Highlights: Delhi - Kalka - Shimla - Agra
Other departures: Manchester - £1745, Brimingham - £1745
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport welcome meet and assist by our representative and transfer to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 2: Delhi Morning city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words “Hey Ram”. Drive Pass Red Fort (closed on Monday) – the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens. Board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort.
Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer at one time New Delhi visiting Humayun’s Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. The Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The Minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top.
Proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Drive Pass) once the Viceroy’s residence and now the official residence of the President of India. Designed by Lutyens, it combines western and eastern styles - the dome reflects the Buddhist stupa, the chhattris “Hindu” and the graceful colonnades very “British”. It has 340 rooms. The India Gate (42m), C commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations. Under the arch, glows the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame commemorating Indian armed forces’ losses in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. Overnight stay at hotel Day 3: Delhi to Kalka by train Shatabadi Express:07:40-11:45 Hrs
Kalka to Shimla by train Himalayan Queen: 12:10-17:20 Hrs Transfer from hotel to New Delhi railway station in time to board train for Kalka. Local snacks, tea / coffee and breakfast will be served on board 11:45 hrs: Arrive Kalka railway station Upon arrival at Kalka railway station board train for Shimla
Toy Train from the Solan to Shimla rail route, offers the charm of old-world travel amidst lofty pines and lush green, misty mountains. This is one of the four narrow gauge rail routes on hill terrain in the country. 17:20 hrs: Arrive Shimla railway station Upon arrival at Shimla railway station transfer to hotel Shimla. The scenery and ambiance of this area attracted toe British in such measure that it seemed justifiable to shift the complete administration of an Empire from Calcutta to Shimla.
Overnight stay at hotel Day 4: Shimla After breakfast Heritage Walk of Shimla .This soft walk will commence at the Mall and will end near Cecil Hotel - enroute admiring the important buildings constructed during the days of the British Raj.During the Heritage walk your local guide will give you brief history of each building. After the Heritage walk visit The Famous Vice Regal Lodge Viceregal Lodge now houses Indian Institute of Advanced studies and small part of it is now a museum open to the tourists:- The site for Viceregal Lodge was selected by Lord Lytton the Viceroy of India between 1876 -1880. The Viceregal Lodge, also known a Rashtrapati Niwas is located on the Observatory Hill of Shima. It was formerly the residency of the British Viceroy of India. It was designed by British architect Hendry Irwin and built in the Jacobethan style during the regime of Lord Dufferin. Its construction stared in 1880 and completed in 1888.
In the afternoon visit Jhaku Temple/ Hill (2455 Mts.): This is the town's highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla's famous views. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to monkey God Hanuman. This also offers a very good view of the Shimla with snow capped mountains. One legend goes that Lord Hanuman stopped there to rest while he was searching for the Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshman in the Epic Ramayana.
Gaiety Theatre -The Gaiety Theatre, and a tradition of amateur theatrical remains in the stump of the once colossal edifice that was the Town Hall. The architect Henry Irwin, who built the Viceregal Lodge, designed the theatre building.
Overnight stay at hotel Day 5: Shimla Full day excursion of The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr meaning "lake" in the local language. and Fagu
Return back to Shimla for an Overnight stay Day 6: :
Shimla to Kalka by surface
Kalka to Delhi by train Shatabadi express:17:45-21:55 hrs After breakfast drive to Kalka railway station in time to board train for Delhi. Local Snacks, Tea / Coffee and Dinner will be served on board 2155 hrs: Arrive Delhi railway station
Upon arrival at Delhi railway station transfer to hotel
Overnight stay at hotel Day 7:
Delhi to Agra by train Gatiman Express:0810-0950 Hrs
Agra to Delhi by train Gatiman Eexpress:1750-1930 Hrs Transfer from hotel to H. Nizzamuddin railway station in time to board train for Agra
0950 Hrs: Arrive Agra railway station Upon Agra railway station proceed for city tour visiting Taj Mahal
Tonga Ride (Chariot Ride) till the Taj Mahal entrance and visit the world famous monument Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) – Overlooking the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a classic example of Mughal architecture, with the Taj itself built as a mausoleum at the northern end of an extensive formal walled garden designed in the charbagh style and structured on the Islamic theme of ‘paradise’. The whole site was built by Shah Jahan between ad 1632 and 1653 as the final resting place of his favourite wife Arjumand Bann Begum (also known as Mumtaz Mahal) who died in ad 1631 shortly after giving birth to their fourteenth child. Upon his death in ad 1666, Shah Jahan was buried alongside his wife in the Taj
Agra Fort – Agra Fort was originally a brick fort and the Chauhan Rajputs held it. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort. He governed the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in the fort in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, held it for nine years until he was defeated and killed at Panipat in 1526. He built several palaces, wells and a mosque in the fort during his period. Transfer from to Agra railway station in time to board train for Delhi
1930 Hrs: Arrive H.Nizzamuddin railway station
Upon arrival at H.Nizzamuddin railway station transfer to hotel
Overnight stay at hotel Day 8: Delhi to London Heathrow Transfer from hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow