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Upon arrival into Bangalore, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore the city.
Today we will transfer you to the station for the train to Chennai -- Arrival and we will transfer you to Pondicherry. (Train time =12028 - Shatabdi Express - 0600 / 1100 - AC Chair Car)
Pondicherry, a former French colony which exudes a Mediterranean aura - whitewashed residences, ornamental gardens and excellent French-Indian restaurants. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry which includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple and Sri Aurobindo Ashram complex.
En route to Chennai visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India and the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries. After we drive to Chennai airport for your flight Kochi. (Flight time 6E 316 - 1640 / 1915)
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. A walking tour of Fort Cochin takes you through streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture. Afternoon you will embark your house boat for sailing on the back waters enjoying lunch and dinner on board.
After breakfast you will disembark you boat and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkatta -- Arrival and transfer to the train station for the overnight train to New Jalpaiguri. (Times = A1 519 - 1210 / 1320 -Arrive and take connecting flight to Kolkata AI 766 - 1650 / 1905 -- Arrive Kolkata and take a train for New Jalpaiguri Darjeeling Mail - 2200 / 0800+1 Ist Class Air Condition Carriage)
On arrival this morning, we’ll be met to commence the 2.5 hour drive to Darjeeling. On arrival check in to your hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
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) on the toy train which will be followed by city sightseeing and a visit to a tea estate.
Morning transfer to airport in Bagdogra for your flight to Delhi -- Arrival and transfer to the station for your express train to Amritsar. (Flight to New Delhi SG 885 - 1040 / 1245 Arrive Delhi and take a train to Amritsar Shatabdi Express - 1640 / 2230 Air Condition Chair car)
Today a visit to the Famous Golden Temple the seat of the Sikh religion - Followed by visit to Durgiana Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Ranjit Singh Panorama. Later you will enjoy a visit to Wagah - the only border crossing between India and Pakistan for the sunset ‘Retreat’ ceremony, where the changing of the guards & ceremonial lowering of the flags is performed with great pomp.
This morning you travel by train toward the mighty Himalayas12242 - ASR CDG - 0520 / 0945 - Arriving at Chandigarh we drive you to Kalka and you will transfer onto the toy train Himalayuan Queen 1230 / 1725 that takes you up to Shimla on the winding narrow gauge railway. Arrival and we wil transfer you to your hotel.
Today offers free time for you to independently explore Shimla. You can opt to stroll, drop by the colourful Lakkar Bazaar or hike to the summit of Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest point. Here visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of the eternal snows set as a glorious backdrop to the sleepy township of Shimla beneath.
Free morning to explore. Hotel check out is at 12 noon, opt for some lunch and pack an evening picnic meal before your transfer to board the Kalka Shatabdi Express at sunset and arriving into Delhi late this evening. (Shatabdi Express - 1730 / 2150 AC Chair Car)
Departing Delhi, we journey 5hrs to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Arriving, we visit 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! Tonight the Taj is opened for the Full moon tour that you will join.
MOrning visit to the Taj Mahal followed by Fahetphur Sikri. Enjoy lunch in a historic mansion in Bharatpur and walk through the village before driving to Jaipur.
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. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
This morning we will drive to Deeg interestingly during the Raj the British people couldn't enter in the city, the last wish of British people was to see the Deeg palace when they were leaving India but the royal jat raja did not allow them. Today you get to see the famous Water Palace. After we strike it north to Delhi.
Today we enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation, Akshardham Temple, Lotus temple and Choor Bazaar in the cool evening air for some shopping.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Settled in the early 18th century by the French, Pondicherry on the Bay of Bengal in the state of Tamil ...