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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, 4-nights from only £745 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.

This itinerary follows on from Day 11 of our Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour.


  • Day 11: Shimla, 3 nights
  • Day 12: Shimla
  • Day 13: Shimla
  • Day 14: Delhi, Overnight
  • Day 15: Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

Day 11: Shimla, 3 nights

An early start this morning, as we bid farewell to our fellow travelling companions and begin our journey to Shimila. At the train station, 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 switch to 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. On arrival into Shimla, we transfer to the fabulous Oberoi Cecil Hotel, where we will stay for the next three nights.

Included meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner


Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: Delhi, Overnight

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

Included meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner


Day 15: Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

Our Indian adventure comes to a close. Our flight departs this morning, arriving in the UK this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks


Shimla – Departure dates & prices

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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 – December  From £745
 January – April  From £795
 September – December  From £745
 January – April  From £795

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

Single occupancy supplement: From £295.

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: A 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 and dinner
  • Two packed lunches

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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Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, Delhi

Pride Plaza Hotel is situated in New Delhi’s modern Aerocity area, so named for its handy proximity to Delhi Airport. The hotel is built on a grand scale, and boasts ultra-modern facilities blended with authentic Indian furnishings and artwork. An… Find out more >
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landscape view of forest and misty mountains with sun in Shimla India

Shimla: Sleeping Beauty Trail

Highlights: The History of Shimla Elysium Hill Tour Description: One of the seven hills that surround Shimla, Elysium Hill is the highest point in Shimla and an amazing vantage point...

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This holiday extension is available to add to the end of our Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, and the following customer reviews have been independently verified by Feefo, who are a leading independent reviews company. We’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive and the great reviews they kindly give us!

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