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Welcome to India and the start of you holiday, enjoy an arrivals transfer to you hotel.
Enjoy a full day's site seeing starting with Old Delhi taking in such sites as the famous Red Fort, the Jama Masjid mosque and the Chandni Chowk. Later we explore New Delhi - a complete contrast of Old Delhi. Visiting the Indian Gate, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb.
Today we drive to Agra; enroute visit Sikandra (without a guide) where the tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar lies. Today in Agra we visit the Agra Fort an impressive red sandstone fort originally built in 1565. Then we head onto one of the wonders of the world the Taj Mahal, build out of love by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains.
This morning we head for Jaipur; enroute we visit Sikri, the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was built in 1569 and abandoned after just 15 years due to scarcity of water. Here you will see buildings including the Jama Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chishti, the Panch Mahal and other palaces.
This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride (subject to Government regulations and availability) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
We leave for Pushkar today, a tiny tranquil town which lies along the banks of the picturesque Pushkar Lake - an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus also known as 'Nag Pahar.' The lake has a mythological significance associated with it, according to myth, Lord Brahma was on his way to search for a suitable place to perform a 'Yagna' (a fire sacrifice). While contemplating, a lotus fell from his hand on the earth and water sprouted from three places. One of them was Pushkar where Lord Brahma performed his Yagna.
Our next stop is the 14th century desert town of Bikaner. Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, much of the atmospheric old town which we will explore is still encircled by massive fortified walls. Within these walls are havelis, artisan shops and people going about their daily lives. We also visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort & museum, built between 1587 & 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh.
Driving through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, one of the jewels in India’s crown. This evening we’ll enjoy a desert camel safari on the rolling Sam sand dunes.
Exquisite wood and sandstone buildings dot the town and within Jaisalmer Fort are homes, hotels and shops hidden in ancient lane ways. During our stay in this stunning Rajasthani fortress town we’ll enjoy some touring in the morning before heading to Manvar for your overnight Desert Camp.
After a short drive this morning we reach Jodhpur to visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and Royal Cenotaphs. The Mehrangarh Fort is protected by high stone walls with seven gates and countless bastions. The Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are worth visiting. Visit the clock tower and Sadar markets for a wide range of handicraft, spices adn everything else one can think of.
Today we transfer you to the airport for your short flight to Udaipur, enjoy and arrivals transfer to your hotel.
Today we enjoy a morning site seeing tour our the city of Udaipur,an enchanting City of Dawn - looms up like a vision in white. Today we visit the City Palace which houses various palaces inside. Saheliyon Ki Bari is a small ornamental pleasure garden. Situated on the outskirts of Udaipur, visit Shilpgram a crafts and performing arts center which houses craftsmen from different states who display their crafts and products for the benefit of the visitors. Enjoy and evening boat ride on Lake Pichola (shared boat)
Day at leisure.
Transfer to the airport this morning for your short flight to Delhi, then onward transfer to the train station to catch your afternoon train to Amritsar. Arrive Amritsar late evening and enjoy your transfer to your hotel.
Home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is one of the Punjab’s principal cities. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat. During our stay, enjoy a visit to Wagah - the only border crossing between India and Pakistan.
Today we drive to Dharmshala, the Buddhist centre and is also the home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is now quartered at McLeodganj. Covering a wide area, lower Dharamsala is a busy commercial centre while upper Dharamsala with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavour and colonial lifestyle.
Enjoy guided site seeing of Macleadganj, the higher settlement of Dharamsala. This 'Little Lhasa' is a magical world of spinning prayer wheels, fluttering prayer flags, spectacular mountain views, cultivated hillscapes and a kaledoscopic panorama of wealth. Everything here spreads the message of peace and universal harmony.
Day at leisure. Places of interest include the Kangra Art Museum, Kunal Pathri, Chinmaya Tapovan and Norbulinka Institute.
Today we drive to Manali; enroute we visit Palampur, Mandi, Kullu and Bajnmath (without a guide).
Enjoy a full day site seeing of Manali. One of the most popular places in the country for honeymooning Indian couples. The nearby country and villages are truely beautiful and not to be missed. The main attractions include Manikaran, Kullu, Naggar, Hadimba Temple, Vashist and more.
Today we enjoy a day trip 55 KM north of Manali to Rohtang pass, located on Manali Keylong Highway at an altitude of 4111 meters. Manali is the gateway to Rohtang Pass beyond which lie the twin valley of Lahaul and Spiti. Rohtang pass is one of the main attraction for tourists coming to Manali and is know for it's snow and the scenic beauty of the area.
Today we drive to Shimla - known as 'summer capital' of British India. Shimla sprawls along a crescent shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100m in southerm part of Himachal Pradesh. The ancient cities architecture and churches made in Gothic style were all buil under the British Roj.
Enjoy a morning city tour of Shimla. We visit a heritage zone 'The Mall.' We visit the Yellow Church, a premises for art and culture lovers. It is considered and important heritage property as the decision to partition India and Pakistan was taken here. We visit the town's highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla's famous view is the Jhaku Temple/Hill.
Transfer to Kalka train station for you train to Delhi (2012 - Shatabdi Express - dep 1730 arr 2140 - A/C Chair Car) where you will be transfered to your hotel in Delhi to overnight before your flight home tomorrow.
Departure transfer to the airpot.
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