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Awaken your senses on this unforgettable journey through Northern India

Awaken your senses on this incredible journey through Northern India. Experience the hustle and bustle of Amritsar, marvel at the beauty of Shimla and savour the electric atmosphere of the old bazaar in Delhi, before enjoying the Taj Mahal in all its glory. As well as stays in high-class hotels, included excursions will reveal the lasting legacy of the Raj and the importance of religion in this country's fascinating culture.

Including...

12 Nights in hotels and 1 in flight

25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 12 dinners

Excursions

  • Sightseeing tour of Amritsar
  • Military ceremony in Wagah
  • Guided tour of Shimla
  • Journey along the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla railway
  • Guided walk up Jakhoo Peak
  • Delhi city tour
  • Agra Fort
  • The Taj Mahal at sunrise
Changing the guard at Amritsar
The vibrant city of Amritsar lies some 30 kilometres from the town of Wagah, which is situated close to the border of India and Pakistan. Every day – since 1959 – after four o’clock the colourful and spectacular changing of the guard takes place. Crowds line the streets on both sides of the border as each contingent of guards acts out the changing ceremony. With their impressive uniforms, acts of mock aggression and simultaneous lowering of flags amidst the enthusiastic support of spectators, this is a ceremony to remember.
2020 departures

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Day 1 UK-Delhi

Fly overnight to Delhi.


Day 2 Delhi

Delhi

Arrive in Delhi where you will transfer to the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy lunch and the chance to relax, before dinner at your hotel. L, D


Day 3 Delhi-Amritsar

Amritsar

Fly to Amritsar where you'll stay the next two nights at the locally rated 5-star Hyatt Hotel, Amritsar, approximately 20 minutes from the Golden Temple. D


Day 4 Amritsar

Golden Temple in Amritsar, India

This morning, a sightseeing tour visits Jallianwalah Bagh, the scene of a massacre in 1919 when General Dyer of the British Indian Army notoriously ordered his troops to fire on a gathering of unarmed people, killing hundreds of them. Visit the Durgiana Hindu temple, which is sometimes referred to as the 'Silver Temple' because of its beautifully carved silver doors.

You'll also visit the Golden Temple – the Sikh's most sacred monument – and the community kitchen nearby which provides free meals for up to 10,000 pilgrims and visitors every day! This afternoon, you'll travel to the border town of Wagah to see a changing of the guard ceremony – a military spectacle involving troops from both India and Pakistan which has taken place every evening at sunset since 1959.


Day 5 Amritsar to Chandigarh

Chandigarh

You can just sit back and relax today on a long but rewarding journey that takes you to Chandigarh – the hub of northern India. Designed by renowned Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier during the 1950s, Chandigarh is a carefully-planned, modern city featuring French Colonial-influenced architecture. Discover some of the highlights of the city as you enjoy sightseeing this afternoon. Stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star LaLiT Chandigarh situated in the Rajiv Gandhi Tech Park.


Day 6 Chandigarh to Shimla

Shimla

Travel to Shimla– dubbed the 'Queen of the Hills' thanks to its setting 2,200 metres above sea level amid the foothills of the Himalayas. The town was once the summer capital of the British in India, and its ties with the British Raj has left a legacy of splendid colonial edifices and quaint cottages. You'll spend the next four nights at the locally rated 4-star Clarkes Hotel, a Heritage Grand Hotel and one of the oldest hotels in the city.


Day 7 Shimla sightseeing

Viceroy

A morning sightseeing tour visits the Mall – Shimla's bustling commercial area, which is a pleasant place for a stroll. During your tour you'll see many reminders of the Raj, and you'll head to Observatory Hill to see the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, the summer home of the British Viceroy in India and the base from which the British Raj was ruled. The Partition Agreement was negotiated here, and visitors have included Gandhi and Nehru. The last resident Viceroy was Lord Mountbatten.

You'll also see Scandal Point, believed to be where the daughter of a British Viceroy eloped with the then Maharaja of Patiala in the 19th century, and the Christ Church – the second oldest church in Northern India. 

The afternoon is free for a little independent exploring.


Day 8 Himalayan Queen Express

Himalayan Queen

Step aboard the Himalayan Queen Express for an unforgettable train journey along the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla railway. You'll travel through spectacular scenery as this narrow gauge train winds its way through the lower Himalayas.

You'll continue by road up to the Tara Devi temple where you can enjoy incredible panoramic views.


Day 9 Shimla

Shimla

You can recharge your batteries during this day at leisure, but if you're feeling energetic, you can join an exhilarating guided walking tour up to Jakhoo temple.

The walk will cover a total of five kilometres with some steep uphill stretches, but from Jakhoo Peak you'll be able to enjoy panoramic views and see the temple complex dedicated to Lord Hanuman.


Day 10 Shimla to Delhi

The Suryaa

Leave Shimla and travel to Chandigarh Railway station to board the Shatabdi Express for the four-hour journey to Delhi. Spend the next two nights of your tour at the locally rated 5-star The Suryaa hotel, New Delhi.


Day 11 Delhi

Qutab

An included sightseeing tour explores the highlights of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you'll be taken to the Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi – and Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India. You'll also have the opportunity to explore bustling Chandni Chowk market. It's then on to New Delhi, where you'll visit the 12th-century Qutab Minar – Delhi's oldest monument which is entirely hand-carved. You'll also visit the impressive mausoleum of Emperor Humayun. Your sightseeing tour will drive past the India Gate – a war memorial dedicated to Indian soldiers, the President's residence, parliament house and the Secretariat buildings, an interesting blend of Victorian and 20th-century architecture.


Day 12 Delhi-Agra

Itmad ud Duala

Travel by train from Delhi to Agra where you stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Courtyard by Marriott. Enjoy a visit to Agra Fort, a walled city of red sandstone encompassing royal pavilions, mosques and carved marble buildings. You’ll also see the Itimad-ud-Daulah tomb – often referred to as the ‘Baby Taj’.

