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Welcome to the start of your voyage of discovery through 'Incredible India'! 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.
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. The Guinness Book of 'Rail Facts and Feats' records the Kalka to Shimla railway as 'the greatest narrow gauge engineering feat in India’. The scenic 96 kilometre journey built on a 2 feet six inches gauge has 919 curves, passes through 20 railway stations and clatters across 5 level crossings, each to the cacophonous symphony of greetings, tooting horns and the hubbub of Indian life. 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.
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.
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. Hotel check out is at 12 noon, opt for some lunch and pack an evening picnic meal before boarding the Kalka Shatabdi Express at sunset and arriving into Delhi late this evening.
This morning a 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 bustling 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.
Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we take a motorised buggy to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.
Today is at your leisure to explore.
En route on our drive to Jaipur, we stop to visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. Arrive in Jaipur, check in and relax at your hotel.
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 enjoy discovering 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.
Moving on we drive to Pushkar, along the way you can make stops in rural places for photos. Arriving into Pushkar simply check into your hotel and spend the day exploring at your leisure.
Today our interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. After check in, head out and explore at your leisure the bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower.
This morning your guide will collect you for a fascinating journey through time at the mighty Mehrangarh fort and nearby Royal Centopats. After, we drive through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, one of the jewels in India’s crown. Exquisite wood and sandstone buildings dot the town and within Jaisalmer Fort are homes, hotels and shops hidden in ancient lane ways.
Today in this stunning Rajasthani fortress town we'll enjoy some touring of the gorgeous old mansions called Havelis, the Jaisalmer fortress and the Jain Temples. Cum evening we enjoy a camel safari in the rolling sand dunes and witness a spectacular sunset.
Today we enjoy a scenic drive to Rohet Garh. On arrival check in, and then explore the small town in your own time.
After some time to explore this morning we drive to Udaipur. Along the way we stop to visit Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples.
This morning after breakfast meet our expert local guide who will take you out to explore the city including visits to the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Shaliyo ki bari Garden and Bharti lok kala Mandal. Afternoon at your leisure or perhaps opt for a visit to the Monsoon Palace? Have a read of the Enhance Your HOliday page for info. This evening conclude the day with an included sunset boat ride on stunning Lake Pichola.
This morning you are dropped off at Udaipur Airport for your flight to Khajuraho Via Delhi (DEP:-09:15 -- ARR:-13:15) Arriving into Khajuraho Airport, our local driver will take you to your hotel.
This morning an early start to see the incredible Temples that put this location categorically on the tourist map, including Parsvanath Temple, Adinath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Hanuman temple, and Shantinath Temple. After you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Varanasi DEP:-13:45 -- ARR:-14:35. Arriving into Varanasi again our local team are on hand to take you to your hotel.
After breakfast and an early morning boat ride on the river to see the ritual worship take place, we head out to explore the city which Includes a walk through the Ghats, Old Park & Kashi Vishwanath Temple and a drive through the stunning grounds of Benaras Hindu University. This afternoon is at your leisure or perhaps you would like to learn about how The Buddha spent his time in this ancient city? Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.
Today you return to Delhi by flight transfers both ends are organised by our local teams - DEP:-15:10 -- ARR:-16:35.
Today is the day to shop till you drop! Enjoy a free day to roam and explore the city until your heart's content and your wallets empty. All your friends back home expectant of gifts will lead you to many of Delhi's great souvenir shops.
Sadly your journey comes to its end today, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
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