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Shimla Express & India's Golden Triangle

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 15 September 2024 - 13 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Duration 13 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range Sep 2024 - Mar 2025
  • Holiday type Rail Journeys
  • Holiday code TRA2267

Limited to 20 guests per departure

INCLUDES A 5★ FULLY ESCORTED TOUR

Experience the vibrant colours, sights and sounds of India during an iconic rail journey and a series of immersive tours, as you explore the gleaming Golden Triangle.

Embark the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train through 103 tunnels and over 800 bridges to spend three nights in the quaint Himalayan city of Shimla. Explore its fascinating history, and venture into the wilderness with a captivating walking trail through the Himalayas. Next, explore the incredible sights of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur on your Golden Triangle tour. Discover the many layers to Delhi, visit the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra, and delve into the time-worn majesty of Jaipur’s palaces and forts.

Your Golden Triangle tour will also take you into the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park for a one-night hotel. Here you’ll enjoy close encounters with India’s wildlife, comprising of tigers, leopards, jackals, sloth bears and Indian wild boar*.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Rail Journey

Scenic rail journey from Kalka to Shimla on board the Himalayan Queen

Fully Escorted Tours

Tour of Jama Masjid Mosque, Raj Ghat, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and more

Tour of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri

Tour of Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and more

Trail walk through the Himalayas

Game drives through Ranthambore National Park*

Shimla sightseeing city tour

Hotel Stays

4 night five-star hotel stay in Delhi at the Vivanta Dwarka New Delhi

3 night five-star hotel stay in Shimla at the Welcomheritage Elysium

1 night five-star hotel stay in Agra at the ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

2 night five-star hotel stay in Ranthambore at the Hotel Ranthambore Regency with breakfast, lunch and dinner  

2 night five-star hotel stay in Jaipur at the ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel

All Flights, Taxes & Transfers

Overnight flight

Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
The arrival date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.
*Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Your Tour

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Delhi: Hotel Stay

India’s sprawling capital formed by several ancient cities melding together through the centuries. Here you’ll find UNESCO world heritage sites sitting comfortably alongside innovative modern architecture like the florally inspired curves of the Lotus Temple.

Overnight: Vivanta Dwarka New Delhi

Day 2
Kalka: Board the Himalayan Queen & Shimla Hotel Stay

Boarding the Himalayan Queen for a journey along a UNESCO World Heritage Site railway track. Upon arriving in Shimla, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for your three-night stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Welcomheritage Elysium

Day 3
Shimla: Hotel Stay & Tour

In Himachal Pradesh, a beautiful hill state in northern India framed by the western Himalayas, you’ll venture out on your incredible walking trail, pausing at picturesque hill stations for a rest and to admire the compelling views.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Welcomheritage Elysium

Day 4
Shimla: Hotel Stay

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Welcomheritage Elysium

Day 5
Shimla: Tour& Delhi Hotel Stay

Today you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shimla, exploring highlights including the Shimla State Museum, Vice Regal Lodge, the Mock Tudor Library and Mall Road, the main street in Shimla.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Vivanta Dwarka New Delhi

Day 6
Delhi: Hotel Stay & Tour

In Old Delhi, explore the Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest in India, whose courtyard can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. Admire the well-preserved ramparts of the Red Fort and mingle with throngs of locals at Khari Baoli Street market.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Vivanta Dwarka New Delhi

Day 7
Agra: Hotel Stay & Tour

Prepare yourself for the one of the greatest love letters in the world – the Taj Mahal. Made of polished white marble and inlaid with a king’s ransom of jewels, this is one of the world’s most recognisable buildings.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Ranthambore Regency

Day 9
Ranthambore National Park: Hotel Stay & Tour

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Ranthambore Regency

Day 10
Jaipur: Hotel Stay

Following breakfast in the hotel, you’ll check out and be driven to Jaipur. En route to the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, you’ll stop for lunch before checking in to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Day 11
Jaipur: Hotel Stay & Tour

The mountain-top Amber Fort is one of the architectural gems of Jaipur. Rajasthan’s mountain-fringed capital is also home to the Hawa Mahal, a building festooned with latticed balconies from which royal ladies could view the street below.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Day 12
Delhi: Hotel Stay

Return to Delhi where you’ll enjoy an overnight hotel stay. From ancient tales to modern aspirations, Delhi encapsulates India’s dynamic spirit and offers a captivating journey through time.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vivanta Dwarka New Delhi