Later today, see the famous Taj Mahal, built in 1560 by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz. Celebrated for its beauty and magnificence look forward to seeing this iconic building at sunset. This evening perhaps join an optional excursion to ‘Mohabbat The Taj Show’, which tells the love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal.


Day 13 Agra-Delhi

Taj Mahal

Travel back to Delhi where you will stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star Novotel New Delhi Aerocity.


Day 14 Delhi-UK

India Gate

Transfer to the airport for your return flight and included UK door-to-door travel service home.


2021 departures

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK-Delhi

Fly overnight to Delhi.


Day 2 Delhi

Delhi

Arrive in Delhi where you will transfer to the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy lunch and the chance to relax, before dinner at your hotel. L, D


Day 3 Delhi-Amritsar

Amritsar

Fly to Amritsar where you'll stay the next two nights at the locally rated 5-star Hyatt Hotel, Amritsar, approximately 20 minutes from the Golden Temple. B, D


Day 4 Amritsar

Golden Temple in Amritsar, India

This morning, a sightseeing tour visits Jallianwalah Bagh, the scene of a massacre in 1919 when General Dyer of the British Indian Army notoriously ordered his troops to fire on a gathering of unarmed people, killing hundreds of them. Visit the Durgiana Hindu temple, which is sometimes referred to as the 'Silver Temple' because of its beautifully carved silver doors.

You'll also visit the Golden Temple – the Sikh's most sacred monument – and the community kitchen nearby which provides free meals for up to 10,000 pilgrims and visitors every day! This afternoon, you'll travel to the border town of Wagah to see a changing of the guard ceremony – a military spectacle involving troops from both India and Pakistan which has taken place every evening at sunset since 1959. B, D


Day 5 Amritsar to Chandigarh

Chandigarh

You can just sit back and relax today on a long but rewarding journey that takes you to Chandigarh – the hub of northern India. Spend the next two nights at the locally rated 5-star LaLiT Chandigarh situated in the Rajiv Gandhi Tech Park. B, D


Day 6 Chandigarh

Designed by renowned Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier during the 1950s, Chandigarh is a carefully-planned, modern city featuring French Colonial-influenced architecture.

Discover some of the highlights of the city as you enjoy sightseeing this afternoon. B, D


Day 7 Chandigarh-Shimla

Viceroy

Travel to Shimla – dubbed the 'Queen of the Hills' thanks to its setting 2,200 metres above sea level amid the foothills of the Himalayas.

The town was once the summer capital of the British in India, and its ties with the British Raj has left a legacy of splendid colonial edifices and quaint cottages. You'll spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Oberoi Clarkes Hotel, a Heritage Grand Hotel and one of the oldest hotels in the city.

Upon arrival in Shimla look forward to a sightseeing tour visiting the Mall – Shimla's bustling commercial area, which is a pleasant place for a stroll.

During your tour you'll see many reminders of the Raj, and you'll head to Observatory Hill to see the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, the summer home of the British Viceroy in India and the base from which the British Raj was ruled. The Partition Agreement was negotiated here, and visitors have included Gandhi and Nehru. The last resident Viceroy was Lord Mountbatten. You'll also see Scandal Point, believed to be where the daughter of a British Viceroy eloped with the then Maharaja of Patiala in the 19th century, and the Christ Church – the second oldest church in Northern India. B, D


Day 8 Himalayan Queen Express

Himalayan Queen

Step aboard the Himalayan Queen Express for an unforgettable train journey along the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla railway. You'll travel through spectacular scenery as this narrow gauge train winds its way through the lower Himalayas.

You'll continue by road up to the Tara Devi temple where you can enjoy incredible panoramic views. B, D


Day 9 Shimla

You can recharge your batteries during this day at leisure, but if you're feeling energetic, you can join an exhilarating guided walking tour up to Jakhoo temple.

The walk will cover a total of five kilometres with some steep uphill stretches, but from Jakhoo Peak you'll be able to enjoy panoramic views and see the temple complex dedicated to Lord Hanuman. B, D


Day 10 Shimla to Delhi

The Suryaa

Leave Shimla and travel to Chandigarh Railway station to board the Shatabdi Express for the four-hour journey to Delhi.

Spend the next two nights of your tour at the locally rated 5-star The Suryaa hotel, New Delhi. B, D


Day 11 Delhi

Qutab

An included sightseeing tour explores the highlights of Old and New Delhi.

In Old Delhi you'll be taken to the Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi – and Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India. You'll also have the opportunity to explore bustling Chandni Chowk market. It's then on to New Delhi, where you'll visit the 12th-century Qutab Minar – Delhi's oldest monument which is entirely hand-carved. You'll also visit the impressive mausoleum of Emperor Humayun. Your sightseeing tour will drive past the India Gate – a war memorial dedicated to Indian soldiers, the President's residence, parliament house and the Secretariat buildings, an interesting blend of Victorian and 20th-century architecture. B, D


Day 12 Delhi-Agra

Itmad ud Duala

Travel by train from Delhi to Agra where you stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Courtyard by Marriott.

Enjoy a visit to Agra Fort, a walled city of red sandstone encompassing royal pavilions, mosques and carved marble buildings. You’ll also see the Itimad-ud-Daulah tomb – often referred to as the ‘Baby Taj’. Later today, see the famous Taj Mahal, built in 1560 by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz. Celebrated for its beauty and magnificence look forward to seeing this iconic building at sunset.

This evening perhaps join an optional excursion to ‘Mohabbat The Taj Show’, which tells the love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal. B, D


Day 13 Agra-Delhi-UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight and included UK door-to-door travel service home. B