Beyond the Golden Triangle with Journey to Shimla Add-on

From £2,748.00
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
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From £2,748.00
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview

On this extended version of our Golden Triangle tour, indulge and delve deep in India's fascinating culture and history, Travel from Delhi to Agra, ticking off the world-famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and then onto safari in Ranthambore National Park to search for tigers. Enjoy a visit to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and nearby Amber Fort. followed by an overnight stay in a restored 200-year-old fort for a touch of luxury. Then journey by train enjoying spectacular views as you make your way to Shimla in the foothill of the Himalayas for the final leg of this trip of a lifetime.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 12 nights  in 4 and 5-star hotels and lodges plus 1 night in flight
  • 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 12 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

 

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of New Delhi
  • Discover Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw
  • Dawn visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort and Itmad ud Daulah tomb
  • The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Train ride through scenic countryside
  • Search for tigers on a morning Ranthambore safari
  • Afternoon safari in Ranthambore
  • Traditional dance show and dinner at Talabgaon Castle
  • Visit the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Try a lassi in Jaipur
  • Venture up to the hilltop Amber Fort
  • Shimla sightseeing tour
  • Chandigarh rock garden

 

Airport Travel Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can now choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a price reduction* off your holiday. Details on how to book will be included in your confirmation invoice on booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information.

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Delhi

Make you own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Delhi today.

Day 2 Delhi

On arrival in Delhi we will transfer you to your hotel. After time to settle in, we're off on a half-day sightseeing tour. You'll see UNESCO-listed highlights including the exquisite Humayun's Tomb and the ancient Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower. We're then going to drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, and past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House – two grand reminders of the city's colonial past.

Meals included: L,D

Day 3 Delhi - Agra

A great way to start your day is with a morning cycle rickshaw ride through the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. As we go we'll delve into its maze of crowded streets and thronging markets, and see the spectacular exterior of the Red Fort. Next, we'll explore by foot as we take a stroll through the fabled street bazaar, Chandni Chowk, and admire the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque. We'll also visit Gandhi Smriti Museum, the location where Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and the place of his assassination. Our day concludes with a drive to Agra. Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Agra

Get ready to experience one of the highlights of your holiday today – a dawn visit to the incredible Taj Mahal. This magnificent mausoleum, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, is one of the world's most glorious sights. We'll watch in awe as the sun rises over its white marble walls which are inlaid with semi-precious stones. We'll also head to nearby Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, for a fabulous view of this iconic masterpiece from the other side of the Yamuna River. Our next stop is at the red-sandstone Agra Fort, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, then we'll see the Itmad ud Daulah tomb. This was the first monument in India to be built entirely from marble and is also known as the 'Baby Taj'. If you would like to enjoy an evening out, there's the option to watch a performance of Mohabbat the Taj, about Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife. Featuring colourful costumes, enchanting songs and energetic dancing, this is the perfect end to our day.  Please note: The show is not available on May to July departures. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Agra - Ranthambore

​Today we're going to travel by train, quite an experience in India, but before we reach the station we'll visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. At the railway station, stop to take in the vibrant atmosphere as you join the throng of travellers. You'll see vendors selling spicy samosas and small boys serving chai from huge silver kettles as you board the train. Once on board, sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery with your fellow travellers as you are taken to Ranthambore.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Ranthambore

​A thrilling day lies ahead, with not just one but two safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. On morning and afternoon game drives we'll make our way through thick forest, where pretty waterfalls provide the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. Our knowledgeable Local Guide will help you to spot other residents of the park, including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. Keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the elusive tiger, or the even rarer leopard too.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Ranthambore - Dausa

Today we journey by road to our next hotel, which is the 200-year-old Talabgaon Castle, a beautifully restored fort offering us a truly unique experience. We'll have lunch on arrival and then you're free to relax and do just as you wish. Perhaps you'll sit in the lovely gardens with a cool drink, or maybe a dip in the swimming pool will prove too tempting to resist. 

