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Delhi to Darjeeling

18 Days  |  Delhi to Kolkata  |  from USD $3,999  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Taking in all the very best of India; Delhi, Jaipur, the Taj Mahal, the mysterious Temples of Khajuraho, ancient holy Varanasi, the remote hill station of Kalimpong and of course Darjeeling, tea central.

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Day 1

Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

This morning, our welcome meeting takes place. Then we embark on a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation, Humayan’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and a carpet emporium where we can witness a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving. Tonight, we enjoy a Namaste Dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-4

Delhi - Jaipur. Today, we travel by road to the architecturally flamboyant Jaipur - capital of Rajasthan which was founded in 1727. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar, a medieval astronomical observatory - both of which were built by Jaipur’s founder - Jai Singh. On day 4 early-risers can opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over Jaipur and sail over hilltop forts, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples. Then we travel to Amber Fort, where we take an elephant ride to the summit of this stunning 16th century Rajput fort. A visit will be made to cotton trader this afternoon before returning to our hotel for free time.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 5

Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur. Departing Jaipur we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep. Next, we discover local life, traditions and visit the village school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park.
Overnight: Bharatpur  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Bharatpur - Agra. Today we travel to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri - the magnificent fortified Mughal capital of Emperor Akbar. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the the legendary Taj Mahal and watching a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is simply breathtaking.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Agra - Orchha. Striking south, we journey by express train to Jhansi and onwards by road to Orchha. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is dotted with temples and palaces built by Bundela rulers, which we’ll explore.
Overnight: Orchha  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Orchha - Khajuraho. Travelling south-east we arrive in Khajuraho and explore its magnificent Hindu and Jain temples which were built during the Chandela dynasty from 950-1050 AD. The intricate stone carved temples are famous for their erotic sculptures, although why they were built still remains a mystery. In fact the Chandelas appear to have forgotten about the temples soon after they were completed and it wasn't until they were rediscovered by the British that these exquisite masterpieces were fully appreciated in India.
Overnight: Khajuraho  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Khajuraho - Varanasi. This morning consider going on a wildlife safari at Panna National Park. Around noon, forgoing a long drive, we fly east to Varanasi. Varanasi is perhaps the holiest city in India, known as Benares or the city of Shiva, it is also one of the oldest cities on earth. Sitting on the banks of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi has been a centre of learning for more than 2000 years and it's an important Hindu pilgrimage site.
Overnight: Varanasi  |  Breakfast

Days 10-11

Varanasi - New Jalpaiguri. On the morning of day 10 we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges river where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city. At sunset consider re-visiting the ghats for the evening pilgrimage, which is different to the dawn ritual.

On day 11, take the opportunity to further Varanasi at leisure before our early evening transfer to Mughal Sarai rail station for our overnight North East Express train to New Jalpaiguri.
Overnight: Varanasi (1) Train (1)  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 12

New Jalpaiguri - Kalimpong. Arriving into New Jalpaiguri train station this morning we commence the 3 hour drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong, a remote hill station which was once part of Sikkim and a meeting point on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, sits amid beautiful mountain scenery where orchids and other flowers grow in profusion. Kalimpong offers wonderful views of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world and the town is home to several important monasteries, including the brightly painted Zong Dog Palri Phodrang Gompa (simply known as Durpin Monastery) and Thirpai Choling Gompa founded in 1892 and recently renovated. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town at your own pace.
Overnight: Kalimpong  |  Lunch, Dinner

Days 13-14

Kalimpong - Gangtok. Leaving Kalimpong we drive to Gangtok, where the remains of the day are at leisure. The charming town of Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, a tiny Himalayan state known for its orchids and flowers and for the heavy influence of Tibetan culture. Beyond the busy market areas, lie monastic complexes and striking countryside.

On day 14 we visit the beautiful Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim’s largest and most active monastery which is located in a lower valley. Then we tour Gangtok taking in the Royal Monastery – Tsuklakhang, the Institute of Tibetology and the Orchid Sanctuary.
Overnight: Gangtok  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 15-16

Gangtok - Darjeeling. Leaving Gangtok we drive to Darjeeling. Sitting at a spectacular altitude of 2124m with a backdrop of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations, Darjeeling has been a popular hill station since the British established it as an R&R centre for their troops in the mid 19th century. Draw cards include a number of Buddhist monasteries, tea plantations and colourful markets.

