Join Railtrail on our totally unique and amazing adventure in 2020 and enjoy a magical tour to India! Our new and exclusive escorted tour is a must for those seeking a holiday full of adventure and combines world famous attractions including the Taj Mahal and Golden Temple with off the beaten track excursions such as an elephant village visit, jeep tiger safari and alligator river boat ride! Our exciting Indian adventure stays at superior quality hotels including two former Royal Palaces.
Our exciting Indian adventure using superior quality yet traditional hotels is also perfect for any dedicated rail enthusiasts with two rail museum visits, rail journeys by steam, diesel and the electric Gatimaan Express plus a private steam charter!
Wednesday 11 November 2020
Stay in outstanding luxury hotels and former Royal Palaces with dinner every evening!
Guided tour of historic Old and New Delhi
Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk spice market
Steam from Delhi to Rewari and visit the Rewari Heritage Steam Locomotive Museum
Experience the breath-taking views of the illuminated Golden Temple by night
Witness the colourful lowering of the flags ceremony
Discover the narrow-gauge Kangra Valley Railway
Private steam charter on the ZB66 class locomotive from Palampur to Baijnath
Visit the Dalai Lama Temple
Ride on the Gatimaan Express fast train
Visit the Taj Mahal UNESCO world heritage site
Experience a river boat ride with the alligators!
Indulge in elephant bathing and learn about this remarkable species
Explore in a jeep safari and discover the Bengal tigers
Wander around colourful markets filled with spices, jewels and handicrafts
See the extensive collection of locomotives at the National Rail Museum of India
We depart from Heathrow in the late afternoon and have an overnight flight to Delhi.
This morning we arrive at Delhi airport, where we are met by our private coach and transfer to The Claridges, our base for the next three nights. We enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax and take a dip in the outdoor pool or explore the local area.B, D
Today we enjoy a guided tour and explore the historic city of Old and New Delhi. We travel as the locals do during our visit and even include a cycle rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, a spice trading market! During our guided tour we also see many important buildings including Jama Masjid - one of Asia's largest mosques, Rajghat the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi the "Father of the Nation", Humayun's Tomb, the India Gate and President's House.B, D
This morning we board the broad-gauge steam service from Delhi to Rewari Junction, picnic lunch box is included, and we visit the Rewari Railway Heritage Museum. Built in 1893, it is the only surviving steam loco shed in India and houses some of India's last surviving steam locomotives including the functional 1855 steam locomotive, the Fairy Queen which was restored here.B, L, D
Today we travel to Amritsar in the state of Punjab on a late morning flight. We check into the Taj Swarna Hotel, our base for the next two nights and enjoy the day at leisure to explore. In the evening we visit the Golden Temple to witness the holy book ceremony known as the 'palki'. The quiet, peaceful and breathtaking views of the illuminated Golden Temple will leave us spellbound!B, D
We enjoy a guided city tour of Amritsar this morning, home of the Golden Temple - the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion that attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal! Afterwards we visit the poignant site of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, reflecting a time when India was under British Rule. In the afternoon we can walk through the local buzzing markets of Amritsar before travelling to The AttariWagah border to witness the 'lowering of the flags' ceremony, a colourful daily military practice that the security forces of India and Pakistan have jointly followed since 1959.
After breakfast we travel by coach to Pathankot where the narrow-gauge section of the Kangra Valley Railway commences. The mountain railway lies in the sub-Himalayan region and covers a distance about 100 miles. We stop for an early lunch in an open garden resort before we continue our journey to Palampur, best known as the tea capital of North India. We arrive at our hotel for the next three nights, the RS Sarovar Portico in the late afternoon.
