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Welcome to the start of your voyage of discovery through 'Incredible India'! You will be met at Delhi International Airport by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore or relax as you like.
Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar (air-conditioned chair car). You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon we travel approximately 28km to Wagah, which is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. Visiting Wagah is an interesting experience especially at sunset when the ‘Retreat’ ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian Side of the Border. The changing of the guards and the ceremonial lowering of the flags ceremony is carried out with great pomp.
This morning we enjoy a guided exploration of this incredible and vibrant city - including a visit to the Famous Golden Temple which is the seat of the Sikh religion and the Durgiana Temple we conclude with a sobering visit to the Jallianwala Bagh gardens which was the site of the Amritsar massacre that took place in 1919. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore as you wish.
This morning your driver will collect you and then take on you on a journey from the plains high into the Himalayas to the town of Dharamsala. Arriving here, enjoy some time to unwind after the journey.
Today and tomorrow are at leisure for you to explore. Places of interest you can visit in your free time would include the Kangra Art Museum, Kunal Pathri, Chinmaya Tapovan and Norbulinka Institute or why not head out for a hike on one of the many trails to see the magnificent scenery. The car and driver will be at your disposal and will be able to recommend places to go to and take you there.
Today we begin the scenic journey to Shimla as the drive is 9 hours straight we recommend to drive today to Mandi which is a lovely town with ancient temples galore lining the river banks that you can explore this afternoon. (OVERNIGHT IN MANDI AT THE MUNISH RESORT)
Today we continue on our scenic drive through the Himalayan foothills to Shimla. Arriving here, the afternoon is at your leisure.
Today is at your leisure to explore this former British Hill Station. We have a couple of tours you can choose to book, have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info. The car and driver will be at your disposal and will be able to recommend places to go to and take you there.
This morning we will transfer to the narrow gauge Himalayan Queen Toy Train travelling to Kalka. There are 102 tunnels to navigate and some 863 multi-arched galleries bridges (similar to ancient Roman aqueducts) to cross where spectacular landscapes of rolling hills, lush valleys and panoramic vistas can be seen. To the commotion of the steam train's arrival into Kalka you have a few hours to kill on your own before the sleeper train to Agra (DEP:-23:55)
Arriving into Tundla at 10:45 AM, we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. During its history it has been a palace, a fort and a prison! This evening enjoy a sunset guided tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal with transport by traditional horse cart and of course New Years eve Indian style.
This morning you return to the Taj Mahal to the see the sunrise transfers and entry tickets are included but there is no need for a guide this morning. After we drive to visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. Next, we drive on to the rural village of Perharsar, where we walk the backstreets discovering local life. Here, we also visit Chandra Mahal, a charming haveli (mansion house) for lunch. Later a visit to Keoladeo Ghana National Park where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park. Then off to the station for the 21:42 pm train to Udaipur.
Arriving this morning into Udaipur at 07:20 our local team are on hand to transfer you to your hotel. Later this morning enjoy touring the imposing City Palace, a vision in soft yellow stone on the northeast promontory with breathtaking views of the lake. We then take you to visit Jagdish Temple and Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens. Enjoy time at leisure or alternatively why not opt for our Monsoon Palace excursion? Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.
Today we head out of the city to visit Ranakpur a small town tucked away in a remote valley famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples before heading to the 15th century Kumbalgarh Fort, considered one of the most of best preserved historic forts in Rajasthan. Returning in the late afternoon to your hotel.
Today we enjoy a drive through Rajasthan to Pushkar taking in the scenery of the Aravalli hills. Along the way we will stop in Deogarh to have a stretch of legs to see some of the lovely old forts and a lovely lunch in Deogarh Mahal Palace.
Today you have free time to explore the temples, bathing ghats, onion domes and chalk coloured buildings of Pushkar at your leisure. On your exploration you are sure to see plenty of Sadhus (spiritual men) as this is an important pilgrimage centre. The car and driver will be at your disposal and will be able to recommend places to go to and take you there.
This morning we make our way to Jaipur. Along the way stopping to see Ajmer, where you will visit Hazrat Khwaja Chisti Dargah which is equally honored Muslims and Hindus, the Taragarh Fort, Adhai Din Ka Jhopra, Akbar Palace, Nasiyan Red Jain Temple then continue to your hotel in Jaipur.
This morning you will have to look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. This afternoon we have a journey of discovery through the historic pink city of Jaipur we start with a photo stop in front of Jal mahal (lake palace) thereafter visit the ancient astronomical observatory of Jantar mantar and thereafter a guided tour of the city palace complex and it’s fascinating nooks and crannies.
Today you will fly on the morning direct flight to Kolkata. Arriving here, our local team will transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon 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.
