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The Great Indian Rail Journey

India

from £2,399 per person 15 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
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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.

Including...

14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

33 meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners

Excursions

  • 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

*Tourist visa for full British Citizens resident in the UK.



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Day 1 UK-Delhi

Fly over night

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart on your overnight flight to Delhi.

Delhi National Capital Territory India Asia

Day 2 Delhi

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. The contemporary Eros Nehru Place Hotel has a restaurant serving national and international cuisine, lounge bar,fitness centre, swimming pool, spa (charges apply), and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 218 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making faciltiies, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. D

Delhi National Capital Territory India Asia

Day 3 Delhi

India Gate memorial

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. You will also visit Raj Ghat – the resting place of Mahtma Gandhi, the Mausoleum of Humanyu and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutb Minar, a 13th century minaret which, together with its surrounding area, is regarded as a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art. B,L,D

Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi National Capital Territory India Asia India Gate

Day 4 Delhi-Jaipur

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.The LaLiT Jaipur Hotel has two restaurants, a cafe, a bar, rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and a spa (extra charge). All 231 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi (extra charge), minibar (extra charge), hairdryer and safe. Spend this afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join an optional evening excursion to the Choti Choper Bazaar. B,L

Jaipur Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 5 Jaipur

Amber Fort

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. Of special interest is Shish Mahal, the delightful palace of mirrors – where all the walls and the ceiling are embedded with glittering mirrors certain to dazzle you. You'll be taken to the palace in an open jeep as the climb is steep. After your visit to the Fort you'll be taken to visit the Maharaja's City Palace, a sprawling royal residence that occupies around a seventh of the area of the city. The main attraction here is the museum and armoury, where an exhaustive arsenal of pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers sit safely inside glass cases. You’ll also visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory with its collection of 14 astronomical instruments used to scan the celestial bodies with extraordinary accuracy, including a 27-metre tall sundial whose shadow moves at a rate of around 1mm per second. You’ll also drive past Hawa Mahal – the Palace of the Winds. This five-storey building has 953 sandstone windows from which the royal ladies could watch life going on outside without being seen. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. B, L

Amber Fort Jaipur Rajhasthan India Asia

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. The contemporary, locally rated 5-star Hotel Jungle Vilas is adjacent to Ranthambore National Park, lies in 10 acres of grounds. and has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa (extra charge). All 22 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-fridge, safe, and hairdryer. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. B, L, D

Ranthambore National Park Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 7 Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park

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. During your safaris watch for glimpses of tigers, although sightings of tigers cannot be guaranteed Relax at your hotel tonight. B, L, D

Ranthambore National Park Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 8 Ranthambore-Agra

Agra Fort

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. At lunchtime look forward to a special Thali lunch where a selection of different dishes encapsulating six different flavours are served arranged on a plate with bread or rice – a true taste of the area. This afternoon you’ll head for the Agra Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 16th-century Mughal fortress with its palaces and halls enclosed the Mughal imperial city. Close by lies the Baby Taj – the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah and reminiscent of the famous Taj Mahal in miniature. This evening, perhaps join an optional excursion. The Radisson Blu Agra is located on the edge of the city and is around a half-an-hour’s walk from the Taj Mahal. It has four restaurants offering a variety of cuisine, two bars and a fitness centre. All 142 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar (extra charge) complimentary Wi-Fi and a safe. The Courtyard by Marriott is a modern hotel just under four kilometres from the Taj Mahal. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, and coffee house, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa (charges apply) and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Each of the 189 air-conditioned rooms is equipped with a telephone, television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer. B, L Optional excursion: Dance and drama show of Mohabbat

Agra Utter Pradesh India Asia

Day 9 Agra-Delhi

Taj Mahal

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. After breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Delhi where you will stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Le Meridian Hotel. The hotel has two bars and three restaurants. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa (treatments extra charge). All 358 air-conditioned rooms have a television and telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar (extra charge), Wi-Fi (extra charge), hairdryer and safe. B, L, D.

Delhi National Capital Territory India Asia

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. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, outdoor swimming pool, spa and fitness centre. Each of the 248 contemporary bedrooms has a balcony, satellite television, telephone, coffee maker, in-room safe, minibar and hairdryer. Wi-Fi is available (extra charge). Relax at your hotel or alternatively perhaps join an optional excursion. B, D

Amritsar Punjab India Asia

Day 11 Amritsar

Durgiana Hindu Temple

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. This afternoon, travel to the border town of Wagah to see a changing of the guard ceremony – a military ceremony involving troops from both India and Pakistan which has taken place every evening at sunset since 1959. B, L, D.


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 . Facilities at the Taj Chandigarh include three restaurants, a bar, swimming pool, beauty salon, fitness centre and spa. There are 149 bedrooms with a television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities and minibar. Wi-Fi is available (charge applies). The JW Marriott has a restaurant and lounge bar, fitness centre, swimming pool, spa (charges apply) and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 164 air conditioned room has a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. B, D

Chandigarh India Asia

Day 13 Chandigarh-Simla

Toy Train

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! Transfer to the locally rated 4-star Clarkes Hotel, a Grand Heritage Hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. Built in 1898, the hotel is reminiscent of a colonial bungalow, and has a dining hall, lounge bar and attractive terrace with mountain views. Each of the 32 rooms has a telephone, television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, minibar and Wi-Fi (charges may apply). B, D

Shimla Himachal Pradesh India Asia

Day 14 Shimla

Jakhu Temple

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. The Partition Agreement, where India and Pakistan gained independence from Britain was negotiated here, and visitors have included Gandhi and Nehru. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to perhaps stroll the Mall – Shimla's bustling commercial area. B, L


Day 15 Shimla-Delhi

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. This modern hotel has a restaurant, lounge bar, swimming pool, spa (charges apply) and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 400 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. B, D

Delhi National Capital Territory India Asia

Day 16 Delhi-UK

Transfer from your hotel to Delhi airport for your return flight to the UK. B


Please note

This tour involves some long journeys by rail and road.


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