The Golden Triangle and Ranthambore

Bengal tiger at Ranthambore National Park - © Gudkov Andrey/shutterstock
Taj Mahal - © Bob Cable
Golden Temple - © Ray Smith
Delhi Railway Museum
Indian tiger in Ranthambore - © Ondrej Prosicky/shutterstock
Kalka Shimla Railway, India
Palace of Winds, Jaipur - © Nila Newsom/shutterstock

Holiday Highlights

  • Private Heritage carriage on the Kalka Shimla Railway
  • Private steam charter – Shimla to Shoghi
  • Steam on the Kangra Valley – Subject to availability
  • Golden Temple, Taj Mahal & Red Fort
  • Fairy Queen Steam Locomotive & Rewari Museum
  • 3 Safaris at the Ranthambore National Park
  • Amber Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal
  • Amritsar, Shimla, Delhi & Jaipur
  • 19 Days from £4,795pp
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Tour Dates:
Monday 28 October to Friday 15 November 2019

A new tour to India that includes rail journeys on the spectacular Kangra Valley Railway and the ever popular Kalka Shimla Railway. We visit some of the country’s well known landmarks and go on safari at the famous Ranthambore National Park before spending time in the historic city of Jaipur.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Fly London to Amritsar

Evening flight from London to Amritsar via Delhi.

Day 2 – Arrive in India

Arrive in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar for a 2-night stay. Afternoon free to relax.

Day 3 – Sightseeing in Amritsar

Morning sightseeing tour of Amritsar including the stunning Golden Temple. Afternoon visit to the Atari-Wagah frontier post, a thoroughly unusual and unique experience.

Day 4 – Kangra Valley Railway (KVR)

By road to Pathankot where we board the morning train to Baijnath Paprola. A full day’s journey up this dramatic line that crosses a staggering 950 bridges and boasts breathtaking views over the Dhauladhar mountain ranges for the whole duration. Arrive at Baijnath Paprola, the line’s operating headquarters, late afternoon and transfer to the charming Sarovar Hotel for a 3-night stay.

We are hoping to charter a train using the recently restored ZB 66 a 2-6-2T Class loco, the last surviving steam loco on the KVR, for the short journey from Palampur to Baijnath. This will be subject to the loco being operational.

Day 5 – Another Day on the KVR

A leisurely day travelling to the top end of the line to Joginder Nagar by scheduled train. Time to explore this pleasant hill town before returning to Palampur by road.

Day 6 – Dharamsala

A full day sightseeing trip to Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj. Visit the Dalai Lama’s Monastery, colonial Dharamsala, and even the grave of Lord Elgin (of Marbles fame!). A wonderful day.

Day 7 – Chandigarh

Journey by road out of the Himalayas to Chandigarh for an overnight stay. Lunch stop at a local restaurant included.

Day 8 – Kalka Shimla Railway

By road to Kalka where we visit the extensive 2ft 6in gauge workshops of the Kalka Shimla Railway. Later we travel by privately chartered carriage over this astonishing line to Shimla, the former summer capital of British India. We remain here for 2-nights on full board.

Day 9 – Steam to Shoghi

Depart on our own special steam charter to Shoghi using one of the original KC Class engines built for the line. Enjoy wonderful scenery and many photo opportunities en route. Return to Shimla by road for an afternoon sightseeing tour.

Day 10 – Kalka to Delhi

Depart on the morning train from Shimla to Kalka, continuing to Delhi on the Shatabdi Express. Evening arrival in Delhi and transfer to the Vasant Hotel for 4 nights on a B&B basis.

Day 11 – The Taj Mahal

Morning train from Delhi to Agra. Visit the sublime Taj Mahal and Agra Fort before returning to Delhi by rail. Lunch stop at a local restaurant included.

Day 12 – Delhi Railway Museum

We visit some of the many famous sights of Delhi including the India Gate, Rajpath, Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Afternoon visit to the famous Delhi Railway Museum. Lunch included.

Day 13 – Mainline Steam

Transfer to Delhi Cantt Station where we board our train hauled by the famous Fairy Queen steam loco for our journey to the Rewari Railway Heritage Museum, which houses 10 of the world’s oldest restored steam locomotives, vintage railway equipment and signalling systems. Lunch at a local restaurant included before an afternoon visit to the Heritage Transport Museum at Gurgaon.

Day 14 – To Ranthambore National Park

Morning at Leisure or opt to visit one of Delhi's many bazaars. Afternoon departure by train from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur where we transfer by road to the popular Jungle Vilas Hotel at Ranthambore for a 2-night stay on full board. Whilst Ranthambore is home to a large variety of animals it is most famous for its tigers and is also a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 250 species of birds nesting there.

Day 15 – Safaris

Today we will take an early morning and late afternoon safari, hopefully increasing our chances of observing and photographing tigers in what is said to be the only place in India where tigers are still found in the wild. Keep your eyes open for crocodiles, panthers and leopards too!

Day 16 – Jaipur

A final early morning safari before transferring to the station to board the train to Jaipur. Transfer to our hotel for a 2-night stay.

Day 17 – The Pink City

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan was known as one of the best planned cities of the world when first built. We have a morning sightseeing tour to include the City Palace, the famous Jantar Mantar, the largest and best preserved observatory in India and Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds. After lunch we visit the famous Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a wonderful example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts.

Day 18 – At Leisure

Day at leisure to explore Jaipur independently before an evening transfer to the airport for a flight to Mumbai.

Day 19 – Fly to London

Early morning flight to London arriving same day.

Tour Route

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Selected Hotels

Holiday Inn, Amritsar

Sarovar Hotel, Palampur

Taj Hotel, Chandigarh

Oberoi Clarke Hotel, Shimla

Vasant Hotel, Delhi

Jungle Vilas Hotel, Ranthambore

Mansingh Hotel, Jaipur

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airlines
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 15 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All rail journeys as stated
  • All transfers as stated
  • All excursions and admission charges as listed
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £4,795
Single room supplement: £1,020
Deposit for this holiday: £200
   

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