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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Kolkata, included transfer to hotel. Overnight Crome Hotel or similar.
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the Indian Museum, Jain Temple and Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this imposing vision in marble often called the “Taj” of the British Raj overlooks the grassy Maidan, the city’s green belt. Overnight Crome Hotel or similar.
Enjoy the day to independently explore Kolkata. Early this evening, you’ll board the Darjeeling Mail train. In shared air conditioned sleeper accommodation, relax as the train heads north to New Jalpaiguri.
Early this morning, you’ll continue the journey to Darjeeling by car. This popular hill station sits at a spectacular altitude with a panoramic backdrop of the mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations.
Early this morning, 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.
Driving to New Jalpaiguri, you’ll catch the Varanasi North-East Express train to Varanasi. Travel in shared 2nd class an air-conditioned sleeper.
Arriving early this morning at Mughalsarai, it’s a short drive to Varanasi. Varanasi, also known as the Benares, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. Abundant with temples and streets that resemble a mass of tangled shoe laces, Varanasi is one of India’s most colourful and exciting cities. This afternoon, enjoy a city sightseeing tour.
This morning, enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges to witness sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the famous riverside ghats (steps) that line the banks. This afternoon, consider to enhance your holiday with the Buddha in Varanasi optional or Varanasi up close optional. This evening, board the Marudhar Express shared train to Agra.
An early morning arrival in Agra allows you the chance to relax until early this afternoon. Enjoy a visit to the Taj Mahal. Built entirely of white marble it has no peers. Continuing, enjoy an exploration of the Agra Fort. Some of India’s finest Mughal buildings sit behind it’s fortified walls
With the morning free to do as you wish, why not visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise - a wonderful and peaceful time to appreciate the beauty of this monument. Later this afternoon you’ll be driven to Delhi to catch the Howrah Delhi Kalka Express train to Kalka.
Very early today, you’ll transfer onto the non-airconditioned Kalka-Shimla Express, arriving in Shimla late morning. Shimla, the old summer capital of British India, sprawls along a crescent shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100m. The famous ‘Mall’ lined with stately English houses, Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the former Viceregal Lodge reinforces Shimla’s English flavour.
Today is a free day to explore indpendantly or consider to enhance your holiday and opt to do the Trails of Shimla optional or Historical Shimla optional (see enhance you holiday page for details and cost).
Leaving Shimla, you'll be driven to Kalka where this afternoon you'll board the Shatabdi Express train bound for Delhi, travelling in the comfort of an air conditioned chair class.
Arriving Delhi, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi - the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy the sights of New Delhi - the majestic India Gate, Rajpath and Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minor, built in the 11th century.
We will transfer you in time for your departure flight.
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