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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday. We will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Kolkata is an amazing example of East meets West. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour which includes the Flower Market, Howrah Bridge.
This morning you have at leisure. Later this evening you will be transferred to the train station where you will board a train to New Jalpaiguri.
Upon arriving in New Jalpaiguiri you will be driven to Darjeeling. The rest of the day is at leisure. Sitting at a spectacular altitude of nearly 2200m with a backdrop consisting of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations, the scenic hill-station of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal offers pleasant respite from India’s oppressive summer heat. Indeed, 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 including Ghoom, tea plantations, faded relics from the Raj, colourful markets and trekking possibilities in the surrounding area.
Enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill (you will have the opportunity to witness a spectacular sunrise) and later, we return via Ghoom (monastery). This afternoon you have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering institute and a tea garden.
Today you have the day at leisure.
Today you will be driven to New Jalpaiguri station from where you will board a train to Mughal Sarai.
Upon arriving in Mughal Sarai you will be transferred to your hotel (check in not until noon). Later this afternoon you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is guaranteed to make an impression. Considered the holiest of places in India, the city of Shiva has been a centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to bathe and rinse away their sins in the waters of the River Ganges and tour its revered temples. Varanasi is also believed to be an auspicious place to die, ensuring release from the cycle of rebirths and an instantly granted passport to heaven.
We enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges 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. In the evening we head to the ghats to watch the ceremony to worship the Ganges river. Later in the afternoon we will take you on a guided sightseeing tour to visit the famous Buddhist holy sight of Sarnath. Sarnath is located at 10 Kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; preaching the middleway to final 'NIRVANA’. We then proceed to the train station for the train to Tundla.
Upon arriving in Tundla you will be transferred to the hotel (check in is at noon) Later this morning you will visit the Agra Fort which, during its time has been a military structure, a palace and a prison! You will also visit the Taj Mahal, here you will enjoy exploration time and also a guided explanation of this once powerful mogul emperor’s monument to love.
Today you will be driven to Jaipur. En route you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, located in what is now Uttar Pradesh was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and served as the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under his reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. The tremendously atmospheric complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
This morning we visit the delicate pink, magnificent fort-palace of Amber - a wonderful example of Rajput architecture just north of Jaipur. Subject to Government regulations, we will arrive in style atop an elephant! Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.
Day at leisure. You can also opt to do our Jaipur up close enhanced option, you can read about it on the page over.
Today you will be driven Delhi. Delhi is a huge city and one of the oldest on the planet. It is estimated to be over 5000 years old and rebuilt a staggering 11 times. Officially two separate cities, the old city of Delhi and New Delhi are really two parts of one sprawling metropolis.
Today we explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing. Taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. Evening we will fly back to Bangalore.
Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.
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