India Toy Trains and the Hill Stations – Shimla & Darjeeling

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DELHI – SHIMLA  – DELHI – KURSEONG – DARJEELING – GLENBURN – KOLKATA

India Toy Trains and Hill Stations. Covering two regions of the Himalayan Foothills in both North and East India. Experience and enjoy the two Toy Trains that ply these old British Raj hill stations. Travel back in time and appreciate the efforts that went into building these amazing little tracks.

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Your first toy train experience takes you up to the ‘summer capital’ of British India sprawling along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100m in southern Himachal Pradesh. This was the most important hill station in India before Independence. The famous main street, The Mall, still runs along the crest of the ridge and is lined with stately English-looking houses. Christ Church, Gorton Castle, and the fortress-like former Viceregal Lodge reinforce the English flavour.

Your next destination is Kurseong in West Bengal; you will fly to Bagdogra airport then transfer by road. After a night stay, you will take the Toy Train up to Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a marvel of what could be said in a non-engineering way. It uses neither rack mechanism nor cable as other mountain railways do it moves only on adhesion. It was the genius and vision of Franklin Prestage, which conceived of such a mechanism and executed it to perfection. Explore Darjeeling the famous Hill Station before heading Glenburn Tea Plantation where you can find out all about how tea is grown and produced.

After a relaxing few days head down to Kolkata by flight from Bagdogra. Kolkata (Calcutta), which served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911. People of Calcutta are very passionate about arts and sports, especially football and cricket. It is also known as the city of joy, where people are always full of enthusiasm and excitement.

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Starting from £2912.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Private guided tour of Old & New Delhi
  • Walk in the old lanes of Old Delhi
  • Experience domestic train travel
  • Enjoy the Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla
  • Private guided tour of Shimla
  • Enjoy the Toy Train from Kurseong to Darjeeling
  • Private guided tour of Darjeeling
  • Stay at the luxury Tea Plantation, Glenburn
  • Enjoy the history of the East India Company in Kolkata
  • Private guided tour of Kolkata

Our Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

SHIMLA: The capital of Himachal Pradesh is everything you’d expect from a bustling Himalayan town. It has a penchant for presenting some of the best weather in the country and awe-inspiring scenery which attracts visitors from far and wide. The Mall Road, Shimla’s main street, is home to a bustling bazaar, incredible car-free experiences and maze-like alleys that are full of colonial-era relics. For a unique adventure, head over to Jakhoo Hill, the highest point of Shimla. The place really does have some of the most stunning views of the surrounding peaks and pastures. Sunrise and sunset views of Scandal Point are equally amazing. Adventure lovers cannot miss out on Kufri and Chadwick Falls either.

KURSEONG: Discover tranquillity in Kurseong, which in Lepcha means ‘the Land of White Orchids,’ referring to the small white orchid prolific here. Often you can look down on the clouds below. It seems like the sea, stretching for miles, filling the valleys and the peaks. Ranges rise out of it like islands and peninsulas. Kurseong is developing as a quiet hill station. Tea gardens include Castleton, Makaibarie, Ambotia and Goomtee.

DARJEELING: Ever heard of Darjeeling Tea? Made popular all over the world by the British, Darjeeling is among the top tea-growing regions on the planet. It hosts beautiful tea gardens and sipping tea while watching mesmerising mountain views is among the best things to do here. Nestled among the clouds, the Queen of the Hills has always been famous because of its lofty plantations and beautiful handicrafts, but it’s slowly emerging as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts as well. Victorian-era architecture is sure to be another highlight of your tour, while places like Mall Road and Chowrasta are perfect spots to watch life go by.

GLENBURN: Glenburn is a heavenly little plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range. Started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, Glenburn has now passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families. The Prakashes, who have over the years come to be known as the “Chaiwala family” – which means “tea planters”.

