Chandigarh Holidays

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Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi, designed by the eminent Sir Edward Lutyens. Highlights include the India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, essentially a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in the 11th century and a carpet emporium.

Local transport

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

After breakfast, we travel to Jaipur. The afternoon is free to relax.

Maharaja Palace

Day 4: Jaipur

Today we take a stately elephant ride to the 15th Century Amber Fort, after which enjoy a city tour of the City Palace, followed by a visit to the Jantar Mantar space observatory. Don’t miss the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its incredible façade of balconies.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra

En route to Agra, enjoy a visit to the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Agra, the rest of the day is at your disposal.

Agra street

Day 6: Agra

Today enjoy a horsecart ride to the Taj Mahal for sunrise. Possibly the most recognised of all India’s landmarks, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century. Later, enjoy a visit to the colossal 15th century Agra Fort and also a marble craftshop. Rest of the afternoon free.

Chaturbhui Temple

Day 7: Agra - Khajuraho

Transfer to the rail station for the morning train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, the journey continues by road to Khajuraho. En route a visit is made to Orchha. On the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is famed for its temples and palaces built by the 16th century Bundela rulers.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 8: Khajuraho - Varanasi

Close behind the Taj Mahal and up there with Varanasi and Jaipur, are the amazing temples of Khajuraho. Immortalised in stone is a wealth of sensuous and erotic sculptures. This morning visit these famous temples. To avoid a long drive, you will fly to the holiest of Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India – Varanasi.

Bathers in the morning

Day 9: Varanasi

Abundant with temples and a labyrinth of streets, Varanasi is exciting, enticing and a city not to be missed. Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges to view the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the ghats (riverside steps). Enjoy a tour of the city, with its numerous temples and wonderful historic feel. At sunset we re-visit the ghats for the evening pilgramage, remarkably different from the dawn ritual.

Saris drying

Day 10: Varanasi - Delhi

After a leisurely morning, we return to Delhi by air.

The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 11: Delhi

Day at leisure in Delhi.

India Gate

Day 12: Delhi - Chandigarh

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chandigarh as booked by your travel agent.

Rose garden

Days 13-19: Chandigarh

Own arrangements

Day 20: Chandigarh - Amritsar

This afternoon you need to make your way to the train station in Chandigarh for the CDG ASR Duranto, departing at 1850, arriving into Amritsar at 2315. Our representative will meet you off the train and assist with the transfer to your hotel.

The temple at night

Day 21: Amritsar

Home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is one of the Punjab’s principal cities. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat. This morning we visit the Golden temple and followed by a sightseeing tour of the city.

Amritsar smile

Day 22: Amritsar

This morning is free to explore independently. This afternoon we will enjoy a visit to Wagah, the only border crossing between India and Pakistan, for the sunset ‘Retreat’ ceremony, where the changing of the guards and ceremonial lowering of the flags is performed with great pomp.

Lake view of the temple

Day 23: Amritsar - Mumbai

After a leisurely breakfast and hotel check out, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Mumbai, via Delhi. Upon arrival, you will meet our local representative and be transfers to your hotel.

Crawford market architecture

Day 24: Mumbai

This morning after breakfast we take the cruise to visit Elephanta caves - Mumbai's premier tourist attraction. The rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island are thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD. The main cave contains large sculpted panels, including an astonishing 18-foot depiction of Shiva. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour one of the most highly populated cities in the world, accommodating approximately 18 million people! Highlights include the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Marine drive.

Gateway to India

Day 25: Mumbai

Free day at leisure.

Victoria Terminus

Day 26: Mumbai

Today you bid farewell to Incredible India. We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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