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Shimla – Queen of Hill

Delhi – Kalka - Shimla - Delhi

Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. Travel by the UNESCO-listed Toy Train through the foothills of the Himalayas to explore the town's many attractions such as the Gaiety Theatre, Viceroy Lodge and Scandal Point. Today, echoes of those bygone days can still be seen in Shimla's plethora of picturesque colonial architecture.

Tour Highlights

  • Indian Rail Experience
  • Enjoy the UNESCO-listed Heritage Toy Train Ride
  • Enjoy the sightseeing bustling Himalayan resort
  • Visit to Viceroy Lodge and Scandal Point

Tour Schedules
Duration 4 Nights / 5 Days
Fare Starting From $ 295
Season Apr - Sep 2017
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Day 01

Price based on Twin Sharing

Occupancy Apr - Sep 2017 Oct 2017 - Mar 2018
Per Person USD 600 USD 580
SGL Supplement USD 300 USD 295

Note: Above rates are not valid from 22 Dec 2017 to 05 Jan 2018

Hotels Used

Destination Hotel Name Category Room Type
Shimla Oberoi Cecil 5 star Deluxe Room
Delhi Holiday Inn Aerocity 5 Star Superior

Inclusions & Exclusion

Accommodation

  • 01 night in Train Journey Delhi to Kalka
  • 02 nights stay in Oberoi Cecil
  • 01 night in Train Journey Delhi to Kalka
  • 01 night stay in Delhi

Meal

  • 01 Dinner at Delhi Restaurant on first day
  • 03 Breakfast at hotel
  • 02 Dinner at Hotel
  • 01 packed dinner in Train

Transportation

  • Travel in First Class air conditioned cabin Delhi to Kalka
  • Kalka – Shimla – Kalka by Non A/C Chair car in Rail Motor Car
  • Travel in First Class air conditioned cabin Kalka to Delhi
  • English speaking guided tour in Shimla
  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

Important Note

Check-in time 1400 hrs & Check-out time 1100 hrs for hotels in Shimla

Delhi – Kalka by Train

As you leave your main tour and in the evening have a dinner in Local restaurant and transfer to Old Delhi Railway Station to board the night train 12311 Howrah Kalka Express departing at 2125 hrs to Kalka. Overnight train journey by first class air conditioned cabin.

Day 02

Kalka – Shimla by UNESCO heritage toy train

Arrive Kalka station at 0430 hrs. Upon arrival we change the train, boarding the narrow–gaugeRail Motor 72451 at 0510 hrs / Shivalik Deluxe 52451at 0530 hrs, which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

The train snakes its way through cedar and pine forests, passing pear and pomegranate orchards as we climb into the misty peaks of the lush green Himalayan foothills. The narrow-gauge railway covers 96 kilometers, with stunning feats of engineering found around every corner of track, past little hamlets and terraced fields. The train crosses more than 800 over breathtaking bridges and viaducts and travel through 102 tunnels, 991 curves and passing by important station/ points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Tara Devi, Barog, Salogra, and summer hill through beautiful valleys and hills to the colonial town of Shimla known as “Queen of Hills”.

Shimla is nestled in the heart of the Himalayan foothills. The city is a former summer resort, where wealthy colonial residents escaped the sweltering heat of the plains by heading for the mountains, which provided both cooler conditions and a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Indian life. In the mid-19th century the town was chosen as the summer capital of the British Raj.

Arrive Shimla Railway Station at 0950 / 1015 hrs upon arrival transfer to Oberoi Cecil Hotel for two nights. Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 03

Exploring Shimla

The attraction of your sightseeing tour of Shimla takes you to the Viceregal Lodge. This brilliant building served as the residence of the Viceroy, Lord Dufferin. It was completed by the year 1888 and it is still well maintained. This Lodge has now been transformed into the famous Institute of Advanced Studies and the six storey building still stands in its entire splendor. The lodge has famous gardens and perfectly manicured lawns. Your time here is at leisure to explore, and you may also wish to visit the verdant botanical garden flanking the Lodge. The tour continues for a leisurely stroll along the Mall, taking you past the Gaiety Theatre, the beautiful Victorian-Gothic Christchurch and to infamous Scandal Point.

Day 04

Shimla – Delhi by Train

After breakfast you are at leisure, which provides you with the perfect opportunity to travel further into the foothills, where you can enjoy breathtaking views towards the higher, snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Alternatively, you could remain in Shimla itself. Perhaps visit Wildflower Hall, a former residence of Lord Kitchener.

Afternoon transfer to station to Kalka by car to board the Shatabdi express train at 17.45 hrs travel by first class air condition Chair car, packed dinner is included in Journey. Arrive New Delhi at 22.55 hrs transfer to Aerocity Holiday Inn hotel near international airport for rest and relaxed later to take your flight back to your onward destination

Day 05

Delhi – Onward Destination

Say good bye to this fascinating tour transfer to airport to take the flight for onward destination

Price based on Twin Sharing

Occupancy Apr - Sep 2017 Oct 2017 - Mar 2018
Per Person USD 600 USD 580
SGL Supplement USD 300 USD 295

Note: Above rates are not valid from 22 Dec 2017 to 05 Jan 2018

Hotels Used

Destination Hotel Name Category Room Type
Shimla Oberoi Cecil 5 star Deluxe Room
Delhi Holiday Inn Aerocity 5 Star Superior

Inclusions & Exclusion

Accommodation

  • 01 night in Train Journey Delhi to Kalka
  • 02 nights stay in Oberoi Cecil
  • 01 night in Train Journey Delhi to Kalka
  • 01 night stay in Delhi

Meal

  • 01 Dinner at Delhi Restaurant on first day
  • 03 Breakfast at hotel
  • 02 Dinner at Hotel
  • 01 packed dinner in Train

Transportation

  • Travel in First Class air conditioned cabin Delhi to Kalka
  • Kalka – Shimla – Kalka by Non A/C Chair car in Rail Motor Car
  • Travel in First Class air conditioned cabin Kalka to Delhi
  • English speaking guided tour in Shimla
  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

Important Note

Check-in time 1400 hrs & Check-out time 1100 hrs for hotels in Shimla

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