- Amritsar's Golden Temple
The crowning glory of Amritsar is the Golden Temple – a sacred Sikh sanctuary.
- Delhi - old and new
The perfect conclusion to your tour, Delhi offers two cities for the price of one!
- India's railways
Travel along the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla railway through the lower Himalayas.
- Shimla – 'Queen of the Hills'
Set in Himalayan foothills, the beautiful town of Shimla was once the British summer capital in India.
- Travel by train
- Small Group 25 or less
- VIP door to door
- Half board
A 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 iconic Taj Mahal at sunset. Included excursions offer an insight into the lasting legacy of the British Raj and the importance of religion in this country's unique culture. A highlight of your trip is sure to be a ride aboard a toy train along the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla railway.
12 nights in hotels and 1in flight
25 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 12 dinners (D)
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK
Included excursions and visits
- 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
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
A real highlight of your tour is the two-hour journey along the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla railway, aboard the Himalayan Queen Express. Travelling on India's railways is a truly unforgettable experience, recalling the times of the British Empire and revealing some of the most incredible scenery the region has to offer. This narrow gauge train journey makes its way through the lower Himalayas, passing spectacular natural landscapes and travelling across bridges and through tunnels which hark back to the golden era of construction.
- Day 1 UK-Delhi
- Day 2 Delhi
- Day 3 Delhi-Amritsar
- Day 4 Amritsar
- Day 5 Amritsar to Chandigarh
- Day 6 Chandigarh-Shimla
- Day 7 Shimla
- Day 8 Himalayan Queen Express
- Day 9 Shimla
- Day 10 Shimla to Delhi
- Day 11 Delhi
- Day 12 Delhi-Agra
- Day 13 Agra-Delhi-UK
New Delhi Aerocity hotel
Oberoi Clarkes Hotel
The Suryaa Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott
Day 1 UK-Delhi
After taking your VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
Transfer to the 5-star New Delhi Aerocity hotel (4Q) for an overnight stay. Enjoy a late lunch snack and the chance to relax, before dinner at your hotel. L, D
Day 3 Delhi-Amritsar
Fly to Amritsar (one hour), where you stay for the next two nights at the 5-star Taj Swarna (4Q). B, D
Day 4 Amritsar
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
Set off on a long but rewarding journey to Chandigarh – the hub of northern India (140 miles, four hours). Spend the night at the centrally located 5-star Taj Chandigarh (4Q). B, D
Day 6 Chandigarh-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 (69 miles, three hours and 30 minutes).
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 4-star Oberoi Clarkes Hotel (4Q), a Heritage Grand Hotel and one of the oldest hotels in the city. B, D
Day 7 Shimla
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. B, D
Day 8 Himalayan Queen Express
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
Leave Shimla and travel to Chandigarh Railway station (69 miles, three hours and 30 minutes) to board the Shatabdi Express for Delhi (four hours).
You spend the next two nights at the 5-star The Suryaa hotel (3Q), New Delhi. B, D
Day 11 Delhi
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
Today will be quite busy as you travel by train from Delhi to Agra (two hours), staying overnight at the 4-star Courtyard by Marriott (4Q).
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
You’ll transfer early this morning Delhi airport (134 miles, four hours) for your return flight and included door-to-door travel service home. B
Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple
The Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib, is where the holy book of the Sikhs 'Guru Granth Sahib' is housed. The book is taken from the main temple to a room opposite twice a day, in a procession known as the Palki ceremony. The morning procession usually begins at 4am but on this excursion, you'll see the evening procession which begins at 10pm, so you'll leave the hotel at approximately 8.30pm and return by 11.30pm.
Optional on 2021 departures itinerary