On day 16, we drive to Tiger Hill to catch sunrise over the snowy peak of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing on, we visit the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) followed by city sightseeing and a visit to a tea estate,where you can purchase some of Darjeeling’s most famous export.
Overnight: Darjeeling  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 17-18

Darjeeling via Jalpaiguri - Kolkata. Transferring to Jalpaiguri station we catch our overnight 2nd class sleeper train for Kolkata (*option to fly available, see below). We arrive into Kolkata on the morning of day 18 - Tuesday. This marks the end of our tour and we transfer you to the airport. As the train arrives at approximately 6 am we advise that you book your departure flights for after 12 noon.
Overnight: Train (1)  |  Breakfast x 1

Discover the Kingdom of Bhutan

Extend your stay with a 7 day/6 night Bhutan Breakaway! Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan has for centuries remained cautiously aloof from the rest of the world. Opening its doors to the world in 1974, Bhutan's incredible scenery & hospitable charm has been revealed to travellers hungry for new experiences.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Almondz Hotel, Delhi
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The modern and smart Almondz Hotel offers guests good sized well appointed rooms which all come with complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-house restaurant is highly recommended providing diners with delicious food and a friendly service. Please note that the majority of hotel rooms do not have windows.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set amongst 2 acres of landscaped gardens, the Udai Vilas Palace is a traditional hotel taking guests back to a bygone era. Guest rooms are spacious and well equipped with comfortable beds and large windows. The hotel is famous for its barbecue nights and Rajasthani Folklore evenings. On an evening why not grab a nice cold beer and sit by the pool - a great way to end the day! Well located near the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary - great for keen twichers!

Utkarsh Vilas, Agra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Utkarsh Vilas is a simple, comfortable hotel with large rooms.

Raj Mahal, Orchha
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Recently built, the Raj Mahal is an oasis of elegance and luxury offering high standards of facilities to all its guests. Guest rooms are simply furnished with classic Indian four poster beds. There is an outdoor pool to relax in and the onsite restaurant, Rajsi Bhoj comes with excellent reviews. Why not take a walk along the riverside and see how many different birds you can spot? Located a short drive from central Orchha close to the Betwa River.

Hotel Ramada , Khajuraho
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

A popular heritage property, the Ramada is smart, modern and elegantly furnished. Rooms are good in size and have marble flooring with beautiful views out of the bay windows on to the stunning landscaped grounds. Guests can relax in the refreshing outdoor pool and sip a tasty beverage at sunset from the master cocktail makers at the bar. Very well located just a short walk to the fantastic erotic temples of Khajuraho.

Surya Hotel, Varanasi
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Originally an ancient Nepali King's Palace, the Surya Hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Guest rooms are classically furnished with excellent amenities and beautiful European-style bathrooms. Meals are served in the Canton Royale Restaurant which serves up a delicious array of Indian and International cuisine. Those wanting a nice drink should head to Sol Bar for cocktails and other assorted beverages. Well located in the north of Varanasi.

The Orchid Retreat, Kalimpong
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

A pleasant family run retreat providing simple cottages and lodgings with spacious and comfortable rooms.

Nor-Khill, Gangtok
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Nor-Khill is a traditional hotel, typical Sikkimese architecture, with spacious, elegant rooms.

RJ Resort, Darjeeling
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled among the rolling mountains of Mourt Kanchenjunga the hotel has a distinctive design and offers comfortable accommodation.

