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Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.
Today we explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing. Highlights we be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.
Chug out of the Delhi morning mists on the train to Agra, home to the exquisite Taj Mahal , one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. We’ll visit Agra Fort, with magnificent views across to the Taj and watch the town’s Pacchikari marble producers in action.
It’s a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal when it is most spectacular. Then prepare for an eventful drive, dodging holy cows no doubt, to the haunting Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Late this afternoon we drive into Ranthambhore National Park, formerly the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and settle down for a night in the jungle.
Enjoy Tiger spotting! Dawn and dusk game drives.
A 5-hour drive to the famous pink city of Jaipur and a free afternoon to explore this charming city, a real favourite amongst travellers to India.
Sidestep any water spraying trunks as we ascend the 11th century Amber fort on elephant back early this morning. Then to the City Palace – taking us back to the grand old days of Maharaja Gaipajama. Dodging the hypnotic gaze of any fakirs, we might be lucky enough to come across a snake charmer as we explore the colourful city markets.
This morning we board the train to Ajmer and then drive on to the majestic ‘blue’ city of Jodhpur located right by the edge of the Thar Desert.
Discover the sites of this charming Rajasthani city including the mighty Meherangarh fort and lively textile bazaars set around the old towns’ clock tower.
For a special treat we drive to the desert camp of Manvar – literally in the middle of nowhere. Mop the sweat off your brow and hope for an imminent oasis as we trek by camel over dusty desert dunes. Safely back at camp under stars of the expansive night sky, we light a bonfire and enjoy dinner.
Returning to Delhi by flight arrival transfer to your hotel.
This morning we transfer you for the scenic and interesting train ride to Kalka (Dep:-07:40 am) Arriving into Kalka you will change trains and then ride along UNESCO’s world heritage listed narrow gauge railway (Toy Train) to Shimla. On arrival our rep will assist with your hotel check in.
Take in the fresh mountain air and breath-taking Himalayan vistas draped in pine, rhododendron, and oak – it’s a free day to explore Shimla as you wish.
Departure transfer to Kalka and it’s back to Delhi on one of India’s more modern express trains(Dep:17:20 - Arr:-21:55) On arrival to Delhi our rep will assist with your hotel check in.
Bid farewell to the land of Maharajas – it’s time to be transferred to the international airport for our flight back home.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...