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Golden Triangle with Shimla | 11 Days
Delhi – Agra – Abhaneri - Jaipur – Amer Fort – Samode Village - Shimla - Delhi
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Tour Advantages

  • Tradition Indian welcome Ceremony
  • Enjoy the Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride in  bustling Bazaar of Chandni Chowk
  • Drive down Delhi’s impressive Raisina hills    to see India Gate
  • Stand before the world’s most famous
  • monument to love - The Taj Mahal
  • Enjoy the Horse cart ride up to Taj Gate
  • Walk through the Mughal “Ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri
   
  • Experience Mughal & Rajput architecture
  • Enjoy Rajasthani Country side drive
  • Caparisoned Elephant ride to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • Experience of Heritage Toy Train passes through the Tunnels and scenic beauty
  • Indian Rail Experience
  • Experience Rail Motor car
  • Enjoy the Colonial style Shimla 

The kaleidoscopic sights of this colorful country take your breath away. Our Indian rail tour takes in Red and Amber Forts, temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, as we visit Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon, the Taj Mahal. Our tour culminates with an exclusive nights' stay in a 200-year-old palace. Indian rail experience and the journey on the Toy Train, which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, climbs 4,800 feet in almost five hours, which gives you chance to absorb the beautiful views of the passing scenery.

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 01   Arrive Delhi
Arrive Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet & greet with Traditional Indian welcome. Transfer to hotel. Specify your flight Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.  Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles Overnight stay at hotel

Day 02   In Delhi
After breakfast visit to Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi.  Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance.  Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce.

Also take a Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling and colorful market of the old city is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon visit to New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi.  Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 03   Delhi – Agra 200 km/ 3.30 hrs
After breakfast drive to Agra - At the time of the Mughal, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading center of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great.  The city's origins are dim but Akbar’s grandfather Babar is credited with Agra's founding.  The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal upon arrival Check in hotel Later visit to Agra Fort built by Akbar the Great and the city. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father

Evening take Horse cart (Tonga Ride) both way enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori.  Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation.  Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 04   Agra – Fatehpur Sikri - Abhaneri – Jaipur 230 kms/ 6 hrs
After breakfast drive to Jaipur through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives, en route visit to Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.

Also visit en route to Abhaneri, one of the biggest baolis of Rajasthan. This vertiginous well was a source of freshness for noble families in the region.

Jaipur, once the capital of Rajasthan province, "the abode of rajahs" Everywhere you will see the monuments of its Rajput rulers. It has the distinction of being a well-planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound. Jaipur is one of the main centers for shopping in India -especially with regard to textiles, jewellery, stones carpets, etc. Upon arrival check in hotel, Overnight stay at hotel

Day 05   In Jaipur
After breakfast visit the 17th century fortress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort ascended on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Afternoon visit to Maharaja’s City Palace -where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art, The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires and Birla White Marble temple Overnight stayat hotel

Day 06 Jaipur – Samode 50 kms/1 hrs
After breakfast driving through the rural countryside you will chance upon an ancient wall travelling beside you and wonder what lies behind. On entering the wide gates you will notice the horses being groomed in the stables. A palatial marble façade will rise up in panoramic magnificence in front of your eyes. Laid out 250 years ago by Rawal Sheo Singh ji of Samode, the Samode Bagh is the private garden retreat of the Samode Royal family. Designed in the classical “Char Bagh” style, complete with water channels and fountains, it is one of the oldest functional Mughal gardens of Rajasthan. Late afternoon take adventurous, saddle up for camel ride around the rugged countryside – into villages and fields- into Samode and around. Take a jeep if you will. Have a meal with the village folk. Drive up to the splendid Samode Palace – ideally dine there or have tea or a drink. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 07 Samode – Delhi 245 kms/5 hrs
After breakfast disembark Palace on Wheels around 0730 hrs & proceed for full day sightseeing. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.  Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

Visit to Swaminarayan temple Akshardham reflects the essence and magnitude of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spirituality.

Hall of Values - Universal values for mankind presented through audio-animatronics and light and sound diorama presentations from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan Giant Screen film - A giant screen film on an 85’ x 65’ screen that vividly portrays an 11-year-old child-yogi’s epic pilgrimage of India Boat Ride -A12-minute fascinating boat-ride experience of 10,000 years of India's glorious heritage. Learn about the discoveries and inventions of the rishi-scientists of India, see the world’s first university of Takshashila and sail through the caves of Ajanta-Ellora Garden of India - Sixty acres of lush lawns, gardens and exquisite bronze statues of India's child gems, valorous warriors, national figures and great women personalities inspire visitors with values and national pride Dinner at restaurant Later in time transfer to Old Delhi station to board the Night train 12311 Howrah Kalka Express at 21.25 hrs overnight Journey by First class air condition cabin overnight Journey

