Taj and Raj - 11 Days

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

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Taj and Raj - 11 Days

11 Days Starting and ending in Delhi

Visiting: Delhi, Kalka, Shimla, Agra, Karauli, Jaipur

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

200/TAR

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

4WD, Walking

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$1895
$1566 (USD) Operator discount: $284 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $44 -17%

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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

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: No Meals

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.

Day 2 : Delhi
Location: Delhi, Kalka, Shimla
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 3 : Shimla
Location: Shimla
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4 : Shimla
Location: Shimla
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 5 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 6 : Agra
Location: Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 7 : Karauli
Location: Karauli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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).

Day 8 : Jaipur
Location: Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 9 : Jaipur
Location: Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 10 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 11 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

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

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3 - 4 star & heritage hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners

  • Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Shimla, Agra, Jaipur and Karauli

  • 10 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels

  • 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

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What's 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.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 - 4 star

  • What is the maximum group size?

    24

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 11

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Edmund Knights  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

13-Nov-2017

Extremely well organised. All needs attended to. No delays or other problems. Guide was professional, helpful, courteous, respectful and always informative and entertaining. He made the tour.

Susan Palmer  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

08-Apr-2017

First time with On the Go. Caroline in the booking office was extremely efficient and helpful. We were very well looked after during our tour and with transfers. The tour was interesting although a couple of the local guides spoke very softly. Our guides in Shimla and the main guide of the rest of the tour were excellent. Hotels were very good.

Joe Mackay  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

10-Sep-2018

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.

Joe Mackay  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

08-Sep-2018

Having just returned from the Taj & Raj tour I can certainly say this the trip of the life time for both me and my wife. I look forward to my next trip with On the Go Tours in Egypt.

Cheryle Poder  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

11-Mar-2020

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.

Gail Staples  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

26-Oct-2017

Not a tour person normally as we like to do 'our own thing', however we felt exploring India for the first required local expertise and we were right! We had a fabulous tour group - and how lucky we were to hit the jackpot with our guide Sat. He was friendly, fun, caring to all in the group and shared his knowledge, passion and love of his homeland so well throughout the whole tour. He also showed flexibility as required to respond to the group requests. Couldn't chose a highlight as there were so many. Thanks On the Go - and especially Sat. Loved it all.

Shannon Thieroff  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

12-Dec-2017

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.

Jessica Lazarus  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

07-May-2018

Really enjoyed the trip, well organised and good value for the money spent.

Jason Gilmore  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

07-Nov-2017

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.

Laura Wainwright  

Taj and Raj - 11 Days

27-Feb-2017

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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