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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! 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.
This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. This afternoon why not further enhance your exploration of this busting city with an afternoon guided journey through the New Delhi area the highlights will include India gate a drive past parliamentary buildings and President's house, a guided visit to Humayun's tomb then concluding with sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub minar. See enhance your holiday page for prices.
Today, we drive 5 hours 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. Arrival and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
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 perhaps opt for 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. See enhance your holiday page for prices.
An early morning start straight after breakfast we will drive 4 hours to Agra - home of India's famous attraction - the Taj Mahal. Upon arrival we will have a sightseeing tour to the 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! After check in at the hotel enjoy a guided tour of and watching the romantic sunset over the Taj Mahal itself - You will return after sun down for your full moon visit of the Taj Mahal.
This morning your driver will drive you back to Delhi. Along the way stopping to visit the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. Arrival in Delhi free time for lunch before we take you to the station for the train to Chandigarh. Arriving there late evening we will take you to a nearby hotel for a good nights sleep before making our way into the mountains.
After breakfast your driver awaits to take you into the majestic Himalayas. The drive is around 5-6 hours but the scenery is spectacular so sit back and enjoy. You can make photo stops, breaks along the way as you wish. Arrival and check into your hotel to relax after the journey.
For today and tomorrow enjoy free time to explore the area - You can go hiking on easily marked trails in the vicinity or simply enjoy the town.
Today we have another drive ahead of us though the amazing scenery along the way makes it an easy journey. Your private car will collect you after breakfast for the drive back to Chandigarh. Arrival and check into your hotel to relax after the journey.
Today we continue with a drive through the amazing scenery to Mussoorie. Your private car will collect you after breakfast for the drive. Arrival and check into your hotel to relax after the journey.
For today enjoy free time to explore the area - You can go hiking on easily marked trails in the vicinity or simply enjoy the town.
Today your driver will take you the short distance to Rishikesh you can make a stop to visit Dehradun for a couple of hours if you like just let him know.
Known as the Yoga Capial of the World, Rishikesh is set on the banks of the Ganges and surrounded by hills, as such by its nature it is a perfect place to relax. Set amongst the banks of the Ganges, over the next two days free time you can visit several of its Temples or walk up river to swim/sun bathe on deserted river beaches. In the evening why not head to a riverside temple to enjoy an Arti ceremony where hundreds gather every night to participate.
Today we will drive back to Delhi leaving the himalayas in the rear view mirror. Along the way you will stop to visit Haridwar your driver will stop to show you many interesting temples no guide will be with you. When ready continue to Delhi. Arrival into Delhi and you can freshen up at the Almondz Hotel 3* before we take you to the station for the overnight to Varanasi.
Your train arrives into Varanasi in the morning to the start of a new day and the gathering hustle and bustle. Our rep will be waiting for you, but make sure you take a moment to try some chai, hot tea from one of the vendors, before transferring to your hotel. This afternoon perhaps opt for a journey of discovery about how Buddha passed much time in Varanasi with a visit to Sarnath. Alternately enjoy free time to explore.
This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city taking in the key places of interest. Afternoon at leisure perhaps head to the river side ghats to see the evening ritual worship.
Today you will take to the sky and fly on the Air India direct flight to Mumbai - Arrival and we will transfer you to your hotel.
Today we embark on a half day glittering city tour, with a visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple. Why not further enhance this experience by adding one of our enhance options to visit Elephanta Caves, please refer to enhance your holiday page for prices.
Enjoy a free day to explore Mumbai until your heart is content.
This morning we will transfer you to the station for the train to Goa (Train Departs 05:10 AM and Arrives at 16:00 PM - AC Chair Car seating class) Sit back and enjoy the journey. Arriving into Goa station we will transfer you to your hotel LOCATED ON ANJUNA BEACH -- Nirvana Hermitage Hotel.
Sit back and relax here in this laid back coastal area of India, walk along palm fringed beaches looking for shells and watching the fishermen at work, or simply kick back and enjoy some fresh fruit cocktails served on a silver platter. Overnight on ANJUNA BEACH -- Nirvana Hermitage Hotel.
Today it is farewell to incredible India - We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Often called the 'open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region of medieval Shekhawati in northeastern Rajasthan lies in the ...