Delhi Stopover + Taj Mahal in Agra + Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala (14 nts).

When to Go: The best time to complete this trip is from March - June and from September - November although it is possible to visit the destinations in any month during the year. From late June - early September the monsoons are there which could obscure the views.

Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Delhi: India Gate, Houses of Parliament, Humayun's tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and many more sights.
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Fatehpur sikri.
Shimla: Himachal State Museum & Library, Christ Church, Kakhu temple.
Manali: Hadimba temple, Gadhan Thekcholing Gompa, Old Manali town, various soft adventure activities.
Dharamsala: Amazing city set in the Kangra Valley with sights such as: Norbhulingka Institute, Triund Hill, Dalai Lama temple complex, HPCA stadium (brilliant setting for watching IPL matches that usually take place in May), Kangra Valley, Gyuto Monastery.

Detailed itinerary is given below:

Day Skeleton Itinerary
01 DELHI. Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Delhi for 3 night's stay.
02 DELHI - AGRA - DELHI. Transfer from hotel to New Delhi station. Board Shatabdi express train from Delhi - Agra (Times: 0600 - 0806.).Pick up from station and drive to Fatehpur Sikri. Then drive back to Agra to visit Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Agra Fort and finally the Taj Mahal. Aim to reach the Taj around 1600 hrs so that it can be viewed in normal light and also in the dusk light of the setting sun. Then drive back to Agra Cantonment station to board the Shatabdi express train to Delhi (Times: 2030 - 2245.). Transfer from New Delhi station to hotel.
03 DELHI. Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.
04 DELHI - SHIMLA. Transfer from hotel to New Delhi station. Board Shatabdi express train from Delhi - Kalka (times: 0740 - 1145). Then board the Himlayan Queen toy train from Kalka - Shimla (times: 1210 - 1720.). This train goes through beautiful valleys and covers over a 100 tunnels. Transfer from railway station to hotel/homestay.
05 SHIMLA. Day free for covering the sights.
06 SHIMLA. Day free for covering the sights.
07 SHIMA - MANALI. Transfer from hotel/homestay in Shimla to bus station. Take HPTDC coach from Shimla to Manali through the beautiful countryside. Transfer from bus station to hotel/homestay.
08 MANALI. Day free for covering the sights.
09 MANALI. Day free for covering the sights.
10 MANALI - DHARAMSALA. Transfer from hotel/homestay to bus station. Take coach from Manali to Dharamsala. Transfer from bus station to hotel.
11 DHARAMSALA. Day free for covering the sights.
12 DHARAMSALA. Day free for covering the sights.
13 DHARAMSALA - PATHANKOT. Transfer from hotel in Dharamsala to Pathankot railway station.Board overnight train from Pathankot - Delhi.
12 Arrive in Delhi. Check out. Trip concludes.

Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.

Standard hotels: Hotel Grand Park Inn (basic), Delhi; Narkanda Cottage, Shimla; Ramgarh Heritage Villa, Manali; Norling Guesthouse, Dharamsala.

Note: Grand Park Inn is a simple basic hotel but with AC rooms & attached shower/toilet facilities. We have tried to use a mixture of homestays and hotels to give it an all round exeprience for the remainder of the trip.

Superior hotels: Silver Ferns/ Connaught, Delhi; Clarks, Shimla; Baragarh Resort, Manali; Chonor House, Dharamsala.

Cost Includes: transfers as mentioned using an Indigo or equivalent car with driver; full day sightseeing as mentioned in Delhi & Agra using an Indigo or equivalent car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share BB basis inclusive of local taxes (BB basis in Delhi, Shimla & Manalli. ); train tickets in Ac chaircar for journeys from Delhi - Agra - Delhi - Kalka; train ticket in chaircar for journey from Kalka - Shimla toy train; overnight train from Pathankot - Delhi in Ac 2 Tier/Ac 3 Tier.
Cost Excludes: guides; sightseeing in Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala; entrance & camera fees to monuments.

Not included: International air travel.
However, S.D.Enterprises would be happy to recommend agents that could procure international scheduled air tickets as "ticket providers". (London - Delhi, Leh - Delhi - London).

Note: The rates have not been updated since 2016 season, as there has been a violent change in the exchange rates ever since the Brexit Vote. We have left the rates as per 2015 - 16 season to give you something of an idea. For current rates, pl email your requests with dates & number of passengers. We can then get back to you on the same.

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