Today we are in for a treat as Railtrail have a special charter ride on the narrow gauge from Palampur to Baijnath Paprola station hauled by the ZB66 class steam locomotive. In the afternoon, we visit the famous ancient Lord Shiva Hindu Temple of Baijnath with stunning views of the Dhauladhar mountain range.B, D
This morning we drive 40 minutes to Baijnath Paprola railway station and board the diesel train to Joginger Nagar. We return via the same service to Baijnath Paprola and transfer by coach to Palampur. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the panoramic views from our hotel or alternatively we can take a stroll around Palampur market.B, D
After breakfast we travel approximately two hours to Dharamsala, surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas and the spiritual home of Dalai Lama. During our day we visit the main Dalai Lama Temple and enjoy a stroll on the Mall road. We also visit the Anglican Church in McLeod Ganj and stay at the nearby Fortune Park Moksha Hotel.B, D
We enjoy a relaxing morning in Dharamsala and in the afternoon we board our flight to Delhi for an overnight at The Lalit Hotel in the city.B
This morning we travel on one of the fastest trains in India, the Gatimaan Express. During our day we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Agra Fort and one of the world's most celebrated structures, the spectacular Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum believed to have been completed in 1653 at a cost of approximately £550 million at today's prices! In the afternoon we drive one hour south to Dholpur where we stay overnight at the Raj Niwas Palace.B, D
An exciting morning awaits us, as we enjoy a boat ride on the Chambal River famous for rich wildlife including resident alligators! Our safari river cruise is a birdwatchers paradise as the Chambal riverbanks are the ideal habitat for many migratory and resident birds. Following our exciting morning we drive south-west into Rajasthan state to the Ranthambhore National Park. We stay in Ranthambhore for the next two nights at the Sawai Vilas.B, D
Our exclusive and exotic Indian adventure continues today as we venture into the Ranthambore National Park on an early morning safari and afternoon safari by jeep or canter truck. The National Park is most famous for its many tigers but also home to a huge variety of other animals, birds and reptiles (please note it is very likely but not guaranteed to see tigers during the safari).B, L, D
This morning we spend the morning relaxing in the National Park and enjoy an early lunch in the resort and before we travel to Jaipur. We will stay like royalty for the next two nights at our base in Jaipur at the exquisite Narain Niwas Palace, a stunning heritage hotel.B, L, D
Today we travel from Jaipur to the Amber Fort and enjoy a return jeep ride to the fort that is renowned for its combination of remarkable Hindu and Mughal architecture. We also visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar. In the afternoon we visit to Hathi-Gaon elephant village where we can experience bathing an elephant and getting to know more about these fascinating jumbos. We have time to shop in a local bazaar brimming with colourful local handicrafts and jewellery before we return to our hotel.B, D
After breakfast we transfer to Jaipur airport for our short flight to Delhi and where we check into the Aloft Hotel close to the airport. We then visit the National Rail Museum that opened in 1977 and discover its extensive collection. The museum focuses on the rail heritage of India and has great examples of steam, diesel and electric locomotives. We return to our hotel for a farewell dinner.B, D
Following our incredible Indian adventure, we say goodbye and travel the short distance to Delhi airport for our return flight to London Heathrow.
Please note: All times should be taken as provisional as changes may occur during the tour.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
A fine 5-star hotel located in New Delhi, situated just 2 miles from the city centre. The bedrooms combine old-world charm with contemporary furnishings and feature TV, minibar, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a health club, outdoor swimming pool, bar and offers a variety of dining options.
This stylish 5-star hotel is situated in the heart of Amritsar. The hotel features spacious and well-equipped bedrooms with complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel offers an array of dining options, Health Club and is close to the main shopping area of the city.
RS Sarovar Portico
Located in the Kangra Valley, this 4-star hotel offers magnificent views of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. The hotel offers restaurant, bar, lounge and coffee shop. All bedrooms feature bathrobes and slippers, Wi-Fi, TV, minibars and coffee/tea making facilities.
Fortune Park Moksha
This 4-star is nestled in the scenic Strawberry Hills with beautiful views of the Dharamshala valley. The hotel offers restaurant, bar, swimming pool and wellness centre. The well-equipped bedrooms offer TV, Wi-Fi, mini-bar, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Lalit Hotel
The luxurious 5-star Lalit is situated in New Delhi. The hotel offers contemporary stylish bedrooms and a host of facilities including three restaurants, gymnasium, bars, coffee shop and even has its own art gallery!
Raj Niwas Palace
The striking red stone Raj Niwas Palace is a characterful 3-star heritage hotel located in Dholpur. The palace was originally built in 1876 to welcome HRH Albert Edward when he visited. Guests stay in the courtyard rooms offering unique décor and exquisite furnishings perfectly combined with modern amenities.
The villas are situated adjacent to the Ranthambhore National Park and are surrounded by lush woodlands. The villas are the perfect base for an authentic safari experience and offer quality furnishings and a decking area for sunbathing. The accommodation offers excellent facilities including bar, restaurant, fitness centre, steam room and swimming pool.
Narain Niwas Palace
retains the quirky touches of a family home. The hotel boasts an endless array of unique features including stained glass windows, stunning paintings, peacocks that wander the grounds and ornate chandeliers. The Narain Niwas is close to the park, museums, temples and bazaars of Jaipur. The traditionally decorated bedrooms are well-equipped. The hotel offers good facilities including bar, restaurant, Wi-Fi, pool and steam room.
Marriott Aloft Hotel
This modern 5-star hotel is conveniently located close to the New Delhi Airport. The hotel offers light and spacious well-equipped comfortable bedrooms. The hotel offers a stylish bar, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and gymnasium.
From London Heathrow Airport:
Standard Economy seats on British Airways
Upgraded flight seats on British Airways
Fare Joining & Leaving Delhi (Ground Only Fare)
Single Traveller Supplement
Return flights from London Heathrow to Delhi with British Airways
3 internal flights
16 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities
Breakfast each day plus 3 lunches and 16 dinners
All excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Deposit for this tour £300
FLIGHT TIMES (on our Flight Inclusive tour - for information only)
Departure - BA257 - 11 NOV 2020 LHR to DEL dept 1850 Arrive 0850 +1 (Delhi Time)
Return - BA256 - 28 NOV 2020 DEL to LHR dept 1100 arrive 1520 (GMT)
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A full 10 year British passport is required for this tour. Please allow at least six months and preferably twelve months for issue and renewal. Outside Europe, many countries stipulate that passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your intended visit.
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