12 days from £2394 per person
Places Visited: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shimla
Explore India’s Golden Triangle, and then travel to the summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla. All hotels are ‘heritage class’ giving you the feel of a bygone era. They include Clarkes Hotel in Shimla, described as an oasis of calm on the bustling promenade. A heritage train ride to Kalka will complete the time-travel illusion.
Overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.
You will be met on arrival in Delhi and taken to the Maidens Hotel, a classic Raj-era hotel with oodles of period character. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Enjoy a full day's sightseeing tour of the historical city of Delhi. Begin in the wide avenues of New Delhi, built by the British as the new seat of the government. Our tour will take in the buildings of Lutyens and the India gate memorial, along with the impressive tomb of Humayan, an early Mughal structure of red sandstone and white marble. The bustling and vibrant streets of Old Delhi are the focus of the afternoon's activities. Visit the largest mosque in India known as the Jama Masjid and Rajghat, the resting place (Samadhi) of India's favourite son, Mahatma Gandhi. The day's sightseeing ends with a rickshaw ride through the convergent bazaars of Chandni Chowk, the main trading centre of Old Delhi.
A day to further explore Delhi or relax in your hotel. If you're feeling particularly energetic you could take an early morning cycling tour.
An early train will take you to Agra (two hours) before a full day tour of the city. Sights include the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Take an evening train to Jaipur (three hours) where you will stay at Samode Haveli for three nights.
A full day's sightseeing tour of the colourful city of Jaipur is organised today. In the morning take an excursion to the hilltop Amber Fort. The afternoon is spent exploring the old city, home to the City Palace and its museums, the Hawa Mahal and the Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day at leisure.
Take a morning flight to Chandigarh (with a change in Delhi) and drive to Shimla (four hours) for a three-night stay at Clarkes Hotel.
This morning take a sightseeing tour of the town including the mock Tudor Library, Christ Church, the Gaiety Theatre and the Viceregal Lodge. The afternoon is free to relax, enjoy a walk or soak up the atmosphere of the busy town centre mall. A round of golf is also possible at the 9 hole Naldehra Golf Club.
A day at leisure with an option to see the neighbouring towns of Kufri, Chail and Naldhera.
Take a heritage train to Kalka and connect to the Shatabdi train network to take you back to Delhi. Stay one night at Maidens Hotel.
Take a midday flight back to the UK.
12 days from £2394 per person
✓ International flights from London
✓ 10 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking guides
✓ Breakfast daily
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
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