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Shimla was known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ and was the summer capital during British rule in India. Surrounded by steep forested hills falling away on all sides, and with snow-covered mountains as a backdrop, it is little wonder Shimla exerted such a magnetic influence and blossomed into a thriving British hill station.

This holiday extension is available to add to the end of our Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour.

Shimla, 5-nights from only £695 per person

With spectacular views of steep forested hills and the lower Himalayas, Shimla offers once in a lifetime memories. The journey up to Shimla is breathtaking on the UNESCO ‘Toy Train’ for this historic journey, then see many landmarks and reminders of British colonial life.


  • Day 1: Delhi, Overnight
  • Day 2: Shimla, 3 nights
  • Day 3: Shimla
  • Day 4: Shimla
  • Day 5: Delhi, Overnight
  • Day 6: Depart Delhi

Day 1: Delhi, Overnight

On day 10 of The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, we travel with our fellow passengers to Delhi, and bid them farewell as we head to the Novotel Aerocity Hotel for an overnight stay.


Included meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 2: Delhi – Shimla, 3 nights

An early start as we board the Shatabdi Express train for our wonderful journey north to Kalka. Our comfortable ‘chair-class’ seats are in air-conditioned carriages with large viewing windows. On arrival in Kalka, we board the Himalayan ‘Toy Train’, an historic rail journey on a narrow gauge railway. Carriages on the Toy Train are small and are not air-conditioned, but this is more than compensated by the increasingly spectacular views across the lower Himalayas. Enjoy the next three nights in Shimla at the fabulous Oberoi Cecil Hotel.


Included meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner


Day 3: Shimla

The best way to explore Shimla’s most important sights and landmarks is on foot, and we discover the many reminders of British colonial life on this morning’s walking tour including arguably Shimla’s most impressive building – Viceregal Lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 4: Shimla Freedom Day

A Freedom Day in Shimla to relax or further explore this wonderful town at your leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to take a walking tour and join ‘The Sleeping Beauty Trail’, to learn more about how Shimla has evolved over the years.


Included meals: Breakfast and dinner included


Day 5: Delhi, Overnight

Following breakfast, we transfer by road to Chandigarh, where we board our train to Delhi. We transfer to the Novotel Aerocity Hotel, for our final night in India.


Included meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner


Day 6: Depart Delhi

Our flight departs India this morning


Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks


Shimla – Departure dates & prices

Flexibility is something we always like to offer at Distant Journeys, and our tours of India are no exception. That is why at the end of your Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour we offer a variety of extensions, so you decide where you would like to explore. Maybe head to the lower Himalayas to see the stunning sights of Shimla.

 Departure date Price (pp)
September 2021 – August 2022
 All Departures £695
September 2022 – August 2023
 All Departures £745


Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £275.

Deposit: When booking the Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, your deposit will cover the Shimla extension.

Minimum numbers: A minimum of 2 guests from the tour is required for this extension. If only one passenger is taking the extension a higher single supplement may be applicable.

Visa information: An e-Tourist visa is required for travel to India. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to our FAQ’s page.

Important information: Prices are subject to availability but the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Our escorted tours of India have been designed to offer superb value for money, without compromising on quality, and this ethos also applies to our India tour extensions. Our 6-day extension to Shimla includes so much: train and coach travel to and from Shimla, including a ride on the UNESCO Heritage Toy Train, three nights’ accommodation in Shimla, two nights’ accommodation in Delhi, breakfast and dinner each day plus two packed lunches, a fascinating tour of Shimla, services of a local guide and all transfers.

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • Hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast
  • Five dinners

Unforgettable experiences

  • Travel to Shimla onboard the UNESCO Toy Train
  • Walking tour of Shimla’s most important sights, including the impressive Viceregal Lodge

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced guide and driver
  • All overseas transfers
  • Return train travel between Delhi and Shimla

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  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid Guarantee
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

The Oberoi Cecil Hotel, Shimla

Shimla’s heritage as the summer capital during the days of the British Raj is seen in its many fine examples of Victorian architecture, including the famous Vice Regal Lodge, the former summer residence of the Viceroy of India. A short… Find out more >
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Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, Delhi

Conveniently located just a few minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a superb, modern hotel and a great base from which to enjoy all that Delhi has to offer. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious… Find out more >
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Shimla: Sleeping Beauty Trail

One of the seven hills that surround Shimla, Elysium Hill is the highest point in Shimla and an amazing vantage point for splendid views of the city. Our walk on...

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