Darjeeling Holidays

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Day 1: Srinagar

Make your way to Bangalore Airport for the flight to Srinagar (Via Delhi) -- (Flight AI 805 - 0615 / 0955) - Srinagar (Flight AI 866 1205 / 1330) - Arriving into Srinagar, meet with our local driver who will transfer you to your houseboat.

Day 2: Srinagar

This morning visit some of the stunning Mughal Gardens that Srinagar is famous for. We visit the terraced Nishat Bagh or Nishat Garden on the eastern side of the lake. Later we visit Shalimar Garden, Chesmashahi gardens en route to the Pari Mahal garden perched majestically atop the Zebanwan Mountain. This evening we will take a ride in a shikara to witness the sunset.

Day 3: Srinagar

Today we visit the Old City of Srinigar, or as it's also known downtown Srinigar, with its winding streets and alleys lined with shops selling and making the finest Kashmari goods, we take a heritage walk through this part of the city along the River Jhelum. We also visit Hari Parbat, also known as the Mughal fort, a hill fort, situated on Shakira Hill and providing panoramic views of Srinagar City and Dal Lake. We also visit the 700 yearold Jama Masjid mosque and the Shah Hamadan Mosque situated on the right bank of the Jhelum River. Another highlight will be the tomb of Zain Ul Abideen, well hidden in the streets of the bazaar.

Day 4: Srinagar - Pahalgam

Today we will drive you to Pahalgam, surrounded by fir tree capped mountains, with the snowy peaks of the Himalayas towering above. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.

Day 5: Pahalgam

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town that is divided by the Lidder River. With temples, meadows and an abundance of shepherds, Pahalgam is a little oasis.

Day 6: Pahalgam - Gulmarg

Today a drive to Gulmarg - along the way the scenery is enchanting so sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.

Day 7: Gulmarg

We will take you on a sightseeing tour of Gulmarg today, taking in Aru and the Gondola Ride. Gulmarg was a favourite of Emperor Jahangir and stands in a broad meadow of flowers. From vantage points the entire Vale of Kashmir and the surrounding mountains are visible.

Day 8: Gulmarg - Delhi

We make our way back to Srinagar Airport today and catch flight - 6E 436 528 1650 / 1820 to Delhi. Arriving in Delhi, our team await to bring your to your hotel.

The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 9: Delhi

Enjoy sightseeing of Delhi both new and old with visits to the battlemented Red Fort - built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - a marble memorial marking the spot where the great leader- Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination. We also visit Humayun’s Tomb and India's largest mosque, Qutab Minar.

India Gate

Day 10: Delhi - Jaipur

Today we drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City because Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 11: Jaipur

An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty 16th century Amber Fort for our morning tour. The afternoon is spent exploring the City Palace containing an interesting museum of regal attire. Just over the road is Jantar Mantar, an observatory of astronomy built by Jai Singh in 1728. At first glance, Jantar Mantar resembles a sculpture park, though in fact, each construction has a specific scientific purpose. Some measure the positions of stars, whilst others calculate eclipses, the lunar calendar and simply the time of day. Even today, most of the constructions remain accurate!

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 12: Jaipur - Agra

This morning we drive to Agra. En route a stop is made at the fantastically well preserved former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water. Explore the various temples, places of worships, pavilions, public areas and examples of everyday living. Arriving in Agra, we have a busy afternoon taking in the highlights of the Agra Fort then a sunset guided tour of the Magnificent Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 13: Agra - Kathmandu

We make our way back to Delhi this morning and catch flight SG 45 - 1550 / 1750 to Katmandhu. Arriving here, you will see our Nepali team waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 14: Kathmandu

Today enjoy guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Admire the view from Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient of the Valley’s holy shrines. Visit the large and beautiful Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath, adorned with thousands of candles made with butter. Then explore magical Durbar Square - a complex of royal palaces and temples, and the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Conclude the day with a visit to the Pashputinath Temple complex which is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu.

Day 15: Kathmandu

Today we drive to Bhaktapur and enjoy a fully guioded tour. This is a typical Newari town. Despite its close proximity to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur seems worlds apart. This enchanting old town is peacefully traffic free and has retained its centuries old traditions, crafts and trades. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is home to beautifully carved Malla dynasty palaces and pagodas and the cobblestone streets, temples, shrines and squares are full of character.

Day 16: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Today we hit the road and drive to Pokhara the scenery along the way is stunning so sit back and enjoy.

Day 17: Pokhara

An early start as you are driven to Sarangkot enjoying the views of the landscapes and mountains and observing local people, villages and farms. After breakfast visit the thundering waterfall known as Devi’s falls where the Pardi River, which drains Phewa Lake, enters a grottoed channel and sinks underground in a sudden rush of foam and fury. We then enjoy a wander around the town, concluding with a tranquil boat ride on the lake.

Day 18: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Today we retrace our steps with a drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Kathmandu - Darjeeling

This morning we set off on the early flight to the city of Bhadrapur. From here, we have a driver waiting to take you on the 6 hours journey to Darjeeling.

The toy train

Day 20: Darjeeling

Enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill to witness sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga; followed by a visit to Ghoom Gompa (monastery), sightseeing back in town and a visit to a real tea estate. Afternoon at your leisure to explore.

Darjeeling tea plantation

Day 21: Darjeeling

Today is free for you to explore Darjeeling your way. See some Buddhist monasteries or visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a training school for mountain climbers. Its museum features memorabilia from the first ascent of Everest. It is also worthwhile taking a stroll through town. Owing to Darjeeling’s proximity to Tibet, the town also has a Tibetan Refugee Centre comprising care for the young and old and craft workshops that produce carpets, leather work and other Tibetan curios, hunt for a bargain or simply go trekking.

Anarkanda

Day 22: Darjeeling - Kolkata

Later this morning, the journey continues to New Jalpaiguri, from where you board the Darjeeling Mail train to Kolkata. In air-conditioned first class sleepers, travel in style.

Durga idol

Day 23: Kolkata

Arriving in the morning, meet our driver for transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to the imposing Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this vision in marble is often called the “Taj” of the British Raj. We also visit the New Market – a bazaar on Chowringhee Road, the stately Indian Museum founded in 1814 and the oldest and largest in India, St Paul’s Cathedral and the extraordinary Marble Palace which houses paintings by Rubens, Titian and Reynolds.

Jain Temple

Day 24: Kolkata

This morning we set off to the airport and catch Flight AI 187 - 0540 / 0700 to Port Blair. Arriving here, the team from your hotel the Havelock will collect you and transfer you by shared speed boat around 2 hours to the resort. (OVERNIGHT AT THE BAREFOOT AT HAVELOCK RESORT - A/C TENTED COTTAGE)

Tropical vegetation meets the sea on the Lakshadweep Islands.

Days 25-28:

Spend the next days relaxing and enjoy a slice of paradise. (OVERNIGHT AT THE BAREFOOT AT HAVELOCK RESORT - A/C TENTED COTTAGE)

Day 29:

Today return to Port Blair on the hotels speedboat to the Hotel Sinclairs. Spend the afternoon exploring at leisure. (OVERNIGHT IN PORT BLAIR AT THE SINCLAIRS HOTEL)

Diving along the reefs of the Lakshadweep Islands.

Day 30: - Kolkata

You return to the airport today catch flight SG 105 - 1225 / 1400, back to Kolkata. Arriving here, our driver will bring you to your hotel.

Kolkata street

Day 31: Kolkata

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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last updated - 26 Jan 2015 3:07 PM