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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: 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 2: Delhi

Enjoy guided 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.


Day 3: Delhi

The day is at your leisure to trace your families historic footsteps, our driver is at your disposal today for use within city limits from 9AM through 5PM

Shimla main street

Day 4: Delhi - Jaipur

Today, we drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City as 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. Arriving here, spend the afternoon at leisure.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 5: Jaipur

An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty 16th century Amber Fort on 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!

Raj Ghat

Day 6: Jaipur - Agra

En route on our drive to Agra 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 such as areas from where ablutions were performed, to an ancient aqua cooling system and marvel at how life must have been for the inhabitants of this old city. This evening enjoy the guided full moon experience at the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 7: Agra - Lucknow

This morning we head off to the station and catch the Express train to Lucknow. Arriving here at around 11, meet our driver who will take you onto your hotel. Today and tomorrow with your guide you will spend visiting the many interesting places in this wonderful and historic city highlights will be Bara Imambara, The British Residency of Lucknow, Chattar Manzil, Jama Masjid, Rumi Darwaza, Clock Tower, Moti Mahal, Lakshmana Tila and Hussainabad Imambara and more depending on level of interest and preference.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 8: Lucknow

Enjoy the day with our expert guide taking in all the city has to offer.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 9: Lucknow

The day is at your leisure to trace your families historic footsteps, our driver is at your disposal today for use within city limits from 9AM through 5PM

An elephant ride through the gates of Amber Fort

Day 10: Lucknow - Varanasi

This morning back off to the station to catch the express train to Varanasi. Sit back and enjoy the journey arriving 13:15, meet our local team who will await to take you to your hotel. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the riverside steps which concludes with witnessing the evening ceremony in worship of the sacred river.

Day 11: Varanasi - Darjeeling

Abundant with temples and a labyrinth of streets, Varanasi is exciting, enticing and a city not to be missed. 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). Enjoy a tour of the city, with its numerous temples and wonderful historic feel and then visit Saranath which where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Tonight you travel by sleeper train up into the mighty Himalayan ranges.

Day 12: Darjeeling - Kalimpong

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.

Day 13: Kalimpong - Darjeeling

Leaving Kalimpong, we drive along a fantastically scenic highway to the colonial hill station of Darjeeling. Arriving here, settle into your hotel then later an orientation walking tour of the city. (OVERNIGHT DEKELING HOTEL)

Varanasi Ghats

Day 14: Darjeeling

We 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) followed by city sightseeing and a visit to a tea estate. The remainder of your day is at leisure to simply sit back, have a gin and tonic and take in the snow peak scenery! (OVERNIGHT DEKELING HOTEL)

Durga idol

Day 15: Darjeeling - Kolkata

This morning we head to Bagdogra and catch a short flight to Kolkata. Arriving here, you will see our driver waiting to take you onto your hotel.

Jain Temple

Day 16: 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.

Kolkata street

Day 17: Kolkata

Today is at your leisure our driver is at your disposal for the entire day until transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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