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11-Day India Essences with Taj Mahal & Toy Train

Tour route: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Chandigarh - Shimla

  • Tour code: INOT-IN-008B
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Delhi at Leisure

Welcome to India! Our tour guide will meet you at India Gandhi International Airport, escort you to hotel for check-in and brief you about the following tours. Then enjoy free time to recover from the jetlag.

Overnight: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi City Highlights

After breakfast, visit Old Delhi for India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, before taking an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw. Pass by the fantastic Red Fort, drive to New Delhi for a unique glance at the 800-year-old Qutub Minar, the tallest ancient Hindu stone tower in India. Continue to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive along the city landmarks of the India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings before ending today’s tour with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple to appreciate the local religion.

Tips: Before entering Jama Masjid, female tourists are required to cover up their body. You can rent a scarf at 50 rupees from the temple.

Overnight: Delhi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Delhi – Agra with Leisure Time (by Car, approx. 4.5 Hrs, 220 Km)

After breakfast, head for Agra by car. You can stop to take a coffee break or take photos at any time en-route. After arrival in Agra, transfer to hotel for check-in and afternoon is free time for a good rest.

Note: Driving time of the journey is only estimation due to the road condition and weather.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: The Glorious Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

After breakfast, visit the glorious Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), a marvelous world wonder which was built by an emperor in ceremony to his beloved.  Later, take an insight into the royal Mughal lifestyle by exploring the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone, Agra Fort. The rest of day is at leisure and the vehicle with driver is at your disposal.

Tips: Visitors need to pass strict security check before entering Taj Mahal. Prohibited things include foods, plastic bags, chargers and the like. It’s suggested to catch the sunrise in the early morning as the temperature is cooler and there are less tourists than in the daytime. 

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5: Transfer to Jaipur with stop at Fatehpur Sikri (by Car, approx. 5 Hrs, 289 Km)

After breakfast, head east to Jaipur. Stop at the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs) en-route to admire Mughal architectural splendor built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. Check into the hotel on arrival and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Jaipur Classic Sightseeing

Start today with a jeep ride full of unbeatable views and fun to the ancient Amber Fort to experience the kingly palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). 

Drive back to the pink city of Jaipur, you can take a perfect picture at the best angle by a stopover at façade of the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Then, visit the City Palace Museum displaying superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury, especially Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in the world that is still in use. Later, ride through the pink rose residential and business areas by car. 

Tips: If you have no desire to buy from the hawkers at Amber Fort, don't pay any attention to at the very beginning. Prepare sun protection when taking the jeep ride to Amber Fort. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Jaipur - Chandigarh by flight

This morning, board a flight for Chandigarh. Arrive and be transferred to hotel. The rest of day is at leisure.

Overnight: Chandigarh
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Toy Train Experience from Dharampur to Shimla

After breakfast drive to Dharampur (about 4 hrs driving) and visit the Pinjore Garden en-route. Afterward you will board the Toy Train to Shimla (Himalayan Queen at 13:42-17:20). This scenic train ride is interesting and an unique experience. On arrival in Shimla you are greeted at the railway station (assistance) and transferred to hotel. 

Overnight: Shimla
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Shimla, Kufri Excursion & Colorful Mall Road

After breakfast, visit India Bungalow & the Himalayan Zoo on the way of a half day excursion to Kufri. You have the options of taking a hike or ride a pony up to Mashu Peak (pony rides at Kufri are on direct payment basis). Explore the Shimla Mall Road in the afternoon. Attractions of the mall road include Shimla Church, Scandal Point, Gaiety Theatre, Town hall where you can have a shopping spree. 

Note: There will be no guide service for Kufri Excursion.

Overnight: Shimla
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Turning to Delhi

Enjoy a free morning before our driver meet you at hotel lobby and drive you to Kalka (about 2.5 hrs) to catch the Shatabdi train for Delhi (leaves at 17:45, 17:45- 21:55). Upon your arrival, you will be met by representative and stay overnight at Delhi.

Overnight: Delhi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Delhi Departure

Today is at your own leisure before being escorted to the airport for your flight to next destination.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.


Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Clients: Antonella Martoglio

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Mavis Jiang
We have just booked our holiday in India with Mavis. She was very responsive and her help in arranging our tailor-made tour was great! Surely it will be an amazing experience! �
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Maureen Muldaur

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Eric Kong
We haven't taken our trip yet, but the service we've received from Eric Kong has been superb. He put together an India itinerary that is fabulous and has been such an excellent communicator, helping us all the way along. Eric, you're the best!
Rating: May 19th, 2017

Clients: David Walker

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Don Li
Summary:We had a great time and we would take another tour with Odyssey Tours. I definitely would (and have) recommended this company to my friends and family.Before the tour:The planning process could not be easier. We initially were interested in a Delhi, Agra, Jaipur tour. Later, we decided to add Ranthambore, and there were absolutely no issues. Don prepared us well for the trip, making sure we had all of the necessary documents and with advice for what we would need once we were there.The tour itself:The tour itself exceeded all expectations. We had a great driver who picked me up from the airport at the beginning of the tour and dropped us off at the airport at the end. Part of the experience of going to India is the food, and it didn't disappoint. The tour guides and our driver were excellent resources to suggest restaurants and, having a driver, it was very easy to get around. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and the tours of the sights were extremely interesting. Because it was a private tour, we could really make the most of our limited time there because the guides always knew where to go (we didn't have to figure it out) and we weren't waiting for a bunch of other people.
Rating: May 16th, 2017

Clients: Susan Larsen

Travel Consultant:
Owen Zhou
Many thanks to Owen for organising our tour of northern India. I would definitely recommend him and Odyssey tours. We were looked after every step of the way with a local guide meeting us at each hotel and helping us check in. On top of that we received a call from head office every 3 days to check everything was OK.
Rating: May 9th, 2017

Clients: Mark Tafel

Travel Consultant:
Owen Zhou
Owen was our rep for planning an 8 day Golden Triangle tour of India. The planning process was swift and efficient. He consistently responded by email within 24 hours, and everything was arranged really clearly. The trip went off without a hitch. In each city, the staff met us immediately upon arrival and everyone was courteous and hospitable. The main office checked in with us from Delhi several times, so we always knew that our satisfaction was really important to them.I would definitely recommend working with Owen to arrange a tour.
Rating: May 7th, 2017
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