Note: Taj remains closed on Friday
Highlights: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Shimla
Alternate travel dates: 1 Sept 18 - 24 Sept 18
We welcome you to Incredible India, where culture echoes, tradition speaks, beauty enthralls and diversity delights. Extremely popular with first time visitors, this introductory tour, The Golden Triangle of India (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra) has made a firm footing on the tourist map. The harmonious amalgamation of the country’s capital with its entire historic splendour, the soft romanticism that can be felt as the amazing Taj Mahal in Agra and the fierce magnificence of Jaipur - the princely state capital, which was painted pink (the traditional colour of welcome) in honour of the visit of Prince Wales in 1876.
Delhi - Hotel The Royal Plaza
Agra - Crystal Sarovar Premiere 5*
Jaipur - Ramada 4*
Shimla - East Bourne Resort & Spa 4* Itinerary: Day 1: London Heathrow to Delhi
Arrive Delhi airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 2: Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. You will get a feel for this city as you explore its historic sights. Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque. Explore the bustling cultural delight of the colourful market on the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. You will take a view of Red Fort – the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens. Afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, an impressive garden tomb with high arches and a double dome, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then continue on to the wonderful Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, the beautiful grounds feature the well preserve a huge tower of victory standing over 72 meters. You will drive on to Rajpath and through to India Gate and the Lutyens Delhi with its tree lined boulevards leading to the British Viceroy’s Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) now the official residence of the President of India, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House. Day 3: Delhi to Agra by surface
Drive to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, check in at your hotel. Afternoon enjoy visiting the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built one of the world’s most famous buildings, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as ‘a vision, a dream, a poem, and a wonder’. visit the 16th century Agra fort. This commanding red sandstone monument stretches 2.5 kilometres along the banks of River Yamuna, encompasses serene gardens and terrace pavilions, with striking views providing glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal across the river. and Tomb of Itmad-ud- Daulah also called as Baby Taj Day 4: Agra to Jaipur by surface
Drive to Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri - the imperial ruins of the dream capital city of the Great Mughal Emperor - Akbar.
you will continue drive to Jaipur, the famed ‘Pink City’ and the capital of Rajasthan known for its palaces, three hill forts and a shopper’s paradise.
Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at hotel. Evening at leisure to explore colourful bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel Day 5: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber - capital of the old state of Dhundhar, located on the rugged hills that surround Jaipur. Ride the colourfully painted elephants up the hill, admire the massive gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber’s association with the Mughals. During the afternoon visit the City Palace (still houses the erstwhile Royal family); Jantar Mantar - the Royal Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - built for the royal ladies to watch the activities on the market street below without being observed themselves. Overnight stay at hotel. Extension to Shimla - £469 Day 6: Jaipur to Delhi by surface
After breakfast drive to Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi, check in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel. Day 7: Delhi to Kalka by train
Transfer from hotel to New Delhi railway station to board train for Kalka.
11:45 hrs: Arrive Kalka railway station.
Upon arrival at Kalka railway station.
Morning enjoy Heritage Walk passing through many historical and Heritage buildings each possessing a different style of architecture and holding many stories of the past, we stop for a break on the way to brings you close look to various architectural sites of British era. Later you will proceed for sightseeing of hill station and around, visiting;
State Museum (Closed on Monday) – This building was a private residence of Lord William Beresford, the Military secretary to the viceroys for many years. Viceregal Lodge Indian Institute of Advanced study:
The site for Viceregal Lodge was selected by Lord Lytton the Viceroy of India between 1876 -1880. Jhaku Temple/ Hill (2455 Mts.):
This is the town's highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla's famous views. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to monkey God Hanuman. This also offers a very good view of the Shimla with snow capped mountains. Day 8: Shimla to Kalka by surface & Kalka to Delhi by train
After breakfast you will be transferred to Shimla railway station to board toy train Himalayan Queen departs at 1030 hrs to enjoy joy ride from Simla to Solan. Toy train rail route, offers the charm of old-world travel amidst lofty pines and lush green, misty mountains. This is one of the four narrow gauge rail routes on hill terrain in the country. It is one of the most beautiful hill railways in India. It was considered the "crown jewel" of the Indian National Railways during British times. Flanked by hills on both sides, the rail line, like twin threads of silver, clings to the steep cliffs and ventures boldly over bridges, built over tiny streams that show off their radiance in the sunlight. 13:12 hrs: Arrive Solan railway station where car is waiting and drive to Kalka.
Upon arrival at Kalka railway station board train for Delhi.
Local snack tea / coffee and Dinner will be served on board.
21:55 hrs: Arrive New Delhi railway station.
Upon arrival at New Delhi railway station transfer to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel. Day 9: Delhi to London Heathrow by flight
Transfer from hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow.