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Welcome to beautiful India! You will be met at the airport by our representative and taken to your hotel where you can relax after your long flight. Tomorrow your adventure begins so be sure to get a good sleep.
This morning we drive to the famous Corbett National Park. Backing onto the forest-covered slopes of the Himalayan foothills, Corbett is one of India’s finest national parks and is known for its rich and varied wildlife including tiger, Asian elephant, species of deer, leopard, langur, wild boar and birdlife. Today you will enjoy game drives in the morning and afternoon.
The next two days will be spent enjoying morning and afternoon game drives through the National Park. Corbett is India’s first national park and one of its finest. It is notable not only for its rich and varied wildlife and birdlife but also for its scenic charm and magnificent mountain and river views. The park comprises the broad valley of Ramganga River backing onto the forest-covered slopes of the Himalayan foothills.
There is an immensely rich flora – 110 species of trees, 51 species of shrubs, 33 species of bamboos and 27 species of climbers. The valley floor is covered with tall elephant grass, lantana bushes and patches of Sal and Sheesham. The fauna is as rich as the flora. The park has always been noted for its tigers, which are seen quite frequently. There are leopards too but they are seldom seen. In all there are over 50 species of mammal alone. Corbett is a bird-watcher’s paradise with over 600 species, and since the creation of the Kalagarh Dam on the Ramganga River, large numbers of waterfowl have been attracted here.
After breakfast it's time to say goodbye to the wildlife and head back to Delhi for a night's rest in Delhi.
Early this morning we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to Kolkata (booked by client independently). Upon arrival into Kolkata you'll be met and transferred to your hotel.
This cultural city is an amazing example of East meets West. Enjoy a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this imposing vision in marble often called the “Taj” of the British Raj overlooks the grassy Maidan, the city’s green belt.
Enjoy the day to independently explore Kolkata. Early this evening, you’ll board the Darjeeling Mail train. In air conditioned 1st class sleeper accommodation, relax as the train heads north to New Jalpaiguri.
Early this morning, you’ll continue the journey to Darjeeling by car. Sitting at a spectacular altitude of 2124m with a backdrop consisting of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations. Owing to Darjeeling’s proximity to Tibet, the town has a Tibetan Refugee Centre comprising care for the young and old and craft workshops that produce carpets, leather work and other Tibetan curios. If you have time, it’s worth a look.
Early morning we enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill to catch sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing to the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) followed by city sightseeing and a visit to a tea estate.
Today we drive to New Jalpaiguri to catch the Varanasi North-East Express train (2nd class A/C sleeper) to Varanasi.
Arriving early this morning to Mughalsarai, we drive to Varanasi. Varanasi or the city of Shiva, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. Abundant with temples and streets that resemble a mass of tangled shoe laces, Varanasi is one of India’s most colourful cities, later we enjoy a city sightseeing tour.
Early morning we boat ride on the holy Ganges to witness the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the famous riverside ghats (steps) that line the banks. Late afternoon board the Marudhar Express train (1st A/C class sleeper) to Agra.
An early morning arrival in Agra allows you the chance to relax. Visits to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and marble craft shop later this afternoon. Enjoy your own time to explore and a guided tour of the Taj Mahal, a once powerful Moghul emperor’s monument to love. Later we visit Agra fort, built under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, which contains numerous palaces and a white marble mosque and the Baby Taj. Remainder of the day is free and at your leisure.
Free morning or re-visit the Taj Mahal. Afternoon vehicle transfer to Delhi in time to board the Howrah Delhi Kalka Express train (air-conditioned 1st class sleeper) to Kalka.
Very early today, we board the Kalka-Shimla Express (non a/c 1st class), arriving Shimla late morning. Shimla, the ‘old summer capital’ of British India sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of 2100m. The famous ‘Mall’ lined with stately English houses, Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the fortress-like former Viceregal Lodge reinforces Shimla’s English flavour. It’s worth exploring the narrow streets which fall steeply away from the ridge to colourful local bazaars. Enjoy the next two days at leisure.
Leaving Shimla, drive to Kalka to catch the afternoon, Shatabdi Express train (airconditioned chair car) bound for Delhi.
This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy the sights of New Delhi including the majestic India Gate, Rajpath and Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in India in the 11th century and a carpet emporium.
Today our tour comes to an end after breakfast. Enjoy an included departure transfer to Delhi airport.
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