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Tour Overview

Discover the lofty peaks and breathtaking views of Shimla, India's largest hill station and the former summer capital of British India. Ride the narrow gauge railway aboard the Himalayan Queen Toy Train and explore Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur and the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra.

Highlights

  • Agra – Discover the legendary Taj Mahal on a guided tour and marvel at this extraordinary monument dedicated to love
  • Shimla – Stroll down the Mall and explore the Viceregal Lodge in this quintessentially British city at the foot of the Himalayas
  • Himalayan Queen Toy Train – Ride the famous journey through picturesque countryside, over bridges and through narrow tunnels to Kandaghat
  • Delhi – Explore the highlights of India’s capital including Jama Masjid and the ceremonial Rajpath
  • Karauli – Stay in the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas, which remains the home of the Maharaja
  • Jaipur – Visit the highlights of the Pink City on our tour including the beautiful City Palace and Jantar Mantar space observatory
  • Amber Fort – Take a jeep to this striking 16th century fortress and enjoy the pretty lakeside views
  • Fatehpur Sikri – See this fantastically preserved city, which has been abandoned for more than 400 years

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Wednesday. Namaste! Welcome to Delhi. On arrival at the airport we transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is then free for you to relax or explore the bustling capital at leisure. Perhaps visit the impressive Red Fort which gets its distinctive colour from the sandstone used in its construction. This evening we have a welcome meeting at 17:00 at the hotel to meet our guide the rest of the group.

icon Day 2: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Delhi - Kalka - Shimla. Rise early this morning as we board the Shatabdi Express train to Kalka. You then transfer independently to the Himalayan Queen Toy Train for a unique experience to Kandaghat. The 57km journey sees us travel along narrow twists and turns, through scenic countryside and numerous tunnels. Pass through forests, over bridges and stop at old, traditional stations. Arriving into Kandaghat we complete the journey to our hotel in Shimla by road, where the evening is at leisure.

icon Day 3: Shimla

Location: Shimla

Today we explore the city of Shimla, located 2,100m above sea level at the foot of the mighty Himalayas. Explore the famous main street - The Mall, which is lined with stately English homes and has a distinctly British feel. We also discover the Viceregal Lodge, the former residence of the British Viceroy of India. Stroll down narrow streets and explore colourful bazaars in this scenic city, surrounded by the beautiful valley and the towering mountains.

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Location: Shimla

Shimla - Kalka - Delhi. This morning is free for you to relax or explore independently. Perhaps take a fairly easy trek to Shimla’s highest point, the summit of Jakhoo Hill. The reward is panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Remember to keep an eye out for the local monkeys as you make your way to the summit - they will try and raid any food you bring with you! Later, we board the Kalka Shatabdi Express and return to Delhi.

icon Day 5: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Today we enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in the highlights of Old and New Delhi. In the older part of the city we visit Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. Continue to the Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, where an eternal flame now burns at the site of his cremation. There's also time for an exhilarating rickshaw ride. In New Delhi we discover the ceremonial Rajpath, formerly the ‘King’s Way’, and the India Gate monument.

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Location: Agra

Delhi - Agra. Say goodbye to Delhi as we travel to Agra, the former capital of the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1648. Explore behind the fortified walls of Agra Fort and continue to India’s most iconic attraction - the legendary Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided tour of this famous white mausoleum, which was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century to honour his wife who died tragically in childbirth. The Taj Mahal remains the most extravagant monument to love ever built and has no peers. Gaze in awe at this bucket list worthy destinaton.

icon Day 7: Karauli

Location: Karauli

Agra - Karauli. This morning we travel to the well-preserved city of Fatehpur Sikri, which was abandoned more than 400 years ago due to a lack of water. Our day continues as we travel to the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas in Karauli, our home for the evening. The Maharaja and Maharani still reside here but much of the site now operates as a heritage hotel. Explore the palace grounds at leisure and if we’re lucky, join a tour run by the princess herself - if the opportunity arises. Later, we visit the Karauli City Palace, which is being lovingly restored by the family. There is also an optional visit to attend the evening Aarti (prayer).

icon Day 8: Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Karauli - Jaipur. Today we visit a local school to meet the pupils and teachers (if open). We operate our Change for Children programme here and you may consider bringing some educational gifts with you from home to give out to the children - they’ll be much appreciated (see trip notes). After the visit, we continue to the famous UNESCO-listed Pink City of Jaipur, where the rest of today is at leisure. You may wish to attend the showing of a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir cinema.

icon Day 9: Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

There is an exciting optional opportunity this morning to sail over Jaipur and its surrounding palaces, forts and countryside in a hot air balloon, with the Pink City as your stunning backdrop. Later, we travel to Amber Fort for a guided tour of its well-preserved interior. We reach the site by jeep and gaze out over Maota Lake from one of the four levels of this impressive fortress. Our tour continues with a visit to the Jaipur City Palace and the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar space observatory, made up of 19 separate astrological instruments.

icon Day 10: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Jaipur - Delhi. This morning we drive back to Delhi where you’re free to explore the city as you please. Perhaps visit the striking Akshardham, which is the largest Hindu temple in the world.

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Location: Delhi

Saturday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included departure transfer to the airport.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    3 - 4 star & heritage hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • 10 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels
  • Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Shimla, Agra, Jaipur and Karauli
  • Narrow gauge Himalayan Queen Toy Train journey from Kalka to Kandaghat
  • Travel by jeep to beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Entrance fees to museums in Shimla
  • 2 train journeys: Delhi to Kalka and Shimla to Delhi (air-conditioned chair class)
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 11
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$75-85pp, paid in local currency

Age Policy

16 + if accompanied by an adult.
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Taj and Raj - 11 Days
I opted to tour with On The Go again after a previous successful trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in 2014 and I was not disappointed. The tour had two separate ....more I opted to tour with On The Go again after a previous successful trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in 2014 and I was not disappointed.

