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India - Taj and Raj Traveller - 2 for 1 Mega Sale

India - Taj and Raj Traveller - 2 for 1 Mega Sale

Delhi, India

From: R 9,950.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 9,950.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9095
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    11 days
  • Valid From

    14th of February 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Valid To

    17th of October 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

Take advantage of the 2 for the price of 1 Special!

Set departures between 18 April and 17 October 2018 - LIMITED AVAILABILILTY ON THIS SENSATIONAL OFFER!

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.

About the Holiday

Day 1: Delhi

Wednesday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city. Our Welcome Meeting will take place this evening at approximately 8pm.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2: Toy train to Shimla

Delhi - Kalka – Shimla. Bright and early this morning we board the Shatabdi Express bound for Kalka. Upon arrival travellers will transfer to the narrow gauge Himalayan Queen Toy Train to continue their journey on to Shimla.

The Guinness Records Book of 'Rail Facts and Feats' named the Kalka to Shimla railway as 'The greatest narrow gauge engineering feat in India’. The scenic 96 kilometre journey winds around 919 curves, passes through 20 railway stations and clatters across five level crossings, each to the cacophonous symphony of greetings, tooting horns and the hubbub of Indian life. There are also 102 tunnels to navigate and some 863 multi-arched galleries bridges – similar to ancient Roman aqueducts, to cross where spectacular landscapes of rolling hills, lush valleys and panoramic vistas can be seen.

Upon arrival in Shimla, we meet our representative on the station platform and transfer to our hotel for check-in and an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Shimla |  Breakfast

Day 3: Shimla Sightseeing

The most famous of the British hill stations and the former summer capital of the Raj, Shimla is set in the foothills of the Himalayas along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100 metres. The famous main street, The Mall, is lined with stately English homes and retains a quintessentially British look. Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the lofty settlement, venturing into the narrow streets, which fall steeply away from the ridge giving way to colourful bazaars and fine views of the surrounding valley and snow-capped peaks.
Overnight: Shimla |  Breakfast

Day 4: Free Time in Shimla

Shimla - Kalka - Delhi. Today offers free time for you to independently explore Shimla. You can opt for a stroll around the town, drop by the colourful Lakkar Bazaar or hike to the summit of Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest point. Here visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks set as a glorious backdrop to the sleepy township of Shimla below. Hotel check-out is at noon, opt for some lunch and pack an evening picnic meal before boarding the Kalka Shatabdi Express and arriving into Delhi late this evening.
Overnight: Delhi |  Breakfast

Day 5: Delhi Sightseeing

Today we enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Taj Mahal

Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 7: The princely state of Karauli

Agra - Karauli. This morning we explore the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore.

The highlight of the day is Karauli, which was a princely state of India from 1348 until 1949. We spend the night here, at the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas, where the current Maharaja and Maharani of Karauli reside. During our stay we can explore the palace and grounds at leisure and we may even be treated to a guided tour by the princess. The family is also lovingly restoring the Karauli City Palace, which we visit later this afternoon. Tonight, opt to attend the evening Aaarti (prayer) taking place nearby.
Overnight: Karauli  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Jaipur

Karauli - Jaipur. This morning we stop briefly to meet the children and teachers at a local school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. If you have bought any educational items with you to hand out to children this would be the time to do so. Then we drive on to Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 9: Jaipur Sightseeing

Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Baloon over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur |  Breakfast

Day 10: Return to Delhi

Jaipur - Delhi. This morning we drive back to Delhi. The afternoon is free for you to explore the capital. Perhaps opt for a meal in the heart of the city this evening or simply relax with group members at the hotel.
Overnight: Delhi|  Breakfast

Day 11: Delhi

Saturday. Our touring arrangements come to an end after breakfast. Following hotel check-out an included transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travel.
Breakfast

 

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 11
  • 10 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • 2 train journeys, Air-conditioned Chair Class, Delhi to Kalka and Shimla to Delhi
  • Touring of Delhi, Shimla, Agra, Jaipur and Karauli
  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private vehicles
  • Narrow gauge Toy Train journey on the Kalka to Shimla Railway Line
  • Travel by jeep to the Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Entrance fees to museums in Shimla
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visa cost
  • Entrance Fees: USD$70-80, paid in local currency
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$35-45, paid in local currency
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
Package Conditions:

Book and pay in full by 28 February 2018 to qualify for the 2 for 1 special offer.

The above package is a land only price and is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Delhi
Delhi is sometimes referred to as Dilli, which is the second-largest metropolis in India after Mumbai. Delhi is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Having been the capital of several empires in ancient India, Delhi was a major city in the old trade routes from northwest India to the Gangetic Plains.

Delhi lies in northern India. It borders the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on the south and Haryana on the west. Two prominent features of the geography of Delhi are the Yamuna flood plain and the Delhi ridge.

Delhi has been the capital of India since Independence in 1947, but even before that, the British moved their capital here from Calcutta in 1911. For much of its history, Delhi was the center of power of the various Muslim dynasties that ruled swathes of the subcontinent from the 12th century onwards. Modern Delhi is really two cities: Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Delhi has a semi-arid climate with high variation between summer and winter temperatures. Summers are long, from early April to October, with the monsoon season in between. Winter starts in November and peaks in January and is notorious for its heavy fog, which often disrupts road, air and rail traffic.

The best-known sights are the two buildings that dominate Old Delhi, the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. To the south of Old Delhi and in complete contrast to it, is Rajpath and the buildings on Raisina Hill (Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Secretariat) which form the centerpiece of British New Delhi. Heading south once more, through New Delhi, the visitor will find the bulk of the ancient monuments of medieval Delhi. Humayunís Tomb and the Lodhi Gardens are readily accessible from the center of the city. The Qutb Minar complex, the vast and formidable Tughluqabad and the remains at Haus Khaz are located deeper in the southern suburbs.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 05 February  2018.

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