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Are you ready to explore India’s famed Golden Triangle and the charming destination of Shimla? This 11-day train holiday features the exciting Golden Triangle cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. In Delhi, explore the city’s unique blend of ancient history and contemporary culture alongside colonial buildings while strolling down narrow, twisting streets. Visit the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra, see the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and iconic Chand Baori stepwells, discover Jaipur on a city tour, and enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local Indian family. When you finally reach Shimla by toy train, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the colonial town during a sightseeing tour with the optional to explore the surrounding mountains with a hike.

Highlights

  • Visit the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi
  • Ride the Shatabdi Express train from Delhi to Kalka
  • Experience the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra
  • See Fatephur Sikri and the Chand Baori stepwells in Abhaneri
  • Tour the city of Jaipur
  • Visit Amber Fort by jeep, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a meal with a local Indian family
  • Climb onboard the Himalayan Queen Express toy train to Shimla
  • Discover the colonial charm of Shimla and the Himalayas

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Delhi
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Agra
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Jaipur
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast in Shimla
  • Full-day day of Old and New Delhi
  • Visit to Agra Fort and Taj Mahal
  • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and Chand Baori stepwells in Abhaneri
  • Half-day city tour of Jaipur, including evening cooking demonstration and dinner with local Indian family
  • Visit to Amber Fort by jeep
  • Sightseeing tour of Shimla
  • Airport transfers
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – DELHI
Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer from the airport to your hotel and get settled. You’ll soon discover that this destination’s vibrant flower markets, regal splendor, imposing architecture, and treasured temples are a feast for the senses. Surprises await around every corner. (Overnight in Delhi)

DAY 2 – DELHI
Your included full day tour of both Old and New Delhi will be the perfect introduction to this iconic corner of the world. Enjoy a traditional rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk and see the 17th-century Jama Masjid. Stop at the Red Fort to capture some photos and Raj Ghat (where Gandhi was cremated). You’ll travel past The Presidential Palace, the India Gate, and the Parliament House. Wrap up your tour at the 12th-century Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. In the evening, you have the option to join a local Indian family at their home for an authentic cooking demonstration for dinner (additional cost). (Overnight in Delhi) B

DAY 3 – DELHI TO AGRA
Take the Gatimaan Express directly to Agra. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to visit Agra Fort and then drop you off at your hotel. This afternoon, you’ll get to catch the sunset at the legendary Taj Mahal (closed Fridays). The evening is free for you to explore the city of Agra on your own. (Overnight in Agra) B

DAY 4 – AGRA TO JAIPUR
During your drive to Jaipur, you’ll visit Fatephur Sikri, a deserted red sandstone city, as well as the visually spectacular Chand Baori stepwells in Abhaneri. Construction of the four-sided structure dates to the 10th century and is dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check into your hotel. Optional excursions today include a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal and a food walk in Jaipur. (Overnight in Jaipur) B

DAY 5 – JAIPUR
This morning, visit Amber Fort by jeep, a beautiful, extensive palace complex built from white marble and yellow and pink sandstone. Upon arrival, explore by foot before returning by jeep.Main highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include Suraj Pol, Jaleb Chowk, Chand Pol, Siladevi Temple and Jai Mandir. Later, enjoy a half-day city tour of Jaipur and an evening cooking demonstration followed by dinner with a local Indian family. (Overnight in Jaipur)B, D

DAY 6 – JAIPUR TO DELHI
Drive from Jaipur back to Delhi. With the rest of day at your leisure upon arrival, there’s plenty of time to see and experience anything you want to check off your list. Optional excursions include visiting the Kingdom of Dreams or Bagru, where you’ll learn all about block textile printing. (Overnight in Delhi) B

DAY 7 –DELHI TO SHIMLA
This morning, you’ll be provided with a packed breakfast to take on the Shatabdi Express train to Kalka. Then, you’ll board the Himalayan Queen Express toy train to Shimla and transfer to your hotel. Shimla exudes plenty of colonial charm and its highlights can be easily explored on foot. (Overnight in Shimla) B

DAY 8 – SHIMLA
Explore the hilltop city today on your sightseeing tour. Visit the Vice-regal Lodge (closed on Mondays), stroll along the long, winding main street, The Mall, to Scandal Point. Later, on your own, continue discovering Shimla by meandering down its streets and maze-like alleys past antiquated buildings and bustling bazaars. (Overnight in Shimla) B

DAY 9 – SHIMLA
Enjoy your free day in Shimla exploring on your own. We recommend a day hike to Seepur and the temple of Taradevi (additional cost). This hike will give you great views of the city and surrounding Himalayan peaks. (Overnight in Shimla) B

DAY 10 – SHIMLA TO DELHI

Catch the train back to Delhi from Kalka railway station today following breakfast at your hotel. You will be provided with a packed dinner. (Overnight in Delhi) B, D

DAY 11 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN DELHI
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport to continue with your onward travels. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

The Double Tree by Hilton Agra

The Double Tree by Hilton Agra

Located close to the Taj Mahal, DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is one of the few hotels in Agra offering views of the majestic monument. Stay in a garden, pool or city view room, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal while you swim in the outdoor infinity pool. Upgrade to a suite for a separate bedroom and living room with a dining area.

