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Shimla & Golden Triangle

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Shimla & Golden Triangle

$3335

per person

Discover the lofty peaks and breathtaking views of Shimla on Himalayan Queen “Toy Train” at the Himalayan foothills with an introductory visit to India’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur including the Taj Mahal and elephant/jeep ride.

Shimla is India’s largest hill station and the former summer capital of Raj, British India. Shimla is set in the foothills of the Himalayas along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100 meters or 7000 ft. Ride the narrow-gauge railway aboard the Himalayan Queen “Toy Train”.

Step into the kaleidoscope of India with us. Delhi is the sprawling capital city of India with beautiful examples of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Explore the walled city of Old Delhi, seat of the Mughal Empire and the British Raj. Visit New Delhi a 20th century metropolis. Agra the heart of the Moghul empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal by Yamuna river. Visit the stunning Pink City of Jaipur, take an elephant or jeep ride to visit the magnificent 16th century Amber Fort constructed of red sandstone and marble.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Meet Up at Delhi

Day 2: Old Delhi

Day 3: New Delhi

Day 4: Delhi – Agra | Taj Mahal

DAY 5: Agra | Taj Mahel

DAY 6: Agra – Jaipur | Fatehpur Sikri

DAY 7: Jaipur | The Pink City

DAY 8: Jaipur | Bhangarh

DAY 9: Jaipur – Delhi

DAY 10: Delhi – Kalka – Shimla | Toy Train to Shimla

DAY 11: Shimla

DAY 12: Shimla| Day at leisure.

DAY 13: Shimla – Chandigard – Delhi | Train Ride

Day 14: Depart Delhi

 

HOTELS

Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi Piccadily ★★★★
Agra Four Points By Sheraton ★★★★
Jaipur Fortune Bela Casa ★★★★
Delhi Piccadily ★★★★
Shimla Woodville ★★★★
Delhi Piccadily ★★★★


Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Hotel check-in time is 1400 hrs and check out at 1200 noon.

 

INCLUSIONS

‣ Airport Transfers

‣ Traditional Garlanding Welcome with Welcome Kit

‣ Hotel Accommodations

‣ Daily Breakfast and Most Meals (See tour plan for more details)

‣ English-speaking Local Guide

‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments

‣ Authentic Dinner and Cooking Demonstration in Jaipur with a Local Family

‣ Taj Love Story Cultural Show

‣ Elephant Ride in Jaipur to visit Amber Fort (Jeep Ride is available as alternative)

‣ Train fare in air-conditioned carriage (Delhi to Kalka) and non-air-conditioned first class Kalka to Shimla and Chandigarh to Delhi

1

Meet Up at Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore this bustling capital city on your own.
2

Delhi | Old Delhi

Shah Jahan founded the city of Shahjahanabad, now referred to as Old Delhi, in 1648. The famous Red Fort in the heart of Old Delhi was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire and it boasts the Diwan-i-Am, Hall of Public Audience; and the Diwan-i-Khas, Hall of Private Audience. A short drive from the fort is the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world, built by Shah Jahan to dominate his city. The Raj Ghat is the location of Gandhi's cremation. Your tour includes visits to the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid mosque and Raj Ghat. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city on your own with an optional add-on private car and chauffeur. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.

Breakfast     Welcome Dinner
3

Delhi | New Delhi

When the British chose Delhi as their capital in 1911, they appointed two architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, to plan and build a new city to rival the fabled cities of the Mughals. New Delhi was thus built in true colonial style with tree-lined avenues, colonial bungalows, the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch and the Viceregal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. Alongside these British architectural gems are several monuments commemorating other occupants of Delhi including the Emperor Humayun and the Muslim saint, Nizamuddin Auliya. Indigenous Indian monuments include Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur, and the Birla Mandir, a modern marble Hindu temple. During your tour you will drive past India Gate and the President's Palace and visit the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, and the pre-Mughal monuments including Iltutmish's tomb, Qutb Minar and the tomb of Isa Khan. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city on your own with an optional add-on private car and chauffeur.

  Breakfast
4

Delhi – Agra | Taj Mahal

Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. Watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, the moonlit garden and an extension of the Taj Mahal which lies on the opposite bank of the Yamuna river.
The legendary Taj Mahal, built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments love has ever built and has no peers.

  Breakfast
5

Agra | Taj Mahel

Very early this morning, visit the Taj Mahal in the changing light of the rising sun, a truly magical time to gaze. Next, we visit the impressive Agra Red Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure. Rejoin the group for a pre-dinner show, the Taj Love Story and then dinner.

  Breakfast    Dinner
6

Agra – Jaipur | Fatehpur Sikri

Today you will drive from Agra to Jaipur, a distance of 145 miles and a journey time of approximately 8 hours including a stop for lunch and a visit to Fatehpur Sikri.
7

Jaipur | The Pink City

You will take a morning excursion to the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, located on a hill 7 miles north of Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kachhawa Rajputs from 1037 until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727, but the majestic fort-palace was not begun until about 1600. The building was added to by successive Rajput rulers, however, the architecture displays many Mughal influences in addition to the traditional Rajput designs. Whilst visiting the palace you will be able to explore the intricate chambers and hallways, the maze of passages and courtyards and witness the wonderful views of the Jal Mahal water palace below.   Returning to Jaipur, you will visit the City Palace which is still inhabited by Jai Singh's descendants and is a superb fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. A city within a city, it includes the temple of Govindevji, the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory and the Maharaja's museum with his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewelry. On the periphery of the Palace stands the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, an elaborate pink sandstone facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. Cooking Demonstration with an Indian family to taste local flavors and style followed by dinner.

