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Independent India – Shimla

5 days Independent Touring

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This 4-night package in Shimla includes airport transfers and private day tours. A highlight of this tour will be when you take the Toy Train from Shimla to Solan, enjoying marvellous mountain and valley scenery en-route. We offer a number of other Independent India locations that are easy to link together with internal flights. Explore India your way. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Shimla

This morning transfer to Delhi International Airport for your onward flight to Chandigarh. On arrival in Chandigarh transfer to Shimla (4-hour drive) and check in to the Oberoi Cecil for 3 nights. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Pondicherry

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a Heritage Walking Tour. At over 2,100 metres above sea level, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh was once the cool summer retreat for the British colonial government escaping from the heat of the plains. Today, crumbling remnants of the Raj such as the mock Tudor bungalows, church,library, club and theatre are just a small part of a now much larger hill station. A morning 3-4-hour heritage walk starts from the Chotta Shimla and takes in the Raj Bhavan before reaching the Mall in downtown Shimla. Here the areas abound with heritage buildings. The tour continues to the Jakhu temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity, Hanuman. Rest of the day at leisure.(B)

Day 3: Shimla

After breakfast enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Shimla.(B)

Day 4: Delhi

This morning take the Toy Train from Shimla to Solan enjoying marvellous mountain and valley scenery en-route. The Himalayan Queen was introduced in 1903 by the British to connect Shimla with Kalka and is one of the oldest operating trains in the world and passes some truly spectacular scenery on the way to Solan. Arriving into Solan, drive to Kalka and connect with the Express Train to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Vivanta by Taj Dwarka.(B/ L)

Day 5: Depart Delhi

After breakfast transfer to Delhi International Airport for your onward travel arrangements. Why not extend to the beaches of Goa or see the mystical city of Varanasi.(B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

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Tour information

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A Private Tour

This is a private itinerary, where you will travel with a driver and be met by local English-speaking tour guides for any included sightseeing.

What to expect and is this tour for me?

A tour in India is an adventure where anything can happen. We recommend you are of a reasonable fitness as touring often involves long walks and uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for those who require special assistance.

Time difference

GMT +5 1⁄2 hours (summer) +6 1⁄2 hours (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • Air-conditioned transport throughout
  • Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees and still camera fees
  • The services of an experienced local guide in each destination
  • Road taxes, parking fees, fuel surcharges, interstate taxes and porterage at airports and train stations

Tour exclusions

  • International flights including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Optional excursions listed as extra cost
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Indian visa
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Included activities

  • Tours listed in the itinerary

Accommodation

Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.

Journey times

India is a vast country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate. India is a vast country with different topography from the North to the South and road condition may vary depending on the region that they are travelling. You may find modern express highways to un- surfaced roads / tracks.

Group size

This is a private tour, you a driver and local English-speaking tour guides for any included sightseeing only.

Language

English is widely spoken in India.

Visa requirements

An Indian visa is required for all British passport holders and MUST be obtained before your arrival in India. You can now apply for an e-Visa at a cost up to $25 USD per person when staying 30 days or less. This can be obtained at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. The application must be completed no later than 4 days prior to your arrival in India. Your e-visa will be valid for 60 days from the date of your arrival. You should ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date from India and have at least two blank pages.

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