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March 6 - 16, 2019
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Discover the lofty peaks and breathtaking views of Shimla, India's largest hill station and the former summer capital of British India. Ride the narrow gauge railway aboard the Himalayan Queen Toy Train and explore Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur and the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra.

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$1,677 CAD

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
• Himalayan Queen Toy Train - Journey to Shimla aboard this famous narrow gauge railway
• Delhi - Take in the sights of Old and New Delhi on a guided tour of India’s capital city including Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat. Take a Rickshaw ride through Delhi's backstreets.
• Fatehpur Sikri - Uncover an abandoned Mughal city
• Karauli - A former princely state. Stay in the Maharaja's Palace and see the fine restoration work taking place at Karauli City Palace
• Shimla - Take in the Jakhoo temple, Viceregal Lodge, the State Museum, Christ Church and Mall Road
• Agra and the Taj Mahal - Admire India’s most famous monument and visit nearby Agra Fort
• Jaipur - Discover the City Palace & Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and a visit to cotton trader/tailor


INCLUDED
• 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
• 2 train journeys, Air-conditioned Chair Class, Delhi to Kalka and Shimla to Delhi
• Touring of Delhi, Shimla, Agra, Jaipur and Karauli
• Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
• All relevant transfers and transportation in private vehicles
• Narrow gauge Toy Train journey on the Kalka to Shimla Railway Line
• 10 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
• Travel by jeep to the Amber Fort in Jaipur
• Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
• Entrance fees to museums in Shimla
• Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 11
NOT INCLUDED
• International flights and visa
• Entrance Fees: USD$70-80, paid in local currency
• Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.
• Tipping Kitty: USD$35-45, paid in local currency


ITINERARY

Day 1 Delhi
Wednesday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city. Our Welcome Meeting will take place this evening at approximately 8pm. 
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2 Toy Train to Shimla
Delhi - Kalka – Shimla. Bright and early this morning we board the Shatabdi Express bound for Kalka. Upon arrival travellers 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 kilometre 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 – similar to ancient Roman aqueducts, to cross where spectacular landscapes of rolling hills, lush valleys and panoramic vistas can be seen. 

Upon arrival in Shimla, we meet our representative on the station platform and transfer to our hotel for check-in and an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Shimla  |  Breakfast

Day 3 Shimla Sightseeing
The most famous of the British hill stations and the former summer capital of the Raj, Shimla is set in the foothills of the Himalayas along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100 metres. The famous main street, The Mall, is lined with stately English homes and retains a quintessentially British look. Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the lofty settlement, venturing into the narrow streets, which fall steeply away from the ridge giving way to colourful bazaars and fine views of the surrounding valley and snow-capped peaks. 
Overnight: Shimla  |  Breakfast

Day 4 Free time in Shimla
Shimla - Kalka - Delhi. Today offers free time for you to independently explore Shimla. You can opt for a stroll around the town, drop by the colourful 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. Hotel check-out is at noon, opt for some lunch and pack an evening picnic meal before boarding the Kalka Shatabdi Express and arriving into Delhi late this evening. 
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 5 Delhi sightseeing
Today we enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 The Taj Mahal
Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to 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 to love ever built.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 7 The princely state of Karauli
Agra - Karauli. This morning we explore the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore. 

The highlight of the day is Karauli, which was a princely state of India from 1348 until 1949. We spend the night here, at the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas, where the current Maharaja and Maharani of Karauli reside. During our stay we can explore the palace and grounds at leisure and we may even be treated to a guided tour by the princess. The family is also lovingly restoring the Karauli City Palace, which we visit later this afternoon. Tonight, opt to attend the evening Aaarti (prayer) taking place nearby.
Overnight: Karauli  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Jaipur
Karauli - Jaipur. This morning we stop briefly to meet the children and teachers at a local school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. If you have bought any educational items with you to hand out to children this would be the time to do so. Then we drive on to Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 9 Jaipur sightseeing
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Add-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 10 Return to Delhi
Jaipur - Delhi. This morning we drive back to Delhi. The afternoon is free for you to explore the capital. Perhaps opt for a meal in the heart of the city this evening or simply relax with group members at the hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 11 Delhi
Saturday. Our touring arrangements come to an end after breakfast. Following hotel check-out an included transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travel. 
Breakfast


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Prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect ALL applicable savings, and are land only. Airfare extra. Exclusive Maritime Travel 40% Savings: Expires November 30, 2018. Valid on new bookings only. Not combinable with other offers. Rates are land only. Prices quoted reflect any promotional savings, and is subject to availability until booked. Offers reliant on space availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Subject to On The Go Tours Booking Terms and Conditions.