Trip Highlights

Old and New Delhi - the magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
Keoladeo Ghana National Park - UNESCO heritage site with up to 300 migratory birds
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
Orchha Temples - wonderful complex of brilliantly preserved 16th century temples
Varanasi - the holiest city in India, Mother India site, local temples, mosque and the holy River Ganges
Gangtok - capital of Sikkim, Buddist monasteries, Tibetan sites & flower orchards
The Pink City of Jaipur - the lofty Amber Fort, the very regal City Palace and the ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Abhaneri - the iconic Chand Baori 9th century step well
Bharatpur - rural India at its friendliest
Fatehpur Sikri - an ancient abandoned Mughal city
Khajuraho - the stunning Chandela erotic temples
Kalimpong - hill station and monasteries
Darjeeling - home of the top cuppa, tea plantations, Tiger Hill, Buddhist monasteries & colourful markets

Included

15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners including Namaste Dinner in Delhi
2 nights train - Varanasi - New Jalpaiguri & New Jalpaiguri to Kolkata (2nd class air-conditioned)
Bicycle rickshaw ride in Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Economy class flight - Khajuraho to Varanasi
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 18
English speaking Indian tour leader for groups of 6 or more
15 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Elephant ride to Amber Fort - Jaipur
Sunrise boat cruise on the holy Ganges - Varanasi
All relevant transfers and transportation
Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Chand Baori Step Well, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kalimpong, Gangtok and Darjeeling
Specialist guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: $85-95 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $50-60 USD

Satish Dhar was very professional, gave us lots of information & always happy to answer our questions.

Sunil Pradhan went out of his way to make sure we saw everything in Sikkim.

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Well organised and coordinated. Our tour guide Satender was very friendly and did an awesome job showing us India.

We are in the middle of our Indian experience and every minute has been outstanding. Much of the excellence of this tour has been because of our guide, Yusuf, who leaves us today as the larger group splits into smaller ones and goes different directions. Yusuf has shown us many things throughout the journey and also offered suggestions, laughed at our jokes, and generally kept us in line. His knowledge of India seems endless and I have learnt so much more than I learnt from school of this amazing, vibrant country. Thank you Yusuf and On The Go.

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We are in the middle of our Indian experience and every minute has been outstanding. Much of the excellence of this tour has been because of our guide, Yusuf, who leaves us today as the larger group splits into smaller ones and goes different directions. Yusuf has shown us many things throughout the journey and also offered suggestions, laughed at our jokes, and generally kept us in line. His knowledge of India seems endless and I have learnt so much more than I learnt from school of this amazing, vibrant country. Thank you Yusuf and On The Go.

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A huge thank you to our guide, Yusuf who was extremely knowledgeable, personal and helpful in every way possible. He has gone above and beyond for us all and we are very grateful.

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
We have special arrangements on this tour to celebrate 'Holi - Festival of Colour'. A small supplement applies. Please refer to the note at the bottom of the itinerary or the Trip Notes for further details.
Holi - Festival of Colour
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations!
Diwali Departure
New Year Departure
2015
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2016
Price/Person
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USD $3999
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Easter departure, book early!We have special arrangements on this tour to celebrate 'Holi - Festival of Colour'. A small supplement applies. Please refer to the note at the bottom of the itinerary or the Trip Notes for further details.
USD $4079
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This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations!
USD $4049
USD $1449
 
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Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3999
USD $1449

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $800
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Post-Tour Accommodation - Kolkata
USD $139
USD $120
Pre-Tour accommodation - Delhi
USD $99
USD $90
Post-Tour accommodation - Mumbai
USD $120
USD $10

This tour is also available on a private basis.

SPECIAL DEPARTURES:

SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016 departure we will be celebrating Holi - the festival of colour in the rural village of Bharatpur. A small supplement has been added to our tour price for this departure. Please visit our 'Festival Tours' section of the website and see our HOLI - FESTIVAL OF COLOUR TOUR for further details.

29 OCTOBER 2016 tour includes special DIWALI arrangements, please visit the 'Festival Tours' section on the web and see our DIWALI FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS TOUR for further details. A small supplement has been added to our tour price for this departure.

Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Kolkata
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 15, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 7
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Panna Wildlife Safari
USD $239 / half day
Diwali
USD $50 / Festival of Lights Supplement
Golden Amritsar
USD $719 / 3 days
Shimla Calling
USD $529 / 4 days

Satish Dhar was very professional, gave us lots of information & always happy to answer our questions.

Sunil Pradhan went out of his way to make sure we saw everything in Sikkim.

Jill Raven
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.