Day 08   Kalka – Shimla
Arrive Kalka station at 04.30 hrs upon arrival we change the train, boarding the narrow–gauge Rail Motor 72451 at 05.10 hrs /Toy Train No 52451 Shivalik Deluxe at 05.30 hrs, on right hand side respectively which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The train snakes its way through cedar and pine forests, passing pear and pomegranate orchards as we climb into the misty peaks of the lush green Himalayan foothills. The narrow-gauge railway covers 96 kilometers, with stunning feats of engineering found around every corner of track, past little hamlets and terraced fields. The train crosses more than 800 over breathtaking bridges and viaducts and travel through 102 tunnels, 991 curves and passing by important station/ points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Tara devi, Barog, Salogra, and summer hill through beautiful valleys and hills to the colonial town of Shimla known as “Queen of Hills” reaching Shimla at 09.50 /10.15 hrs respectively Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09   In Shimla   
Today we begin our traveling around Shimla with a sightseeing tour. Visit to Viceregal Lodge a majestic, grey-hued structure ringed by tall pines is located at the top of Observatory Hills and was constructed by the British. This brilliant building served as the residence of the Viceroy, Lord Duffer in. It was completed by the year 1888 and it is still well maintained. The 19th century Elizabethan-style mansion is the most impressive colonial building in Shimla and was the summer seat of the viceroys until the 1940s. It is the only building in Shimla to occupy a hill by itself. The lodge has famous gardens and perfectly manicured lawns. Afternoon a leisurely stroll along the Mall takes us past the town's Gaiety Theatre, the Victorian-Gothic Christ Church and Scandal Point, the town's popular social meeting place, so-called because it was where traditionally people would meet to gossip, Tibet Market, Lakkar Bazaar and Ridge. The area was developed by the British and to keep the area clean and unaffected by pollution, vehicles are not allowed on the road and evening on mall road. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 10   Shimla – Delhi by Train
Today you are free to explore at leisure. This provides you with a great opportunity to travel further into the Himalayas for majestic views towards the higher, snow-capped mountain peaks of the world's tallest mountain range. Alternatively you could explore more of Shimla, visiting Wildflower Hall, a former residence of Lord Kitchener. Afternoon transfer to Shimla station to board the Rail Motor at 16.25 hrs Arrive Kalka station at 21.35 hrs to connect the Kalka mail 12312 at 23.55 hrs overnight Journey by first class air condition cabin Overnight Journey..

Day 11 Delhi – Onwards Destination
Arrive Old Delhi Railway Station at 0630 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to atrocity hotel. Evening check out from hotel and proceed for Kingdom of Dreams.
The ultimate entertainment and leisure destination, sprawling across acres of land, is the magnificent Kingdom of Dreams. Here, the carnival that is India is distilled into one iconic destination. This fabulous Kingdom brings to life a blend of India's art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art... all with the technological wizardry of today. This is a destination in itself which is capturing the imagination of the world. Culture Gully - Welcome to a carnival that is India! An exotic, pan-Indian arts, crafts & cuisine boulevard, Culture Gully is indeed a kaleidoscope experience of India’s unique diversity – in one street. Visit a quaint tavern in Goa; imbibe the spirit of Kerala’s backwaters…. all while savoring authentic Indian cuisine, crafts and culture. A Gourmet’s paradise, this unique ‘cultural district’ is a lavish, air-conditioned indoor street that recreates landmarks of the country. Here you can indulge in a leisurely walk across the breadth of India & take back home a lifetime of memories. Later transfer to IGIA Terminal 3 to board the international flight

Tour Inclusion

Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Delhi
  • 01 Night in Agra
  • 02 Night in Jaipur
  • 01 night in Samode
  • 02 Night In Train
  • 02 Night in Shimla

Meal  

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast in hotel

Transfers & Sightseeing

  • All transfers and Sightseeing by air condition Vehicle

Other services Includes

  • Rickshaw puller ride to see the Bustling Bazar of Chandani Chowk
  • Horse cart ride to Taj Gate
  • Motor Rail car from Shimla to Kalka
  • Delhi –Kalka –Delhi by first class air condition cabin
  • Caparisoned Elephant Ride at Amer Fort

Tour Exclusion

  • Indian Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Major Meals - Lunch & Dinner
  • Services of Language Speaking Guides
  • Video, film & professional still camera fees
  
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions above
  • Expenses of personal nature like Telephone Calls, Laundry, Porterage, Tips, Alcoholic Beverages, etc
Add on Experiences

With this Incredible India holidays, you can add on some experiences according to your taste to make the unforgettable & memorable tour with an additional price.

asia spice market khari

Asia Largest spice market

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

craft museum

Handicraft Museum

Food in Haveli

Home Cooked Food in Haveli

indian crafts bazaar

Indian Crafts Bazaar

agra cooking class

Agra cooking class

making your own taj mahal

Making your own Taj Mahal

mohhabat the taj show

Mohhabat - The Taj Show

rejuvenate spa treatment

Rejuvenate

shop at kinari bazar

Shop at Kinari Bazar

Boating at Ramgarh Lake

ELEPHANT FARM

Explore Chokhi Dhani

Explore the villages in Jeep

Hot Air Balloon Ride

wilderness with Jeep Safari

Rajasthani Cuisines

Rejuvenate yourself with a massage

Fulfill your shopping spree

Heritage Hotel

Raj Mandir Cinema

Delight in a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Delight in a Hot Air Balloon Ride