KOLKATA: Kolkata is often seen as a poor and chaotic place to be in, thought to be undeserving of its status as one of India’s top four metros, and that may have something to do with the fewer number of travellers visiting the city. It certainly looks that way, until you realise that its true charms lie in its deep-rooted culture, its unique way of life and its quintessential East meets West attitude. The city is surrounded by fascinating natural beauty, ranging from the iconic Sunderbans and their man-eating tigers to the serene hills of Darjeeling. Popularly called the intellectual and cultural capital of the country, Kolkata is also one of those few destinations where traditional gentlemen’s clubs, an ancient way of life, historic customs and that ‘friendly vibe’ still exists. Don’t miss out on the colonial architecture, never ignore that mouth-wateringly delicious Bengali food and just have a blast talking to the locals. The best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Puja, a celebration that engulfs the entire city in festival lights, street carnivals, beautiful fairs and spectacular displays of its rich cultural and artistic heritage.

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India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

DAY 01 – FLY TO DELHI
Fly via Dubai to Delhi.

If you wish to arrange your international flights, please contact us for the adjusted price based on arrangements in India only.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today, you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI VIA KALKA TO SHIMLA (B)
Early morning, board your train to Kalka. On arrival in Kalka, you will transfer to the toy train that takes you up to Shimla.

On arrival, late afternoon, transferred to your hotel, then at leisure

The Raj still lingers in Shimla, the state capital, and former summer capital during British rule. Set at an altitude of 2,130 meters, Shimla is, even today, one of India’s most popular hill stations.

DAY 05 – SHIMLA (B)
Today you will explore Shimla, once the `Summer Capital’ of British India and now the State Capital of Himachal Pradesh. 

DAY 06 – SHIMLA (B)
Today is at leisure to relax and take a walk around Shimla on your own.

Optional Extra: A full day trip to Kufri and Chail with Packed Lunch

Chail lies at a height of 2250m and is one of the smallest yet prettiest Himalayan hill stations. Developed as the summer residence of the Maharajas of Patiala, they built a large palace which was later demolished. 

DAY 07 – SHIMLA TO DELHI (B)
Drive to Kalka (3 Hrs) and board train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi late night and transferred to hotel.

DAY 08 – DELHI TO KURSEONG (B)
Fly to Bagdogra and then drive to Kurseong (2.5 Hrs). Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 09 – KURSEON TO DARJEELING (B)
Morning board Toy Train from Kurseong to Darjeeling (Approx. 3-4 Hrs Train ride)

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 10 – DARJEELING (B)
Enjoy a visit to Tiger Hill in the morning.

Then take a Joy ride from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back

DAY 11 – DARJEELING TO GLENBURN (FB)
Drive to Glenburn (45 mins). On arrival, check-in at the estate.

Glenburn is a heavenly little plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range.

DAY 12 – GLENBURN (FB)
Full day at leisure to relax and explore the Tea Planation. Stroll down to the river, try some fishing or walk through the plantation and meet the local people who live here and work at the Tea Factory.

DAY 13 – GLENBURN (FB)
Full day at leisure to relax or local activities are available.

DAY 14 – GLENBURN TO KOLKATA (B)
Drive to Bagdogra Airport (4 Hrs) and then fly to Kolkata. On arrival meet and transfer to your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 15 – KOLKATA (B)
Full day tour, visiting Victoria Memorial, National Library, Marble Palace, South Park Cemetery, Hooghly River and Mother Teresa centre.

DAY 16 – KOLKATA HOMEBOUND (B)
Fly via Dubai to the UK. Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal.

India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


The Palace Chail, why not add on an extra night here. The Palace Chail Built in 1891, Chail Palace Maharaja’s palace is set in approximately 75 acres and has a truly regal setting with spectacular views.

Before heading back to Delhi Day 07 drop in for a night in Chandigarh. When Lahore was lost to Pakistan, the search for a new capital for Punjab finally took shape in Chandigarh — the splendid outcome of Nehru’s vision.

From Darjeeling add-on tour of the adjoining state of Sikkim. A Himalayan wonderland tucked away in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Unsurpassed in scenic beauty, it has a great variety of vegetation

From Kolkata enjoy a cruise itinerary to the Sunderbans. The Sunderbans boasts a mix of dense mangrove forests and a fabulous wildlife that attracts visitors like a magnet. The unique biodiversity of this delta

India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

India's Toy Trains and the Hill Stations of Shimla & Darjeeling

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