Breakfast     Cooking Demo Dinner
8

Jaipur | Bhangarh

This morning, depart for the ruins of Bhangarh which lies to the north-west of Jaipur, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes' drive away. The city of Bhangarh was founded around 1573 by the Mughal ruler Bhagwant Das as a residence for his son Madho Singh. With the decline of the empire, the city was attacked in 1720 by the army of Jai Singh II with many people fleeing the city. Coupled with this, a famine in 1783 struck, which eventually led to the abandonment of the city. Today, it is possible to see the original streets, featuring shops along the main road, havelis, a mosque and palace. The ruins are also believed to be the most haunted in India with admittance to the site banned before sunrise and after sunset. There is a signpost from the Architectural Survey of India to this affect. After your visit, return to Jaipur.

Breakfast
9

Jaipur - Delhi

Drive from Jaipur to Delhi, a journey of 160 miles and approximately 6 hours. The remainder of the day is free for you to further explore the city on your own or simply relax at the hotel to be ready for tomorrows early morning train ride.

Breakfast
10

Delhi - Kalka – Shimla | Toy Train to Shimla

Bright and early this morning we board the Shatabdi Express bound for Kalka. Upon arrival travelers, will transfer to the narrow-gauge Himalayan Queen “Toy Train” to continue their journey on to Shimla. The Guinness Records Book of 'Rail Facts and Feats' named the Kalka to Shimla railway as 'The greatest narrow gauge engineering feat in India’. The scenic 96-kilometer journey winds around 919 curves, passes through 20 railway stations and clatters across five level crossings, each to the cacophonous symphony of greetings, tooting horns and the hubbub of Indian life. There are also 102 tunnels to navigate and some 863 multi-arched galleries bridges – like ancient Roman aqueducts, to cross where spectacular landscapes of rolling hills, lush valleys and panoramic vistas can be seen. A journey along this track on the 'toy train' (completed in 1903) is one of the best ways to experience the beautiful Himalayan scenery which the Shimla area is famous for.   Upon arrival in Shimla, we meet our representative on the station platform and transfer to our hotel for check-in and an evening of leisure.

  Breakfast     Lunch
11

Shimla

The tour includes Jakhu Temple, the Viceregal Lodge, botanical gardens, and the Mall. Dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, Jakhu Temple is at an altitude of 8,055 feet, and is reached by either a 45 minute walk from Scandal Corner or by driving directly to the temple itself. From the temple, there are fine views over Shimla, the surrounding valleys, and the snow-capped peaks to the north. The Viceregal Lodge, finished in 1888, was formerly the residence of the British viceroy Lord Dufferin, and the summer seat of British government in India until the 1940s. Located here are magnificently kept lawns and botanical gardens. Finish off the tour with a stroll down the Mall, where you will find rows of colonial half-timbered buildings and curiosity shops. The Viceregal Lodge is closed to visitors every Monday and during national holidays such as Diwali and Holi.

  Breakfast
12

Shimla| Day at Leisure

Today offers free time for you to independently explore Shimla. You can opt for a stroll around the town, drop by the colorful Lakkar Bazaar or hike to the summit of Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest point. Here visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks set as a glorious backdrop to the sleepy township of Shimla below.

Breakfast
13

Shimla – Chandigard - Delhi | Train Ride

This morning we drive from Shimla to Chandigarh, a distance of 75 miles and journey time of approximately 3.5 hours. And then take the Kalka Shatabdi train from Chandigarh to New Delhi Railway Station. You will be met at the station and taken to your hotel. Free to explore the city on your own or simply relax at the hotel.

  Breakfast    Lunch
14

Depart Delhi

The tour comes to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and transfer to departure airport.

  Breakfast

DATES & PRICING

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TripCompanion Price Assurance TripCompanion Price Assurance ensures that you always pay the lowest published price for your small group journey - if the price on your journey is reduced after booking, TripCompanion will refund you the difference - guaranteed. Our Price Assurance applies to all group journeys available through TripCompanion USA, excluding international and internal air fares and extra services. The TripCompanion Price Assurance applies only to 2017-2018 advertised rates on TripCompanion.com for the same program, travel date and accommodation classification. TripCompanion reserves the right to modify or cancel the Price Assurance for future bookings without prior notice.

DEPARTURE DATE DBL OCC SGL OCC AVAILABLE
Sep 9, 2017 $3,335 $4,170 Yes
Sep 20, 2017 $3,335 $4,170 Yes
Oct 4, 2017 $3,335 $4,170 Yes
Oct 18, 2017 $3,335 $4,170 Yes
Nov 1, 2017 $3,335 $4,170 Yes
Nov 15, 2017 $3,335 $4,170 Yes



DBL OCC: Price per person with double occupancy sharing a room in US Dollars. SGL OCC: Price per person with single occupancy room in US Dollars.   Total price = relevant per person price, plus selected add-on.   Private tours and single-person tours are available with nominal supplement price, call for details. Discount is available for a group of 10 or more, call for details.   Prices include all currently applicable taxes.

*OPTIONAL ADD – ONS
  • ALL INCLUSIVE MEALS                                                     $460
  • BOLLYWOOD DANCE LESSON IN DELHI                    $CALL FOR PRICE
  • PRIVATE CAR – HALF DAY WITH CHAUFFUER.      $CALL FOR PRICE
 

EXCLUSIONS
  • ‣ Any Travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Tax
  • ‣ Gratuities
  • ‣ Laundry Service
  • ‣ Telephone Calls
  • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions