India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed.
This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals, the beautiful palaces, and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomise the rich culture of Rajputana. Isn’t it wonderful to find all of this within close proximity of each other? Definitely a well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanisation in the region.
- During the tour enjoy anElephant or Jeep ride while ascending the Amber Fort at Jaipur and a Cycle Rickshaw ride in Delhi as well as much more
- During the tour you will get the service of a knowledgeable guide
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned vehicle
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
India Golden Triangle with Shimla
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Enjoy transfers in comfort in an air conditioned vehicle
- During the tour you will get the service of a knowledgeable guide
- Enjoy various amazing activities during the tour
India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana. Isn’t it wonderful to find all of this within close proximity of each other? A definitely well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanization in the region.
The tour starts and finishes in New Delhi and comprises 08 nights and 09 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle with Shimla.
- Cycle Rickshaw ride in Delhi
- Elephant or Jeep ride while ascending the Amber Fort at Jaipur
- Toy Train fare from Shimla – Solan in Non AC Chair Car
Day 1 - Arrival In Delhi
This morning you will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will proceed for check-in
India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel.
You will spend 2 nights in New Delhi at Eros Hotel on Bed and Breakfast in a Superior Room.
Day 2 - Delhi
After breakfast proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. (The Guide will meet you at the hotel at approximately 0900 hrs. unless you request otherwise). In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. You have the option of taking a rickshaw ride through these bazaars. Also visit the Mughal Empire’s most opulent fort, the Red Fort for a photo stop. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon proceed to New Delhi. Drive past The Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, the India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit the 16th century Humayun’s tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Day 3 – Delhi To Agra
This morning after breakfast proceed to Agra.
Agra - Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, the city hosts many UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Upon arrival at Agra you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Afternoon you will proceed to visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life’s dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife.
Then proceed to visit Taj Mahal, (Closed on Fridays). On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.
You will spend 1 night in Agra at Radisson Hotel on Bed and Breakfast in a Superior Room.
Travelling Distance approx. 204 km – Driving Time approx. 04 hours
Day 4- Agra to Jaipur
After breakfast you will drive to Jaipur
Jaipur - The colourful city of Jaipur is one of India's first planned cities. Bustling markets, historic buildings and hidden temples and oasis of peace set against the majestic backdrop of the Amer Fort make this a must visit city in Rajasthan.
Upon arrival at Jaipur you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
You will spend 2 nights in Jaipur at Hilton Hotel on Bed and Breakfast in a Deluxe Room.
Travelling Distance approx. 232 km – Driving Time approx. 05 hours
Day 5 - Jaipur
Following buffet breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravali hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
An elephant or alternatively a jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate façade, extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
This afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, and he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in La Hire's "Tables".
Day 6 - Jaipur To Shimla
After breakfast you will be met by a representative and transferred to Jaipur Airport to board your flight for Chandigarh
Departure Jaipur At: 0920 Hrs. By: 9W 2262
Arrival Chandigarh At: 1050 Hrs. Economy class
On arrival in Chandigarh Airport, a representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Shimla
Shimla - the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in the lower ranges of the Himalayan Mountains, Shimla is surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. It was once the summer capital of British India for well over a century. Shimla is home to a number of buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era, as well as multiple temples and churches. The city is also known for the Kalka–Shimla Railway route, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will spend 2 nights in Shimla at Clarks Hotel on Bed and Breakfast in a Superior Room.
Travelling Distance between Chandigarh - Shimla approx. 125 km – Driving Time approx. 04 hours
Day 7 - Shimla
Start the day by visiting the Vice-regal Lodge, this also happens to be the place where the partition of India into two parts India and Pakistan was planned on the world map.
The British architecture here is amazing; the wooden work inside the building is still kept alive as it was during the British rule. The building is now used by Indian scholars and is called Institute for Advanced Studies. After the tour of this impressive building visit a Hindu temple containing shrines to the many and various Hindi gods.
After lunch, enjoy a leisurely stroll back along the Mall to Scandal Point. En route, it may be possible to have a quick look inside the Gaiety Theatre or Christ Church. Alternatively find a spot for refreshments whilst viewing snow-capped Himalayan peaks (if weather is clear).
Day 8 – Shimla – Delhi
After breakfast you will be transferred to Shimla Railway station to board the toy train for Solan.
Departure Shimla At: 1035 Hrs. By: Himalayan Queen
Arrival Solan At: 1312 Hrs. First Class (Non AC)
Visiting Shimla is equal parts journey and destination. For optimal snow-clad Himalayan views, chug back in time on the narrow-gauge Kalka Shimla Railway (above), one of three Indian lines on the World Heritage List. It passes through 102 tunnels, across 864 bridges, and up 4,659 feet (1,420 meters) to the Shimla Hill station in northern Himachal Pradesh. Colonialists built the engineering marvel in the late 19th century to service the Shimla Highlands, an escape for the British from the summer heat. Toy train offers a grand view of pine covered hill tops, flora and fauna, and the typical picture which makes the hills, queen of hills.
Upon arrival at Solan you will be transferred by surface to Kalka (approx. 02.30 hrs drive)
Upon arrival in Kalka, stop at a restaurant for some refreshments (meals on direct payment basis)
Later transfer to Kalka railway station board the train Shatabadi Express for Delhi.
Departure Chandigarh At: 1745 Hrs. By: Shatabdi Express
Arrival Delhi At: 2155 Hrs. Chair Car
Upon arrival in Delhi, check-in at the hotel.
Stay overnight in New Delhi.
You will spend 1 night in New Delhi at Holiday Inn Aerocity on Bed and Breakfast in a Superior Room.
Travelling Distance approx. 100 km – Driving Time approx. 3 Hours from Shimla to Kalka.
Travelling Distance approx. 303 km – Train Travel Time approx. 4 Hours from Kalka to Delhi.
Day 9 - Departure Delhi
In time a representative will meet you and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home. (Approximately 3.5 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 1200hrs.
Travelling distance approx. 03 km, driving time approx. 10 Minutes.
We enjoyed this holiday, because of the airport closure we had to re visit Delhi in the middle of our holiday. This meant much more travelling and in turn tiring. Delhi was as we expected, crowded and full of atmosphere. Seeing the Taj Mahal and The Red Fort made Agra the highlight of our trip....
Susan Trafford reviewing India Golden Triangle with Shimla (26-Feb-2018)
£1359 per person
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