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The Great Indian Rail Journey

India

from £2,149 per person
2 passengers 15 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
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Explore India’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ and beyond by train

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. Then, head north to Amritsar – famed for its stunning Golden Temple, then explore Chandigarh, and Shimla in the Himalayan foothills with its colonial British connections. As you travel, watch for tigers in Ranthambore National Park, marvel at the Taj Mahal at dawn, and travel by steam train on one of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Mountain Railways.

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Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

Dinner plate32 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)

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  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome briefing with refreshments
  • Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • 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

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Toy Train to Shimla

The three mountain railways of India are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of which is the Kalka Shimla Railway or ‘Toy Train’. Built in the mid-19th century, the railway earned its charming nickname by virtue of the trains that use it being a mere two feet six inches wide. Covering 60 miles, the railway passes through stunning scenery of mountains and valleys as well as through some 100 tunnels and over 800 bridges and is not only a fine example of engineering, but was intended to provide a way of opening up access for the mountain populations.

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Day 1 UK-Delhi

Colourful spices powders and herbs, Delhi

After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Delhi.

Delhi National Capital Territory India South Asia Asia

Day 2 Delhi

Delhi

Transfer to the 5-star The Surya (4Q) in southern Delhi where you will stay for the next two nights. This evening enjoy dinner and a welcome briefing with refreshments. D


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


Day 4 Delhi-Jaipur

Jaipur

Set off early morning for your first train ride as you travel to Jaipur aboard the Ajmer Shatabdi Express (four hours). This superfast air-conditioned express train journey will arrive in Jaipur mid-morning after which you will transfer to the 5-star Hilton Hotel (4Q).

Spend this afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join an optional evening excursion to the Choti Choper Bazaar. B, L


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, D

Amber Fort Jaipur Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 6 Jaipur-Ranthambore

A male Spotted Deer, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Depart Jaipur late morning as you travel by train to Sawai Modhopur on an air-conditioned intercity express (two hours).

Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Jungle Vilas (4Q) 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. B, L, D


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. Remember to dress warmly as it can be chilly on the early morning safaris. Relax at your hotel tonight. B, L, D


Day 8 Ranthambore-Agra

Agra Fort

Early this morning travel to Sawai Madhopur railway station to board the Shatabdi train for the long journey to Bharatpur (three hours). On arrival continue to Agra and the 5-star Taj View (4Q), 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. B, L


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 (132 miles, four hours) where you will stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star The Surya (4Q). B, L, D


Day 10 Delhi-Amritsar

Travel by train

This morning, take the early morning train to Amritsar (nine hours). Check into the 5-star Taj Swarna (4Q) where you’ll stay for two nights. Relax at your hotel or alternatively perhaps join an optional excursion. B, D


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

Sukhana Lake, Chandigarh

Depart for Chandigarh this morning (140 miles, four 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 Sukhana Lake and Rose Garden.

This evening stay overnight at the 5-star Taj Chandigarh (5Q). B


Day 13 Chandigarh-Shimla

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 Kalka railway station to the hill station of Shimla (six hours) 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 4-star Welcom Hotel (4Q) where you will stay for the next two nights. B, D


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 Chandigarh (70 miles, three hours) and board the Shatabdi Express Train for the final train journey back to Delhi (four hours).

Stay overnight at the 4-star Novotel Hotel Aerocity (4Q) in Delhi. B, D


Day 16 Delhi-UK

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


This tour involves some long journeys by rail and road.

The Great Indian Rail Journey

India

from £2,149 per person
2 passengers
15 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required

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The Great Indian Rail Journey

India

from £2,149 per person
2 passengers
15 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required