Later, we're going to get together to enjoy a barbecue dinner at the castle poolside, complete with bonfire, musicians and traditional folk dancers. The lavishly laid out buffet barbecue serves a combination of Indian and continental cuisine and you can enjoy a drink at the Peacock pool bar, all against the backdrop of the palace and its gardens - beautifully lit up and fit for royalty.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Dausa - Jaipur

Today we've the famous 'Pink City' of Jaipur in our sights, which we'll reach by road. Views of sandstone buildings tinged with pink and ochre set amongst barren hills will greet us on arrival in the capital of Rajasthan. We'll get our bearings with an afternoon guided tour, which includes the commanding City Palace and the Mughal treasures in its museum. We'll also see the elaborate façade of the Palace of the Winds, from where ladies of the court could watch unseen. Before we head to our hotel, there will be time to browse the colourful ceramics and textiles in the Old Town's bustling markets.

Whilst in Jaipur you will also be served a glass of Lassi, a blend of water, yoghurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthern pots to add a unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full!  

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Jaipur - Delhi

​Your day begins with a short drive to the marvellous Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold which sits on a hilltop overlooking the desert. We'll step inside to see the eerie Temple of Kali, the jewel-like Palace of Mirrors and the enchanting Hall of Pleasures. Later, we return to Delhi by road.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Shatabdi Express to Shimla

​Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board the Shatabdi Express for Kalka, where you change to the narrow gauge train to Shimla. On arrival, transfer to your hotel where three nights' accommodation on a half board has been reserved.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Shimla

​After breakfast there will be an included morning tour of Shimla visiting the Mall and the Vice Regal Lodge. Shimla, situated in northern India is known for its impressive architecture dating back from the colonial era. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Shimla

​Today is free for you to relax and explore at your leisure. Shimla has some of the most beautiful sights including those found at the Tara Devi Temple. Alternatively you may wish to join our optional walking tour to explore the rural life of the Himalayas.  Walk around the Shimla wildlife sanctuary and later explore the village market. Continue to Jakhoo Hill where a visit will be made to the Lord Hanuman Temple.

Meals included: B,D

Day 13 Shatabdi Express to Delhi

​This morning travel to Chandigarh Railway Station where a tour of Chandigarh and a visit to the Rock Garden has been included. You will enjoy a meal in a local restaurant before transferring to the train station to board the Shatabdi Express for your return journey back to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 14 Delhi - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

The Grand

The Grand New Delhi is perfectly located to act as your hub in Delhi, with the airport, major shopping and entertainment destinations and the city’s tourism hot spots all close by. The hotel has 390 rooms, 8 dining destinations and spa.

Radisson Hotel

Just a mile from the Taj Mahal, the Radisson Agra is perfectly located for your visit. The hotel has an on-site spa, outdoor pool an all-day restaurant and a rooftop restaurant and bar.

Abhyaran Hotel

Our hotel proudly presents the remarkable Superior Rooms and Abhyaran Suites. We have 30 smartly appointed luxury rooms which are well-lit, spacious, and furnished with comfortable beds to ensure maximum comfort to our occupants. Our hotel has a 24-hour reception to be able to serve our guests at all times.

Talabgaon Castle

Talabgaon Castle is a 200 year old, stunningly resorted fort situated in rural Rajasthan. The gardens of Talabgaon Castle are lovely - a great place for an early morning stroll! The hotel has many stunning features such as the roof top terrace, the pool bar, castle library and polo bar.

Lemon Tree

The plush and spacious interiors at Lemon Tree Premier, Jaipur take the zing up a notch. Lemon Tree Premier pampers the style conscious and upbeat traveler with its personalized services, premium in-room amenities, award winning restaurants and fun experiences. Facilities include pool and fitness centre.

The Grand

The Grand New Delhi is perfectly located to act as your hub in Delhi, with the airport, major shopping and entertainment destinations and the city’s tourism hot spots all close by. The hotel has 390 rooms, 8 dining destinations and spa.

Clarkes Hotel

Clarkes Hotel is a great property which has been rated as being in one of the premier locations in Shimla. There is an onsite restaurant as well as a bar. Guests can relax on the outdoor terrace area which has a great view of the surrounding area. Rooms are furnished with a flat screen TV and coffee/tea making facilities. A safety deposit box is available, as is the option of room service.

The Grand

The Grand New Delhi is perfectly located to act as your hub in Delhi, with the airport, major shopping and entertainment destinations and the city’s tourism hot spots all close by. The hotel has 390 rooms, 8 dining destinations and spa.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Accommodation, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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