Days 13 - 14
Delhi: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

Taj Mahal
Experience eternal love at the Taj Mahal, an architectural marvel symbolising romance. Explore its intricate details, rich history, and UNESCO status. Watch the stunning sunrise and embark on a captivating journey through time at this iconic site.
Agra Fort
Explore Agra Fort's timeless allure, a Mughal masterpiece blending red sandstone and white marble. Unearth regal stories within ancient walls, revealing palace opulence and serene courtyards. Immerse in its captivating heritage on a journey through time.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park, centered around the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, features ancient mosques, temples, and diverse flora and fauna. Its dry forests make it one of India's top national parks. Enjoy a two-night stay for thrilling jungle safaris, spotting leopards, boars, hyenas, sloth bears, macaques, and Bengal tigers*.
Himalayan Queen
Prepare for one of the most unique rail journeys on earth on board the rustic Himalayan Queen. Settle in as this compact locomotive traverses more than 100 tunnels and 800 bridges on this epic UNESCO-listed narrow-gauge railway. As the train winds its way upwards, delight in breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan landscape.
Amber Fort
Explore Amber Fort's regal world, nestled in the Aravalli Hills. Its opulent architecture, mirror work, and murals create an enchanting experience. Walk its ancient paths, immerse in valorous tales, and discover Sheesh Mahal and Maota Lake. Relish royal charm in this unique journey.
Shimla Sightseeing
Explore the highlights of Shimla including the Shimla State Museum, home to a grand collection of ancient historical artefacts 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.
Kay McGrath
Exclusive to 3 February 2025 departure, join award-winning journalist and presenter Kay McGrath on an adventure through India’s Golden Triangle, experiencing immersive tours and exclusive dinners. As your companion on the journey, Kay will bring her warm humour and knowledge to the sights and landscapes of Northern India.

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Prices

Twin Share Prices from $3,499pp

Alternative Departure Dates
27 September 2024
27 Sep 2024
13 nights
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08 October 2024
08 Oct 2024
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08 November 2024
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15 November 2024
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01 December 2024
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03 February 2025
03 Feb 2025
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28 February 2025
28 Feb 2025
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14 March 2025
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Solo Passenger Prices from $4,799pp

Alternative Departure Dates
27 September 2024
27 Sep 2024
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, , Jaipur, , Delhi, Shimla, Himalayas, Shimla, ,
Fr From $5,399pp
08 October 2024
08 Oct 2024
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, , Jaipur, Jaipur, Delhi, Shimla, Himalayas, Shimla, ,
Fr From $5,699pp
08 November 2024
08 Nov 2024
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, , Jaipur, , Delhi, Shimla, Himalayas, Shimla, ,
Fr From $5,699pp
15 November 2024
15 Nov 2024
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, , Jaipur, , Delhi, Shimla, Himalayas, Shimla, ,
Fr From $5,699pp
01 December 2024
01 Dec 2024
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, , Jaipur, , Delhi, Shimla, Himalayas, Shimla, ,
Fr From $6,199pp
17 January 2025
17 Jan 2025
13 nights
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Fr From $6,199pp
03 February 2025
03 Feb 2025
13 nights
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Fr From $6,999pp
28 February 2025
28 Feb 2025
13 nights
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Fr From $6,399pp
14 March 2025
14 Mar 2025
13 nights
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Fr From $6,299pp

Your Hotel Stays

Dehli

Included Hotel

Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka (Or Similar)

You’ll find the delightful Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka an elegant and spacious hotel within the heart of Delhi. This five-star hotel will envelope you in luxury the minute you step in; bold in design, with tall ceilings, airy corridors and magnificent colour contrasts it is undoubtedly a unique contemporary resort. After a busy day sightseeing, relax in your stylish and well-appointed room with chic furnishings and avant-garde windows offering views of the city. The two distinct restaurants entice guests with exotic menus and innovative cuisine from around the world, while the contemporary style bar serves exotic cocktails and premium spirits.

Shimla

Included Hotel

WelcomHeritage Elysium (Or Similar)

Escape to the enchanting WelcomHeritage Elysium in Shimla, where nature and luxury unite for an unforgettable retreat. Nestled amidst the Himalayan foothills, this haven offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle. Discover elegant rooms, world-class spa treatments, and delectable cuisine while soaking in breathtaking mountain views. Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, Elysium has it all. Immerse yourself in the charm of Shimla while indulging in the finest amenities.

Agra

Included Hotel

ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra (Or Similar)

Feel like royalty during your stay at ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra, aptly named after the dynasty who built the nearby Taj Mahal. Enjoy the 23 acres of lush Mughal-style gardens, with the characteristic use of water channels, fruit trees, flowers and shaded walkways, and choose from an array of delectable fine dining options. From the opulent rooms and suites boasting a spacious place to rest with pleasant gardens to the resplendent Kaya Kalp featuring 8 treatment rooms and its own swimming pool surrounded by fragrant frangipani trees, your stay here will be nothing short of splendid.

Ranthambore

Included Hotel

Hotel Ranthambore Regency (Or Similar)

Discover the epitome of luxury and wildlife at Hotel Ranthambore Regency. Nestled in the heart of India’s Ranthambore National Park, this enchanting oasis promises an unforgettable escape. Immerse yourself in opulent rooms, adorned with traditional Rajasthani decor, while relishing the modern amenities. Savour delectable Indian and international cuisine at our gourmet restaurants. Embark on thrilling jungle safaris, where elusive tigers roam free. Let our warm and attentive staff cater to your every need, ensuring an extraordinary stay.

Jaipur

Included Hotel

ITC Rajputana, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur (Or Similar)

Immerse yourself in the romance and majesty of the royal era during a stay at the five-star ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur located in the heart of the city. All 218 individually decorated rooms include comforts such as 24-hour room service and premium bedding, as well as pillow menus and air conditioning. Feast on Rajasthani delicacies and dishes from around the world at the Jaipur Pavilion or lavish buffets at the Jal Mahal and enjoy a sundowner at the Sheesh Mahal Bar or at the poolside lounge, Jharokha.

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