The tour had two separate sections, it began with a trip to Shimla on trains with a smaller group of 4 - Anu was a wonderful tour guide.

We then travelled back to Delhi to meet the rest of our group for the remainder of our trip and our new guide, Vansh.

38 people were booked on this trip so they split into two groups - much nicer group size and a lot more manageable for all.

Vansh was very organised, informative and a truly friendly, humorous and approachable guide.

My only slight niggle about the tour I personally would've preferred some more free time to explore independently but all-in-all I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would certainly book through OTG again in the future.

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Laura Wainwright

27-Feb-2017

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
OTG organisation throughout the trip was first class with no problems being experienced. Accommodation was varied and excellent in most cases. As for our guide if you had a 7 star ....more OTG organisation throughout the trip was first class with no problems being experienced.

Accommodation was varied and excellent in most cases.

As for our guide if you had a 7 star category he would get this.

Jusuf is a fantastic asset to OTG.

The overall experience was amazing and will stay with us for years to come.

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Robert Adey

18-Oct-2018

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
Excellent tour informative active and enjoyable. Excellent tour informative active and enjoyable.

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Steve Beresford

19-Sep-2018

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
The trip was very organised and there were guides, taxi drivers ready to go at each point inc our journeys on trains and trips to and from the airport. The ....more The trip was very organised and there were guides, taxi drivers ready to go at each point inc our journeys on trains and trips to and from the airport.

The Shimla trip was lovely and certainly orthwhile.

The trip notes are very good and useful once home and looking back over the photos.

The guides we had were very experienced and gave us some history and background information.

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Cheryle Poder

11-Mar-2020

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
I have to say that both guides exceeded all my expectations. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable. I give them both five stars. It was the little touches like helping me to carry ....more I have to say that both guides exceeded all my expectations.

Friendly, professional, knowledgeable.

I give them both five stars.

It was the little touches like helping me to carry a bag when I was taking off a jacket.

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Jennifer Wilson

30-Oct-2016

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
Our guide was awesome. He took special careful of my sister who has food allergies and made sure she was ok. He was patient and organized and calm and polite ....more Our guide was awesome.

He took special careful of my sister who has food allergies and made sure she was ok.

He was patient and organized and calm and polite as well as knowledgeable.

We arrived into Delhi at 2:30 am because of a flight delay and had to go to shimla at 5:30 am.

Shimla is cool but getting there is brutal.

4 hour train and then the toy train which is a neat concept but 100% uncomfortable.

And took 2 hours longer than expected.

If there were a way to limit the toy train ride to an hour or two that would be a lot better.

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Shannon Thieroff

12-Dec-2017

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
Excellent tour guide, knowledgeable and informative. Yusuf looked after everyone and made sure the tour ran smoothly. We loved getting out of the bus and walking through a local ....more Excellent tour guide, knowledgeable and informative.

Yusuf looked after everyone and made sure the tour ran smoothly.

We loved getting out of the bus and walking through a local village and meeting local people.

Visiting the school was a humbling experience.

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Jason Gilmore

07-Nov-2017

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
Hi , Just wanted to provide some feed back from our recent tour. It was certainly a trip of the life time for both me and my wife. One of those ....more Hi , Just wanted to provide some feed back from our recent tour.

It was certainly a trip of the life time for both me and my wife.

One of those ‘buck list’ opportunities that went off without a hitch.

We'd enjoyed all of the tour immensely.

But the star was certainly the Tour Director.

Two thumbs up to Jusuf.

The whole trip was very well organized and managed by Jusuf, from the very first minute I'd met him in Delhi to sadly the end of our trip.

In all he took extremely good care of all of us on the trip – he was very professional, highly informative, kept us entertained with jokes and shared his personal life experiences that touched us all.

He left us with an unforgettable memory.

A big Thank You Jusuf.

He would have to be one of the best tours guide I have ever meet travelling in the last ten years.

His caring nature made us all feel safe in the hassle and bustle that is India.

Also special thanks to his support team along the way, they also made us feel safe to allow us to enjoy the tour.

Special mention all to our ‘Welcome Director’ Raj.

What a nice and caring guy.

I look forward to my next trip with On the Go Tours in Egypt.

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Joe Mackay

10-Sep-2018

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
We had an absolutely amazing time! The best thing about our tour was the tour guide. Yusuf was informative, professional, friendly, helpful and always willing to answer questions. In addition ....more We had an absolutely amazing time! The best thing about our tour was the tour guide.

Yusuf was informative, professional, friendly, helpful and always willing to answer questions.

In addition to the many monuments we visited the real highlights of the trip were the walk through the streets, the rickshaw ride through the market and the group dinners where entertainment was provided.

This was my first organized tour as I usually travel independently and I was pleasantly surprised that we were not rushed or herded around.

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Petal Mashraki

21-Mar-2018

Taj and Raj - 11 Days
I am pleased to give feedback as I feel we were very well looked after with consideration for everyone's needs and requirements being met. Nothing was ever too much trouble ....more I am pleased to give feedback as I feel we were very well looked after with consideration for everyone's needs and requirements being met.

Nothing was ever too much trouble and Sat was always well organised and planned in what we did on the tour.

He went above and beyond in managing everything to make our tour enjoyable, always making sure we had lunches planned and rest stops on our journeys.

It was a wonderful holiday and Sat really helped make this experience special and memorable.

Thank you; ....less
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Sheila Coles

16-Oct-2017

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