Shimla Valley

4 day Escorted Tour Itinerary

Shimla Extension

Become a king or queen of the hills

Towering high in the foots of the Himalayas, Shimla, also known as the "Queen of Hills" used to be the summer capital during British rule as it sits 2200 metres above sea level and provided much cooler temperatures. Over the years, Shimla has developed into a thriving mountain town and has developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions including Viceroy's House and vibrantly coloured rhododendron forests. Shimla's valleys provide the most stunning vistas, its colonial history is still alive today waiting to be learnt and all under the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas. 

On this three night extension tour you will leave Delhi by train to then board the Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla and embark onto your journey into the hills. Visit a range of boutiques, stately mansions, towering temples and beautifully manicured gardens before heading back to Delhi and onto your next Indian discovery.   

Daily Departures

Our Experts Recommend:
  • The Toy train is lengthy and not air-conditioned, you can switch to the vehicle (which travels at the same time) carrying your luggage after two hours for the rest of the journey if you wish
  • This extension tour is perfectly paired with our India's Golden Triangle tour

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

4 days
Guide Price
£629 per person
Price based on
Based on 01 August 19, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • Shimla
    2 Nights
  • 1 Night
Group basis, Escorted
  • Accommodation based on a twin-bedded room for three nights
  • Breakfast included on days two, three and four
  • Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing in Shimla
  • Rail tickets from Delhi to Kalka in air conditioned car class and Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla
  • Monument entrance fees
Not included
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as meals not included, beverages and camera fees

Itinerary Breakdown

An early morning departure from your hotel to take you to New Delhi railway station, train departs approximately 07:40 to arrive into Kalka at 11:45. It's on your arrival into Kalka you board the Himalayan Toy train which journeys through the Shivalik ranges to Shimla. On arrival into Shimla, approximately 17:20, you will be met and assisted on your arrival and transferred to the hotel. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Wildflower Hall or similar

After a delicious breakfast visit the Mall, Shimla's principal promenade which runs along a ridge, here around here you will find stately mansions including Viceroy's House, an array of shops, Observatory Hill and Scandal Point. Jakku Hill boasts fine views of Shimla and Kufri is a perfect picnic spot that offers excellent skiing on its mountain slopes in the winter. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Wildflower Hall or similar

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure before an afternoon drive to board the train from Kalka to Delhi. The journey takes around four hours with the train departing Kalka at approximately 17:45, arriving into Delhi at 21:50. You will be met and assisted on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Delhi. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Taj Palace New Delhi or similar

If you wish to stay in Delhi for a longer duration to explore the thriving city or we can arrange a departure transfer from the hotel to take you to the airport and onto your next destination. 

  • Shimla

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Set 2200 metres above sea level in the foot of the Himalayas
    • Stunning vistas from great viewpoints
    • Rhododendron forests
    • Colonial architecture