Northern India Railway Journey 11 Days

$3,999.00

Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur & Shimla

Travel aboard India's vast railway network as you journey through the country's famed 'Golden Route', stopping to see many iconic monuments along the way, such as the highly anticipated Taj Mahal, one of the most iconic buildings in the world. En route, escape to the wilderness for a thrilling safari by jeep to spot the elusive tiger and other wildlife at Ranthambore National Park. Ride the rail on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Himalayan Queen toy train. You'll weave past charming villages and lush mountainsides as the train ascends to Shimla, a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, from where you can explore the 'summer capital' of the British Raj.

Highlights

  • Travel aboard the UNESCO World Heritage toy train (Himalayan Queen) to Shimla
  • Behold the dreamy façade of the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world
  • Explore the once summer capital of the British in Shimla nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas
  • Search for wildlife including the elusive Royal Bengal tiger at Ranthambore National Park

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Departures

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
8 Apr 6 Sep 20 Oct* From $3,999
Land only from $3,499
per person twin share
Apr & Sep: $850
Oct: $1,745
20 Apr 15 Sep
* Peak Season Surcharge: $700

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Locally based English-speaking tour guides

Package Exclusions:

  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Prepaid tipping in Australia: $175
  • India visa (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expense and anything else not stated

Hotel Accommodation

Location Accommodation Local Rating
Delhi ITC Welcome Dwarka or similar
Agra Howard Plaza or similar
Ranthambore NP Regenta Vanya Villas or similar
Jaipur Fortune Select Metropolitan or similar
Shimla Hotel Willow Banks or similar

Namaste! Arrive in Delhi, the capital of India, where you will be met by a tour representative on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: Depending on the city of departure chosen, some flights may depart the night before on Day 0. Flights to Delhi will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

Indian man
This morning, begin your journey with a visit to Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in Delhi. Nest, visit the Rail Museum to learn about the history of the Indian railway. Proceed with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, an iconic building which inspired the Taj Mahal, followed by the India Gate and a drive past the President’s House and Parliament House. Cap off the day with a welcome dinner.
Qutub Minar in Delhi
Transfer to the railway station to board the Gatimaan Express, the fastest train in India. Arrive in Agra, where you will be met by the local guide and transferred to your hotel to rest. Later in the afternoon, visit the majestic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal
Transfer to the railway station to board the Ziyarat Express to Sawai Madhopur. On arrival, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel in Ranthambore. Later in the afternoon, visit Ranthambore Fort before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Go on an early morning safari to see wildlife at Ranthambore National Park. Return to the hotel for rest before taking another safari in the evening, to increase your chances of sighting wildlife – and especially the elusive tiger.
Royal Bengal tiger
Leave the wilderness behind and proceed onwards to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’. In the afternoon, head to Jaipur’s Old City and make a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of the Winds’) before a visit to the local markets and handicraft stores.
Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
This morning ascend Amber Fort by jeep/elephant. Visit the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. You will be transferred to the railway station in the evening to board the Shatabdi train to Delhi.
Elephant ride in Amber Fort
Transfer to the railway station to take the Shatabdi train to Kalka. On arrival, board this UNESCO World Heritage toy train to Shimla (it’s known as a’toy train because it runs on a very narrow gauge track). Enjoy the scenery on the way to Shimla – deciduous forests, rolling hills, and hundreds of tunnels and bridges.
India trains
Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Shimla, which was once the ‘summer capital’ of British India and is now a popular retreat for holidaymakers during India’s summer months. Take in the sights of Mall Road, Christ Church and Jakhoo Hill.
Shimla
Transfer to the railway station to board the same trains back to Delhi.
Shima train station
This morning visit Raj Ghat and the famous Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, and get some last minute souvenirs shopping done. Enjoy a farewell dinner before being taken to the airport for your flights home.
Arrive home today.