Kolkata Holidays

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal and the start of your holiday! You’ll be met at the airport by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: 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 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara

This morning we take a stunning scenic flight over the Himalayan mountains and enjoy spectacular views of Everest - the world's highest mountain. After breakfast we take a drive through rural Nepal to Pokhara. Along the way we can stop to stretch our legs and explore quaint rural villages.

Day 4: 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 visit Tashi Ling Tibetan Village and Tibetan refugee camp, and a local school and monastery, and have the chance to pick up some souvenirs from small stalls and a carpet-weaving hall, before returning to our hotel.

Day 5: Pokhara

Today enjoy free time to participate in optional activities such as paragliding, mountain biking, cycling, boating and horse riding, or if you prefer why not unwind down by the lake.

Day 6: Pokhara - Chitwan N. P.

This morning we transfer to Chitwan National Park, arriving in the afternoon. Chitwan is hailed as one of Asia’s finest game parks and contains many animals including elephants and rhinos, sloth bears and striped hyenas. The afternoon allows for free time for you to choose from the various optional activities available in stunning Chitwan National Park.

Days 7-8: Chitwan N. P.

Today and tomorrow allows for free time for you to choose from the various optional activities available in stunning Chitwan National Park. Take a nature walk, a jungle drive, ride on an elephant or journey in a dugout canoe and admire the scenery - if you are lucky you may even see an elusive tiger!

Day 9: Chitwan N. P. - Delhi

This morning bid farewell to Nepal, we will transfer you to the airport in Kathmandu for your flight to Delhi. Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.

India Gate

Day 10: Delhi

Sightseeing of Delhi both new and old today with visits to the UNESCO listed 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 UNESCO listed Humayun’s Tomb and India's largest mosque, and also the UNESCO listed Qutab Minar.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 11: Delhi - Srinagar

Today we take our included flight to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, situated in the northwestern region of India. Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to your houseboat on Nageen Lake, part of Dal Lake, which will be your home for the next few nights. Dal Lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres and is lined with stunning Mughal Gardens, resorts, houseboats and colourful shikaras - the small wooden vessels used to transport almost everything around the lake from goods to people. This evening we will take a ride in a shikara to witness the sunset.

Day 12: Srinagar

This morning we 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, Nishat Bagh translates in Hindustani as "Garden of Joy" which is entirely fitting. Later we visit Shalimar Garden, equally as stunning and located on the northeast side of the lake. Later 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.

Day 13: Srinagar

Today drive west through the avenues of Poplar trees and fertile rice fields, passing small villages to Gulmarg – India’s premier winter sports town. Sitting at an altitude of 2650m and offering panoramic views of Vale of Kashmir, Gulmarg is the ideal place for a little outdoor adventure. Opt to ski in the winter, hike or ride horseback along the lofty trails of Pine forest, play a round of golf, fish in the mountain streams (particularly good for trout) or picnic in the flower filled meadows, if you choose. Lunch is included and after a day of outdoor pursuits return to your houseboat on the lake.

Day 14: Srinagar - Jaipur

This morning we return to Srinagar Airport and catch a flight back to Delhi. Arriving here, we make our way to Jaipur which is also known as the 'Pink City' Arriving here, settle and relax at the hotel.

Day 15: Jaipur

An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty 16th century Amber Fort in our morning tour. Later, we explore 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!

Jagdish Temple

Day 16: Jaipur - Agra

This morning we drive to Agra. Along the way, stop explore the fantastically well preserved UNESCO listed 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. We conclude our day with exploring the magnificent Taj Mahal.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 17: Agra - Varanasi

This morning we explore the UNESCO listed Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. We then enjoy visiting the Ram Bagh Mughal Gardens, before catching the sleeper train to Varanasi.

Khajuraho's Erotic Temples at first light

Day 18: Varanasi

Abundant with temples and a labyrinth of streets, Varanasi is exciting, enticing and a city not to be missed. Arrival transfer to your hotel early this morning. Later, enjoy a tour of the city, with its numerous temples and wonderful historic feel; with time later to relax.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 19: Varanasi

Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges to view the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the ghats (riverside steps). After breakfast, we will enjoy a visit to 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’. The afternoon we visit the ruined Chunar Fort with it's fascinating nooks and crannies.

Bathers in the morning

Day 20: Varanasi - Kolkata

This morning we head off to the airport for your flight to Kolkata. Arriving here, meet our local team who will take you onto the hotel.

Durga idol

Day 21: Kolkata

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. Last stop of the day is a visit to the Botanical Gardens.

Day 22: Kolkata - Mumbai

This morning we return to Kolkata Airport and catch a flight to Mumbai. Arriving here, our guide is on hand to transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon our local guide will take you to explore the UNESCO listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) and then enjoy a leisurely horse and buggy ride along Marine Drive toward Chowpatty beach.

Crawford market architecture

Day 23: Mumbai

Mumbai or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains India’s city of dreams. Today we embark on a glittering city tour, with a morning visit to UNESCO listed cave temples of Elepehanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. In the afternoon visit the Prince of Wales museum, and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple.

Sacred cows on the beach

Day 24: Mumbai

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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