Rishikesh Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi - Shimla

Bright and early this morning we board the Shatabdi Express bound for Kalka. Here, travellers will transfer (independently) to the narrow gauge Himalayan Queen Toy Train travelling to Shimla. There are 102 tunnels to navigate and some 863 multi-arched galleries bridges (similar to ancient Roman aqueducts) to cross where spectacular landscapes of rolling hills, lush valleys and panoramic vistas can be seen. To the commotion of the steam train's arrival to Shimla, we meet our representative on the station platform and transfer to our hotel for an evening at leisure.

Anarkanda

Day 3: Shimla

Former ‘summer capital’ of British India, Shimla sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100m. The famous main street, ‘The Mall’, lined with stately English homes and the fortress-like former Viceregal Lodge, reinforces Shimla’s quintessential English look. Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the lofty settlement, venturing into the narrow streets, which fall steeply away from the ridge giving way to colourful bazaars and fine views of the surrounding valley and snow-capped peaks.

Shimla main street

Day 4: Shimla - Rishikesh

This morning we take to the road on a long but very scenic drive through the Himalayan foothills to Rishikesh.

Rishikesh dawn

Day 5: Rishikesh

Known as the Yoga Capital 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, we will visit several of its Temples and see the throngs of devotees bathing in the river.

Yoga in the sunshine

Day 6: Rishikesh - Haridwar

This morning we drive to Haridwar. Highlights of our guided exploration will include visiting Ganges to see devotees taking bath, visiting some of the famous temples like Mansa Devi, Chandi temple, local markets and the evening aarti ceremony at Har-Ki-Pairi.

Day 7: Haridwar - Agra

This morning we drive to the station and assist you embarking the Jan Shatabadi Express - 0630 / 1130 train to Delhi. Arriving here, our local driver is on hand to drive you to Agra.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 8: Agra - Jaipur

Early rise this morning for a sunrise guided tour of the Magnificent Taj Mahal. After breakfast, we explore the wonderful Agra Fort and then head off on our drive to Jaipur. En route a stop is made at the fantastically well preserved former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water. Explore the various temples, places of worships, pavilions, public areas and examples of everyday living.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 9: Jaipur

This morning an exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty 16th century Amber Fort for our guided tour. This afternoon we explore the City Palace containing an interesting museum of regal attire. Just over the road is Jantar Mantar, an observatory of astronomy built by Jai Singh in 1728. At first glance, Jantar Mantar resembles a sculpture park, though in fact, each construction has a specific scientific purpose. Some measure the positions of stars, whilst others calculate eclipses, the lunar calendar and simply the time of day. Even today, most of the constructions remain accurate!

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 10: Jaipur - Goa

This morning we drive to Delhi Airport and catch a flight to Goa (SG 255 - 1330 / 1610) Arriving here, you will see our friendly local driver on hand to transfer you to your hotel. (OVERNIGHT SUN VILLAGE HOTEL)

Days 11-13: Goa

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. (OVERNIGHTS SUN VILLAGE HOTEL)

Sacred cows on the beach

Day 14: Goa - Mumbai

This morning enjoying your final dip in the ocean before we transfer you to the station and assist with embarking the 12052 -Jan Shatabadi Express 1430 / 2305 train to Mumbai. This journey is perhaps one of the most scenic train journeys in India as it passes the Konkan range with it's spectacular hills, waterfalls and panoramic vistas. Arriving into Mumbai, meet our driver who will take you onto your hotel.

Crawford market architecture

Day 15: Mumbai

Mumbai or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains India’s city of dreams. Today we embark on a glittering city tour, with a morning visit to the cave temples of Elephanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. In the afternoon visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple.

Gateway to India

Day 16: Mumbai

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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last updated - 22 Nov 2014 2:34 AM