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10-Day North India Tour (Delhi to Shimla)

A Taste of India's Ancient and Modern History

Normally, people focus their first India tour in North India. Besides the Golden Triangle, which will impress you with India's ancient history, Amritsar in the North-West Frontier and Shimla in the mountainous area of Himachal will give you a taste of this country's modern history.

  • Days:10±
  • Best For:First-timers, history fans
  • Departure date: up to you
  • Sample price:US$2,459 each (2 per room)*

Suggested Route for a North-West Frontier Tour

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Tour Highlights

Here are the awesome attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Discover Old Delhi in Chandni Chowk during a rickshaw ride.

a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk

Admire one of the wonders of the ancient world, the Taj Mahal.

the rickshaw in the market

Immerse yourself in the stories of the maharajas in the 'Pink City', Jaipur.

Taj Mahal
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Explore the North-West Frontier of India in Amritsar.

Flag-raising ceremony in Amritsar

Discover the past of British India in a little town among the mountains of Himachal.

the door in the city palace

Itinerary in Detail

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Day 1
Arrive in Delhi

Welcome to India. Meet our representative in the arrival hall of the airport and then he will escort you to your hotel and help you checking in.

Day 2
One-Day Tour in Delhi
  • Visit the magnificent Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that showcases the splendor of Mughal architecture.
  • Explore Chandni Chowk and soak in the vibrant colors, tantalizing aromas, and vibrant energy of this historical market, which was once considered the largest in India.
  • Head to Qutub Minar, a soaring tower that stands as a remarkable example of Indo-Islamic architecture.
  • Admire the grandeur of Humayun's Tomb, surrounded by beautiful gardens and reflecting the architectural brilliance of the Mughal era.
the Qutub Minar
The symbol of victory, Qutub Minar
Day 3
Delhi to Agra (4 to 5 Hours), Agra Fort, and Mehtab Bagh
  • Embark on a drive to Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort. This impressive fortress showcases stunning architecture and is made primarily of red sandstone. Agra Fort offers a majestic view and serves as a testament to the grandeur of the Mughal era.
  • Visit Mehtab Bagh to witness a mesmerizing sunset view of the Taj Mahal. It is a beautifully laid garden that offers an idyllic location to savor the enchanting view as the sun sets behind the iconic monument.
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Day 4
The Taj Mahal, the Itmad-ud-Daula, Drive to Jaipur (5 Hours)
  • Take steps closer to the Taj Mahal, prepare to be captivated by its sheer beauty and elegance. The delicate carvings, intricate details, and symmetrical design come together to create a masterpiece that leaves visitors in awe. The ivory-white marble reflects the morning sunlight, enveloping the entire structure in a gentle and ethereal glow.
  • Continue your exploration with a visit to Itmad-ud-Daula, often referred to as the "baby Taj Mahal." This stunning mausoleum offers a tranquil and intimate setting that is filled with intricate beauty.
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Day 5
One-Day Pink City Tour
  • Begin your exploration of Jaipur, the "Pink City," with a visit to the enchanting Amber Fort. Step into the grandeur of this majestic fortress and marvel at the elegant pillars that line its corridors. As you walk through its halls, let the beautiful colors and intricate patterns on the walls transport you back in time.
  • In the afternoon, head to Jaipur's City Palace, a sprawling complex that offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the maharajas of Jaipur.
  • Explore and absorb the magnificence of Jantar Mantar, appreciate the contributions and intellect of those who dedicated themselves to unraveling the mysteries of the universe in centuries past.
the elegant courtyard of the Amber Fort
The beautiful courtyard of Amber Fort
Day 6
Nahargarh Fort, Flight from Jaipur to Amritsar
  • Venture to the less touristy Nahargarh Fort to enjoy a magnificent view of Jaipur. Explore the various rooms of Nahargarh Fort, including the living quarters, bedrooms, and cloakrooms used by the maharajas and their wives. The beautiful colors adorning the walls are truly impressive, especially considering they were derived from natural resources.
  • Reture from Nahargarh Fort, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the splendid view of the water palace in the distance.
  • Drive to the airport for your flight to Amritsar, your next destination.
 The view of the city from Nahargarh Fort
Enjoy a bird's eyes view of the city from Nahargarh Fort
Day 7
Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Jallianwala Bagh, and Wagah Border
  • Step inside Harmandir Sahib, the most exquisite Sikh temple. The architecture of Harmandir Sahib combines the serene Islamic style with vibrant Hindu elements, creating a magnificent fusion. Admire the intricate decorations and exquisite craftsmanship that adorns the temple.
  • Take a walk to Jallianwala Bagh. This historical site is where the infamous Amritsar massacre occurred.
  • Witness the fascinating "lowering of the flags" ceremony at the border. This unique event showcases the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistan Rangers engaging in a ceremonial display of strength and patriotism.
 the Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib
Admire the most beautiful Sikh temple of India
Day 8
Express Train to Chandigarh (4 Hours) and Drive to Shimla (3 Hours)

You will take an express train from Amritsar to Chandigarh and then have a private transfer to Shimla. On the way from Chandigarh to Shimla, you will stop at the Pinjore Garden for a relaxing walk.

Day 9
Shimla Sightseeing
  • Enter the Jakhu Temple, the most renowned temple in Shimla. Situated atop a mountain, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman. Take a moment to appreciate the intricate artwork and craftsmanship displayed on the wall, illustrating scenes from Hindu mythology.
  • Take a stroll along Mall Road in Shimla to immerse yourself in the Victorian charm and relive the history of when Shimla served as the summer capital of British India.
  • Visit Christ Church, Scandal Point, Gaiety Theatre, and the Town Hall. Appreciate the colonial architectures and the historical significances they carry as parts of Shimla's heritage.
the Jakhu Temple
Visit a red Hindu temple on the mountain
Day 10
Toy Train Ride and Flight Back to Delhi

Leave Shimla after breakfast and take a toy train ride to Kandaghat. During the 2-hour train ride, you will enjoy the pretty scenery in the mountains of Himachal. When you arrive in Kandaghat, you will be transferred to Chandigarh Airport to catch your flight back to Delhi.

 the toy train ride
Enjoy a toy train ride and the scenery along the way

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

Special experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

A Romantic Dinner in Amber Fort
A Romantic Dinner in Amber Fort

For couples

painting on hand
Heena Painting on Hands and Feet

For culture fans

Taj Mahal and moon
Moonlights Tour of Taj Mahal

For couples

Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.

the courtyard of hotel
Heritage hotel in old Delhi
heritage hotel in Jaipur
Heritage hotel in Jaipur
Hotel with the veiw of Taj Mahal
Hotel with a view of Taj Mahal

Our Service Includes:

10 days from
per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • 4-star accommodations for 9 nights
  • Flights and trains between cities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Governmental taxes

Tour code: ah-in-80

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