Explore the Taj Nagari neighborhood and landmarks including Mughal Gardens, Taj Museum and Gallery, Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, Kinari Bazaar and Sadar Bazaar.

Taj Gateway

Taj Gateway

The Taj Mahal has made Agra India’s capital of romance, but there is more to the city than this spectacular monument. Discover its hidden marvels, like Akbar’s Tomb and the ‘Baby Taj’, lose yourself in its lovely food and glittering bazaars, and journey into the old Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri.

The Suryaa Hotel

The Suryaa Hotel

The Suryaa New Delhi, the capital's favourite hotel follows the cosmic Surya by creating a warm, vibrant and lively ambience for its guests located in the heart of city and close to the district centre's like Jasola, Mohan Cooperative, Apollo Hospital, Nehru Place and Ashram. The hotel's elegant spread of rooms and suites with spectacular views are bound to take your breath away. A taste of pure contentment is guaranteed with a host of dining options and custom-crafted celebrations.

The Suryaa Hotel

The Suryaa Hotel

The Suryaa New Delhi, the capital's favourite hotel follows the cosmic Surya by creating a warm, vibrant and lively ambience for its guests located in the heart of city and close to the district centre's like Jasola, Mohan Cooperative, Apollo Hospital, Nehru Place and Ashram. The hotel's elegant spread of rooms and suites with spectacular views are bound to take your breath away. A taste of pure contentment is guaranteed with a host of dining options and custom-crafted celebrations.

JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

The JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity welcomes business and leisure travelers here to India with 5-star luxury, carefully chosen amenities and world-class service. Located adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport, our hotel features exceptionally large accommodation with ultra-comfortable bedding and marble bathrooms, as well as 24-hour room service and modern technology. Choose among several outstanding on-site restaurants, including an all-day diner, K3, Modern Japanese at Akira Back and Playground for the perfect evening. Book an indulgent treatment at Quan Spa, which is operational round the clock or relax at the all-weather outdoor pool and sip a refreshing drink. Additional amenities at our 5-star hotel include a modern fitness center and around 30,000 square feet of immaculately appointed venue space - including one of the largest ballrooms in New Delhi. And if you need anything, please ask our hotel team who will be happy to assist you.

Hilton Jaipur

Hilton Jaipur

•'One of the 100 best business hotels in India', CondeNast Traveller India 2017
•Near City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, M.I. Road
•Stylish 34 to 64 square-meter guest rooms
•Chaandi and Aurum honored by Times Food and Night Life Awards 2016 & 2017
•24-hour fitness center, spa and salon by O2, outdoor pool
•Versatile 10,000 sq. ft. of space for small- to mid-sized meetings, wedding events

Le Méridien Jaipur Resort & Spa

Le Méridien Jaipur Resort & Spa

All accommodations, including Superior Rooms, span at least 35 square meters, boast high ceilings, have hardwood floors and overlook the lush pool courtyard. The Deluxe and Premium Rooms provide additional space, a 42-inch flat screen television and a separate bathtub and shower. While Superior Rooms and Deluxe Rooms have balconies, each Premium Room has a separate living room. Villas are distinguished by their attached gardens, entertainment centers with DVD players and on-call butler service. Each large bathroom has dual vanities and a round sunken bathtub with a natural view. Deluxe Suites’ living rooms allow for dining for four people, as well as a separate sitting room for your convenience. Clear, vibrant views are ensured by two balconies overlooking the water. The contemporary bedroom provides a walk-in wardrobe and the bathroom’s marble flooring comprises of unique mother-of-pearl inlay work. On-call butler service and complimentary airport transfers via luxury sedan are also available.

Pride Aero City Hotel

Pride Aero City Hotel

Located in close proximity to Delhi and Gurgaon, Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi is the first luxury hotel in the capital by The Pride Group of Hotels. While the 385 aesthetically decorated plush rooms are fully-equipped with premier amenities and state-of-the-art technology complemented by high-speed internet connectivity, our true Indian hospitality and traditionally luxurious service welcomes you to home-style comfort and convenience.

Clarkes Hotel Shimla

Clarkes Hotel Shimla

Clarkes is one of Shimla's oldest hotels, and was the launching pad for the extraordinary journey of triumph and accomplishment that marked the life of the legendary hotelier: Mr. Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi. Nowadays, Clarkes Hotel resembles a grand colonial bungalow, with all the elegance and grace of the British Imperial era. The 32 rooms and suites are tastefully appointed and some of them offer spectacular views of the mountains or Shimla.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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