This morning you fly to Dimapur. Arriving here, meet your tribal expert guide who will transfer you to Kohima. Afternoon enjoy a visit to the The state museum of Kohima which is a great place to learn more about the Naga tribes and their unique ways of life.
This morning we drive to Khonoma Village here we take a walk around the village and learn about different aspects of their lives and what makes them unique. The Angami Naga is known to be the last bastion of the Naga warriors and there are a number of memorial stones that celebrate their achievements.
We drive to Tuephema, another Angami tribal village where we spend the following 2 nights. Tuephema has a number of chalets built in traditional Angami fashion and guests will be greeted with superb Angami hospitality. For today there are guided walks to go on to nearby peaks and paddy fields. We have the opportunity to visit local homes and gain a fascinating insight into the wonderful myths, legends and stories of the Angami people. There is also a museum displaying traditional jewellery, clothing and other artefacts.
For today there are guided walks to go on to nearby peaks and paddy fields. We have the opportunity to visit local homes and gain a fascinating insight into the wonderful myths, legends and stories of the Angami people. There is also a museum displaying traditional jewellery, clothing and other artefacts.
We take a drive to Mokokchung. On the way we stop at Wokha which is the district headquarters of the Lotha Nagas. The Lothas are famed for their splendid colourful dancing and singing. After a visit here we head onto Mokokchung for the next 2 nights.
We awaken in the village of the Ao Naga tribe. The majority of this tribe are Christians and have been since about the 19th century and they are one of the most literate tribes of all the Nagas. We also take a visit over to the small village of Mopunchukit. Despite its size Mopunchukit has an informative museum and a church in the village. The last stop of the day is to the village of Longkhum. Longkhum is a hill top village once used as the battle ground for the infamous head hunters. It is commonly believed by the Ao Nagas that the spirits of dead people are manifested in the local eagles that nest here. They also recommend that visitors come through the village twice as the first time one’s soul is often left behind.
After breakfast we drive to Tuensang, the largest district of Nagaland, which borders Myanmar in the east. Located in the foot hills of Mount Saramati - the highest peak in Nagaland, Tuensang is a region of outstanding natural beauty with lush valleys and rugged hills. The main Naga tribes of the region are the Chang, Yimchunger, Khiamungan, Sangtam and Phom Nagas, each with their own colourful dress and rich cultural heritage.
Today we discover the fascinating tribal villages of Tuensang. In this region mithuns (a cross between a water buffalo and a cow) can often be seen wandering in the surrounding forests. The highlight of the day is seeing the giant monoliths in Longtrok village.
This morning we depart on our journey to the last of our tribal villages. The district of Mon is both the most northern and the most eastern of all the districts in the Nagaland. It is home to the Konyak Nagas who are by far the largest in numbers of all the different Nagas and also the most recognisable. They have tattoos all over their face and hands and as a tribe are famous for their muzzle loading guns. The Konyaks are the only part of the Naga tribes that use the institution of village Angh (hereditary chief).
Today we take a visit to the chief’s house in Shangnyu village. Moving on we pop into Longwa, this is the biggest village in Mon and stretches across into neighbouring Burma. The Angh of this village has jurisdiction on both sides of the border.
Our third day continues on from the second with more exploration of the local villages.
Today we journey to Jorhat. Jorhat quite simply means two markets, back in the 18th century there were two markets on either sides of the Bhogdoi River which flows through Jorhat.
Today we drive to Guwahati where you can do some exploring until catching your sleeper train to New Jalpaiguri Station.
On arrival this morning, we’ll be met to commence the 3 hour drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong, a remote hill station, once part of Sikkim and one-time meeting point on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, sits amid beautiful mountain scenery where orchids and other flowers grow in profusion. Great views can be had of Kanchenjunga and the town possesses several important monasteries, including the brightly painted Zong Dog Palri Phodrang Gompa (simply known as Durpin Monastery) and Thirpai Choling Gompa founded in 1892 and recently renovated. You’ll have the day to enjoy the town at your own pace.
Today we have a two hour incredibly scenic drive through stunning mountains, lush forests and tea plantations to Darjeeling. Along the way we are going to stop at a tea plantation to learn about the process of growing Tea and transforming that into our favourite drink.
Enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill to catch sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing, enjoy a visit to the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) with the famous Toy Train, the afternoon is then at your leisure to explore.
Enjoy a free day to appreciate this wonderful hill station.
Sadly your amazing adventure has comes to its conclusion we will transfer you to the airport in Bagdogra in time for your flight to Kolkata. Arriving into Kolkata you can connect to your flight home. (flight leaves Bagdogra at 14:15 and arrives into Kolkata at 15:30).