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Welcome to India. Upon arrival into Kolkata, you'll be met at the airport by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Kolkata or relax at the hotel.
This cultural city is an amazing example of East meets West. Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kolkata 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.
Enjoy the day to independently explore Kolkata. Early this evening, you’ll board the Darjeeling Mail train. In shared 1st class 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. Owing to Darjeeling’s proximity to Tibet, the town has a Tibetan Refugee Centre comprising care for the young and old, and craft workshops that produce carpets, leather work and other Tibetan curios. If you have time, it’s worth a look.
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 back to New Jalpaiguri, you’ll catch the Varanasi North-East Express train to Varanasi. Travel in a 2nd class air conditioned sleeper cabin.
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 an optional excursion to Sarnath - the site of Buddha’s first sermon. This evening, board the Marudhar Express 1st class sleeper 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. Enjoy the comfort as an air conditioned 1st class sleeper cabin.
Very early today, you board the Kalka-Shimla Express (non a/c 1st class seat), arriving Shimla late this morning. Shimla, the ‘old summer capital’ of British India, sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of 2100m. The famous ‘Mall’, lined with stately English houses, Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the fortress-like former Viceregal Lodge, reinforces Shimla’s English flavour. It’s worth exploring the narrow streets which fall steeply away from the ridge to colourful local bazaars.
Free day to explore at your leisure.
Leaving Shimla, you'll be driven back 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 carriage.
This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy the sights of New Delhi including the majestic India Gate, Rajpath and Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in India in the 11th century and a carpet emporium.
Today you bid farewell to Incredible India. We will transfer you in time for your departure flight.
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