The Ultimate Indian Discovery

Discover Delhi, Shimla, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur

Prices from R29,999 pp

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Immerse yourself in this fascinating holiday exploring the rich histories, mesmerising architecture and spirited atmosphere of India.

Experience the vibrant colours, sights and sounds of India during this 12 night discovery holiday of India; from vibrant city centres to the majestic Himalayas, sacred buildings and regal palaces to magnificent tigers in their natural habitat and iconic rail journeys; this holiday is packed full of memories that will last a lifetime.

Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Delhi before you board an express train to Kalka. From here you’ll embark the famous Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla. Journey through the majestic Himalayas, through 103 tunnels and over 700 Gothic bridges as you relax in comfortable surroundings on your scenic journey to Shimla. Following your stay, you’ll board an express train back to Delhi where you’ll begin your Golden Triangle tour and enjoy a safari stay at Ranthambore National Park.

You'll get the chance to explore the incredible sights of India’s most popular destinations, Old and New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on your Golden Triangle tour. Discover switchback alleyways and colonial relics, delve into the history of grand forts, marvel at the beauty and splendour of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, and immerse yourself in the bustle of colourful markets and bazaars. This fascinating region is full of unforgettable sights, from the serenely beautiful Hawa Mahal, a five-storey wonder with a pyramidal façade, captivating latticed screens, domes and spires to the magnificent Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece in white marble with beautiful inlay work.

Duration 12 nights
Departing Apr 2020 - Oct 2020
  • All flights
  • All taxes
  • All transfers
  • Rail journey
  • Tours included

Your Experience

  • 1 night 4* hotel stay in Delhi
  • Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Kalka
  • Shimla Toy-Train journey including lunch
  • 3 night 4* hotel stay in Shimla
  • Sightseeing tour of Shimla
  • Shatabdi Express from Kalka to Delhi
  • 2 night hotel 4* stay in Delhi
  • Old and New Delhi city tour
  • 1 night 4* hotel stay in Agra
  • Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour
  • 2 night 4* hotel stay in Ranthambore
  • Ranthambore National Park Safari tour
  • 2 night 4* hotel stay in Jaipur
  • Jaipur city tour including Amber Fort
  • 1 night 4* hotel stay in Delhi
  • All flights, taxes & transfers
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Itinerary

Day 1
Delhi - Hotel Stay

Fly to Delhi in order to begin your exploration of spirited India. After arriving, the rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure. One of the most historic capitals in the world, Delhi is a treasure trove that reveals the ultimate combination of tradition and modernity. Made up of seven ancient cities, its multi-layered existence and profusion of architectural styles is tantalising.

Day 2
Shimla - Kalka Shimla Train and Hotel Stay

Following a train journey from Delhi to Kalka; you’ll begin your Shimla adventure by boarding the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train to ride along a UNESCO World Heritage Site railway track. This compact train whizzes through the Himalayas, zooming through 103 tunnels, over 700 Gothic bridges and angling around tight twists on this epic track.

Day 3
Shimla - Hotel Stay

Fully-rested, today you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shimla, exploring highlights including the Shimla State Museum, home to a grand collection of ancient historical sculptures, coins, paintings and photographs collected from all over the state; Vice Regal Lodge, an 1888 pile that was the official summer residence of the British viceroys; the Mock Tudor Library and Mall Road, the main street in Shimla.

Day 4
Shimla - Hotel Stay

A treasured resort, this hillside city is a box of treats, ready to be discovered. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, Shimla welcomes visitors to enjoy its cooler temperatures and wander uninterrupted along the Mall, a pretty paved walkway in which to experience this city up close. Unlike other cities, traffic is banned from the centre so you can absorb its calmer energy, scented by the nearby pine trees.

Day 5
Delhi - Express Train and Hotel Stay

Following your stay in Shimla, you’ll embark the fastest train on the Delhi-Kalka sector, for a journey back to Delhi. It covers the distance of 303km in 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Day 6
Delhi - Rickshaw Ride, City Tour and Hotel Stay

Your full day of sightseeing includes a tour of the 300-year-old walled city of Old Delhi. Visit the most elegant mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, characterised by its black and white onion dome and minarets, and Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. You’ll also see the imposing India Gate on a tour of New Delhi and visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar.

Day 7
Agra - Red Fort and Taj Mahal

In Agra, you’ll visit the world-famous Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece in white marble with beautiful inlay work. You’ll also travel to Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the capital of the Mughal Empire for generations.

Day 8
Ranthambore National Park - Hotel Stay

You’ll arrive at Ranthambore by evening and check in to your hotel. Nestling at the foot of the Aravalli Hills, the Ranthambore National Park is an outstanding example of the implementation of Project Tiger. Ranthambore, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations, is also categorized as a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins of the fort that dot the park.

Day 9
Ranthambore National Park - Safari Tour and Hotel Stay

Your stay in Ranthambore will provide a fantastic opportunity to embark on an exciting and unforgettable game drive in a shared canter. Journey through the captivating landscape filled with glassy lakes, dense trees and ruins of ancient monuments as you keep lookout for the jungle’s majestic inhabitants. Available twice daily, and in the company of experienced guides who know the jungle and are very familiar with the behaviours of the wild animals of the park; you’ll enjoy close encounters with India’s wildlife in their natural habitat comprising of Tigers, Leopards, Jackals, sloth bears and Indian Wild Boar.

Day 10
Jaipur - Hotel Stay

Following breakfast in the hotel, you’ll check out and be driven to Jaipur, a journey which will take approximately 4 hours. En route to the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, you’ll stop for lunch before checking in to your hotel in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

Day 11
Jaipur - Hotel Stay

Following breakfast in the hotel, you’ll enjoy an exhilarating jeep ride to Amber Fort along the ramparts, stopping en-route for a photo at the intriguing red sandstone Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) Crowning the crest of a hill, the fort offers views of Maota Lake and the historic old town.  After a stop for lunch you’ll begin a sightseeing tour of Jaipur where you’ll explore the exquisite City Palace and the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, an astrological and astronomical wonder built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.

Day 12
Delhi - Hotel Stay

Today you’ll travel back to Delhi for a final night before flying home. Enjoy the chance to relax and reflect on your recent travels, experiences and adventures; memories that will leave a golden triangle etched on your heart.

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05 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020 Standard from R29,999
06 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020 Standard from R31,999

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