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Valid for travel on selected dates in 2024. Book by 31 July 2024

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Lead Price
From £3045pp
Duration
13 days & 11 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

The Golden Triangle & Shimla

Experience a taste of India on this outstanding introductory tour of the country’s most celebrated sights. Exploring the Golden Triangle, this journey combines imperial Delhi with the legendary Taj Mahal at Agra and a 3-night stay in the princely city of Jaipur, culminating in the beautiful hill station of Shimla.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: London - Delhi
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London - Delhi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, L*: Packed lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Delhi
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Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Taj Palace for 1 night. Leisurely afternoon tour visiting the Jama Masjid mosque and exploring the labyrinthine streets of Old Delhi by cycle rickshaw. Welcome dinner at Haveli Dharampura, enjoy a dance performance, and take in views of the Red Fort and Jama Masjid from the upper terrace. (D)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 3: Agra
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Agra

Tour of New Delhi, including a drive past India Gate and the former viceregal residence. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb, and the Qutb Minar tower. Drive to Agra and stay at the Trident Agra for 2 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Agra
DAY 4: Agra
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Agra

Sunrise visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal before exploring the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort. Visit Mehtab Bagh (‘Moonlight Garden’), for sunset over the Taj Mahal. (B, D)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Agra
DAY 5: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Continue to Jaipur via the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri stepwell. En route, enjoy lunch at the lavish Laxmi Vilas Palace. Stay 3 nights at Ramgarh Lodge, a maharajah's former hunting lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Morning visit to Amber Fort and the Anokhi Museum. Afternoon visit to the striking City Palace, home of the present maharajah and the curious Jantar Mantar observatory. (B, D)

DAY 7: Jaipur
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Jaipur

A day at leisure to relax. Explore Jaipur’s many bazaars or choose from the range of optional activities including a sunrise balloon ride. (B, D)

DAY 8: Jaipur - Chandigarh
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Jaipur - Chandigarh

Explore the Birla Mandir Temple before flying to Chandigarh. Selected as the new capital of Punjab in 1948, Chandigarh was designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier and completed in the early 1960’s. Stay for 1 night at the Taj Chandigarh. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Chandigarh
DAY 9: Shimla
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Shimla

Take the early morning ‘Him Darshan’ narrow-gauge toy train to Shimla, passing through stunning mountains. Enjoy the panoramic views from the vistadome carriages, which have windows on the ceiling. Stay 3 nights at the Oberoi Cecil in Shimla, the British summer capital during the Raj era. Upgrade to a Premier Valley View room from £165 per person for 3 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 10: Shimla
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Shimla

Explore the historic mall and listen to the stories of its many colonial buildings while making your way to the Vice Regal Lodge. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 11: Shimla
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Shimla

Day at leisure. Option to explore Shimla on a nature walk from the house where Rudyard Kipling wrote Plain Tales from the Hills to the gallery of a Shimla painter. Alternatively, enjoy afternoon tea at the Oberoi Wildflower Hall or visit the princely state of Dhami to spend the day with the noble family, birdwatching and enjoying their stories over lunch. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 12: Delhi
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Delhi

Drive to Chandigarh and connect with the midday train to Delhi. Stay overnight at the Taj Palace and enjoy a Farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 13: Delhi - London
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Delhi - London

Fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (B)

DAY 1: London - Delhi
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London - Delhi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, L*: Packed lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Delhi
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Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Taj Palace for 1 night. Leisurely afternoon tour visiting the Jama Masjid mosque and exploring the labyrinthine streets of Old Delhi by cycle rickshaw. Welcome dinner at Haveli Dharampura, enjoy a dance performance, and take in views of the Red Fort and Jama Masjid from the upper terrace. (D)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 3: Agra
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Agra

Tour of New Delhi, including a drive past India Gate and the former viceregal residence. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb, and the Qutb Minar tower. Drive to Agra and stay at the Trident Agra for 2 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Agra
DAY 4: Agra
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Agra

Sunrise visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal before exploring the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort. Visit Mehtab Bagh (‘Moonlight Garden’), for sunset over the Taj Mahal. (B, D)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Agra
DAY 5: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Continue to Jaipur via the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri stepwell. En route, enjoy lunch at the lavish Laxmi Vilas Palace. Stay 3 nights at Ramgarh Lodge, a maharajah's former hunting lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Morning visit to Amber Fort and the Anokhi Museum. Afternoon visit to the striking City Palace, home of the present maharajah and the curious Jantar Mantar observatory. (B, D)

DAY 7: Jaipur
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Jaipur

A day at leisure to relax. Explore Jaipur’s many bazaars or choose from the range of optional activities including a sunrise balloon ride. (B, D)

DAY 8: Jaipur - Chandigarh
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Jaipur - Chandigarh

Explore the Birla Mandir Temple before flying to Chandigarh. Selected as the new capital of Punjab in 1948, Chandigarh was designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier and completed in the early 1960’s. Stay for 1 night at the Taj Chandigarh. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Chandigarh
DAY 9: Shimla
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Shimla

Take the early morning ‘Him Darshan’ narrow-gauge toy train to Shimla, passing through stunning mountains. Enjoy the panoramic views from the vistadome carriages, which have windows on the ceiling. Stay 3 nights at the Oberoi Cecil in Shimla, the British summer capital during the Raj era. Upgrade to a Premier Valley View room from £165 per person for 3 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 10: Shimla
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Shimla

Explore the historic mall and listen to the stories of its many colonial buildings while making your way to the Vice Regal Lodge. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 11: Shimla
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Shimla

Day at leisure. Option to explore Shimla on a nature walk from the house where Rudyard Kipling wrote Plain Tales from the Hills to the gallery of a Shimla painter. Alternatively, enjoy afternoon tea at the Oberoi Wildflower Hall or visit the princely state of Dhami to spend the day with the noble family, birdwatching and enjoying their stories over lunch. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 12: Delhi
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Delhi

Drive to Chandigarh and connect with the midday train to Delhi. Stay overnight at the Taj Palace and enjoy a Farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 13: Delhi - London
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Delhi - London

Fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (B)

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore Jaipur while staying in a maharajah's former hunting lodge  
  • Watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh gardens 
  • Ride the toy train to Shimla in vista-dome carriages 
  • Dine with views over Old Delhi 

Important information

Optional activities
These activities can be pre-booked or booked locally and incur an additional charge. Please speak to one of our expert travel consultants.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • 5-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Direct international flights with Virgin Atlantic
  • Express train travel in air-conditioned executive class
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Ride in air-conditioned vista-dome carriages, which give great views of the surrounding landscape
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 10 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Porterage at airports & stations
  • Free day in Jaipur & Shimla for independent exploration

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £3,185 | Guide price month: February - March

High season from £3,395 | Guide price month: October - November

Single supplement from £895

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