Arrive in Delhi and be transferred to your hotel, with the remainder of the day being set aside to exploring the Indian capital, with the chance to take a drive past the imposing India Gate as well as many of the famous colonial buildings to be found throughout the city. There will also be the chance to visit the Qutub Complex, which includes the ancient Qutub Minar monument.
Explore the impressive Red Fort to be found within the confines of Old Delhi, the ancient part of what is now one of the largest cities in the world. You’ll also visit the largest mosque in Asia, the Jama Masjid, and take a ride onboard a cycle rickshaw before leaving the sprawling metropolis behind to head for the city of Agra.
A day exploring the breathtaking architecture to be found around Agra begins with a visit to the Agra Fort, a walled city built out of red sandstone sitting close to the Yamuna River. From there, you’ll make the short trip to India’s most famous landmark to spend time at the Taj Mahal, built under orders of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 1600s. Known of its iconic marble dome that dominates the skyline, the building is made up of a series of different structures that showcase the different styles that join together in one of the prime examples of Mughal architecture.
Pay a visit to the ancient abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri to see further examples of the impressive Mughal architecture before travelling to the railway station in Bharatpur to head south to the Ranthambore National Park.
Spend a day exploring one of the largest national parks in India, and one famed for its population of tigers. As one of the best locations in the country to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, you’ll stand a good chance of meeting the King of the Jungle on one of two game drives in the park, while you can also hope to spot a range of other species, such as leopards and wild boar.
Following another morning game drive and one final chance to view the tigers, you’ll travel onwards to India’s famous Pink City, for two nights in one of the most popular destinations in the country.
Spend the day exploring Jaipur and the surrounding area, including a visit to the Amber Fort, built from sandstone and marble and located high on a hill-side overlooking the nearby Maota Lake. You’ll also visit the spectacular Palace of Winds and the City Palace Museum to see the impressive collection of weapons and paintings.
Leaving Jaipur behind, you’ll travel through the countryside to the small fort town of Mandawa, a former trading post that grew up around the fort that still dominates its centre.
Explore the havelis – or private mansions – built by the rich merchants who lived in the Mandawa region, and which feature lavishly painted walls that make the town something of an open air art gallery. You’ll then leave the town to drive back to Delhi.
From Delhi, you’ll head by express train to Kalka at the gateway of the Himalayas. Then you’ll swap onto the narrow gauge railway for a picturesque journey taking in mountain views and travelling through thick forests before arriving in Shimla.
After a heritage walk to see the sights and admire the breathtaking scenery of the town, located in the south-western ranges of the Himalayas, the remainder of your time is at leisure to explore. Amongst the attractions you might want to consider are Christ Church, built to serve the British community in the 1850s, and the State Museum, which contains a number of paintings and sculptures from the area.
After driving to Chandigarh, board an express train to Delhi for your final night in the country back in the bustling capital city.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.