Darjeeling Holidays

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Durga idol

Day 1: Kolkata

Once you arrive into Kolkata you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Kolkata or relax at the hotel.

Jain Temple

Day 2: Kolkata

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.

Kolkata street

Day 3: Kolkata - Darjeeling

Kolkata - New Jalpaiguri. 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.

The toy train

Days 4-6: Darjeeling

New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling - Varanasi. 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. Early morning of day 5, 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. Day 6, drive to New Jalpaiguri to catch the Varanasi North-East Express train (2nd class A/C sleeper) to Varanasi.

Varanasi Ghats

Days 7-8: 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. Later we enjoy a city sightseeing tour. Early morning, day 8, 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.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 9: 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.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 10: Agra - Shimla

Today, free morning or re-visit the Taj Mahal. Afternoon vehicle transfer to Delhi in time to board the Kalka Express train (air-conditioned 1st class sleeper) to Kalka.

Anarkanda

Day 11: Shimla

Upon arriving in Kalka you will picked up and transferred to Shimla (approximately 3 hour drive). The rest of today is free for you to explore Shimla.

Shimla main street

Day 12: Shimla

Day at leisure.

Shimla aerial view

Day 13: Shimla - Delhi

Today you will be transferred to the train station where you board the Toy Train to Kalka. Upon arriving in Kalka you will board another express train to Delhi.

The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 14: 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.

India Gate

Day 15: Delhi

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

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