, and Shimla in the Himalayan foothills with its colonial British connections. During this 14-night holiday you’ll also travel by road, visit markets and bazaars, mosques and palaces, and watch for tigers on safari. Marvel at the Taj Mahal at dawn, visit the famous Golden Temple, watch for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and travel by steam train on one of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Mountain Railways. Apart from the iconic ‘toy train’ mountain railway, look forward to travelling in air-conditioned carriages and staying in locally-rated 4-star hotels enjoying dinner or lunch each day.
- 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
- 33 meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Exciting excursions
- Optional travel insurance Return flights and transfers
- Porterage at all hotels
- Welcome briefing with refreshments
- Saga tour manager
- Tour of Old and New Delhi
- Visit to the Amber Fort
- Maharaja's City Palace and the Jantar Mantar observatory
- Two safaris in Ranthambore National Park
- Tour of Agra including Agra Fort and the Baby Taj
- Visit the Taj Mahal around sunrise
- Tour of Amritsar including the famous Golden Temple and the Wagah Border
- Tour of Chandigarh
- Tour of Shimla
- Six train journeys
Day 1 UK-Delhi
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart on your overnight flight to Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
Transfer to the locally rated 4-star Eros Nehru Place Hotel in southern Delhi where you will stay for the next two nights. This evening enjoy dinner and a welcome briefing with refreshments.
Day 3 Delhi
Discover Delhi on a day tour of this colourful and vibrant city. In historic Old Delhi, you'll visit Old Delhi Market – Chandni Chowk with its stalls, shops and street food, Jama Masjid – India’s largest mosque and drive past the famous Red Fort. In New Delhi look forward to driving past the presidential palace of Rashtrapati Bhavan and the impressive India Gate memorial
Day 4 Delhi-Jaipur
Set off early morning for your first train ride as you travel from Delhi to Jaipur aboard the Ajmer Shatabdi Express. This superfast air-conditioned express train journey will arrive in Jaipur mid-morning after which you will transfer to the locally rated 4-star LaLiT Jaipur.
Day 5 Jaipur
Today's full-day tour begins with a visit to the deserted city of Amber, once the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire. Inside Amber Fort you can visit the earlier palaces built by Raja Man Singh, stark in comparison to those built by Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Jai Singh II. In the short time span of just a few decades, the Mughal influence permeated the Rajput court and is evident in the splendid and ornate halls of audiences, residential palaces and gardens.
Day 6 Jaipur-Ranthambore
Depart Jaipur late morning as you travel by train to Sawai Modhopur on an air-conditioned intercity express. Transfer to the Hotel Jungle Vilas in Ranthambore, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion.
Day 7 Ranthambore
Today look forward to a morning and afternoon Safari by Canter – an open-topped safari bus – in Ranthambore National Park. This National Park was Rajasthan's first tiger reserve and is home to stately sambar, the largest species of Asiatic deer, crocodiles and a wealth of birds.
Day 8 Ranthambore-Agra
Early this morning travel to Sawai Madhopur railway station to board the Shatabdi train for Bharatpur. On arrival continue to Agra and the locally rated 4-star Radisson Blu Agra or locally rated 4-star Courtyard by Marriott, where you will stay overnight.
Day 9 Agra-Delhi
The Taj Mahal in Agra is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. Built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal it's constructed in white marble and took 22 years and over 20,000 workers and craftsmen to complete. Join an included excursion this morning to see this fabulous building in the early morning sun.
Day 10 Delhi-Amritsar
This morning, take the early morning train to Amritsar, a journey of around six-and-a-half hours. Check into the locally rated 5-star Hyatt Amritsar where you’ll stay for two nights.
Day 11 Amritsar
This morning, a sightseeing tour visits Jallianwalah Bagh and the Durgiana Hindu temple, which is sometimes referred to as the 'Silver Temple', as well as a local bazaar. You'll also visit the famous Golden Temple – the most famous place for Sikhism, and the community kitchen nearby which provides free meals for thousands of pilgrims and visitors every day.
Day 12 Amritsar-Chandigarh
Depart for Chandigarh this morning, a drive of approximately five hours. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city – the hub of northern India. Designed by renowned Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier during the 1950s, it is a carefully-planned, modern city featuring French Colonial-influenced architecture. During your tour visit the High Court and drive by the Punjab University, Governor’s Residence, Sukhna Lake and the main commercial district. This evening stay overnight at either the locally rated 5-star Taj Chandigarh or the locally rated 5-star JW Marriott Hotel.
Day 13 Chandigarh-Simla
Leave Chandigarh and drive to Kalka, home of the famous ‘Toy Train’. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mountain Railways of India, this famous railway covers some 96 kilometres and was built in the 19th century. You’ll travel from Chandigarh to the hill station of Shimla aboard the 30-inch wide ‘Himalayan Queen’ train that will make its way through scenery of forest-clad mountains and beautiful valleys, passing through some 100 tunnels and 800 bridges!
Day 14 Shimla
During a morning sightseeing tour of Shimla you will see the Sankat Mochan Temple and the Jancient Jakhu Temple, as well as the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies on Observatory Hill which was the summer home of the British Viceroy in India and the base from which the British Raj was ruled.
Day 15 Shimla-Delhi
Drive from Shimla to Kalka and board the Kalka Shatabdi train for the final train journey of your holiday. Stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star Novotel Hotel in Delhi.
Day 16 Delhi-UK
Transfer from your hotel to Delhi airport for your return flight to the UK.
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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