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The Golden Triangle & Shimla

Group Tour | General Interest 13 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £1995

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore Jaipur while staying in a family-run heritage hotel
  • Watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh gardens
  • Ride the 'British Jewel of the Orient', the toy train to Shimla
  • Rural Rajasthan village walk & lunch
  • Half-board throughout
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 18 people (max 20)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Delhi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Taj Palacefor 1 night. Leisurely afternoon tour visiting the Jama Masjid mosque and exploring the labyrinthine streets of Old Delhi by cycle rickshaw. In the early evening, dine at Haveli Dharampura and take in views of the Red Fort from its upper terrace. (D)

Day 3: New Delhi - Agra

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

Day 4: 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)

Day 5: Fatehpur Sikri - 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

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

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: Shahpura - Delhi

Travel to Shahpura for lunch at the opulent 300-year-old palace, visit a local NGO and walk through the local village. Continue to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Taj Palace. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Shimla

Take the morning train to Kalka followed by the narrow-gauge ‘toy train’ to Shimla, passing through stunning mountains. 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 £160 per person for 3 nights. (B, L*, D)

Day 10: Shimla

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

Day 11: 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)

Day 12: Delhi

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

Day 13: Fly to London

Fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, L*: Packed lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

TOUR EXTENSIONS

Amritsar extension: 3 days & 2 nights from £375 Spend time in Amritsar, staying at the 5-star Taj Swarna Hotel, to visit the sacred Golden Temple and observe the elaborate retreat ceremony at Wagah on the India-Pakistan border.

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, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Taj Palace
    Taj Palace

    The Taj Palace is spread out over two and a half hectares of lush gardens in New Delhi. Guestrooms are spacious and elegantly designed with subtle touches of Mughal-era influence. Guests have a wide variety of dining options to choose from, including several multi award-winning restaurants.

  • Trident Hotel Agra
    Trident Hotel Agra

    The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. This luxury hotel is built of red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. Trident features an informal, multicuisine brasserie as well as an alfresco Italian restaurant.

  • The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur
    The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur

    Built in the late 1930s, The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur (previously Ramgarh Lodge) was once the favourite hunting retreat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Located around 40 km from Jaipur, this rustic lodge set in the forested Aravalli exudes an air of history. The lodge was converted into a hotel in the late 1980s and is now managed by the Taj group of hotels. All 13 rooms and suites are spacious, comfortably furnished, combine history with contemporary style and overlook either the rugged Aravalli Mountains or the landscaped gardens. Other facilities include a dining room with a colonial atmosphere, outdoor swimming pool and tennis court.

  • The Oberoi Cecil
    The Oberoi Cecil

    The hill stations provided a cool retreat for the Raj during the heat of the Indian summer. This heritage is captured by the Oberoi Cecil, which provides a luxurious base from which to explore the surrounding town and countryside. A view of the hills and forests is offered from many of the hotel’s 71 rooms. The restaurant serves both Continental and Asian cuisine other facilities include a health club, which offers massage, herbal treatments, sauna and steam baths.

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Dates & prices

IGT2022

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
7 Oct 2022 - 19 Oct 2022 £2,295 £0 £795 Yes Reserve
21 Oct 2022 - 2 Nov 2022 £2,395 £0 £795 Reserve
28 Oct 2022 - 9 Nov 2022 £2,495 £0 £0 Reserve
4 Nov 2022 - 16 Nov 2022 £2,495 £0 £795 Reserve
18 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022 £2,495 £0 £0 Reserve
 

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, 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.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • * No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • * Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • * 5-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • * Direct international flights with British Airways
  • * Express train travel in air-conditioned executive class
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles (10+ people in Volvo coach)
  • * Ride first class on Shimla’s toy train
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 11 dinners
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Porterage at airports & stations
  • * Free day in Jaipur & Shimla for independent exploration

Destinations on this tour

  • Delhi

    The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...

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  • Agra

    The earliest reference to Agra can be found in the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...

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  • Agra

    The earliest reference to Agra can be found in the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...

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  • Jaipur

    Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was founded in 1727. Popularly...

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  • Jaipur

    Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was founded in 1727. Popularly...

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  • Jaipur

    Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was founded in 1727. Popularly...

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  • Delhi

    The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...

    Read more >
  • Shimla

    A century ago the British selected Shimla as their summer capital, using it as a...

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  • Shimla

    A century ago the British selected Shimla as their summer capital, using it as a...

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  • Shimla

    A century ago the British selected Shimla as their summer capital, using it as a...

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  • Delhi

    The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...

    Read more >
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